Welcome to Salem Preschool!

Salem Preschool, established in 1971, has been serving children, ages three to five, and their families in the New Brighton and surrounding communities for over 50 years. As a ministry of Salem Covenant Church, our goal is to Grow God’s Amazing Kids cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually so they can enter kindergarten with the skills, self-confidence, and love of learning that prepares them for a successful school career. In a Christian environment, our students experience God’s love and learn to love and respect others in God’s world. Bible stories and themes are incorporated into our curriculum and students pray before eating as well as other times during the school day. We strive to partner with parents in the spiritual growth of their children.

Our curriculum includes a partnership with Silverwood Park where children learn about God’s creation and do various activities with seniors from the community. Salem’s large outdoor space allows for outside learning and activities as well as a garden where the preschoolers grow produce which is donated to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.

Salem Preschool teachers and assistant teachers all hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree and have over 150 years of experience working with students. Their love for God and their passion for teaching and working with young children are a hallmark of our program.

We would love to have your child join us at Salem Preschool! All are welcome!

If you have any questions about Salem Preschool, email Preschool Director Shannyn Stoffel.

Shannyn Stoffel
Preschool Director

Meet our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Shannyn Stoffel

Mrs. Stoffel has been at Salem Preschool for three years, two as a teacher and one as the director. Prior to that, she taught kindergarten for 35 years in the Spring Lake Park and Centennial School Districts in Minnesota. Shannyn received her degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota, Morris and her master’s degree in educational leadership from Bethel University.

Mrs. Stoffel has been married to her husband, Mick, for 42 years and has two grown daughters and five grandchildren. When she is not at preschool, she enjoys spending time with her grandkids, traveling, reading and relaxing on her boat.

Both Mrs. Stoffel’s daughters attended Salem Preschool and as well as three of her grandchildren.

Sheri Harris

Mrs. Harris has been teaching at Salem Preschool for 25 years. She earned her teaching degree from St. Could State University.

Mrs. Harris and her husband. Bob, have been married for 41 years and have three children and three grandchildren. Reading, biking, golfing and spending time with her family are her favorite things to do as well as teaching three and four-year olds at Salem Preschool.

Sheri’s mother-in-law was one of the first teachers at the preschool and all three of her children have attended Salem Preschool. “Be kind to one another” is her classroom mantra.

Mrs. Harris co-teaches the Purple class with Mrs. Shelly and is the head teacher for the Orange class.

Shelly Wehr

Mrs. Shelly has been teaching at Salem Preschool for over 30 years. She received her degrees from the University of Minnesota in Child Psychology and an Early Childhood Pre-K teaching license. She also works in the Minneapolis Public Schools as a Special Education Assistant in Early Childhood Special Education.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three grown children in the outdoors, fishing, camping, and boating.

Every year at Salem has been new and exciting for her. She loves teaching preschoolers because they are so open to the fun and wonder of learning. Shelly strives to make school exciting so the students will enjoy it and become lifelong learners.

Mrs. Shelly co-teaches the Purple class with Mrs. Harris.

Kim Olson

Mrs. Olson has been teaching at Salem Preschool for one year. She began her teaching career in preschool and, after retiring from teaching first grade in the Centennial School District for 27 years, she went back to her first love, teaching preschool here at Salem.

Mrs. Olson received her elementary education degree from the University of Minnesota and her master’s degree from St, Mary’s University.

A mother of two grown children and a grandma to five grandchildren, Mrs. Olson lives in Lino Lakes with her husband, Greg. Her interests include any outdoor activity, coffee with friends, camping, road trips and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Olson is the head teacher for the Green class.

Kelly Sykora

Teaching at Salem Preschool for the past three years has been a joy for Mrs. Sykora! She graduated from Bethel University in 2003 with a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. She taught kindergarten for several years before becoming a mom.

Mrs. Sykora and her husband, Jason, have been married for 15 years and have 5 daughters, ages 13, 11, 9, 6, and 4. In her spare time, she loves to run, bake, make crafts, and garden. One of her favorite things of all, however, is teaching! She feels it is a gift to watch God’s handiwork shine through working with children.

Mrs. Sykora is the head teacher for the Blue Class.

Julie Dowd

Ms. Dowd began teaching at Salem Preschool in 2015, but has been teaching in the early childhood field for 37 years. She holds a BS in elementary education with a minor in early childhood education from Winona State University.

Music and playing the piano is her favorite pastime along with doing puzzles, especially those with 1000 pieces. Julie is single and lives in Blaine.

Ms. Dowd is the assistant teacher for the Blue class.

Carolyn Trapskin

Mrs. Carolyn has taught at Salem Preschool for the past three years and holds a degree in theater arts from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She also works as Salem Church’s Children and Family Ministry Assistant.

Carolyn is married to her husband, Sam, and they have three children, all who have attended Salem Preschool. When she isn’t working at Salem, she enjoys skiing, going for walks, spending time outside, being with friends and family, and creating plays and pretending with kids.

Some of her favorite parts of working with preschoolers is witnessing their curiosity, their ability to be in the moment, their generosity with love and friendships, and their ability to play and pretend. Mrs. Carolyn also loves preschooler’s willingness to joyfully jump into any song, fingerplay, game, or activity with no inhibitions.

Mrs. Carolyn is the assistant teacher for both the Green and Orange classes.


2021-2022 Schedule and Tuition Information

  • 3-year-old Green Class:
    Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00-11:30
  • 3-year-old Orange Class:
    Wednesday/Friday, 9:00-11:30
  • 4-year-old Blue Class:
    Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9:00-11:30
  • 4-year-old Purple Class:
    Monday, 9:00-11:30;
    Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00-3:00

Tuition is paid monthly and the amount due remains the same regardless of the number of sessions each month. If your child must leave our program, we would like a month’s notice if possible.

$60 non-refundable registration fee for all classes. 10% discount for Salem members and families with two or more children enrolled.

All classes above are in session from September through May. 

Salem has a two-year rotating curriculum. The lessons and activities for each unit are different for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds. Therefore, a child can attend Salem for three years and have a new experience each year. 

Help your preschooler get ready for Kindergarten academically, socially, and emotionally in a faith-based atmosphere.


Admission Requirements

To enroll in Salem Preschool a child must be three, four, or five years of age. Threes must turn three before September 1 and be toilet trained before school begins. 

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