Littlest Angels Early Childhood Program

Littlest Angels Preschool Mission Statement

Ever focused on each student’s faith formation, our teachers will apply new thinking and best practices in Early Childhood Education to empower our boys and girls to thrive in Kindergarten and beyond.

5 STAR Step Up To Quality Rating

Littlest Angels Preschool has earned a 5 STAR Step Up To Quality Rating from the Ohio Department of Education Office of Early Learning and School Readiness!  This is the very highest rating available for early childhood education programs in the state of Ohio.  A Step Up To Quality Five-Star rating means that Littlest Angels Preschool provides a program that has demonstrated the highest level of quality available and exceeds the state standards.  Littlest Angels Preschool also is leading the Diocese of Cleveland in this “Step Up To Quality” transition.

Step Up to Quality Means:

  • Highly trained teachers.
  • Development of school readiness skills.
  • Commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Focus on family engagement.

These have been our priorities since day one.  On our tenth anniversary, this external validation of our program celebrates the culmination of work this past decade!

High-quality early learning experiences provide the basis for the brain’s development, emotional well-being and directly impact how successful children are in kindergarten and beyond.  Littlest Angels Preschool provides a 5 STAR experience. We are blessed and thankful for the opportunity to serve our children and families.

Preschool Staff

  • Mrs. Catherine Mitchell

    Preschool Director/Teacher

  • Mrs. Pamela Jeffi

    Preschool Teacher

  • Mrs. Sherri Petrigac

    Preschool Teacher

  • Mrs. Melissa Yarmesch

    Preschool Teacher

  • Mrs. Kris Mick

    Preschool Instructional Aide

  • Mrs. Kelly Monroe

    Preschool Instructional Aide

  • Mrs. Becky Nettles

    Preschool Instructional Aide

  • Mrs. Tina Nuti

    Preschool Instructional Aide

  • Mrs. Rachael Seidel

    Instructional Aide

Mrs. Catherine Mitchell

Preschool Director/Teacher

Mrs. Catherine Mitchell has had the privilege of teaching in the diocese of Cleveland for 20 years. After graduating from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, Catherine taught first and second grade at Saint John Bosco School before coming to Saint Ambrose to open Littlest Angels Preschool!  Catherine is the director of the preschool program as well as teaching four year old classes.  Catherine and her husband Dennis are active parishioners of Saint Ambrose and have three children.

Strengths: Empathy ~ Learner ~ Discipline ~ Developer ~ Maximizer

“I am blessed to be able to teach our little ones our faith as well as giving them the skills they need to be successful in kindergarten.  I enjoy being part of the parent’s journey to raising happy, healthy Christian children in a safe, loving and nurturing environment.”

Mrs. Pamela Jeffi

Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Sherri Petrigac

Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Sherri Petrigac has been in the field of Early Childhood for over 30 years. She completed her degree in 1989. She began teaching at LAPS eight years ago. Sherri and her husband are active members of Saint Ambrose Parish and the Day School. They have three children.

Strengths: Harmony ~ Developer ~ Empathy ~ Input ~ Maximizer

Mrs. Melissa Yarmesch

Preschool Teacher

I am blessed to have been a part of the St. Ambrose School family for the past eight years. I worked as a kindergarten aide for two years and then joined our Littlest Angels Preschool program as the four year old teacher. I am currently the teacher for the five year old/Enrichment class. I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree from Ohio University. Upon graduating, I had the opportunity to go back to the grade school I attended in Maple Heights where I taught kindergarten for four years.

My husband David and I have three wonderful children. We have lived in Brunswick for the past 17 years and are parishioners of St. Ambrose.

“I feel blessed that I can share in the joy and wonder of our Littlest Angels as they learn about Jesus’ love for them. The joy of teaching comes from seeing their hearts and minds grow every day.”

Strengths: Empathy ~ Harmony ~ Discipline ~ Deliberative ~ Restorative

Mrs. Kris Mick

Preschool Instructional Aide

Mrs. Kris Mick joined our Saint Ambrose family in 2008 working in the lunchroom, Guardian Angels and anywhere she was needed! When we opened the 5 year old preschool program, Kris joined our preschool staff where she still enjoys working today. Kris’ favorite part of preschool are the children! Kris has a gift for making others feel loved and cared for! Kris and her husband are active members of Saint Ambrose parish and have two children.

