Meet our Staff
Welcome to Ward Parkway Preschool! We believe that you, the parents, are the most valuable resource in your child’s development, and we are excited to partner with you in this journey. Ward Parkway Preschool teachers are caring, qualified and dedicated to helping foster your child’s love of learning. Our staff members hold degrees in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, or a related field with enough early childhood college level hours to qualify them through Missouri Accreditation. Our teachers are trained in CPR, First Aid, and attend 10-12 hours of Early Childhood inservice each year. We look forward to meeting you in person.
Kim Manford serves as the Director at Ward Parkway Preschool. She has served the families and staff here for 17 years. Kim has a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Kansas. Her and her husband, Jeff live in Overland Park and have been married for 25 years. They have 2 grown children, Jacob (23) and Shelby (20). In her spare time, Kim enjoys traveling, organizing closets and drawers (for real), and baking.
Leslie Bullington serves as the Assistant Director at Ward Parkway Preschool. She has served families in this capacity for 4 years and prior to this was a classroom teacher in one of our Preschool 2 classes for 6 years. Leslie has her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Kansas with an emphasis is children and family. Leslie and her husband, Greg live in the Kansas City area and have 3 grown daughters, Emily (27), Jessica (25), and Grace (22). In her spare time, Leslie enjoys snuggling with her new grand baby, Mae, quilting and making jam.
Amanda Bartel wears many hats here at Ward Parkway! She is a teacher in our Preschool 1 class, she serves as an office administrator and she teaches our school-wide monthly chapel lessons. Amanda has been a part of our Ward Parkway staff for 5 years. She has an Elementary Education Degree from Tabor College. Her and her husband, Paul live in the Kansas City area and have been married for 16 years. They have 4 children, Micah (12), Silas (10), Salem (7), and Norah (5). Together they enjoy managing their AirBnB homes and home renovations. Amanda enjoys reading, painting furniture and picking up legos.
Rachel Dold is one of our teachers for our Preschool 1 class. She has been at Ward Parkway Preschool for 4 years. Rachel attended Truman State University and received her Health Education degree. Rachel and her husband, Chris live in the Kansas City area and have two children, Caroline (14), and Henry (11). In her free time, Rachel enjoys reading, photography, and spending time at the lake.
Karen York has been at Ward Parkway Preschool for 38 years!! She has taught in all age levels, but currently teaches in our Preschool 2 classroom. She attended Tabor College and has also taken several early childhood classes through Johnson County Community College. She has been married to her husband, Bryce for 53 years and has two grown children and three grandchildren. In her spare time, Karen enjoys working out, book club, and laughing with her sisters.
Joni Hodes has taught at Ward Parkway Preschool for 15 years and currently teaches in our Preschool 2 classroom. Joni has her Elementary Education/Montessori teaching degree from Avila University. She has been married to her husband, Nick for 29 years and has 3 grown daughters; Kali is 28, Ana is 24 and Caroline is 21. In her free time, Joni enjoys playing tennis, cooking and water aerobics.
Karen Lang has taught in our Preschool 2 classroom for 5 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Webster University in St. Louis. Karen has been married to her husband, Jim for 20 years and they have 2 children, Grace (19) and Claire (17). In her spare time, Karen enjoys hiking, cooking and reading.
Becky Switzer has been at Ward Parkway for 4 years and is one of our Preschool 2 teachers. Becky has her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from K-State University. She has been married to her husband, Allen for 47 years; they have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. In her free time, Becky enjoys reading, playing bridge and talking walks.
Anna has taught Pre-K at Ward Parkway Preschool for 3 years. She has her Elementary Education Degree from Avila College. She has been married to her husband, Brian for 12 years and they have 3 daughters Mary Jane (11), Rose (10), and Annie (9). In her spare time, Anna enjoys spending time with family & friends, decorating and shopping.
This is Molly’s first year teaching at Ward Parkway Preschool. Molly has her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri. Molly and her husband, Jason have been married for 13 years and have 3 daughters, Anna (10), Maria (7), and Sara (5). Molly loves reading, traveling, and being at home in her PJs! ;)
Susan Reboulet has been a Pre-K teacher at Ward Parkway for 13 years. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri. Susan and her husband, John have been married for 25 years and have 4 children, Emily (24), Claire (21), Peter (19), and Will (17). In her spare time, Susan enjoys running, reading and spending time with her dog, Wrigley!
This is Annie’s second year at Ward Parkway Preschool. She has taught in our P.E. program and most recently teaches in one of our Pre-K classes. Annie has her Master’s degree in education from UMKC. Annie and her husband, Nick have been married for 11 years and have 3 children, Charlie (10), Mabel (8), and Johnny (5). Annie enjoys reading, cooking and running in her spare time.
This is Brooke’s first year teaching at Ward Parkway Preschool. Brooke teaches in our Pre-K classroom and has her Elementary teaching degree from Ottawa University and her Master’s degree in Educational Technology from MNU. She has been married to her husband, Luke for 10 years and they have 2 children, Jaden (9), and Riley (3). In her spare time, Brooke enjoys reading, traveling and swimming.
This is Leslie’s first year teaching at Ward Parkway Preschool and teaches in one of our Pre-K classes. Leslie has her Special Education degree from Florissant Valley College. She and her husband, Brian have two grown sons, Samuel and Kendall. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys baking, reading, swimming and shopping.