Emily Kleist

Director, Preschool Teacher

I am originally from the great state of Wisconsin but have moved around quite a bit in my lifetime. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, in 2014, I moved to Columbia, TN, where I served as a preschool and child care director for five years. In May of 2019 I accepted the position of director here at Little Lambs and have been humbled and grateful to continue my work with little ones and their families. In addition to my role as preschool director, I also have the privilege to serve as St. Peter’s Sunday School coordinator and 5th & 6th grade Catechism teacher. In November of 2019, I had the joy of marrying my best friend and office mate, Dan, who serves as the Staff Minister here at St. Peter.

I am passionate about providing high-quality, research-based care and education to little ones in a safe, warm, and Christ-centered environment so that they leave our program equipped for success and confident in their vocations as students, citizens, and children of God. In order to better reach this goal, I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in the administration of early childhood programs. In my free time I simply enjoy spending time with family and friends and adventuring with my husband!

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Crystal Radford

Assistant Director, Preschool Teacher

I was born and raised in the Loveland/Fort Collins area.  I attended Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN where I earned my degree in Elementary Education.  I became director certified through the state of Colorado in 2012  and have served at Little Lambs since 2006.  I am married to my best friend David and together we have four wonderful children; Liam, Ethan, Maddox, and Haisley. I love the beautiful outdoors of Colorado, camping, hiking, playing sports, and spending time with my family.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Shermane Padamada

Preschool Teacher

Aloha! I was born and raised on the Big Island in Hawaii. My husband Channon and I have raised 6 children: Michael, April, Jolene, Joel, Dean, and Larissa. We also have 13 grandchildren – 8 in Hawaii and 5 here in Colorado. We are raising our two oldest grandchildren, Kaylee and Konan.

I earned my associate’s degree in early childhood education from Hawaii Community College in 1998 and worked as a teacher for Head Start there for 15 years before moving to Colorado in 2014. After working at a local child care center for about a year, I accepted a position at Little Lambs in 2015 and have been happily working here ever since.

In addition to working with children, I love just being around my family. We enjoy fishing, traveling, shopping, and having lots of fun together!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Carrie Hunt

Preschool Teacher

I was born and raised in the tiny town of Brillion, WI, but moved to Gainesville, FL just before beginning high school. After high school I attended school at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, where I graduated with a degree in early childhood education. I put my degree to use by joining my sister Emily (see above 😊) in TN and working as a preschool teacher for two years before moving with her out here to CO in 2019. I have been very blessed to continue working with preschool children here at Little Lambs, and am excited to educate and share God’s Word with little ones! In my free time I enjoy teaching myself ukulele and piano and exploring Colorado!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Brenda Spaude

Preschool Aide

I grew up in Wisconsin on a dairy farm.  I married Pastor Spaude in 1988.  We then spent 11 years in Zambia and Malawi, Africa.  I was busy taking care of our 4 children while Pastor did his missionary work.  We have 4 grown children: Ashley, Amber, Austin, and Aaron.  We have two granddaughters, Rachel and Naomi.  The past 16 years I have worked in Home Health caring for the elderly. I love to sew, spend time with my family, and enjoy Colorado by hiking and camping.  I joined the preschool staff in August 2018.  I really enjoy serving the Little Lambs we have here at St. Peter!

“Forgive us, Lord, when we forget your gifts to share, your Word to spread to those who ache and bleed. Renew our will to help the weak, to feed the hungry, and to speak your Word to souls in need.” CWS 785 v. 4