“At Trueblood, learning how to be a good friend and learner is practiced all the time. Using nature and playing as our guide, our children learn through experiences.”
Roxanne Steele, Lead Preschool Teacher
Thank you for your interest in Trueblood Preschool. Trueblood is located on Earlham College’s campus and is operated by Richmond Friends School. We look forward to showing you how children grow and succeed with an educational start at Trueblood!
Hours: 7:30am – 5:30pm (this includes before- and aftercare)
Meet the teachers:
Roxanne Steele (Lead Teacher)
Roxanne Steele, Lead Teacher at Trueblood Preschool, is excited to take the lead during this first year of the Friends School and Trueblood merger. Roxanne has been active with the Friends School in the past with her son, and has worked in preschool and special education settings in the past. Bringing the philosophy of the whole child and multi-sensory learning together is a thrilling task to take on at Trueblood Preschool. Roxanne lives in Richmond with her husband, Brian and their children Mariah, Sara and Nathan and memory of daughter Rachel.
Lisa Burkhardt (Assistant Teacher)
Lisa retired three years ago from a 35 year teaching career during which she managed to teach every subject and all grade levels! Lisa especially enjoyed the years helping to create a multi-age, interdisciplinary school where she taught in teams. Since then she has been caring for an active toddler. After raising her three children, it was a renewed appreciation for the development of an infant into a preschooler. Lisa’s husband is also a retired teacher, who works part-time at Morrisson-Reeves Library. They enjoy being outdoors on their mini-farm, raising bees, chickens, vegetables, and flowers. They like to travel to visit their sons in South Carolina where their only grandchild lives, and their daughter in Indianapolis. Their children are Trueblood alums!
Andrew Ervin (Assistant Teacher)
Andrew always had a passion for working with kids even back in his high school years. Andrew has helped with various kids’ events at Christ United Church and has served at a summer lunch program through them during high school. He graduated a trimester early from Richmond High School in February 2015 to get his Tech Honors Diploma. More recently, he has completed and passed numerous early and elementary education classes at Ivy Tech Community College and wishes to keep pursuing his degree. He has worked in a preschool class at Kids Kingdom both as an Assistant Teacher and a Head Teacher for 2 years. While working at Kids Kingdom, he was able to connect with a lot of kids from his preschool class and the elementary kids he worked with in the afternoon and summer and hopes to do the same here at Trueblood.