About Us

EXCEPTIONAL PRESCHOOL EDUCATION

in the Episcopal Tradition

St. Michael’s Episcopal Preschool in Mandeville, LA, is a place for children to learn, explore, wonder, question and share. We foster the social, physical, intellectual, spiritual and emotional development of each child in a nurturing, Christian environment. The preschool is operated by St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, providing exceptional education and care in the Episcopal tradition. Our curriculum is designed to motivate and stimulate young minds in preparation for kindergarten and to cultivate a love of learning to last a lifetime.

OUR HISTORY

Where Children Learn and Play in a Loving, Christian Environment

Since 1996, St. Michael’s Episcopal Preschool in Mandeville, LA, has offered outstanding academics and kindergarten preparation. Our school provides a loving, safe environment for children taking their first steps away from home, preparing them academically, socially, and spiritually for their educational journey. With a strong curriculum, variety of enrichment activities for children, low child/faculty ratios and impeccable facilities indoors and out, St. Michael’s delivers an unparalleled early learning experience.

St. Michael’s offers full-day preschool for children aged 18 months to 5 years and summer camp for 2- to 5-year-olds. Our half-day mother’s day out program accommodates children from 12 months through age 3. Age groups are based on a child’s age as of September 30. A child must be 18 months old by August 1 to be enrolled in the preschool and 12 months old by September 1 for the mother’s day out program.

Our school is a place of many experiences, where children discover self in relation to others and to the environment. We operate on the premise that each of us has unique gifts to share. The curriculum includes reading and writing readiness, math readiness, large and small motor skills activities, daily prayer and pledge of allegiance, chapel time twice weekly, art, Spanish and music classes weekly, and indoor and outdoor play. The preschool year begins in early August and runs through May, closely following the St. Tammany Parish Public School calendar for holidays and other school closures. Registration begins mid-January and runs until school begins. We encourage all perspective parents and guardians to schedule a tour during school hours.

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OUR STAFF

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The faculty and staff of St. Michael’s are all experienced in preschool education and continue to improve their skills through professional seminars and training throughout the year. All are trained in CPR, child and sexual abuse issues and safe food handling. The 3–4-year-old classes have a student/staff ratio of 7:1; the 2-year-old groups have a ratio of 5:1.

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STACEY TAVAN

HEAD OF SCHOOL

The staff of St. Michael’s Episcopal Preschool is led by Head of School Stacey Tavan. Stacey joined the St. Michael’s team in 2001 after receiving her degree in Early Childhood Education. She has taught every age group within the school and in 2008 earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in management. She has proven time and again her love and dedication to the children of our community. Originally from New Orleans, Stacey moved to the Northshore in 2001. She is the mother of a beautiful daughter who is also an alumna of St. Michael’s Episcopal Preschool.

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DIANNE RANDAZZO ROSER

OFFICE MANAGER

Dianne joined St. Michael’s Episcopal Preschool as Office Manager in July 2014. Prior to that, she worked as a pre-kindergarten assistant for eight years at Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic School in Mandeville, LA. Dianne has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Loyola University. She has one daughter, Hannah, and two Shetland Sheepdogs and a small parrot. Dianne enjoys cooking, reading, and walking the dogs.

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From left to right: Alfonso Martinez, Stacey Tavan, Sandra Cripple, Andree Person, Eric Jensen, Rachel Wilhelm, Dennis Ryan and Isabel Moore.

OUR SCHOOL BOARD

St. Michael’s Episcopal Preschool is governed by a school board comprised of faculty, members of the church, and parents, grandparents and guardians of students. Its primary function is to provide assistance, direction, and vision for the school.

Stacey G. Tavan – Head of School
Stacey@stmichaelsla.org

Dennis Ryan – Priest In Charge
dryan@netdoor.com

Sandra Cripple – Faculty Member
scripple@charter.net

Erik Jensen – Church Member
ejensen@escrowserviceinc.com

Isabelle Moore – Church Member
pimoore1@bellsouth.net

Rachel Wilhelm – Parent Member
rwilhelm03@yahoo.com

Alfonso Martinez
aemartinez210@gmail.com

 

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OUR CAMPUS

We share an 11-acre campus with St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Mandeville

The preschool shares an 11-acre campus with St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Mandeville. Our 14 classrooms and four outdoor playgrounds are surrounded by piney woods. To ensure the security of our children, all doors are locked, with keypad codes, biometric touch screen finger print scanning for parents to check their children in and out, and 32 camera monitoring the halls, classrooms, and playgrounds.

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