Our Staff

It takes a big heart to shape little minds! Our staff has over 300 collective years of experience in the teaching field or experience with young children.
Katelyn Holeczy

Katelyn is our Director at St. Luke Preschool! She attended UNC Charlotte for her BA degree in English Literature and Slippery Rock Univ. of Pennsylvania for her MA in Educational Counseling . She was a pre-school teacher and school counselor prior to Saint Luke. Katelyn loves spending her free time with her husband and two daughters.

Janice Dossenbach

Janice serves as our Assistant Director and Teacher’s Assistant! She attended Chowan College. Beginning as an aide in 1982, Janice’s job has steadily evolved into a Teacher’s Assistant and Assistant Director for St. Luke Preschool. Janice has a son, daughter, and one granddaughter.

Crystal Stratton

Crystal serves as a Teacher's Assistant! She attended Central Carolina Community College where she received an Associates in Art. Crystal is a Certified Dental Assistant in this position she worked in the pediatric field for four years. Crystal is a proud wife and mother of two children, both of whom have attended Saint Luke! She is a great asset to our school and community.

Ashley Melpolder
Carolyn Lee
Cathy Lewis

Cathy runs our one-year-old program! She joined our staff in 2002. She is well known in the community for her many years of devoted service at Buffalo Presbyterians Preschool. Cathy has also worked in our church’s After School Program. She has two sons and a daughter, and is the proud grandmother of eleven grandchildren, including two sets of twin girls!

Christine Hillard

Carolyn teaches one of our two year old classes.   She moved to Sanford in 1993 joining our staff the same year. Carolyn attended Fayetteville State University and Fayetteville Tech. Previously, she served at Haymount United Methodist Church as the director of the mother’s morning out program and taught a two-year-old preschool class. Carolyn is the current director of the St. Luke after school care program. She has 3 sons, 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. 

Linda Morton

Ashley is currently completing her Teacher's Certification from Appalachian State.  Ashley has worked in several day care settings and enjoys working with preschoolers. She is married with two girls.

Katherine Wheby

Katherine teaches one of our 4-year-old classes! Katherine received a BA in Elementary Education from UNC Chapel Hill. She taught elementary school in Lee County before joining our staff in 2011. For years, Katherine has been very involved in the planning and implementation of the children’s ministry at St. Luke UMC. She has two daughters.

Christine teaches one of our 4-year-old classes! Christine joined our staff this year after working for 15 years in the Lee County public elementary schools. She is currently working on her Bachelor's of Education.Christine has a husband and two children. 

Linda teaches one of our 3-year-old classes! Linda received her BS in Business Administration from Meredith College. She is a long time member of St. Luke UMC. Linda has been teaching 3-year-olds since joining our preschool staff in 1989. Linda has two daughters and one grandson.

Amanda Powers

Amanda teaches one of our 4-year-old classes! She attended East Carolina University, where she graduated with a BS in Child Development and Family Relations. Amanda joined our staff in 1989. She has taught 3- and 4-year-olds, and was a previous director of the St. Luke After School program. Amanda has a son, daughter, and one granddaughter.

Emily Sassaman
Bonnie Guerra


Emily is a beloved community member She has worked with our Sanford MOPS team childcare and is working to finish her degree in Education over the next few years. Emily is married and has 3 lovely children- all of who have either attended or do attend our preschool!

Mrs. Bonnie joined our team this year as our Music Teacher and we are so excited to have her! Bonnie grew up in Sanford. She received her B.A in Child Development/Family Studies and Music from UNC. She has over 9 years experience teaching.  

Kelsey Price

Kelsey serves as a Teacher's Assistant! She received a BA in Political Science at California State University of Bakersfield. She has served as a leader on the Children's Ministry at her church for over 8 years. She is married and has a 7 year old son who attended our preschool before he started his journey to elementary school!

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