Meet our Staff

Our Teachers

  • Experienced in early childhood development
  • Christian by faith, affirmation, and example
  • Caring and nurturing
  • CPR and First Aid trained

Meet Our Staff

Ruth Rhodes, Director

Ruth Rhodes has been at Little Pilgrims Preschool for over 25 years.   She graduated from Central Washington University, with a BS in Business and a BA in Psychology.  She feels privileged to be a congregation member as well as a staff member at Pilgrim Lutheran Church for so many years.

She and her husband Duane have three adult children that still live in Western Washington.  Ruth loves working with her Little Pilgrims and feels blessed that she gets to come to work to play, learn and explore with her students.

Jenee Muench, Assistant Director

Jenee is a longtime member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and joined the staff at Little Pilgrim Preschool in 2017 and becoming Assistant Director in the fall of 2019.

After working many years in the Occupational & Physical Therapy medical field she was excited to come back to her love of working with children.

Jenee and husband Chris have 2 sons, whose activities keep her extremely busy.  When she’s not running them around everywhere, she loves to craft, garden, read and drink coffee.

Erin Pedersen, Teacher

Erin loves teaching preschool at Little Pilgrims and enjoys coming to work to see her students every day.

Erin was baptized into the Pilgrim Lutheran Church family as an infant. She had her first communion in 5th grade and was confirmed in 9th grade.

Erin has 4 nieces and 2 nephews she has helped take care of throughout the years.

Amy Leal, Teacher 

Amy joined the Little Pilgrims Preschool staff in the fall of 2019. She has a B.S. in psychology as well as a paralegal certificate. Amy has previously worked as a paralegal and with children in inpatient psychiatric treatment.

Amy is married with two daughters, ages 15 and 6, both graduates of Little Pilgrims.  Her hobbies include reading and helping coach her younger daughter’s soccer team.

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Little Pilgrims Preschool
10510 136th Street East, Puyallup, Washington 98374
(3 blocks east of Meridian on 136th)
Phone: 253-770-1543
email: rruthpooh@aol.com

Little Pilgrims Preschool admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.