Community Preschool

Welcome to St. Peter's Preschool and Parent's Time Out Programs

We offer a quality educational experience for young children ages 2 to 5 years old.

St. Peter’s Preschool program embraces the philosophy that children learn best through play.  We are focused on providing a developmental curriculum that is consistent with the highest standards of early childhood education. We believe our role as teachers is to provide a fun and safe learning environment with the child’s growth and development in mind so that the foundation of learning is established.

The foundation of learning is accomplished by:

  • Participation in activities to develop gross and fine motor skills
  • Offering many opportunities for children to express themselves creatively through music, art and dramatic play
  • Allowing preschool children to explore and interact with their environment
  • Encouraging children to interact and cooperate with other children and teachers

Thank you for your interest in St. Peter’s Preschool. To schedule a tour, please contact Lori Jannsen, Preschool Director at   or 317-846-6860.  Tours are scheduled Monday-Friday between 9:30-11:00 AM.

St. Peter's Preschool is Peanut-Free.

St. Peter's Preschool learning through play


2-Year-Old • Parent's Time Out Program

Age 2 by September 1

2- Year-Old Parent's Time Out Program at St. Peter's

Toddler age preschoolers are constantly growing and changing.  The following curricular objectives are designed to guide the social development of preschoolers and prepare them for preschool.  These goals are focused on throughout the year.  In addition to the yearlong goals, toddlers will be introduced to many conceptual areas.


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Reading and Writing

Enjoys listening to stories, rhymes and finger plays

Introduction to letters in name

Introduction to the concepts of print

Responds to and hears sounds through rhythmic activities and movement

Begins to understand the meaning of new words

Begin to distinguish print from pictures

Begin to follow simple directions


Begins to attend to speakers, stories, poems and songs

Begins to speak clearly and understandably to express ideas, feeling and needs

Begin to follow simple oral directions

Demonstrates awareness of the outcomes of one’s own choices



Introduction to colors

Introduction to identifying and naming numerals

Introduction to two dimensional shapes

Art and Music

Participates in group singing

Participates in art activities

Social and Emotional

Separates easily from parents

Obtain things they want in socially acceptable ways

Demonstrate cooperative behaviors

Interact and respond to guidance and assistance in socially accepted ways

Demonstrate an understanding of the specific roles and responsibilities within a group.  (e.g., picking up toys)


Three-Year-Old Program

Age 3 by September 1

Young children learn in a variety of situations.  IN the 3-year-old classes students will learn during circle time, at tables and during play.  These experiences will expose them to the many different educational opportunities related to literacy and number sense.  These young learners are also introduced to numerous conceptual ideas over the school year.


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3-Year-Old Preschool Program at St. Peters



Recognize and name some letters

Identify matching sounds

Identify own name in print

Demonstrate or orally communicate position and directional words.  (inside, outside, over, under…)

Name common objects

Hold books right side up, know that people read pages from front to back, top to bottom and read words from left to right

Responds to oral reading by commenting or questioning

Participates in shared reading of repetitious or predictable text


Play at writing from top to bottom, horizontal rows as format

Print letters of own name and other meaningful words with assistance



Follow simple oral directions

Participate in the recitation of books, poems and songs


Count to 10 in the context of daily activities

Identify and name numerals 0-5

Sort, order and classify objects by one attribute.  (size, color, shape, use.)

Social and Emotional

Separates easily from parents

Follows classroom rules and routines

Transitions between activities

Demonstrate cooperative behaviors, such as taking turns, sharing and compromising


Pre-Kindergarten Program

Age 4 by September 1

Kindergarten Readiness is the priority for our four-year old program.  Students will gain a basic understanding of core content areas needed to be emergent in literacy, and develop number sense and other basic skills. These indicators describe the knowledge and skills that serve as the foundation for meaningful early learning experiences.  These goals are aligned with the Carmel Clay Schools academic standards.

