Meet Our Staff

St Philip Lutheran Preschool has an exceptional staff of dedicated and caring teachers.  All of our lead teachers have degrees in early childhood or elementary education with appropriate certifications.  We celebrate the longevity of our staff with several members of our staff exceeding 15 years at the preschool!

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Preschool Director, Susan Hoye

Susan graduated from Meredith College with BA in art education.  She started at St. Philip in 1985 teaching the 4 year olds class.  In 1987 Susan became director. For the next fourteen years Susan was both a teacher and director of the school.  In 2001 she stepped away from teaching and continues in her capacity as director.  She enjoys working with young children because of their enthusiasm, joy in learning new things, and in making new friends.  Susan finds it so fulfilling to see the students grow in so many ways in the preschool setting .  She finds getting to know the parents very rewarding. She loves to work with the families as a team in meeting the goals set for their children.  Susan is married with 3 grown children and 4 precious grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  She likes gardening, decorating her home and reading.  Her favorite place other than home is the beach.

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Director, Susan Hoye

Dianne Rimmer

Ms. Dianne has enjoyed a long teaching career at St. Philip Preschool beginning in 1992.  She graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University with a BA in Elementary Education.  She is married to her husband, Jerry, and is the proud mother of 2 children and 5 grandchildren.  She and her family have been active members of St. Philip Lutheran Church since 1975.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, painting and most of all, spending time with her special grandchildren!
When asked what she loves about teaching her students Ms. Dianne said, “It is a blessing and joy to be teaching at St. Philip Preschool!  We are a dedicated staff of warm, nurturing teachers who provide a loving, happy environment for our little ones. I especially love teaching this age.  Each child who enters my classroom enters with open arms, hugs, acceptance and love!  It’s so rewarding to watch each child develop confidences while growing and learning, both socially as well as academically.  We are truly blessed with wonderful children and loving parents here at St. Philip Preschool!”

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Dianne Rimmer

Stephanie Pusateri

Ms. Stephanie is the assistant teacher in our kindergarten class.  This will be Ms. Stephanie’s 10th year at St Philip!  In her time at the preschool, she has also worked with the 2-year and 4-year old classes as well.
Ms Stephanie originally hails from Pittsburgh PA, but has made Raleigh her home for 13 years.  She is married to husband Matt and has two boys ages 17 and 14, both of whom attended St Philip.
Ms. Stephanie loves hockey.  She is a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  She also enjoys reading.  She likes to knit and crochet, and she plays ice hockey!
Ms. Stephanie loves to work at St Philip and considers it a blessing to be there.  She likes to make the school feel like a home where you’re comfortable and can learn but have fun and laugh.  She also has a talent for video editing.  Ms. Stephanie produces the lovely school videos that we post from time to time.

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Stephanie Pusateri

Nicole Savastano

Ms. Nicole is new to St. Philip Preschool this year.  She brings seven years of teaching experience which includes three years as a lead Kindergarten teacher and four years as a lead preschool teacher.  Ms. Nicole has enjoyed spending the last few years at home raising her twin boys Blake and Cole who attended St. Philip Preschool.
She is very passionate about early childhood education and she is thrilled to be back in the classroom.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, and baking.

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Nicole Savastano

Nicole Finley 

Ms. Nicole grew up in Raleigh.  She attended Liberty University.  Ms. Nicole was a Head Counselor at the YMCA for several years.  She has always loved working with children.  Her favorite part of working at the preschool is seeing how the children change and evolve.  She considers it to be a blessing in her own life to be able to share in all those precious moments.  Ms. Nicole is married with two boys, and her youngest currently attends St. Philip Preschool.

