Come and meet our Preschool teachers and staff at St. John LaLande. We are proud of our highly experienced and educated staff. Their passion and dedication to teaching helps form St. John LaLande students who are: Rooted in Faith. Grounded in Excellence. Prepared for Success.
Kelley Knust, Multi Age Preschool
Mrs. Knust has been a teacher and student at St. John LaLande for over 30 years. She and her family have been a part of our parish community since they moved from St. Louis in 1980. Mrs. Knust has taught a variety of grades at St. John LaLande. She currently teaches the Multi-Age Preschool Program and is on the Athletic Board at St. John’s. Mrs. Knust holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from University of Central Missouri. She believes that her gift of teaching and love of Christ continue to bless her through her opportunities at St. John’s.
Mrs. Knust and her husband live in Grain Valley with their three children, two of them attend St. John’s. She enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with her family and friends, but her greatest passion is watching her children excel in their sports.
Geraldine Dietsch, Multi Age Preschool Aide
Mrs. Dietsch started at St. John LaLande as a parent volunteer in 2009. She then started a sub job and a Friday secretarial position at St. John LaLande in 2014. Currently, she is the Preschool Aide for the Multi Age class. Mrs. Dietsch received her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, VA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration-Finance from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
Mrs. Dietsch and her husband have one child, who is now in 6th grade at St. John LaLande. She and her family have been a part of St. John LaLande Parish and School since they moved from Great Lakes, IL in 2009. Mrs. Dietsch enjoys cooking, reading, walking and spending quality time with her family. Her family pride and joy is to watch her son grow and excel at St. John LaLande.