History of Sunny Hill
The First United Methodist Church has housed a nursery school since 1960, when Virginia Evans started Mrs. Evan's Nursery School. In 1975, Mary Harcey became director and the name was changed to Sunny Hill Nursery School.

In 1979, Mary Beth Leifeld joined the staff as co-director and in 1986, became owner and director of Sunny Hill Preschool. During 2005, Janna Meline and Mary Morelli took positions as directors along with their teaching responsibilities.

Janna Meline

Janna Meline Director
"There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the children grow each year and watching their personalities flourish."

A.A.S Early Childhood Education, MNAEYC
Director's Certification, Childcare Administration, MNAEYC

I have been teaching at Sunny Hill since 1992, and live in Stillwater with my husband and four kids. Everyday I come to work it is a new and exciting adventure each day. No two days are alike, and I love to see the children grow from month to month, and year to year.

I enjoy making the children feel valuable, competent, and secure; empowering them to be self-reliant and develop healthy self-esteem values. I truly have the best job in the world by helping children discover their capabilities, and helping them forge into their futures.

Mary Morelli

Mary Morelli Director
"Working with the children as well as getting to know their parents is a pleasure."

B.A.S. Business Administration and Accounting
Univ. of Wisconsin-River Falls
Director's Credential Certification, MNAEYCC

I was introduced to Sunny Hill when my own children attended Sunny Hill, and I remained at Sunny Hill as an employee since 1998.

I love working with the children and watching them grow throughout the school year. They are so imaginative and it is amazing to see them blossom. I can't imagine a better way to spend my work day than with all of the wonderful children and parents in our program.