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Ms. Melinda, Lead Teacher

My name is Miss Melinda and this is my 23rd year teaching and my 18th at KECC! I am married and have three grown children and two dogs. I hold a master’s degree in Education of Deaf with certifications in Early Childhood, Special Ed, Reading Ed, and Elem Ed. I am now pursuing my Doctorate in Reading.

In my spare time I enjoy crocheting, gardening and scuba diving. The beach is my favorite place!

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Mrs. Patty, Classroom Educator

My name is Mrs. Patty!  I have been at KECC since 2008 and have worked in early childhood education for 33 years. 

I have three children, Brian(24) who aspires to be a screenwriter and works at Duffy’s; Mary Kate(22) interning with 160/90 and Meghan(19) a sophomore at STLCC Meramec. 

I enjoy gardening, yoga and my rescue pup, DeeDee.

 

 

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Ms. Courtney, Classroom Educator

My name is Courtney Aranda and this is my third year at KECC.

For six years, I taught at the elementary level before coming to KECC in 2018, and I have absolutely loved the switch to preschool!

I have a dog named Leilani that I love very much and enjoy spending time with my family.

You can find me at every Blues home game... I am a HUGE fan!

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Ms. Nikki, Classroom Educator

My name is Nicole Timlin (Ms. Nikki) and I have worked at KECC since July 2002 both in the classroom and for many years as the special education secretary in the main office. Prior to KECC, I taught two-year-olds, and I was also trained as a Parent Educator through Parents as Teachers. 
 
I was raised in Kirkwood, and I still live here with my husband Tim, a PE teacher at North Kirkwood Middle School, and our three kids, aged 11, 6, & 4 (I also have one adult daughter who grew up spending so much time at KECC and she now works for AT&T in Springfield). We just bought our dream home last summer and we are having fun making it our own. If you walk in the Greentree Parade, you’ll pass my house!
 
I’m very excited to meet you! 

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Ms. Sue, Occupational Therapist

Hi!  I have worked at KECC as an OT (Occupational Therapist) since 2007. I work directly each week with some students and also spend time in several classrooms both running small groups and consulting with teachers as needed. OT’s help with developing fine motor skills through play and art activities and with ideas to support sensory processing and eating concerns.  In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors (hiking or horseback riding especially), watching movies, and reading books.

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Ms. Patrice, Physical Therapist

Hi. My name is Patrice Gouy and I began working as the physical therapist at KECC in January 2019. I graduated from St. Louis University (a long time ago) in 1992. I grew up in a suburb of Chicago where I started my career as a PT, and still travel back often to visit family. 

Currently, I live in Edwardsville, IL with my husband, Steve, and our daughter, Sara. I thoroughly enjoy watching Sara play volleyball for both her school and club teams.

In my downtime, I also enjoy spending time outside as often as possible; walking/running with our dog, Max; reading; and spending time with family.

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Ms. Julie, Speech Language Pathologist

My name is Julie Reimer and I have been a speech language pathologist since 1998. I did all of my undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Kansas. Yes I am a Jayhawk! Go KU! I have always provided services to the birth to 5 year old population and have been at KECC since 2001. I have a passion for anything to do with speech! When I’m not working, I spend a lot of time with my 2 daughters Ella and Clara, and my husband Chris. My girls are busy with competitive cheer, speaking French, watching Youtube videos, traveling, and school. My husband and I also love to travel and go out to eat.

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Ms. Megan, Speech Language Pathologist

I have a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Health Science in Communication Science and Disorders, both from the University of Missouri - Columbia. I have spent most of my career in Kirkwood, joining the staff of KECC in 2002.

My husband and I love to spend time at our lake house and travel whenever we can.

I love working in early childhood, as it is a time when significant language development occurs. It's so much fun to see this development and get to be a part of it everyday!