Preschool Staff

Sue Osborn, Preschool Director

Sue has been teaching at St. Paul’s Preschool since 2004 and does a fantastic job ensuring that the children who go through our program enter kindergarten with their best foot forward. There’s a reason Sue is the longest tenured staff member around St. Paul’s Church and Preschool and we are blessed to have her.

If you were a Muppet, which one would you be and why?

I would be Kermit because there’s always a song in my heart. Granted, preschool songs can be like earworms that just go on and on (and on).

What is your favorite flavor of Pringles?

Original—My Grandmom would give these to us as a very special treat for a tray lunch in front of the TV.

What is the worst gift you have ever received?

A mom’s group I’m in has the tradition of passing “Phyllis” around as a Christmas White Elephant gift. She is an unattractive feathery Phyllis Dillar looking bird creation. It’s not a “worst gift” as it’s given with a sense of humor and the responsibility of adding to her story while sneaking her into someone else’s home so you’re not stuck with her for too long!

When you were five years old, what did you want to be?

I wanted to be unique like my neighbor Mickey. She was a Quaker and had a pyramid built under her bed for some spiritual reason unrelated to being Quaker. She also had two toilets in her bathroom that she shared with her three boys and husband. What was cool was she had them separated by a large tank that was home to a large snake! We could feed the snake mice that they raised in cages in their barn. She had a goat to cut the grass and to eat their garbage. At Halloween they put a real skeleton that was usually resting in its coffin on the upstairs landing, at the door to greet the trick-or-treaters. There was always something really interesting happening next door.

What excites you most about your position at St. Paul’s?

As a teacher to preschoolers, no day is like another! Children are fun and love to be heard. They’ve got interesting ideas and stories. Their perception of the world is untarnished and hopeful. It is wonderful to see what we’ve taught be learned and used.

Julie Zolvinski, Preschool Teacher

Julie brings a unique perspective to the classroom because she not only teaches for us, her kids are graduates of St. Paul’s! Knowing what matters most to parents, Julie has been putting our students first since she joined our team in 2015.

If you were a Muppet, which one would you be and why?

I would be Fozzy Bear! I think I am pretty funny; my family thinks I am not. Thankfully, the preschoolers think everything the teachers do is great so they have been a wonderful audience. I haven’t had a tomato thrown at me yet, Wocka, Wocka, Wocka!

What is your favorite flavor of Pringles?

Salt and Vinegar, however, you can’t go wrong with any flavor of Pringles.

What is the worst gift you have ever received?

I cannot recall ever receiving a terribly awful gift. I will admit that I am a terrible gift giver. It’s not that I give awful gifts; it’s just that I forget to give a gift when I should or I get and/or give the gift too late. If happy thoughts and prays were tangible I would be the best gift giver around!

When you were five years old, what did you want to be?

I wanted to be a mommy. I loved playing with my baby dolls and all the accessories. I knew from the start that working with children would be my calling.

What excites you most about your position at St. Paul’s?

As a preschool teacher, I am taking the first steps with the children on their journey through school. I am the one who teaches them to raise their hands, to stand in a line, to hold a pencil, and most importantly to love learning. The curiosity and enthusiasm for learning is astonishing at this age and that is what excites me most about being a teacher at St. Paul’s.

Anne Dybing, Preschool Teacher

Anne began teaching at St. Paul’s in 2016 and comes to us with a passion for children that can be traced throughout her life and professional career. As someone who finds joy in helping others, she is a great addition to our preschool and considers it a gift to help teach young minds and watch them grow.

If you were a Muppet, which one would you be and why?

I would be Beaker because he is always willing to help Dr. Bunsen Honydew, rarely understood, and most of all resilient. He makes me laugh and if I can bring a smile to others, I count that a good thing.

What is your favorite flavor of Pringles?

Can I have Ruffles sour cream and cheddar instead?

What is the worst gift you have ever received?

Sue and I have had the same experience with Phillis, she really is interesting. Aside from her, I got a ram skull in a white elephant exchange…what do you do with that and no southwestern theme in my decor?

When you were five years old, what did you want to be?

My sisters tell me my list was to be a clown, a pig and “the mother of this house.” They will also tell you that due to my silly demeanor, my love of chocolate, and my bossy ways, I have succeeded in all three.

What excites you most about your position at St. Paul’s?

Having the privilege of helping young ones learn and receiving their hugs is very exciting, but the best part is watching them grasp something we have taught and own it for themselves. Amazing.