St Luke's School Faculty and Staff


  • Father Dee+

    The Rev Darrell Stayton+, Interim Rector at St Luke's Episcopal Church, leads our weekly Chapel services on Wednesdays, sharing God's love through the timeless stories from the Bible.

  • Vic Gandolph, Director

    Mr Gandolph comes with 30 years of educational experience; the last 13 years as a school Principal.  He received his BSE in Education from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and his MSE in Educational Leadership from Henderson State University.  He and his wife, Marianne, also an educator, live in Hot Springs.  They have two grown sons, Donnie and Dallas, and two grandsons, Dylan and Isaac.

  • Loren Manning, toddler program

    Designed for students who are at least 18 months of age or older, their daily activities are planned according to the Arkansas State Guidelines for Pre-Kindergarten Educational Standards.  We use the Adventures in Learning Curriculum and other teacher-created materials.

  • Tanya Montgomery, 2 1/2 - 3 years old

    Debbie Bogle, 3 year old

    Karen Etter, Pre-Kindergarten (4 year old)


    Pre- and Junior kindergarten, 3 and 4 year old programs

    The pre- and junior Kindergarten programs concentrate on the development skills of early childhood and allow each child the opportunity to acquire important readiness skills at their own rate.  The curriculum focuses on the development of perceptual skills, auditory and verbal communication skills, as well as pre-reading and pre-math skills.  


    Pre-K Early Literacy Learning in Arkansas (Pre-K ELLA) is the foundation of our Pre-K and Junior K curriculum.  The Pre-K ELLA implements developmentally appropriate experiences that promote emergent literacy skills for children prior to their entry into Kindergarten.  Pre-K ELLA is based on the Arkansas Early Childhood Education Framework.


    The curriculum is supplemented by teacher-made activities and projects that enhance the planned cirriculum and offer enrichment and/or remediation as needed.  A calendar and a basic outline of skills to be covered will be sent home monthly.

  • Marianne Gandolph, Kindergarten

    St Luke's has developed a child-centered learning program that shrives to meet the basic needs of each child.  A specific scope and sequence of learning leads the student from one level to the next.  A literature-based reading and language program allows the children to learn basic skills while they discover the joy of reading, the power of writing, and the roles that listening and speaking play in their lives.  This language program links together the disciplines of spelling, phonics, grammar, creative writing, poetry, and reading to form an integrated experience of effective learning.  Basic number concepts are developed through a sequentially planned math program that concentrates on a "hands on" approach as the students manipulate objects to understand the number concepts.  A combination of learning experiences is used to help students achieve to the best of their abilities.


    Science and social studies are approached informally through units of study, sharing books, class discussions and current events.  A weekly outline of what will be covered during that period will be sent hom with the children.  Students from St Luke's Episcopal School Kindergarten rank in the 70th - 93rd percentile on the Stanford 10 National Achievement Tests.



  • Marian Maffit

    Director of the Computer Lab and PE

    Educated in Southern California, Mrs Maffit hold a BA in Community Services, from California State University at Chico, Child Development Program Certification from Los Angeles Valley College, Teaching Credentials from California State University at Northridge and National Ark College Computer Science Program.  Mrs Maffit also has Arkansas Teaching Certification for K  - 6th grade.


    Mrs Maffit also promotes ways that students and parents can help raise funds for the school through various programs including: Box Tops for Education, Campbell's Labels for Education, and Ink Cartridge recycling.

  • Sheryl jones, art

    A graduate of the university or Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ms Jones received a BFA degree with an emphasis in ceramics studio art.  She also works as a freelance artist and renders portraits of people, animals, and landscapes.  She lives in Hot Springs with her husband, David Hurtado, and daughter Maya.

  • elizabeth roberts, spanish


  • Lisa Carson, extended care

    Born and raised in Hot Springs, Mrs Carson is the proud daughter of a 20 year veteran firefighter.  She and her husband Stephen have two sons, Brandon and Nicholas, and a daughter Alexis.  In her spare time, she enjoys camping with her family.

  • april ford, food services

    charlene rogers, food services


  • Kathy Randel, St Luke's Parish administrator


  • Dee Vinson, Financial Administrator and Registrar

    Mrs Vinson is the person to contact with any questions related to your financial statements.  She can be reached at: 501-623-1653 x 14 or dvinson@stlukeshs.org