Strengths: Harmony ~ Consistency ~ Positivity ~ Maximizer ~ Adaptability

Mrs. Kelly Monroe

Preschool Instructional Aide

Mrs. Becky Nettles

Preschool Instructional Aide

Mrs. Becky Nettles is an educational aide at Littlest Angels, and has been with the preschool since 2014. She originally started in our preK program, but has worked with our 3 year old and 4 year old classes as well. When she’s not working in the classroom with the kids, Mrs. Nettles helps keep things organized in the preschool office and tracks all of the children’s paperwork!

Mrs. Nettles lives with her husband and two boys, who are alumni of the Littlest Angels Preschool, and are active parishioners at St. Ambrose church.

Strengths: Developer ~ Achiever ~ Empathy ~ Adaptability ~ Connectedness

Mrs. Tina Nuti

Preschool Instructional Aide

Bio to come!

Mrs. Rachael Seidel

Instructional Aide

Preschool Contact Information

To report an absence or change in transportation,  or any information or needs regarding your child enrolled please call the Preschool Director. Catherine Mitchell, Preschool Office/ Director- 330-460-7361.

For enrollment information, admissions, tours and prospective families please call our  Institutional Advancement and Admissions office. Institutional Advancement and Admissions Office:  330-460-7318.

Angels in Training: Age 2

The Saint Ambrose “Angels in Training” Parent and Preschooler Program is a social, safe, fun learning experience that is an introduction to preschool for children and parents. The program is a wonderful way to bond with your little angels and other parents while bridging the gap between home and school before entering Littlest Angels Preschool in the following fall.  For 2 year old children with a parent or guardian.

Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. or Saturdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Saturday class offered during the spring session only.)
Two sessions available:  Fall/Winter Session (September-December)    Spring Session (February-May) Saturday Sessions only.

Download forms below. 2020-2021 forms will be available for download and Parish Life Center pickup on January 12, 2020.

Littlest Angels Preschool: Ages 3 to Pre-K

Our Littlest Angels Preschool encourages the development of the mind, body and soul of young children. We believe every child is a precious gift from God.  Our program facilitates interaction with other children and adults, in an atmosphere of Christian love and concern, which promotes the healthy development of eac h child.

At Littlest Angels Preschool we prepare three, four, and five year-old children to:

  • Acquire foundational cognitive skills by learning through experiences in: Math, Science, Language, Social Sciences, Religion, Art, Music, physical movement, play and field trips.
  • Begin to develop an understanding of Christian values.
  • Use technology:  We have Chromebooks in the classroom and utilize Smart Board.
  • Effectively communicate and socialize with their peers.
  • Successfully transition to Kindergarten

Littlest Angels Preschool has a licensed teaching staff with over 75 years of combined teaching experience and provides enrichment opportunities from certified specialists.

*Preschool children must be age 3 by August 1, 2019 to be eligible for preschool.  All children must also be potty trained.

2019-2020 Preschool Sessions

  • 3 year old, T/TH – 8:00am – 10:30 am                           Tuition: $1,270
  • 3 year old, T/TH – 11:30 am – 2:00 pm                          Tuition: $1,270
  • Pre K 4 year old, M/W/F – 8:00am – 10:30 am          Tuition:  $1,530
  • Pre K 4 year old, M/W/F – 11:30 am – 2:00 pm          Tuition:  $1, 530
  • Pre K 4 year old, Mon-Fri- 8:00am – 10:30am           Tuition:  $2, 270
  • Pre K 5 year old, Full day, M – F 8:00am – 2:00pm   Tuition: $4, 470
  • Pre K 5 year old, M – F 8:00am – 10:30am                  Tuition: $2, 270

Pre K Enrichment Program Options for 4 and 5 year olds

Four and Five year old Pre K families may add enrichment options in addition to a corresponding morning class (additional fee applies) :

  • 3 Day Enrichment 10:30am-2pm (M/W/F)
  • 5 Day Enrichment 10:30am-2:00pm (M-F)

Extended Care Options for Preschool

Limited/ Part-Time Guardian Angels Extended Care Program will be available for preschoolers on campus for 2019-2020.  Availability will depend on classes selected and correspond with days child is in session.  For any questions, please contact our Admissions office at 330-460-7318.

Preschool Forms, Applications & Downloads:

2019-2020 Application, Tuition, ACH

Forms can be emailed to or returned to the school office.

Applications will be date and time stamped once all required forms and registration fee are turned in.

For more detailed information please visit our Admissions tab on this website or contact our Institutional Advancement office at 330-460-7318.

Littlest Angels Preschool Curriculum Information and links

Please note that the skills and standards are introduced in a developmentally appropriate manner as determined by the preschool director and preschool staff members. We are purposeful in the scaffolding process in order to build upon these skills and concepts each year of your child’s preschool experience. Please understand that mastery of these concepts is not expected until kindergarten.