Our Philosophy

This is a wonderful time of unlimited energy and natural curiosity in a young child's life.  In a caring and positive atmosphere, we provide a place and a curriculum that is exciting, stimulating, and enjoyable where each child is actively involved in the learning process.

Our Team

Living Lord Lutheran Preschool has an experienced and well-qualified director and staff of teachers.  All staff members are degreed from a four year college or university.


Michelle Hiatt (Director) (MWF)

Hello! I am ready for another wonderful year at Living Lord Preschool with all of your children! I have been in education for 14 years! I have taught 1st grade & preschool as well as been a substitute teacher, a Parents as Teachers educator and Preschool Director! My husband, Pat, and I have 3 (nearly) grown children and a very spoiled dog named Charlee!  We love to travel, spend time with our children and relax!  I look forward to getting to know all of you!


Candi Ives (T/TH)

I'm lookng forward to starting my first year as a teacher here at Living Lord. I received my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at the University of Central Missouri. I was an educator for 7 years before I decided to stay home full time to raise our children. My husband and I have been married for 15 years and we love to travel, spend time with our family, and hang out on the water. I am beyond excited to continue my teaching career here at Living Lord. 


Jennifer Blankenship (T/TH & Lunch Bunch)

This is my first year teaching at Living Lord! My husband, Tim and I have three school age kiddos that keep us busy with sports, whether it be coaching them or cheering them on from the sidelines!  Most of our spare time is spent taking family adventures with our awesome neighbors.  I am really excited for this year and am thankful for the opportunity to be back in the classroom.  I look forward to making fun memories with your child!


Jessica Smegner (MWF)

I am so delighted to be your child's teacher this year!  We are going to have so much fun learning together!  This is my first year teaching at Living Lord Preschool and I am thrilled! My son (Philip) and daughter (Nora) both attended this preschool and they are now in kindergarten and 3rd grade.  My husband Nick and I have been married for 10 years and we love to travel.  In my free time I enjoy going on adventures with my family.


Erin Adair (M thru F/ Pre-K)

I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year!  We are going to have so much fun learning together!  This is my 5th year teaching at Living Lord Preschool  My daughter Emma attended this preschool and is now a Junior in high school.  I have been married to my husband Adam for 19 years.  In my free time I enjoy snuggling with my dog and hanging out with my family!

Our Facility and Classrooms

Living Lord's 12,000 square foot facility allows for great  flexibility in usage of its open spaces and meeting rooms.  The preschool uses the sanctuary for weekly chapel, utilizes the Fellowship Room for whole school events such as our Fall Festival, Sensory Fair, and birthday party for Jesus and uses the upstairs gathering space for large gross motor activities when the weather does not allow us to go outside.

Our three classrooms are light-filled and colorful and designed to promote wonder, curiosity and cognitive stimulation through  a wide variety of sensory and learning centers, as well as introduction to SMARTboards.