Staff

 Kevin Curtin
Director
(309) 691-6322

Kevin is a retired public school educator having spent  25 years as an Elementary School Principal. He joined Northminster as the Learning Center Director in July 2013. After growing up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Kevin moved to Peoria in 1980 following his graduation from Illinois State University. He and his wife, Lindy, celebrated their 33rd anniversary in July 2016. They have four children; Mackenzie (Mike) Morey of Palatine, Illinois, Bailey (Mark) Bevill of Iowa City, Iowa, Sullivan (Laura) of Chicago, and Peyton who is a Junior at the University of Illinois.

 

Kevin received his Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University in May 1980. He also holds a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from ISU which he received in August, 1986.

 Michelle Lundquist
Associate Director
(309) 691-6322

Michelle came to Northminster as a lead teacher in Discovery Preschool in August of 2004.  She then became Associate Director in July 2013. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Illinois College. She recieved her certification in Deaf Education from MacMurrray College. Michelle has been trained in Project Work, Work Sampling,, Documentation, Second Step, and Godly Play. She has presented at NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) among other conferences. Michelle completed her Master’s Degree in Teaching and Leadership at St. Xavier University in 2010.  

 

Michelle also married her husband Tyler in 2010.  She has a son, Nolan, who attends Northminster's Discovery Preschool and a daughter, Mia, who was born Dec.14th, 2015.

 Doree Bonn
Full-Day Preschool/Summer Camp

Doree has over 11 years of early childhood experience in both Missouri and Illinois. Doree joined the Northminster staff in June 2011 and worked at our Summer Camp.  She has three years of ministry training.  She is also trained in Documentation as well as the Work Sampling system.  She has been an assistant for Curiosity Corner and Multi-Age Kindergarten at Northminster and is currently an assistant for Full-day Preschool as well as a Summer Camp instructor. Doree is married to Chris, and they have three boys.

 Patti Budds
Discovery Preschool - Lead Teacher

Patti is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan with a Bachelor's Degree in Christian Education.  Before coming to Northminster, she worked in Childcare/Preschool for ten years.  She started at Northminister in 2013 as a Support Staff.  She was then a substitute Teacher for a couple of years leading uo becoming a Lead Teacher of Discovery Preschool in 2015.  She has a husband, James, and two sons Sean and Alex.  

 Tera Hammond
Discovery Preschool/After School Program

Tera has been a teacher in the after school program since September of 2010. She graduated from Bardley with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  Tera previously taught kindergarten in the Bartonville and Eurkea School Districts. Tera joined the Early Childhood Staff in 2012 as Associate Teacher in Discovery Preschool and then became a lead techer in 2013. Tera lives in Bartonville with her son Tyler, daughter Stephanie, and husband Steve.  

 Lori Hirth
Discovery Preschool Associate Teacher

Mrs. Lori Hirth joined Northminster Learning Center in the Fall 0f 2013 serving first as a Lunchroom Assistant. Then she served as a Staff Support person with a wide range of responsibilities.  She has now joined the Early Childhood Staff as an Associate Teacher. She and her husband, Bob, have four children and reside in Dunlap. She absolutely loves working with each and every child.

 Kim Holdham
Administrative Assistant

Kim joined the Learning Center staff in September 2013. She and husband Chris moved to Peoria from Calgary, Canada in 1998.  Kim’s career in Calgary encompassed 18 years as a Human Resources Administrator for Petro Canada and the Calgary Stampede / Calgary Flames. She has a certificate from the University of Calgary’s Tourism / Hospitality Management Program (Marketing major), and a diploma from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Business Administration program ( Human Resources major). Since 1998, Kim has pursued her passion of directing children’s theater productions (60 in total), most recently as music director of The Penguin Project.

She and husband Chris recently celebrated 26 years of marriage, and are the proud parents of Laura, Trevor, and Michelle.  Kim recently has become a grandma to a grandson, Desmond.

