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.

Student-to-Teacher Ratio – the maximum student/teacher ratio is 8.5 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 13 to17 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.


 Director: Traci Waugh-Rinehart

I joined St Matthew Preschool in 2020-2021 school year. The teachers are amazing and I enjoy working with them every day. I am a mother to four children. I have had two sons and two daughters (one is a heaven baby). My children are into sports and we spend a lot of time the basketball court or on the baseball field. I enjoy nature walks, reading, and painting. Warm weather is my favorite time of the year especially if it involves a beach.

Tots (TTH) and Preschool (MWF): 

Ms. Michelle Jeffries

Hello! I am Michelle Jeffries. I have been married to my husband Mitchell for 13 years. We have 2 amazing daughters. Peyton who is 9 years old and Hailey who is 6 years old. We are a lake family and love to be out on the lake every chance we get. During the summer we enjoy spending time down at our camper. I am very excited to be a part of this amazing group of Teachers!

Ms. Nicole Kreisler

My name is Nicole, I am the Assistant Teacher in the Ocean Room. I have two boys, Noah is in 6th grade, Zach is in 1st grade and we live in Blue Springs. We enjoy the outdoors, swimming, playing games, cookouts, and reading books together. I am very blessed to be part of the St Matthew Preschool family and the opportunity to work with you and your amazing children.

Preschool/PreK combo (M to F):

Ms. Angela Twogood

Hi! I am Angela Twogood. I am married to Kyle. We were born and raised in Lee's Summit. We have four children. I am absolutely thrilled to be serving and loving alongside like minded teachers and staff. 

Ms. Sandy White

My name is Sandy, I have enjoyed working at St. Matthew this past year.  My husband Abe and I have 3 children, all of whom attended St. Matthew Preschool.  Some of my favorite things to do include DIY house projects and maintaining the landscaping at home.  Our family also enjoys traveling and learning about history.

PreK (M to F)

 Ms. Karin Dillabough

This is my 5th year at St. Matthew. I am a St. Matthew church member with my husband of 23 years, Jason.  We have four wonderful children.  Our oldest daughter, Jordan, is currently a freshman at Hope College in Holland, Michigan where she is studying dance and psychology.  My only son, Kannon, is 17 and plays basketball year round.  We have twin 14-year-old daughters, Jenna and Kenedie, who entertain us with theatre and dance performances.  We love to travel to Disney World as a family as often as possible. I enjoy crafting and reading in my spare time.  I absolutely love the staff at St. Matthew and truly enjoy coming to work every day to play with all my sweet friends. 

 Ms. Mindy Pollo 

This is my 5th year teaching at St. Matthew.  I have been married to my wonderful husband, Brian, for 20 years.  We have 2 amazing kids - Jordy who is 17 and Caden who is 15.  Both our kids keep us super busy with softball and baseball.  If we have any downtime, we love to travel. 

PreK+ (M to F)

Sheri Clark

I am one of the PreK+ teachers.  This will be my 15th year of teaching at St. Matthew.  I have been a member of St. Matthew for 26 years.  I am married to my husband Doug and have two grown girls.  Regan, 25, is married and lives in Harrisonville.  Blair, 20, is a Junior at UMKC studying psychology.  In my spare time, I enjoy walking, biking, playing pickle ball, and socializing with friends and family.  I enjoying preparing the children for kindergarten and also showing and teaching them the love of Jesus.

Ms. Lindsay Newkirk

Hi! My name is Lindsay Newkirk, and I am excited to be teaching PreK with Ms Sheri. My husband Jason and I have been married for 18 years. We have two daughters; Natalie is 13 and Caroline is 10. I enjoy reading, playing board games, taking walks, and spending time with my family. I am looking forward to a great year!

Staff Aide

Carla Ciaccio 


Church Staff


Rev. Craig Otto 


Church Administrative Assistant

Tamy Dotson

“Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life.” Rev. 2:10

Property Board Chairman

Craig Elwell


Board Members and Volunteers

Preschool Pastor

Rev. Steve Andrews, Jr.

Educational Consultant 

Amy Cox

Preschool Treasurer 

Elaine Froeschle

Preschool President

Joyce Wagner

Preschool Vice President

Vanessa Buhrmester


Preschool Secretary

Kelly White