Meet our team.

Cate Heberlie - Director

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Masters in Elementary Education Administration
  • Certified in Early Childhood Education and Education Administration
I’m excited to start my 4th school year at SunRise Preschool! Before coming to SunRise I taught kindergarten, 2nd grade and 3rd grade for Fort Zumwalt School District. My husband and I have 3 daughters and 2 adorable king charles cavalier spaniels.

Jo Borglum - Teacher’s Assistant

I have been a teacher’s assistant at SunRise preschool for 18 years. I also attend church here at SunRise. I am a mom of 3 and a grandma to 3.

Jackie Williamson - Teacher’s Assistant

  • Bachelors in  Psychology
  • Masters in Clinical Child Counseling 
  • Masters in School Counseling
  • Specialist’s in School Psychology
  • Certified in Elementary Education
I have always had a passion for working with children. I was employed as a School Psychologist for the St. Louis Special School District before staying home to raise my own children. I currently work in the preschool office and help the staff and students in various roles. My husband, Ian, and I  have two kids, Vivian and Liam and a dog, Rokett. Both of my children attended SunRise Preschool and are now in elementary school.

Jamie Barnes - 3’s Teacher

  • Bachelors in Psychology 
  • Masters in Education/Special Education
  • Certifications in Elementary Education, as well as Special Education-Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Disabilities, K-12. 
Prior to taking over a 3’s teaching assignment in 2021, I took an extended time out of the classroom as a busy wife and mom to fraternal quadruplets, now 15.  One became medically fragile with a syndrome and passed away as a first grader.  I can personally attest to the compassion of the teachers here at Sunrise as most were my quads K & 1st grade teachers.

Jenni Huddleston - 3’s Teacher

  • Bachelors in Elementary Education
  • Masters in Elementary Education
  • Certified in Elementary Education
I am so excited to be a part of the SunRise Preschool program! I am a recently retired second grade teacher from Fort Zumwalt School District. I have been married for 23 years and we have 3 young adult children, all living at home. I am super excited to work with the littles again!

Joni Pukala - 3’s Teacher

  • Registered Nurse
  • Certified in Vocational Education
I am excited to join this amazing preschool.  My husband and I have three grown daughters and two grandsons. I am a registered nurse of 38 years, I worked the first 18 years primarily in the cardiovascular intensive care unit and the last 19 years as a high school Health Occupations/CNA Instructor.  After retiring from public education, during this pandemic, I managed a K- 6th-grade virtual learning program for the faculty of DeSmet Jesuit High School.

Cathy Beckerdite - Pre-K Teacher

  • Bachelors in English
  • Bachelors in History
  • Certified in Language Arts and Social Studies
I am married to Matt Beckerdite and have four children. My teaching experience includes teaching and subbing in all grades from Pre-K through high school. Most of my time teaching has been with Sunrise Preschool where I have taught for eleven years. During these years, I have taught Lunch Bunch, the 3's, and the Pre-K. Being with these kids makes me smile every day.

Lauren Longwell - Pre-K Teacher

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education 
  • Certified in Early Childhood Education
I have taught kindergarten, first, and second grade in the Fort Zumwalt School District. My kids all went through the preschool program at Sunrise, and I was so excited to join the staff in 2019.  My favorite part of teaching preschool is seeing children learn and grow through play. When I’m not at school I enjoy spending time with my family, especially doing outdoor activities.

Vicki Schuttenberg - Pre-K Teacher

  • Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education
  • Master’s degree in Computer Education
  • Certified Elementary Education
  • Educational Specialist’s degree in Educational Technology
I have been married for 40 years, have 3 grown children and 9 grandchildren.  I taught 1st, 3rd and 5th grades for 23 years and retired in 2019.  Next year will be my 3rd year teaching at SunRise Preschool. I love SunRise, the students and families, and I’m very excited to be teaching full day pre-k next year.

Our Mission

We provide a developmentally age-appropriate program that nurtures your child's spiritual, physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth. We encourage each child’s individual creativity and walk alongside them to show that God loves them unconditionally.

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