Partnering with families, we help children foster a relationship with Jesus as we promote their physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health.

We are a Paths to Quality Level 3, and hold Accreditation by the National Lutheran School Accreditation for Early Childhood Child Care for Infants through 12 year-olds.
• Safe, healthy environment for infants (six weeks) through elementary school age (before/after school and break camp: transportation provided to/from Maplewood and Waynedale Elementary School)
• Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classes for 3-5 year old
Curriculums Used:
• Faith Based Curriculum- Orange First Look (
• Orange Curriculum believes… “Two combined influences make a greater impact than just two individual influences.” The LIGHT of the church (yellow) + the HEART of the HOME (red) = greater impact (orange)
• Academic Curriculum- Creative Curriculum (
Creative Curriculum incorporates a “whole-child approach” to learning which fosters:
Social-Emotional Skills
• Sense of Self
• Responsibility of self and others
• Prosocial behavior
Fine & Gross Physical development
Cognitive Development
• Learning and problem solving
• Logical thinking
• Representation and symbolic thinking
Language Development
• Listening and speaking
• Reading and writing
Monday through Friday 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cash,Check,Credit Card online, and CCDF Vouchers.
Teacher's receive training in:
• 1st Aid/CPR
• Child Abuse and Neglect Detection and Prevention
• Universal Precautions/Bloodbourne Pathogens
• Indiana's Introduction to the Early Childhood and Out of School Learning Profession Modules
• Child Development
• Health
• Safety
• School Age Development
• Introduction to the New Indiana Learning FOUNDATIONS
• Safe Sleep(Infant Sleep)
• Medication Administration(as appropriate)


Mon. Aug. 17      First Day of Classes

Mon. Sept. 2       CLOSED for Labor Day

Fri. Oct. 30        Fall Classroom Parties

Nov  17-18         Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences

Nov. 26-27           CLOSED ~ Thanksgiving Vacation

Dec 18                  Christmas Service  – Virtual

Dec.24-Jan.4       NO PRESCHOOL ~ Christmas Vacation

                                (Child Care CLOSED Dec. 24, Dec. 25 & Jan.1)

Jan.24—Jan 30  National Lutheran Schools Week

March 15-19        Pre-K 4 ‘s  Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences  Virtual

March 15-19  Preschool 3’s Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences  virtual

Fri. Apr. 2             CLOSED ~  Good Friday

Fri. May 28          Last Day of Preschool/ Game day

 Handbook Revised  10/26/20

No Current Job Openings

Dora Kurpierz
Preschool & Child Care Director

Hello, my name is Dora Kurpierz and I am the Director of Mount Calvary Child Care and Preschool. I have been working in education/childcare for almost 20 years. I grew up in Fort Wayne and attended IPFW (when it was still IPFW) and earned my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. After graduation, I lived on both coasts with my then-husband who was in the Navy. Through those travels, I worked as a substitute teacher and for Navy Child and Youth Programs for almost 9 years working my way from a part-time classroom assistant to the Youth Programs Director (and held that position for almost 4 years).
In December 2016, I decided to move back to Fort Wayne to be closer to my immediate family. When I’m not at work, I enjoy chasing my dog around (he’s a Corgi/Pomeranian named Anubis), reading, spending time with my family and working on projects in/around my 100+ year old home. I am a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church located in downtown Fort Wayne.
Courtney Knight
Preschool & Child Care Office Manager

Hello, my name is Courtney. I am the Office Manager for Mount Calvary Child Care and Preschool. I have been working in childcare for about 9 years now. I have worked with all ages in day cares. I have also worked as a nanny for 4 years while being at home with my daughter. I have coursework in early child development and office management. I have been married to my husband for 6 years and we have a 5-year-old daughter. In my free time I like to do photography, play video games and board games and read.
Daniela Boots
Infant Co-Teacher

Daniela Boots is a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church and has worked with the infants for six years. She loves being creative and enjoys interior design, quilt making, art, and writing. It’s both a privilege and a blessing to care for and teach these little ones. She also enjoys getting to know the families! It’s wonderful to see how much the infants progress in the time they spend in our room!
Caprice Capers
Infant Assistant

