WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE: Mon. - Fri. 7:30am & 12:15pm, Sat. 8:30am; WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE: Sat. Vigil 5:30pm & 7:30pm (PORT); Sun. 7:30am; 9:00am; 10:45am; 12:30pm, 2:00pm (SPAN); 5:30pm

Preschool Staff

Mindy Geer 
Director

Mrs. Geer started as a preschool parent and carline volunteer when her children attended the preschool in 2008.  In 2012, she began working as an Assistant Teacher with the four-year-old class.  This experience has gaven her a wonderful insight into the staff and classroom’s needs. The following year she became the Office Assistant to better utilize her degree and background in Business Administration.  In 2018 she became the Assistant Director, then Director in 2020.  Over the last few years, she has been taking early childhood classes to continue learning about the science behind the teaching while helping the staff maintain the preschool's National NAEYC Accredittion. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and the outdoors, traveling and being with her children (Andrew - 17 and Lindsey - 13).

Jen Waibel
Assistant Director

Mrs. Waibel has lived in Tampa for most of her life and has been a parishioner at St. Paul since childhood. She lives in Lutz with her husband, three daughters, and two dogs. Her daughters are all former or current students of St. Paul Catholic Preschool. She has spent time at our preschool as a parent volunteer and substitute teacher since 2012. She earned her education degree from the University of South Florida and has taught in both Pasco and Hillsborough counties. 

Naiari Fernandez
Assistant Teacher for two-year-olds

Ms. Fernández was born in Venezuela and moved to the United States in 2019. Her professional background is in the health field as a Physical Therapist. She decided to have a fresh start and persue her Early Childhood Education degree. She began as a Two-year-old Assistant Teacher in 2020.  She has been surrounded by children all her life and became an aunt at 9 years old.  What she loves about this new chapter of her life is helping the children to feel as safe as they can in this transitional moment of their lives. She understands that in order to cope with all the emotions they have at school, they need a secure attachment figure to thrive. 

 

 

Sherrie Aquilino
Assistant teacher three year-olds

This is Mrs. Aquilino’s (Mrs. A) 2nd year at St. Paul and is the teacher assistant in the three-year-old classroom with Mrs. Wynn. She has recently renewed her CDA (Child Development Associate Degree) and has over 20 years’ experience as a teacher and assistant.

She is originally from Buffalo, New York and married her high school sweetheart.  In 1986, they moved to Tampa to raise a family and they have been here ever since. She has two grown sons that both live in the Bay area.

Mrs. A. has a song for every occasion and enjoys sharing her love of Jesus with the children in her class.

 

Ioana Laine
Lead Teacher for three-year-olds

One of the things that attracted Mrs. Laine to St. Paul's Preschool is the feeling that most of the teachers tell her life story: a nervous mom trusting the school with the care and education of her children, gradually falls in love with the St. Paul family and wants to be part of it even after both of her children have moved onto kindergarten. Therefore, moving from her career in the legal field, Mrs. Laine has become a Florida certified teacher and has been teaching at St. Paul in the 4 and 3-year-old programs since 2017. Mrs. Laine is originally from Romania. Aside from spending time with her husband and two children (Julia - 9, Erik - 7), Mrs. Laine enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and playing tennis.

Michelle Musial
Assistant Teacher for three-year-olds

Mrs. Musial first came to St. Paul Catholic Preschool as a parent and a volunteer.  She joined the staff as an assistant teacher in the 3-day, two year old class in 2015. After taking a year off to help her two children with e-learning, she returned to work in the 3-day threes. She recently finished her coursework to renew her Child Development Associate (CDA). Mrs. Musial believes in the research based philosophy that young children learn best through purposeful play, which is why she loves working in St. Paul Catholic Preschool's safe, nurturing and loving environment.

 

 

 

 

 

Kaeli Horwith
Assistant Teacher for four-year-olds

From a very young age, Miss Horwith knew that working with young children and teaching was her passion. Miss. Horwith is a recent graduate of Sunlake High School in Land o’ Lakes, FL. She is very excited to be working towards her degree in early childhood education, and to be a part of the amazing staff at St. Paul’s Catholic Preschool. Miss Horwith adores working with children and especially loves to encourage young minds to explore as well as create endless possibilities of learning and fun through play, music, art and reading. In her free time, Miss. Horwith enjoys shopping, reading, and traveling with her family!

 

Karen Overmeyer  
Lead Teacher for four-year-olds

Mrs. Overmyer joined the St. Paul Catholic Preschool family as a parent and volunteer, then as a substitute teacher before joining the staff in 2018. Her two children attended all three of their preschool years at St. Paul as well. She received her BS in Elementary Education at Clemson University in South Carolina and her Master’s Degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University. She has eight years of elementary teaching experience in Johns Creek, Georgia. She believes in the learning philosophy at St. Paul which is to nurture the unique learning styles of children and foster a safe learning space for a child’s development. 

Jeanette Maniscalco
Assistant Teacher for four-year-olds

Mrs. Maniscalco was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She is a parishioner and was also married at St. Paul. She began her journey with St. Paul Catholic Preschool as a parent and has made great friendships within the staff. She joined the St. Paul staff in 2019.  In 2020, she stayed home with her family to do virtual learning. Her love for children and being in the classroom has brought her back to the St. Paul team in 2021. She has a BS in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Public Health from the University of South Florida. During her free time, she loves spending time with family and crafting.

 

 

 

 


 

 


Take a tour of Mrs. Overmyer's 4 Year Old Classroom

 

 

 


 

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