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.
Mrs. Kleoppel, Kindergarten Prep Teacher
This is Mrs. Kleoppel’s first year teaching at St. John LaLande. She is currently the Kindergarten Prep teacher. Mrs. Kleoppel graduated from Rockhurst University with her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and from the University of Kansas with a Masters in Social Work. Teaching children is her passion and she is excited to a part of the St. John’s family. Teaching at a Catholic school is especially important to her heart so as to instill a sense of faith and community among her students.
Mrs. Kleoppel has a husband Jimmy (SJL alum) and a son Brody who is 1 ½ years old. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family doing outdoor activities, root on the Royals, Chiefs and Jayhawks, and read.
Jessica Williams, Preschool Paraprofessional