Staff

Sam Meunier, Director

I have always loved the field of education!  As a child it was a special treat to join my mom in her classroom.    I spent my high school and college summers teaching swim lessons and Bible school and  I treasure this time spent growing with families as a caretaker and mentor.  These experiences confirmed my drive to enter the field of education, and I continued my formal training to receive a Master’s Degree in Elementary Ed.

I began my professional career teaching Kindergarten and then spent several years teaching 4th grade.  After five years in the field, I took a brief break from teaching when I was blessed with children of my own.

Once my children were in school full time, I felt the pull to return to the classroom.  Both of my children attended Hope Ridge Preschool and my family has found a church home in Hope Ridge United Methodist Church, so my heart was called to pursue a teaching opportunity here as well.

I have been privileged to be a member of the Hope Ridge Preschool team since 2011.  I have had the opportunity to work as both a teacher and assistant in the classroom.   I was very excited to begin a new chapter at Hope Ridge as the Preschool Director in September of 2015.

I look forward to the opportunity to help enrich a love of learning and education with generations to come!


Kathy Burnham has worked in the early childhood setting for over 10 years. She lives in Painesville Township with her husband of 21 years and their 4 sons. Outside of teaching, Kathy loves to read books, go on hikes with her family, and participate in scouting events with her two youngest boys.


Jennifer Dalton graduated with honors from Lakeland Community College with an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education in May of 2015. Jennifer has two children, Lily, age 10 and Max, age 6, and two dogs, Ruby and Opal.  When not at Hope Ridge, Jennifer loves going hiking and playing with her children. Some of her other hobbies include jewelry making, reading, and other arts and crafts.


Nikki Davis has 15 years of experience working with children of a variety of ages. Nikki and her husband Adam have been married for 16 years, and they are the parents of three children, Addison 12, Abbi Grace 10, and Noah 7. Outside of the classroom, Nikki enjoys reading and singing in her church praise band, and she can often be found cheering on her son, who plays Riverside Riverhawks football and poolside with her daughter, who is a synchronized swimmer at the Central YMCA.


Stacey Hartman grew up here in Painesville and graduated from Riverside High School and Kent State University. She and her husband Chris are the parents of two boys, Reece (9) and Owen (6).  Both boys are Hope Ridge Alumni and attend Madison Avenue Elementary School. Stacey is the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at Hope Ridge UMC, and an active volunteer in both church and cub scout activities. She also enjoys hiking and crafting in her free time.


Carrie Knoop loves seeing the world through the eyes of a child!  She has spent 15+ years in the Early Childhood field, and feels preschool teachers have one of the most important and absolute best jobs. Carrie, her husband and their 2 boys, ages 8 and 10, live in Kirtland and keep busy with Scouts, family adventures and school activities.


Sarah Marra is entering her 5th year at Hope Ridge Preschool! Sarah has been married for almost three years. She is a huge Cleveland sports fan and enjoys going to Cavaliers games, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Sarah loves helping children grow in every way possible!


Mary McLaughlin has been teaching at Hope Ridge Preschool for 10 years.  She was born and raised in Lake County, Ohio, and has been married to her husband Shaun for 21 years. Mary is a mother of two children, Kyle, 16 years, and Sophia, 7 years old, and a puppy named Sweet Pea! She is a Lemongrass Spa (natural products) consultant and an active member of the band booster board and her daughter’s brownie troop.


Patty Norman has worked for Hope Ridge Preschool for 15 years.  She has worked in many capacities including assisting with both the 3’s and 4’s classes, teaching the Mom and Me enrichment classes, and presently she is the administrative assistant in the preschool office.  Patty has been a Painesville resident her whole life, and has two grown children. Outside of work, she enjoys walking her Welsh Corgi, and gardening. She is also a very active participant in her church!


Jeanmarie Serago.  My family and I moved to Concord Twp, from Euclid, 14 years ago.  She and her husband Mike have been married for 27 years and have four children ages, 22, 19, 18 and 7 years old. Jeanmarie’s hobbies include, date nights with her husband, hiking, biking, camping, gardening, watching sunsets with her youngest, and pretty much anything outdoors with the family!


Stacey Shaver has been teaching at the preschool level for the past 19 years! She maintains a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Notre Dame College of Ohio. Stacey is passionate about learning what is new in the field and has attended numerous conferences to remain up to date in early childhood education. Stacey and her husband Mark have been married for 13 years and live in Middlefield with their 14 year old niece.  She enjoys walking their dog, traveling, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.


Kathy Root has been part of the preschool staff at Hope Ridge Preschool for 24 years.  She has enjoyed working with all age groups of the preschool over the years! Kathy lives in Concord with her husband, Ed, and dogs Casey and Ellie.  Their daughter, Courtney, currently lives in Kent and attends Kent State University. Kathy’s interests outside of school include a passion for creating paper crafts (mostly cards) and cheering on all Cleveland sports teams– Go Cavs!!!  She is also a member of Hope Ridge UMC and involved in many church activities including singing in the choir and playing hand bells.