Share Life With Our Shepherd


Hello, and welcome to Kindergarten at Our Shepherd!

 Children must be 5 years old by August 1st to enroll in Kindergarten.

Our Kindergarten program is designed to build on the skills that your child(ren) has been learning since birth.  Our program is developmentally appropriate.  We challenge each child to reach his or her potential inside and outside the classroom.  We provide the building blocks for your child(ren) to develop the whole child and to prepare them for academic success.  

We believe that communication is very important in a child's education, so Mrs. Cronauer keeps parents and caregivers in the loop through the use of newsletters, notes, classroom website, and phone calls as needed.  Upon completing kindergarten, our students are well prepared for 1st grade!

Kindergarten Website

Kindergarten News  


Children in Kindergarten are greeted by Mrs. Shirley Cronauer, our Kindergarten Teacher, and Mrs. Rachel Burris, our Kindergarten Aide.


Shirley Cronauer

Mrs. Shirley Cronauer has been in early childhood education since 1986.  She is a graduate of Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska, with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. She has a major in concentration in Early Childhood Education, a minor emphasis in Speech/Drama ,and is devoted to her work with young children.   She comes from a long line of teachers in her family, including her sisters and their father.  

She believes that every child is a special gift from God and that each one is equipped with a unique potential for spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional growth.  She strives to help each child in this developmental process within a setting of Christian love, acceptance, and nurturing.  


Rachel Burris

Mrs. Rachel Burris is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University.  She has taught in a variety of different Pre-k, K, and 1st grade classrooms.  She loves her job as a part-time aide in the kindergarten classroom.  

Visit our staff page to find out more about Mrs. Cronauer, Mrs. Burris, and the other Our Shepherd teachers.

Kindergarten skill development:

  • Multi-sensory instruction
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Thematic and project approach
  • Interactive learning
  • Literacy centers
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Social interaction and emotional growth development
  • Writing and math workshops
  • Shared and guided reading
  • Art exploration and awareness
  • Music and movement activities
  • Gross/fine motor skill development
  • Field Trips
  • One-on-one student/teacher time



Additional Resources

Schedule a tour

Application for Enrollment

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees

Kindergarten Supply List