Noah’s Ark Staff
Anne Harvey - 3 & 4s Preschool Teacher
Teaching experience/ credentials: I graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I landed my first teaching job teaching Kindergarten in a remote Eskimo village in Alaska with my new husband. After three years we moved back to Minnesota where I taught Extended Day Kindergarten in Montrose for one year. I also taught Kindergarten for a year in Big Lake before I became a stay at home mom.
Tell us a little about you… My husband Ben and I just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. We have three girls, Ruby-5, Stella-4, Millie-2, and our Alaskan Husky, Moose! We live in Buffalo and you can typically find us playing outside, camping, or swimming at the beach in the summer. We love being together and being with friends!
My Favorite part of Noah’s Ark: My two oldest daughters went to Noah’s Ark and you can bet that my youngest will go as well. I love the Christ filled atmosphere that Noah’s Ark holds. I have loved knowing that I’m sending my kids to a school that models Jesus’ big love so well. God is so good and I’m so excited to carry that legacy on of showing Gods love to Preschoolers!
My favorite Bible verse: Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and constant in prayer.
Kathleen Schlink - 4 & 5s Preschool Teacher
Teaching experience/ credentials: I attended Moorhead State University and recently completed my CDA. I have been a substitute teachers at Noah’s Ark since 2018.
Tell us a little about you… I have been a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church for the last 27 years. My husband Matt and I have 3 kids and love spending time together up north with family and our 2 dogs.
My Favorite part of Noah’s Ark: I feel a Christ centered preschool build a solid foundation in helping children remember just how much Jesus loves them! Noah’s Ark hold a very special place in my heart, each of my children went to preschool here and I am honored to continue sharing the love of Jesus with every child.
My favorite Bible verse: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God , which transcends all understanding, will guard you hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. ” Philippians 4:6-7
Jen Erhard - 4 & 5s Teacher Assistant
Teaching experience/ credentials:
- Title 1 teacher in Monticello
- Gifted and talented/ English language Learner teacher in Milaca
- Long-term substitute- 2nd grade and middle school Special Education
- Substitute teacher- Bemidji, Royalton, St. Cloud and Monticello
Tell us a little about you… I am a mom of three boys and have been a stay at home mom for 10 years. I love the outdoors and being in nature. Being around children is such a joy. I love their sweet innocence and excitement!
My Favorite part of Noah’s Ark: Getting to spend my day with kids, playing , learning and growing! I’ve worked in public schools in the past and I’m so excited to now be at a Christian school where we can teach about God and Jesus!
My favorite Bible verse: Psalm 46:10- ” Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Kelly Thole - Noah’s Ark Preschool Director
In her fifteenth year now at St. John’s, Kelly works in the area of ministry for which she was trained and is most passionate: Children and Family Ministry. Her ability to plan and organize events that encourage spiritual growth for children and families is what makes her such an asset to the St. John’s team. Kelly is also the Director of Noah’s Ark Preschool, which is located in our church building. She and her husband, Eric, have a son, Bennett, and a daughter, Emily