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, 9am, 10:45am; 12:30pm, 2pm (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 - 16 and Lindsey - 13).

Gabrielle Ruiz
Lead Teacher for two-year-olds

Mrs. Ruiz is the enthusiastic teacher of our two-year-old program. Three of her four children attended St. Paul's and her youngest will join when he turns two! She has a deep passion for teaching early learners with a belief that early childhood educators have the power to change the world! She works to create a strong foundation for a love of learning in her students because research shows early childhood education can have a lasting impact for the rest of a child's life. Mrs. Ruiz is grateful for the chance to work alongside the amazing educators and administration at St. Paul's and looks forward to touching the lives of the children and families she teaches. 

Shannon Wynn
Lead Teacher for three-year-olds

Mrs. Wynn joined the preschool staff in 2016, with more than 20 years of teaching experience.  She received a BS degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University and a Professional Florida Educator's Certificate in Pre-Kindergarten/Primary /Elementary Education (Ages 3-6). She is a native to the Tampa Bay area and her experience includes 5 years in public school and over 20 years in private institutions.  Her greatest joys include her husband of 30+ years and their 2 wonderful adult children (Spencer - 27 and Alexa - 25).  Both have chosen medical/humanitarian fields as their careers.  St. Paul's Preschool has given her the opportunity to teach several of the staff's children or nieces/nephews. Mrs. Wynn loves working with young children and believes as children realize that they are in a safe, loving, and nurturing environment, they soak up new information and that creates the ideal foundation for learning.

 

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.

Jen Waibel
Lead Teacher for four-year-olds

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. Mrs. Waibel loves teaching Pre-K and looks forward to getting to know all of her students and families each year.

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. 

 

 

 

 

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 continues to take coursework for 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.

 

 

   

 


Take a tour of Mrs. Wynn's 3 Year Old Classroom

 


 Take a tour of Mrs. Ruiz's 3 Year Old Classroom


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

 

 

 


 

 

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