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Melanie Knipping

Preschool Director

As the Director of Circle of Friends Preschool, I have a passion for helping children and families enjoy a great start to life-long learning!

I have an Associate’s degree in Child Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Business. I have been involved in the early childhood education field as both a teacher and an administrator for over 27 years. Prior to joining Circle of Friends, I was the director of a corporate child development center in downtown St. Louis. I am the proud parent of twin boys. In my spare time I love to read, spend time with my boys, enjoy the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues, and I used to scuba dive (which I hope to get back into soon). I am thrilled to be a part of the Circle of Friends family!




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