Our Staff

Shepherd of the Ridge Lutheran Preschool is very proud of our staff.  All staff members are trained and certified in first aid and CPR for children.  Our staff is always continuing with their education to make
our Preschool the BEST of the BEST.  
Nancy Berkheimer

Miss Nancy currently teaches three classes:  3 year old, 4 year old and a blended class of 3 and 4 year old's.  Miss Nancy has been with Shepherd of the Ridge Lutheran Preschool for almost nine years.    She has 19 years of experience teaching children.  She got her education at Lorain County Community College.  Miss Nancy took all required courses (psychology, early childhood development, and growth and development) to receive her degree in early childhood education.  She is constantly improving her teaching skills with additional classes.  Miss Nancy has two children.  Her son is a graduate of North Ridgeville High School and her daughter is currently in her first year at JVS.   She, also, teaches PSR along with the Confirmation class at St. Peter's.    Miss Nancy enjoys her time with the children in her classes and is eager for them to learn!


Our aide  for this year is well trained and works well with the teachers.  Debbie Stibich works with Miss Nancy in both 3 A.M. and 4 A.M. classes.  She can be found lending a hand wherever it is needed!

Darla Durisek Baumbick

Mrs. D. has attended Shepherd of the Ridge Lutheran Church since 1966.  Through those years, she became a confirmed member and taught in Sunday School and VBS programs.  Her three children also attended Shepherd of the Ridge Preschool and are all graduates of North Ridgeville High School.  She is a retired teacher that served 35 years in public schools.  She has chosen to serve SOTR preschool to continue to provide a positive educational environment that will foster enthusiasm for learning and promote readiness skills for our young 21st century learners.


Darla holds a bachelor's degree from Baldwin Wallace College in Elementary Education and is certified in Education of the Handicapped.  She received a Master's Degree in educational administration from Ashland University and holds an Elementary Principal's license.  Mrs. D. has completed course work through Concordia University of Chicago in Building Collaborative Relations, and Assessment/Evaluation/Data-driven decisions.  She is elated to be at Shepherd of the Ridge Preschool while enjoying her number one passion, TEACHING!