Laura May was born and raised south of St. Louis. She always wanted to be a teacher and her mother was her first pupil as she played school at home for hours at a time.
She attended Missouri State where she got her BS in Education and certification in Music. After graduating, she married Roderick May JR. They moved to Van Buren, Missouri, where they both taught Music for two years until they returned to MSU where Laura received her MS in Education. After 10 years in Springfield, Laura and Roderick moved to Kansas City in 1986. They have two grown sons, Roderick III and Addison.
Laura got her start in the Early Education field studying for her Master’s Degree while working at the Springfield Mercy Hospital’s Early Education Center. While there, she was promoted from Evening Supervisor to Director, which provided her first quality experience of leading a center. This experience gave her the passion along with the drive to work with young children. She feels it is important to provide children with opportunities to engage in active learning and finds watching their discoveries is a pure joy!
Laura has worked for several Early Education centers, including Research Medical Center EEC, Foxhill EEC in Kansas, Bright Horizons and Rainbow School, and, in 1997, Calvary Lutheran School! After some time at Calvary, God sent her on a journey which included working with children and family ministries in two local churches, as well as a year of seminary which gave her a better understanding of her ministry and mission as an educator. Laura returned back to Calvary in 2008 and has supported and served the Early Education Center ever since!
Laura believes the Plutarch quote, “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled,” captures how young children should learn through hands on exploration and experimentation. One of her favorite Bible verses is John 13:34-35. She feels it captures the essence of love that is observable and radiates through the EEC at Calvary!
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35 NRSV
Wendi Fleming was born in Topeka, Kansas, but her father’s career took the family to Olathe, Kansas. Wendi studied psychology and child development at the University of Kansas. She has been part of the Calvary family for 18 years now!
Wendi has taught two and three year olds at the Oak campus for 16 years, and has been serving as the Assistant Director of EEC at the Wornall campus for the past couple of years.
Wendi has two daughters, Brooke and Alex, who attended Calvary and Lutheran High school. Her granddaughter Caroline is currently a student at Calvary’s Wornall campus.
Wendi loves that the Calvary family has always been supportive of her as a single parent and helped prepare her girls for college and life afterwards. Her her favorite part of the week as an administrator is when all teachers and children get together for chapel. She believes it’s important for the children to interact with the bible stories, sing songs, and praise God.