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Nicole Finley

Leigh Anne Barham

Ms. Leigh Anne grew up in Raleigh and graduated from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development.  She taught kindergarten in Wake County Schools for 3 years until the birth of her daughter.  Ms. Leigh Anne will be starting her 22nd year teaching 3 and 4 year olds at St. Philip Preschool!
She is married with two children, both of whom attended St. Philip Preschool.  Her daughter is newly married and a first grade teacher in Wake County.  Her son is also married and beginning is 4th year of medical school at East Carolina Brody School of Medicine.
Ms. Leigh Anne now makes Wake Forest her home.  She enjoys spending time with her family, the annual Foil and Barham family beach trips and watching sports.  Ms. Leigh Anne truly LOVES teaching.  She enjoys the BIG hugs, smiles, laughs and watching the children grow and learn as well as developing wonderful relationships with parents. She is truly blessed to have St. Philip Preschool in her life.

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Leigh Anne Barham

Melissa Mills

Ms. Melissa was born and raised in Charlotte, N.C.  She attended Meredith and Peace College. Ms. Melissa has been married to her husband for ten years this spring. They have two boys Robby (7) and Hunter (3).  She has always loved working with children. As a teen and young adult she enjoyed babysitting, camp counseling, and teaching swim lessons.  Ms. Melissa is also an active member at her church.  She is a Sunday School teacher for the 2s and 3s.  She had also served on the Children’s Council Ministry team and she is planning to serve on the Family Ministry team this Fall.
Ms. Melissa loves spending time with her family, going to the beach, shopping, running, and going to NCSU football games (Go Pack)!  She is very excited to be a part of the St. Philip Preschool Family and is looking forward to an exciting year!

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Melissa Mills

Liza Ogden

Ms. Liza graduated from Auburn University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Education.  She taught fifth grade for four years in Georgia and spent one year supporting a 4 yr old Autistic little girl while living in England.  This school year will be her 10th year teaching at St. Philip.   Ms. Liza really enjoys working with children.  She has so much fun teaching them and watching them learn through socialization, and imaginative play throughout a structured day.
She finds it so rewarding to see the children grow throughout the year in this wonderful preschool setting.  She also really loves getting to know the parents and families. Ms. Liza has made some really special friends over the years. She is not only a teacher at St. Philip but also a parent.  Her daughter attended and now her son attends as well. She could not imagine a better place for her children to have started off school.
Ms. Liza is married with 2 children, Emma(11) Matthew(2 and a half).  She enjoys spending time with her family, her friends, organizing her home, and playing and reading with her kids.  She also enjoys travelling with her family and especially watching Auburn football!!

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Liza Ogden

Betsy Nuebler

Ms. Betsy grew up in upstate New York and attended the University of Notre Dame.  She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. Prior to working at the preschool, she worked on an asthma study with inner-city children.  Ms. Betsy joined St. Philip Preschool in 2011 and has taught in both the 2-year-old and 3-year-old classes.  She is married with 2 daughters, both of whom attended St. Philip Preschool, and enjoys spending time with her family and dog, outdoor activities, and reading.

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Betsy Nuebler

Michelle Hooks

Ms. Michelle grew up in Illinois and attended Northern Illinois University, where she obtained a degree in Education.  She moved to Raleigh in 1990 and worked for Wake County Public Schools until the birth of her first child.  She began working as a teacher at St Philip Preschool in 2007 and compares her job to Disney World – the happiest place on earth. Ms. Michelle is married, has 3 children of her own, all of whom attended St Philip Preschool.

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Michelle Hooks

Krissy Caro

Ms. Krissy grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from Marymount University in Arlington.  She is married and has three children; Alex(22),Jessica(20),and Hunter(16). She and her family have lived in the Raleigh area for 12 years.  Ms. Krissy has always enjoyed interacting with children from babysitting as a teen to spending many summers as a camp counselor during her summer breaks from college.

Ms. Krissy has worked in the preschool environment for last 10 years, joining St. Philip in 2012. She works well with all age groups.  She enjoys seeing the children grow and develop throughout the school year.  She greatly appreciates the opportunity to nurture young children in this vital stage of their development.

Aside from teaching Ms. Krissy loves to stay physically fit.  She likes running, swimming, and taking classes at the local Y.  She also enjoys baking and reading in her spare time.  Ms. Krissy loves spending time with her family watching movies, grilling out and taking family trips to the beach.  She is so excited to start a new year at St Philip with your children.

 

 

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Krissy Caro

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