Meet our Teachers and Staff

Experienced and Caring

Our staff are the heart of the school.  They are supportive, kind and genuinely love children.  

Our educational director has been with the school for 30 years.  

Our teachers have a lot of experience ranging from 15-35 years teaching preschool. 

Chelsea Barnes

Interim Nursery School Director

Laura Game

St. John's Nursery School 

Office Manager for 4 years

"I have a BA degree in Child Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.  

I have 2 daughters - Sammy, 19, and

Lea , 11, (a St. John's alumna).  

I was a preschool teacher for 12 years before I quit to have my second daughter Lea.  I was a stay at home mom for 5 years.  

When I was ready to work again, Hanne offered me this position and I jumped at the opportunity to return to St. John's.  


I love witnessing the children gaining independence, learning to be part of a community, making friends, and seeing their kindness and self-esteem blossom under the care of our warm and gentle teachers."

Mrs. Samples

Teacher for 22 years 

at St. John's Nursery School

Blue Room Teacher

"Teaching preschool is fun.  Everyday is different, filled with learning from the children and me.  I enjoy watching the excitement in the class as they learn new things we teach them, and their love for stories and art projects. 

I love working at St. John's preschool.  Hanne, the director, is wonderful and supportive.  Laura, the office manager, is so organized and always there for us." 


Ms Chelsea

Teacher for 18 years 
(6 of those years at St. John's)

Blue Room Teacher

"I enjoy creating experiences for the children that are fun and educational.  My favorite parts of the day are the quiet moments and conversations with the children."

Fun facts:

"I was born and raised in LA.  I love spending time with my family.  I have a cat named Clover."

Ms. Shannen

Teacher for 25 years 
(18 of those years at St. John's)

Yellow Room Teacher

"I love the inquisitiveness of children. I  enjoy watching kids learn and grow."

Fun facts:

"I love to read. I  have two cats.  I am very talkative and expressive."

Ms. Lugie

Teacher for 15 years at St. John's

Yellow Room Teacher

"I love that I get to make a difference in children’s lives daily. To watch them evolve is the greatest motivator and reward. I love their enthusiasm, curiosity and resilience. They are so capable!"

Fun facts:

"I’m the proud mother of a 21 year old daughter whom I love to spend time with. I love nature. I enjoy cooking, yoga, meditation and going away on weekends."

Ms. Barnes

Teacher for 35 years at St. John's

Green Room Teacher

"I love seeing the excitement on a child's face when they discover something new."

Fun facts:

"I love family dinners, quilting, and reading a good book."

Ms. Tina Xu

Teacher for 16 years 

(4 of those years at St. John's)

Green Room Teacher

"Every child is a miracle.  I love laughing, dancing, singing, reading, and crafting with children all day long and sparking joy together.  I love kids and it has always been my dream and passion to become an educator."

Fun Facts:

"I like hiking and painting."