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Melissa Cowden
Preschool Director
(574) 234-3318
mcowden@stjoeparish.com

 


Saint Joseph Preschool

Saint Joseph Preschool Staff

Melissa Cowden
Director

Mrs. Cowden feels so blessed to be a part of the Saint Joseph community as the Dirctor of the Preschool. She shares with the preschool over twenty years of experience working in Catholic early childhood education. Mrs. Cowden holds a bacholor's degree in early childhood education from Florida State University and a master's degree in education from Loyola Marymount University. She holds a certification in early childhood education from the State of Indiana and is also trained in the HighScope Curriuclum. She is currently working towards her Catethesis of the Good Shepherd Level 1 training. Mrs. Cowden and her husband are loving raising their three wonderful children to adulthood. All of their children have attended Catholic Schools for elementary and secondary education; two have attended Saint Joseph Grade School.
Phone: (574) 234-3318
Email: mcowden@stjoeparish.com

Sabrina Zalas
Lead Teacher

Mrs. Zalas grew up here in South Bend, IN. She attended Indiana University of South Bend were she earned her bachelor’s degree in education along with a minor in early childhood education and a minor in psychology. Mrs. Zalas is trained in HighScope curriculum and has been teaching preschool for 10 years. Before coming to Saint Joseph, she worked as a lead teacher at the Early Childhood Development Center at Saint Mary’s College. Mrs. Zalas and her family are parishioners at Saint Joseph and her son is a student at the grade school.
Phone: (574) 234-3318
Email: szalas@stjoeparish.com

Halee Williams
Instructional Assistant/Aftercare Coordinator

Mrs. Williams has an associate's degree in early childhood education and is trained in HighScope curriculum. She is currently attending Ball State University via distance learning to obtain a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, with a minor in early childhood special education. She is also undergoing Level I formation for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. Mrs. Williams currently lives in Mishawaka with her husband and daughter, who is a student at Saint Joseph Grade School.
Phone: (574) 234-3318
Email: hwilliams@stjoeparish.com

Monica Casbon
Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Casbon has a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University and training in HighScope curriculum. She began working in early childhood education in 2013. She also spent six years volunteering in Catholic schools in Indiana and Pennsylvania. Mrs. Casbon and her husband have one daughter who currently attends Saint Pius X.
Phone: (574) 234-3318
Email: mcasbon@stjoeparish.com

Lori Jester
Office Assistant/Aftercare Teacher

Mrs. Jester is currently working towards her associate's degree in early childhood education. She has worked in early childhood education for 13 years. She and her family are parishioners at Saint Joseph Church and her youngest child is a student at the grade school.
Phone: (574) 234-3318
Email: ljester@stjoeparish.com


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