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Pre-K Program- Age 4 - St. Peter's Church in Carmel



Identify matching sounds and recognize rhymes in familiar stories, poems, songs and words

Begin to recognize sounds of letters and the sound in words

Recognize and name upper and lower case letters in addition to those in their name

Recognize familiar words in environmental print

Demonstrate or orally communicate position and directional words (inside, outside, in front of and behind)

Recognizes likes and differences in objects and pictures

Holds books upright, know that people read from front to back, top to bottom and left to right

Predict what might happen next during reading of the text

Answer questions to demonstrate comprehension

Respond to oral reading by commenting or questioning


Attend to speakers, stories, poems and songs

Follow simple oral directions

Speak clearly and understandably to express ideas, feelings and needs

Initiate conversations without interruptions

Knows parents’ names, address and phone number


Count to 20 in the context of daily activities

Identify and name numerals 0-10

Identify penny, nickel, dime and quarter

Identify, name, create and describe common two-dimensional shapes.  (circles, triangles, rectangles and squares)

Understands the concepts (size, heavy, light, over, under, etc.)


Generate ideas for a story or shred writing with assistance

Play at writing from top to bottom, horizontal rows as format

Print letter of own name and other meaningful words with assistance

Social and Emotional

Demonstrates self-confidence and willingly tries new things.Follows classroom rules and routines

Transitions between activities

Demonstrates cooperative behaviors, such as taking turns, sharing, comforting and compromising

Stays on task

Respects authority

Uses self-control

Fine Motor

Uses mature pencil grip

Draws a person (includes:  head, trunk, arms, legs, eyes, mouth, nose, hands and feet)

Works puzzles

Uses scissors to cut straight and curved lines

Gross Motor

Can stand on one foot for 5 seconds

Hops on right and left foot

Walks on balance beam heel to toe

Catches a ball

Climbs alternating feet

Music and Art

Participates during group singing

Responds to rhythmic activities

Can identify colors

Participates in art activities


Transitional Kindergarten Program

Age 4 1/2 by September 1

Kindergarten readiness is the key to our Older 4/5-year-old program. Students will continue to master the core content needed to be emergent in literacy, develop number sense and other basic skills. These young learners will also be exposed to additional conceptual ideas expanding their knowledge through group learning and guided experimentation. These indicators describe the knowledge and skills that serve as the foundation for meaningful early learning experiences. They are aligned with the Carmel Clay Schools Kindergarten Standards and describe essential concepts and skills for young learners.


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Transitional Kindergarten Program at St. Peters UCC



Recognize and “read” familiar words or environmental print

Listen to two or three sounds when read aloud, and identify the sounds heard and isolate the syllables of a word using snapping or clapping

Learn and apply knowledge of alphabetical order

Use pictures and context to aid comprehension and understand text by responding to oral questions




Tell a story that the teacher or adult will write

Write using pictures, letters, and words

Write capital and lowercase letters of the alphabet


Count, recognize, write, represent, name, and order a number of objects up to 20

Model addition by joining sets of objects (less than 10 objects when joined)

Identify, copy, and make simple patterns with numbers and shapes

Identify penny, nickel, dime and quarter and recognize that coins have different values



Our teachers love teaching this age group!

St Peter's preschool teachers and assistants have a natural love and affinity for early childhood education. Every teacher in the 3-Year-Old Program and 4-5 Year-Old Program has a bachelor's degree in elementary or early childhood education.  Our Parent's Time Out teachers (two-year-olds) have over 13 years of experience teaching this age group.


All of our teachers and assistants are devoted to St. Peter's Preschool philosophy, developed over 30 years ago: Children are unique individuals who deserve a loving, secure environment that promotes a sense of wonder and discovery in learning.

Two's Teachers

Two's Teacher
Esha Hrivnak

Esha Hrivnak is the lead teacher  2-year-old classes.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Communications with a double emphasis in Public Relations and Television Broadcasting from the University Of Indianapolis.  Esha enjoys taking pictures and teaching dance once a week to Preschool Aged students at the Monon Community Center.

