St. John's Day School

At SJDS we encourage children to be actively involved in the learning process by exploring a wide variety of developmentally appropriate activities and materials in an environment planned for the child. This means a variety of opportunities to learn in a warm, developmentally appropriate environment.

About SJDS

Mission Statement
St. John’s Day School Embraces Children and Invites Them To Love Christ, To Love Learning, And To Love All People!!

Toddler Classes: Ages 12 months-36 months

The children practice important social skills such as trusting others outside their families and gaining independence. In addition, assertiveness is learned in socially acceptable ways through participating in daily circle time and attending chapel and music weekly.

The Caterpillars: Ages 2.5-3 years

A typical day includes group time, story time, small motor activities, free-play, and other age-appropriate learning experiences.

The Butterflies: Ages 3-4 years

Thematic units are used in promoting sensory-based learning, and an overview of the alphabet is incorporated during the school year.

Pre-Kindergarten: 4-5 years

The learning environment in the classroom is geared toward developing social, academic, and behavioral skills in order to promote a smooth transition to Kindergarten.

 Pre-Kindergarten: 5 years

Our FIVES class is specifically designed for children who are eligible to attend Kindergarten but need an additional year of preschool to make the transition.

Experiences for Your Children:
• Chapel: The children attend Chapel (provided by the clergy) where they are taught a different Biblical theme each week.
• Music: Music class is provided once a week for our students.
• Playground: SJDS features a newly renovated playground, and all classes have at least 30 minutes of playground time each day.

2018-19 SJDS Calendar

Click here to view the 2018-19 School Calendar

Meet the SJDS Teachers

Christie Hooper – Director
Formerly a teacher in our four-year-old program, Ms. Christie brings enthusiasm to the Day School daily as Director. An active, life-long member of St. John’s Church, she is great with the children and quick to tend to each child’s individual needs.
Amy Panzer -Pre-K 

I’m Ms. Amy and I teach PreK. I graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Psychology and an emphasis on child development. I have two children who attended SJDS and started teaching here when my youngest was a caterpillar over 10 years ago! I have taught all age groups from toddlers up to PreK. I enjoy working with children and creating a safe environment for them to learn.

Lucy Mutch – Office Assistant and Floater
Ms. Lucy loves seeing the children grow into their own personalities!  She is one of the lead teachers for the Butterflies.  Ms. Lucy also taught Preschool for many years in Nashville, TN. However when moving to Lynchburg, she took a break while sending her own children to SJDS. Ms. Lucy is also a member of St. Johns Church and has taught Sunday school.
  Rebecca Severs - Mothers Morning Out

Hi, I'm Ms. Becca! I'm one of the baby room teachers. I enjoy working with small children and seeing them discover and achieve new things everyday. Before coming to SJDS I worked in a daycare and as a nanny. My fiance and I love to travel, and we have been all over the U.S. together. We can not wait to travel to Hawaii in November for our honeymoon.

Elizabeth Cook – Butterfly Assistant
I graduated from University of Georgia and am married and have three beautiful daughters. The youngest went to St. John’s Day School. I have been a “Super” Sub for SJDS for several years. Now, I am an assistant in  the Butterfly class and I loving be here at the Day School!

McKenzie Connell - Mothers Morning Out
Ms. McKenzie is a teacher in the baby room and has her BA in theatre performance from Liberty University. She loves performing, baking, and having dance parties with her students. She is excited to join the SJDS team this year and looking forward to watching the children grow! You may have seen her and her husband in shows around town! 

Katrina Phillips – Butterfly Teacher
I am one of the teachers in the Butterfly Class after being lead teacher for the Caterpillar Class sevetral years.  I graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Childhood Development. I love teaching at SJDS and bonding with All our little friends! After school I am a nanny for two little girls, who I have looked after for numerous years!!
  Todd Carden - Caterpillar Teacher
My name is Todd Carden. I graduated from the University of North Carolina Charlotte with a degree in history. I am married and have two beautiful boys that both attended St. John’s. I have gone from super sub to full time Caterpillar teacher. I look forward to watching these little Caterpillars create and learn.
Chantale Rosenberg – Pre-K 
Ms. Rosenberg received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early-Middle Education from Radfor University in 1990.  She currently teaches in our Pre-K program and has been teaching at SJDS for 24 years. She continues to provide new and exciting learning activities for the little ones in her class.  Her hobbies are wildlife photography (especially birds) and traveling.
Ashlynn Watson– Toddler Room 

Hi, I'm Ashlynn! I'm currently a Master's student at Lynchburg College getting a degree in Nonprofit Leadership Studies. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Sweet Briar College in Musical Theatre and Dance Education. I spend my Summer's working with the YMCA in their childcare program, where I work with at-risk youth, teaching them nutrition and dance. I'm also an actor and choreographer in the area, I love performing. Let me know if you're looking for good theatre in the area!

Kelsey Mays  –  Toddler Room

Hi I'm Kelsey! I'm so excited to join the team at SJDS! I am currently pursuing my  Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Liberty University, with hopes of teaching Kindergarten one day. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Lynchburg College in Public Relations with minors in Studio Art and Popular Culture. In my spare time you can find me with my camera in hand snapping shots of our beautiful world and the people in it.

Emily Davidson - Pre-K
Ms. Emily loves spending her mornings working with her Pre-K friends. She has years of experience working with preschool age children in Richmond. She has two children, Russell and Sally, that are St. John’s alumni!


Kelli Spiering - Caterpillar Teacher
Hello! I’m Ms. Kelli and I get to be one of the teachers for the Caterpillars at SJDS! I am originally from the Outer Banks area of North Carolina but moved to Lynchburg for college and graduated from Liberty in 2016. Working and being able to teach children is a huge passion in my life and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to do so. In my spare time, you can find me hanging out with my adventurous husband Ryan, and playing with our two pups, Ozzy and Rigley! 

Carly Lawrence – Butterfly Teacher
Hello, I’m Ms. Carly! I am one of the  teachers in the Butterfly Class at SJDS after teaching in the toddler room for several years! I graduated from Ferrum College in 2011 with a degree in Elementary Studies, and a double minor in Psychology and English. Working with children is a passion of mine and something I have done for many years. I have two children, one of whom graduated from St. John’s Day School and one that attends here!!

2018-19 Tuition Costs (click here)


How to Enroll

Open Enrollment begins in February, and takes place on a first-come, first-served basis. The process of enrollment is as follows:

1. Complete and Return the 2018-19 Enrollment Application
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2. If there is a spot available, you will receive a Schedule Agreement soon thereafter. When you receive your Schedule Agreement, we encourage you to set up a time to tour the school with your child. This will allow you to view the facility and ask any questions you may have.

3. Enrollment is completed once the Schedule Agreement is signed and returned along with the nonrefundable $50 Registration Fee and the first month’s tuition payment.