Sandy Rempe-Preschool Director
“It has been such a joy and blessing to teach preschool since 1997. Every year we work hard to get our preschoolers prepared for kindergarten. Over the years, we have received great feedback from local kindergarten teachers, administration and parents that our preschoolers are well prepared for kindergarten. They were not only emerging academically, but knew how to sit and listen to the teacher, had good manners, and could work cooperatively in a group. Also, by using a traditional teaching approach, our students usually had no problem adjusting to the traditional teaching they received in grade school.”
Sandy Rempe and Kim Hinkel-Top Dog’s Teachers/Kindergarten Readiness Class
All About Mrs. Sandy:
Favorite Children’s Book-“Wacky Wednesday” by Theo LeSieg
Family-Married Tom Rempe in 2000 and have two boys, Abe and Cal Rempe, born in 2006.
Education-Graduated from Triway High School in 1991 and Wittenberg University in 1995.
Pets-Chip the Wonder Dog- a chocolate lab and Awful Augie-a yellow lab.
Favorite subject in school – English Literature, Psychology, Sociology and Political Science.
Favorite sports-Fast-pitch softball, Ohio State Football and Basketball; Cleveland Indians Baseball.
Favorite foods – Pizza, Salad, Prosecco and Macarons.
Favorite activity- Reading
Favorite color– Green
Favorite genre of books- Mystery, History and Psychological Thrillers.
Best Part of Working at a Preschool-Being able to make a positive difference in the lives of the preschoolers and their families.
All About Mrs. Kim:
Favorite Children’s Book – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Family – Married Craig Hinkel in 2002 and have one daughter and two sons: Kathleen (04), Carson (06), and Cooper (08).
Education – Graduated from Finneytown High School in 1995 and Ohio University in 1999. Also completed the course work for the MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Xavier University
Hometown – Cincinnati, Ohio.
Cindy Stegman-Office Manager, School Nurse, Principal, etc.
All About Mrs. Cindy:
Favorite Children’s Book – “The Squirrel Twins” by Helen Wing
Family – Married Jim in 1981 and have four adult children (Emily born in 1985, Becky born in 1987, Jacob born in 1989, Julie born in 1993) and 3 grandchildren (John, Luke & Chloe)
Education – I graduated from Finneytown high school in 1979 and I graduated from Miami University in 1983.
Pets – One dog named Dolly
Secret Talent-Basket Weaving
Best Part of Working at a Preschool-I love being around children and watching them light up with new ideas. I also just love to hear the children’s colorful and funny response to simple questions.
Favorite teacher – Mr. Weber in 5th grade. He gave me the confidence to accept a difficult role in our class play.
Favorite animals- Ducks and moose
Favorite subject in school – I loved math because it is so clear cut. The problem is either right or wrong. No room for gray areas.
Favorite sport – Gymnastics
Favorite foods – Pasta, seafood, avocados, and blueberries
Favorite activity- Spending time with my family and grandkids; watching the ducks on our lake.
Favorite exercise– yoga
Favorite colors – orange and yellow
Wished for super hero talent-Elast-i-girl powers, but flying would be great too.
Favorite genre of books- Fiction, historical fiction
Susan Reifenberger and Kelly Fisher-Cool Cats Teachers (Three & Four year olds)
All About Mrs. Kelly:
All About Mrs. Susan:
Favorite Children’s Book-“Miss Rumphius” by Barbara Cooney
Family-Married to Eric with three sons, twins Brock and Connor, and a younger son, Hudson.
Education-Graduated from Finneytown High School in 1998 and went on to study education at the College of Wooster.
Pets-A very vocal dog named Bridget
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Moore in 1st grade. She helped me open up more since I was a very shy child.
Favorite animal: cow
Favorite subject in school: Math because it is so clear cut. The problem is either right or wrong. No room for gray areas.
Favorite Food-Anything Italian, cheese and a good pineapple
Favorite Activity-Relaxing outdoors
Favorite Color(s)-Green and Blue
Secret Talent-making all the U.S. states out of saltine crackers
Desired Super Hero Talent-The ability to time travel. Then I can always go back and re-live great memories.
Favorite Genre of Books-Mystery and History
Best thing about teaching preschool: Everyday is different. You can have a set schedule but always have to be ready for the unexpected. I also love watching the kids grow academically throughout the year. Nothing is better than seeing their excitement when they finally understand something.
Kristen Blade and Emily Stall-Playful Bunny Teachers-(Two & Three Year Olds)
All About Mrs. Kristen:
Favorite Children’s book-The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Family-Married Bryan Blade in 1993. Children: Gabrielle 2000, Thompson and Tyler 2003
Education-Lakota High School, BS in Education- Miami University, Masters in School Administration- University of Dayton
Hometown-West Chester, Ohio
Pets-Simon- a yellow lab
Favorite animals- manatee and humming bird
Favorite teacher-Mrs. Anderson, 2nd grade, she let me borrow her copy of Charlotte’s Web. I LOVED it!
Favorite activity- sailing
Favorite color- pink
Favorite thing about teaching-Putting together new and exciting units based on themes like space and seeing how excited the students get when learning about cool stuff.
Secret talent-photography- I took my daughter’s graduation photos and I have actually photographed a small wedding. But I love taking photos in nature the most.
Favorite genre of books-Mystery
All About Mrs. Emily:
Sara Hentschel-Extra Care/Enrichment
All About Mrs. Sara:
Favorite Children’s Books- Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Family-Married Jason Hentschel in 2008 and have two kids: Emma born in 2012 and Marty born in 2017.
Education-Graduated from First Baptist Academy, Dallas in 2000 and have a BS in Early Childhood Education from Baylor University in 2004.
Pets- 3 cats: Treasure, Boyd, and Peaches
Favorite Animal– Giraffe
Favorite subject in school – Children’s Literature
Favorite foods/drink- Steak, fried okra, Reese’s, and Dr. Pepper
Favorite activity- Reading and taking walks/hikes with the family.
Favorite color– Purple
Favorite genre of books– Historical fiction and Mystery
Favorite thing about teaching– Being able to be apart of children’s growth throughout the school year. It really is amazing how much they learn and grow!