Two's Teacher

Amanda Harris

Amanda Harris is the teacher for one of our MW 2’s Classes.
Amanda graduated from Ball State University and is also a Certified Yoga Instructor through Yoga Alliance. After staying at home with her littles ones and dipping her toe into teaching at St. Peter’s in 2017, she realized how rewarding it is to teach younger children and is currently pursuing her master's in teaching at Marian University. Amanda and her husband Robert have two daughters who are St. Peter’s Preschool Alumni. She saw what a wonderful sense of community and support the staff at St. Peter’s added to her daughters’ lives, and she wanted to be a part of it.  You may find her hosting spontaneous dance parties, building forts, and creating art projects with her girls. In her downtime, she enjoys cooking, going to art exhibits, and spending time with her family and friends.


Two's Teacher

Susan Schuh

Susan is our lead Teacher in T/Th Two year old class.

Two's Assistant Teacher
Amber Whisler

Amber Whisler is the teacher assistant in the M/W 2s class with Ms. Amanda.  She is an IU grad and has taught elementary school for 18 years.  She and her husband Matt moved to Carmel in 2011.  We have 4 children:  Max and Donnie who attend Woodbrook Elementary, Joey in the 3s class here at St. Peter’s, and a 1-year-old girl, Addie. Most of her free time is spent chasing toddlers or watching our boys play baseball and swim!

Two's Assistant

and Three's Teacher Assistant
Jenny Fuller

My name is Jenny Fuller. I am very excited for my first year here St. Peter's Preschool!  I will be the teacher assistant in the 2's classes M-TH and teacher assistant in the Friday 3's Enrichment Class. I practiced nursing for ten years in the hospitals before staying home with our boys, Max and Luke. I started working for the Carmel Clay Schools as an assistant and really enjoyed working in various roles! I’m happy to be here with this amazing group of educators this year!


Two's Assistant Teacher

Lauren Wagner

 Lauren Wagner will be assistant teacher for the 2s class T TH F.  She studied Physical Therapy & Health Services at the University of St. Francis before staying home with her two kiddos ages 9 and 6, both St. Peter’s Preschool alumni. She loves working at St. Peter’s Preschool because of all the wonderful teachers and families she has known throughout the years!

Three's Teachers



Kristen Newkirk

Kristin Newkirk is the lead teacher in the M-TH 3’s class.  Kristin holds a BA in Elementary Education from Indiana University and received her master’s in Elementary Education/ Reading Specialist from Ball State University. She has been teaching preschool at St. Peters since 2017.

Three's Teacher 
Sara Carlise


Sara Carlise will be the lead teacher in our Thursday Three-Year-Old Enrichment Class.  Sara has 3 children ages.  Not only is she teaching a 3-year-old class at St. Peter’s Preschool, but she teaches 3’s at St. Elizabeth Seton.   


Three’s Teacher

Karen Bailey


Karen Bailey is an assistant in our Thursday 3’s Enrichment Class.  She has a degree in Elementary Education from Butler University and has taught our enrichment class in previous years.  Karen is excited to be back this year and cannot wait to be with the wonderful St. Peter’s students and families.


Teacher's Assistant
Valerie Perkins

Valerie Perkins is the assistant teacher in the MW & T TH  3 -year-old program.  Valerie has worked at St. Peter’s Preschool as an assistant and substitute teacher since 2011.

Teacher's Assistant
Christie Umthum


Kristie is a teacher's assistant for the threes.





Pre -K and Transitional Kindergarten Teachers

Pre-K Teacher
Jill Schlies

Jill Schlies teaches our MWF Pre-K Class. She has a degree in Education from the University of Iowa and joined the St. Peter's staff in 2008.

Pre-K Teacher
Nicole Reed

Nicole Reed teaches one of our MWF Pre-K classes and will be teaching the Thursday Enrichment Class.  She has a degree in Education and an Endorsement in Kindergarten from Ball State University and has been teaching at St. Peter’s Preschool since 2015.

