Early Learning Center 

Our Lead Staff

Katie Palmer, Director

Katie Palmer is a Duchesne High School graduate who earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of MO- St. Louis and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Webster University.  She has three children who have all attended the ELC.  Katie has been the director of the ELC since 2011.

Dawn Hamilton, Infant Room Lead

Dawn Hamilton is a Rosati Kain graduate and holds a degree in Applied Science in Childcare.  She has 3 children and teaches PSR at St. Joseph- Cottleville.

Martha Mendez, Toddler Room Lead

Martha Mendez is a St. Joseph’s Academy graduate who obtained both her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s degree in School Counseling with a certification as a School Psychological Examiner from Lindenwood University.  She has one son who attends the ELC.

Courtney Adams, Toddler Room Lead

Courtney Adams is a St. Charles West High School graduate who obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development with an emphasis in Family Studies from Mizzou.  She is currently expecting her first child. 

Elizabeth Wilhelm, Two year old Lead

Elizabeth Wilhelm is a Rosati Kain graduate who obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lindenwood University.  She has taught in the ELC’s two-year-old classroom for 5 years and also assists Katie Palmer in the afternoon.

Jennifer Sokolich, Pre K - 3 Lead

Jennifer Sokolich is a Francis Howell Central graduate who obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Ashford in Early Childhood Education and Administration.  She has one daughter who attends the ELC.

Sarah Geerling, Pre K - 3 Lead

Sarah  Geerling is a Duchesne High School graduate who obtained both her Bachelor’s degree in English and Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Truman State University.  She also holds an Early Childhood Education certification.  Mrs. Geerling has two children who have both attended the ELC.

Christie Seevers, Pre K - 4 Lead

Christie Seevers is a Duchesne High School graduate who obtained her Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Education from the University Missouri - St. Louis.

Mary Jane Leonhard, Pre K - 4 Lead

Mary Jane Leonhard earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Maryville University. She taught 1st grade for several years prior to teaching at St. Peter.