Ann Suess Cobb M.S. CCC/SLP

Center for Early Learning Director 

Ann has spent many years working as a speech-language therapist in the public schools.  Preschoolers are her work passion, and Christ is her life passion.  This seems like the best fit for fulfilling both!  Ann graduated from Western Illinois University and carries with her teacher certification, a masters in communication disorders, and an endoresement in school staff evaluation.  Ann and her family are members here at St. Johns; family includes a husband (Ken) son, Noah and dog, Scooby-Doo.

To contact the director, you may call (309) 792-0755  or e-mail  [email protected] 


Judy Turek

Center for Early Learning Teacher: 3-Year-Olds Yellow Songbirds

Judy taught at St. John's from August 1991 to June 1996 and returned to our staff in August of 1999.  She received her degree from Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL. In her free time, she enjoys taking walks and watching her grandchildren.

Her philosophy of education is: Learning should be fun. To help a child develop physically and mentally.

Contact Judy at: (309) 792-0755 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday

Martha Merritt

Center for Early Learning Teacher: Pre-K Blue Jays

Martha is a masters degree educator who believes children should learn through experience. Her classroom has lots of hands on, engaging activities that stimulate the imagination.  She has lots of energy and creativity.  Martha shares us with two amazing children, a sweet husband and an ark full of animals.

Contact Martha at: (309) 792-0755 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Susan Curry

Center for Early Learning Teacher: Pre-K Green Frogs

Susan has been teaching at St. John's since August of 2010.  She graduated with a bachelors of Science in Education from Illinois State University.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family.

Her views on early childhood education: Early childhood education is the first step on the road to a healthy love of learning.  Learning through play, they will have a solid knowledge of letters, numbers, shapes, colors, animals, community, and story telling as well as social skills.  This is just the beginning to many years of classroom learning and I believe that preschool should be a fun, safe place where children want to come everyday.


Kimberly Guardia

Center for Early Learning Aide (but really more of a teacher!)

Kim joined us in 2013, and has been a devoted servant ever since.  Always ready to help, Kim can always be counted on to get the job done with love. She is married with an adorable son who attended CEL.  Kim has taught Sunday School at her church for many years, so hopefully she will also teach here for many as well.


Elizabeth Antolik

Center for Early Learning Aide

Elizabeth joins us this year but has been a volunteer in past years.  She loves kids and MUSIC and has led the St. John's music for Vacation Bible School for 8 years.  She is as energetic as she is talented.  Welcome, Elizabeth!

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