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
Jill Graber


Jill Graber is the teacher of the transitional kindergarten class. She joined the St. Peter’s staff in 2020. She has a degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in early childhood and kindergarten from St. Joseph’s College. Jill and her husband have three children, two girls and a boy. She loves children’s literature and enjoys making crafts.


Pre-K Assistant
Katie Shattuck

Katie Shattuck is a teacher's assistant in Ms. Jill’s Pre K class. Katie joined the St. Peter's staff in 2011. She has a degree in Art andDesign from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College.


Pre-K Assistant
Dawn Auch

Dawn Auch is a Pre-K assistant in the MWF Pre-k class and an Assistant Director on Tuesdays.  Dawn has been at St. Peter’s Preschool since 2013 and is a graduate of Purdue University.    

Transitional Kindergarten

Jenna Zartman

 Jenna Zartman is the assistant teacher in the Transitional Kindergarten class.  Jenna has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Duquesne University and a master’s degree in music performance from the University of Florida.  In addition to teaching preschool children, Jenna teaches saxophone lessons to middle and high school students.hted to be a part of our St Peter’s Preschool staff.

Parent's Comments

Read what parents have to say about St. Peter's Preschool

"The teachers at St. Peter's Preschool not only give the kids a guidance of self-confidence and a social environment, but academically the kids are prepared for Kindergarten. We've been with St. Peter's for six years and my two older boys still talk about how much they miss the teachers they had. Not only did my children have wonderful teachers but we – as a family – have met other families that have become such great friends."

- Parent of two preschool alumni and a currently enrolled 4-year-old


"St. Peter's provides a positive learning atmosphere, a well-rounded curriculum and a fabulous forum for children to learn social and classroom skills. But most importantly, my daughter loves her teachers and loves going to St. Peter's every day!"

- Parent of a 5-year-old


"St. Peter's Preschool is truly a little gem and our family feels blessed to have found it. It provides my children with a fun-filled education that they will treasure for the rest of their lives, and provides me with the reassurance of knowing that I have provided the very best preschool education for my children. The preschool is in a safe and fun environment (a true home from home) and amongst teachers and staff that are genuinely talented, kind and nurturing.

I could not rate this preschool any higher. It is simply outstanding and I feel a huge debt of gratitude to St Peter's for helping my children adjust so well to life in a new country away from close friends and family. The ease with which they settled in to our new life here truly is testament to the nurturing, caring environment and high caliber of the teaching staff."

- Parent of a preschool alumni and a currently enrolled 4-year-old


Preschool Calendar

2021-2022 School Year Calendar

August 30  

Parent Orientation  7:00 PM

August 31

September 1

Visitation Day for T/Th Students  9:30-11:130 AM

Visitation Day for M/W Students  9:30-11:130 AM

September 6

September 7

Labor Day-No School

First Day of School

September 27 & 28

October 14 & 15

School Pictures

Fall Break-No School

November 24 - 26

Thanksgiving Break (No School)

December 15 & 16

Winter Songfest  12:15-1:15 PM

December 20 - January 3

Winter Break

January 4

Classes Resume

January 17

MLK Day (No School)

January 18 & 19

Parent/Teacher Conferences

January 24 & 25

In-house Registration Begins

January 26

Open Registration Begins

February 21

President's Day (No School)

April 1 - 8

Spring Break

April 11

Classes Resume

May 18

Pre-K/TK Celebration  12:15-1:15 PM

May 20

Last Day of Preschool 

*Due to the situation with Covid-19, dates are subject to change. 

Preschool Contact Information

Carmel, Indiana Preschool Contact Info

Preschool Phone: 317-846-6860

Preschool Email:

We’re at 3106 E. Carmel Dr, Carmel, IN 46033 (the northeast corner of Keystone and Carmel Dr).