Child Safety


Three annual inspections are conducted by State Fire Marshal, Sanitation Department and Bureau of Child Care (both with the State Department of Health and Senior Services).  The local fire department also inspects the building annually.

Due to COVID-19 we have added more safety precautions listed in our policy. 

Student-to-Teacher Ratio – the maximum student/teacher ratio is 8 to 1.

Staffing – two teachers are in each classroom according to St. Matthew Lutheran Church’s Child Protection Policy.

Classroom sizes – the number of children assigned to a classroom is based on the size of the classroom. The classrooms have a total of 12-18 students. 

Background Checks for child abuse and neglect through the Children’s Division and criminal record reviews through the Missouri State Highway Patrol have been conducted on each individual caregiver and all other personnel at the facility.

Disciplinary philosophy and policies of this facility are:

Our goal of discipline is to teach rather than punish.  Every effort will be made to anticipate conflicts and redirect a child to more constructive, appropriate activities.  All discipline shall be reasonable, fair equally and impartially applied.

The education philosophy and policies of this facility are: 

We believe it is our responsibility to bring the saving grace of God to all people.  Each child is a unique gift of God. A loving Christian environment has been developed to meet a child’s needs for emotional, social, and cognitive, physical and spiritual growth.


 New Interim Director: Traci Waugh-Rinehart

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I have been a member of Timothy Lutheran since 1997.  I am a mother of four biological children (one was a heaven baby).  My oldest is Cetan (who is married to Sarah), Loralie is 13, and James is 11.  I have been a foster parent in the past to several children and grandma to their children. I also have two stepdaughters.  In my free time, I love to paint and read. I love doing research on subjects I find interesting.  I enjoy taking continuing education classes to assist me in my job.  During spring and occasionally in the fall, I manage a youth baseball team.  I have been coaching baseball for four years.  I enjoy watching my children play sports and perform in school activities – choir/orchestra/plays.  My family is my world.



Tots: Tara Stanford 


This will be my 9th year teaching at St. Matthew.  My husband, Kirk, and I have been married for 18 years.  Our son, Gunnar, will be a freshman at LSN, and our daughter, Chloe, will be in 8th grade at BCMS.  Our family attends Faith Baptist Church Lee’s Summit. I am so excited to be back with my St. Matthew’s family again! 


Ms. Kari Bredesen



This will be my 5th year at St. Matthew preschool as a teacher’s assistant.  All three of my own kiddos attended preschool here: Haakon, age 13, Kjerstin, age 10, and Marit, age 9.  My husband, Rick, and I will have been married 15 years this September.  My hobbies include watching my kids play a multitude of sports, reading, genealogy, and cooking.  I also enjoy dabbling in art when I have time.

Preschool: Ms. Sheena Marx: