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 18 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 26 years. They have 2 grown children, Jacob (23) and Shelby (21). 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 5 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 (28), Jessica (26), and Grace (23). 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 17 years. They have 4 children, Micah (13), Silas (11), Salem (8), and Norah (6). 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 5 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 (15), and Henry (12). In her free time, Rachel enjoys reading, photography, and spending time at the lake.
Karen York has been at Ward Parkway Preschool for 39 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 54 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 16 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 30 years and has 3 grown daughters; Kali is 29, Ana is 25 and Caroline is 22. In her free time, Joni enjoys playing tennis, cooking and water aerobics.
Karen Lang has taught in our Preschool 2 classroom for 6 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 21 years and they have 2 children, Grace (20) and Claire (18). In her spare time, Karen enjoys hiking, cooking and reading.
Anna has taught Pre-K at Ward Parkway Preschool for 4 years. She has her Elementary Education Degree from Avila College. She has been married to her husband, Brian for 13 years and they have 3 daughters Mary Jane (12), Rose (11), and Annie (10). In her spare time, Anna enjoys spending time with family & friends, decorating and shopping.
This is Molly’s 2nd 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 14 years and have 3 daughters, Anna (11), Maria (8), and Sara (6). Molly loves reading, traveling, and being at home in her PJs! ;)
Susan Reboulet has been a Pre-K teacher at Ward Parkway for 14 years. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri. Susan and her husband, John have been married for 26 years and have 4 children, Emily (25), Claire (22), Peter (20), and Will (18). In her spare time, Susan enjoys running, reading and spending time with her dog, Wrigley!
This is Annie’s 3rd 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 12 years and have 3 children, Charlie (11), Mabel (9), and Johnny (6). Annie enjoys reading, cooking and running in her spare time.
This is Brooke’s 2nd 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 11 years and they have 2 children, Jaden (10), and Riley (4). In her spare time, Brooke enjoys reading, traveling and swimming.
This is Leslie’s 2nd 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.
Brooke is one of our PE Teachers and has been teaching at Ward Parkway for 2 years. Brooke Went to the University of Missouri and has her degree in Elementary Education. Brooke taught in Florida for 2 years and then in Lee’s Summit for 3 years before staying home with her children. Brooke and her husband, Doug have been married for 11 years and have 3 children, Jackson (9), Amelia (7) and Sammy (5). Brooke grew up playing soccer and now coaches her children int the sport she loves. In her spare time, Brooke loves to read, bake and garden. Fun Fact: Brooke attended Ward Parkway as a child! :)