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Marilyn Simpson


Marilyn Simpson graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 1980 and a Masters in Special Education in 1986. She has taught children in the Elementary schools and preschools for over 35 years. She has been the Administrator of Shining Stars Preschool since 2002 and assumed the position of Director in 2014. She has been married for 36 years to her husband, Brad, and they have four grown children, a daughter-in-law and one beautiful granddaughter.

Kim Warrick

4 year old teacher

Kim Warrick is the Kindergarden Readiness teacher for Shining Stars Preschool. She has been in that position for the last 13 years. She also taught the 3 year old class for about 4 years. Before that, she was a stay at home mom and a Building Substitute Teacher for the Kansas City, MO School District. She received her college education from Tennessee State University. Kim has been working at the preschool since it's inception. Kim has been married to her husband Malvin for 31 years and they have three grown children.

Tammie Miner

3 year old teacher

Tammie Miner has been a teacher with Shining Stars for the past 16 years. Her education includes many classes in Early Education. She has worked with children for over 28 years. She has developed and implemented curriculum for preschool and church settings. She currently also oversees the children’s ministry of the Kansas City Church of Christ with her husband, Kevin, of 33 years. They have one son, two daughters and two son-in-laws and two grandchildren. Her desire is to make each child feel safe and to have a fun environment to grow and learn in during their early years of education.

Shelly Francis

2 year old teacher/Office Assistant /Lunch Bunch coordinator

Shelly Francis has been a teacher at Shining Stars for 16 years. She has taught the Lunch Bunch program for 16 years, the 2 year old program for 9 years and has assisted in both the 3 and 4 year old classes. She is married and has two grown daughters and was a Girl Scout Leader for 11 years for both girls. She loves spending time with children and watching their eyes light up as they learn and make new discoveries.

Teresa White

Teacher Assistant for the 4 year old class

Teresa White is a retired nurse of 20 years, 9 of which where spent working with children. She was a pediatric office nurse for 7 years and worked in a special needs daycare for 2 years. She is married, has two adult children and 3 grandchildren children ages 1,3 and 5. Working with children has been her most rewarding part of her nursing career. She is looking forward to becoming part of the Shining Stars Preschool Staff in 2017!

Tracy Schinzel

Teacher Assistant for the 3 year old class

Tracy Schinzel is a returning assistant teacher for Shining stars preschool. She received her degree in Social Work with many classes being in early childhood education. She has over 10 years of experience working with children. She has been married to her husband for 8 years and has had the joy of being a stay at home mom to her two fun-loving children for the last 5 years. Tracy loves crafts and helping children learning through play.

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