Caprice Capers is the assistant teacher in our room and the infants' love, love, love her expressive storytelling! We use the Creative Curriculum to teach and guide in a meaningful way. Caprice and Daniela are always happy to answer questions and are available at any time. You can contact us at or call/text us directly.
Brittany Kyler
Infant Co-Teacher

Brittany Kyler is a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Columbia City. She has my bachelor’s in educational ministries, with a Minor in Missions at Huntington University. Brittney was a Registered Behavioral Technician at Children’s Autism Center. Some activities that she enjoys are camping, watching Notre Dame football, watching Cubs baseball, spending time with my family and friends and writing/reading. She recently was married May 4th, 2019 to her husband Joe. She loves being around kids, watching them learn and play and grow. She loves that they have a child-like wonder on everything and it is fun to watch them experience that wonder.
Dawn Faust
2's Co-Teacher

Dawn Foust attends First Missionary Church in Berne. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Rochester University in Rochester Hills, MI. She then got my infant/Toddler specialist certification from Ball State. Dawn worked as a head start teacher, infant teacher, preschool teacher, and childcare provider. She enjoys reading, crafting, being with her family and traveling. She is married to her husband Dathen and has two boys: Luke age 12 and William age 8. She enjoys watching children learn and feel God has blessed her with the ability to teach children.
Naomi Steed
Toddler Teacher

Naomi Steed was born and raised in Fort Wayne IN. She graduated from Wayne High School with honors and attended Ivy Tech for liberal arts. She recently went back last year (2018) to work towards my CDA at Ivy Tech. She hopes to help each child grow and progress in their learning. Her hobbies include singing and playing the piano.
Brittany Disheaux
4's/5's Co-Teacher

Brittany Disheaux attends St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. She graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School in 2016 and she went to Ivy Tech for my degree in Elementary Education. Her first job was at the Parkview YMCA Childwatch. She then worked as a Lead Toddler teacher at Little Praiser’s Preschool and childcare. She worked there for over a year and then was offered a job here as the Assistant Teacher in the toddler room. Then in May, she became the Co-Lead teacher.

She is married and had her first child in January. She and her husband are so excited and blessed. She has always had a passion for being around and working with children. She loves watching a child grow in knowledge and in faith. Brittany also is a colorguard instructor at Concordia Lutheran High and has been teaching since she graduated in 2016.
Kay-Marie Nugent
School Age Teacher

My name is Kay-Marie and she work in the School Age room at Mount Calvary Child Care and Preschool. She’s worked here for just over a year.

When she’s not at work, she enjoys reading, cooking, decorating, spending time with family and friends, watching movies/TV, Theater, and listening to music. She also enjoys spending time in prayer.
Alisa Robinson
School Age Teacher

Ali Robinson just graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her major was Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Educational Studies. She’s worked at Mount Calvary Child Care and Preschool during the summers and is now here for the school year. Things that Ali likes to do include reading, hanging out with friends and family, paint and watch TV/movies.
Lisa Workman
Floating Assistant

Lisa is the assistant teacher between the Toddler and Two’s classrooms. She and her husband Brad have two children Damon and Hailie and son-in-law Ashton. Lisa also has two dogs, Zoey and Koda, and lots of fish.

Lisa enjoys long motorcycle rides with her husband, reading, and working in her own home-based cakery where she makes cupcakes and cakes. “I love to help people make their celebration a little sweeter!”
April Manning
Floating Assistant

I am “Super April!”

April genuinely loves working with children and feels like she has a calling to do so. April gets the opportunity to spend time in every classroom depending on the day and work with all the children here at Mount Calvary Child Care and Preschool.

April enjoys anime, DC & Marvel comics, reading, writing, and listening to many different types of music (except for country).
Georgia Woodward
Kitchen Manager

Georgia Woodward is the Kitchen Manager and keeps us in compliance with CACFP (the state Food Program).

Georgia enjoys crafting, reading, traveling, visiting her children and grandchildren, and dancing.

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