 Mary Hurt
Curiosity Corner / Discovery Preschool Associate Teacher

Mary  joined the Northminster Learning Center team in the summer of 2012, as she was a teacher for our Summer Camp program. Mary has over 20 years of experience working with toddlers and preschool age children and came to us from Head Start.  Mary has received training in Conscious Discipline and Documentation.  She enjoys her time with the toddler learners at Northminster as the Associate Teacher for Curiosity Corner.  She is also a Discovery Preschool Associate Teacher in the afternoons.  

 Pamella Morris
Discovery Preschool - Associate Teacher

Mrs. Morris serves the NLC as an Associate Teacher. She has been teaching preschool for over 29 years. She holds an Associate's Degree in Applied Science and Child Developmen from Illinois Central Colege. She and her husband, Dan, have two children: Jacob and Danielle who are both enrolled in collge. She enjoys playing guitar, running and going for walks with herhusband when she has free time. She says she feels most blessed to be a part of the NLC family.

 Sarah Ritscher
Curiosity Corner/Discovery Preschool Lead Teacher

Sarah graduated from  Illinois State University in 2008 with a degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Reading. She worked as an instructional aide for Creve Coeur District #76 for one year and then moved to East Peoria District #86 for three years where she worked as a special education instructional aide. Sarah also attended Eureka College in 2010-2011 and acquired an endorsement in special education. Sarah joined Northminster Learning Center in 2012 and is the Lead Teacher for our youngest learners in Curiosity Corner. She also teaches a 3-day Discovery Preschool Class in the afternoon.  Sarah has been trained in the Work Sampling System and Conscious Discipline.

 Jessica Stanton
Kindergarten

Jessica has been a member of the Learning Center staff since 2005. She has taught in our toddler classroom, half day preschool as well as our full day preschool. Beginning in 2015-2016 she taught our Kindergarten class. Jessica holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bradley University, which includes Special Education Approval, and has been in the early childhood field for over 20 years. She has been trained in The Project Approach and is passionate about promoting active inquiry in the classroom. Jessica shares her commitment to lifelong learning by sharing with others in the education field as a presenter at local, state and national education conferences on topics which include supporting emergent writers, children and nature, early childhood environments and documenting children's work. She lives in Peoria with her husband of 20 years, Scott and her two sons.

 Carolyn St. John
Discovery Preschool - Lead Teacher

Mrs. St. John joined the NLC staff in August 2013. She has degrees in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from the University of Illinois. Additionally she has completed coursework at the University of Illinois in Early Childhood Special Education and has also earned 120 Continuing Professional Development Units in "Best Practices in Early Childhood Education". Mrs. St. John has two children; Lee (21) and Minnie (18).

 Ashley Vodraska
Discovery Preschool - Lead Teacher

Ashley joined our early childhood program last year and is now helping on Mondays and Wednesdays in Aftercare.  She graduated from Bradley in 2015 with her BS in Early Childhood Education with a Special Education approval.  Ashley can’t wait to go back and get her Master’s in Special Education.  Her daughter, Bella attends Northminster’s Kindergarten.  Ashley enjoys music, performing, dirt track racing, the Chicago Cubs and most of all spending time with her family and friends. 

 

 Jen Tarabulski
Discovery Preschool- Associate Teacher/Extended Day

Jen received her Bachelor's Degree from Iowa State in Elementary Education.  Then she obtained her Master's Degree in Computers in Education from Suny New Paltz, NY. Jen has been a substitute teacher at Northminster since her son , Seth, was in Curiosity Corner in 2012.  Prior to that, she traught 4th grade in Pawling NY for two years, high school and college at Ozards Technical Community College in Springfield, MO for five years, computer classes for 6-8 graders at Newtown Middle School in CT for ten years, and computer classes fro 6-8 graders at Bloomington Middle School for three years.  Her husband, TJ, works for CAT in Mossville and Seth(7 yrs.) is in first grade at South School in Chillicothe.