Little Friends Preschool is staffed by state certified professionals who desire to see your children grow in all areas of life. We are a Step Up To Quality award winning preschool and we educate your children using the Creative Curriculum. Here are some short bios to help you get to know our staff members.

Paula Cross- Administrator; Pre-K Teacher
Paula McClintock (Administrator, Pre-K Teacher)
Paula has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University. She has worked at Little Friends Preschool since 2012. Paula helps to get our children successfully prepared for kindergarten and she places an emphasis on literacy skills. She is also a graduate of our preschool! Paula has one son Noah, a husband Mark, and lives in Salem. In her spare time she enjoys watching her son play basketball and baseball, shopping and spending quality time with her family.

Preschool Teacher
Dawn Hammers (3 year-old Teacher)
Dawn has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University. She has worked at Little Friends Preschool since 2002. Dawn works to help our youngest students develop the early literacy skills necessary to prepare for Kindergarten. She focuses on learning the alphabet, journaling, interactive writing, read alouds and much more.  She is married to Neil and has two children, Emma and Max. She loves spending time with her family. Dawn also enjoys reading and dancing with her daughter.

Kara Alesi- Teacher Aid
Kara Alesi (Teacher’s Aide)
Kara has been working at Little Friends Preschool since 2002 and was a volunteer for four years prior. Kara supports our teachers and students in daily lessons. She is married to Kevin and has three sons, Derek, Billy, and Timmy, and one daughter, Corrin. She enjoys reading, swimming, playing board games, watching movies, attending Bible study, and sporting events. Kara’s favorite place to go is the ocean.