Our Terrific Teachers

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.

Hometown-Wooster, Ohio.

Pets-Chip the Wonder Dog- a chocolate lab and Awful Augie-a yellow lab.

Secret Talent-Writing

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.

Pets – Sully, a Double Doodle and Leo, Mini Golden Doodle

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.

Hometown- Cincinnati

Pets – Two dogs, Wiler & 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-Cool Cats Teacher (Three year olds)

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 Sport-football

Favorite Food-Anything Italian, cheese and a good pineapple

Favorite Activity-Relaxing outdoors

Favorite Exercise-Walking

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 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 sport-basketball

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:  

Favorite Children’s Book-“The Runaway Bunny” by Margaret Wise Brown
Family-Married to Matt Stall – Dec of 1996 – two kids, Eleanor (born in 2001) and Walter (born in 2003)
Education-Graduated Greenville High School in 1991 and Miami University in 1995.
Home Town-Greenville, Ohio
Pets- 3 cats (Finn, Oliver, and Otis) and one painted turtle (Tang)
Favorite teacher – Miss McCarthy (4th grade) because she read to us from a chapter book every day after recess, even though we were big kids – and she even read a book from one of my favorite mystery series – “The Three Investigators”.
Favorite exercise or sports to play – tennis, pickleball, pilates, and walking
Favorite food – peanut butter, which explains my special talent. I can get every last bit of peanut butter out of a jar. When my kids think they need to open a new jar, I can still use that one for weeks.
Favorite activities – taking walks, especially in parks or nature, and reading. I read lots of different genres of fiction, but have always loved mysteries.