Ms. Jennifer S.

Hello! My name is Jennifer Schmidt. I am so excited to be at Little Blessings and to watch your child grow throughout this school year. This is my third year teaching, and before that I started substitute teaching at Little Blessings when my daughter was in the Owls class! I am passionate about littles: developing their love of learning and creating life-long learners. Before I had kids, I was in hospitality and worked in hotels for years and I have a degree in event planning. My husband, Joe, and I celebrated our 10th year of marriage this summer and have two great kids – Mason is 9 and Haddie is 7 (both Little Blessings grads), and they go to Renaissance Elementary School in Castle Rock. Joe and I are both Colorado natives. We grew up in Littleton and moved to Parker shortly after we got married. We have a very busy household with two dogs, two cats, and some fish! In my free time, I enjoy reading, spending time with family and friends, and wandering the aisles of Target (much to my husband’s dismay!) I’m looking forward to working with your kiddo and making learning fun for them!

Ms. Kendra

Hi, my name is Kendra- I’m so excited for the upcoming school year! I have been with Little Blessings for 9 years and have been lead teacher certified for 8. I have taught mostly in a young 4’s/4’s classroom. I love being an early childhood educator and 4-year-olds are my favorite age group. 

On a personal note, I’m happily married to my best friend of 17 years. We have 3 wonderful children-23, 16 and 13.  My oldest son is in the Air Force. We also have a mini goldendoodle-Shaggy.

We love to be outdoors hiking, biking and kayaking. You can usually find us on a staycation in the mountains. When I’m not at school you can find me at the gym. 

I can’t wait to meet you and your sweet child. This will be a wonderful year full of fun and growth. Thank you for entrusting us to care, nurture and guide them through the year.


Hi! My name is Melissa Merrill. This will be my second full school year at Little Blessings, although I started as a substitute in December 2022.   In my previous career I was a Hospital Social Worker at Children’s Hospital Colorado before becoming a stay at home mom. I am a Colorado native and have lived here my whole life besides one year in San Francisco after college.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver.  My husband, Erik, and I have been married for almost 8 years and have a 6 yr old daughter named Hayden.  We also have two dogs that run our house, Finley a 3 yr old Mini Bernedoodle and Joey a 14 yr old Bassett Heeler. We love to travel as a family and spend time playing sports together like golf, tennis and basketball.   I’m so grateful for the opportunity to teach your child and help them learn and grow. I cant wait to get started!

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Email: kangaroos@parkerumc.org