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.

2017-18 SJDS Calendar

Click here to view the 2017-18 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 - Butterfly Lead Teacher and Assistant Director
We welcome back Ms. Amy! With a minor in Child Development and many years of experience, she is a great addition to our staff. She enjoys watching the children learn, accomplish their goals, and the way they make her laugh.
Kelly Cowart - Pre-K Fours

I am excited to be the new Pre-K teacher at SJDS! My husband and I recently moved here from Atlanta. I have been teaching and counseling children in private and public schools for the last 28 years. I graduated from The University of Georgia, earned a Master’s Degree from Georgia State, and returned to UGA for a Specialist’s degree and doctoral work. I love encouraging children’s growth through play!! I want every child to leave my class with a deep love of learning and a solid foundation to build on.

Lucy Mutch – Butterfly Teacher
Ms. Lucy loves seeing the Butterflies 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.
  Alethea Lindauer - Caterpillar Teacher

I am thrilled to be a part of St. John's Day School this year, working with the Caterpillar class. I have four children ranging in ages from 19 to 10 years old and home schooled my children for eight years. I attended King College for two years and am currently completing my elementary education degree with Liberty University.  I believe education is a life long process beginning at the earliest age and I look forward to teaching and nurturing our young learners.

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 with Ms. Amy in one of the Butterfly classes and I loving be here at the Day School!
Barb Sydnor – Toddler Assistant and Extended Day Lead Teacher
Ms. Barb is so excited to be teaching at St. John’s Day School! All three of her children graduated from SJDS, she loved it so much she did not want to leave. Ms. Barb has been a Girl Scout leader ever since her high school daughter was in Kindergarten (they just finished their Silver Award!) Ms. Barb enjoys working with the children, especially teaching them love, kindness and empathy.
Katrina Phillips – Caterpillar Teacher
I am one of the lead teachers for the Caterpillar Class. I graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Childhood Development. I am new to SJDS and I am loving every minute of it 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!!
Chantale Rosenberg – Pre-K and Fives
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–  "Mother's Morning Out" (Baby 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  –  "Mother's Morning Out" (Baby 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 - 
Carly Lawrence – Toddlers
Hello, I’m Ms. Carly! I am one of the lead teachers in the toddler Room at SJDS! 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 attends St. John’s Day School and one who will soon!!

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.