Meet the Team

Dedicated & Certified

Amber Preston

Director and Head Teacher

I have been in my current position since the beginning of 2015 and love all the children who have attended. I grew up in Waseca, MN. I graduated from Winona State with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2005. I have worked multiple positions serving children and families in both the state of Minnesota and Vermont for 15 plus years. In my spare time, I like to hang out with my 3 cats and my dog. I enjoy baking, cross-stitch, playing the flute and piano, and lastly read a good book. During the summer I do gardening and camping. 


I am married to my husband, John, since 1997. Together we have 4 beautiful daughters with one loving us in God's eyes. I have been working with children's ministry since 1987. I studied Nursing and Early Childhood Education. I am grateful to God and all of you for the opportunity to watch your children grow in Jesus love. 

Kathy Groebner

Toddler or Preschool


We hope to hire soon!


Assistant Teacher

I have been with Star Light since 2018 and I love having the opportunity to be creative with the children as they learn and grow. I currently am attending MSU, pursuing my degree in Social Work. I grew up in Excelsior, MN with my sister and parents. In my spare time I enjoy playing rugby, camping, and hiking. 

I also have a cat named Wednesday and she is very entertaining! 

Rachel Pahnisch


I was born and raised near Mankato. I have trained with ,"Youth With a Mission" and a variety of different ministries. Through the training, I have traveled to different locations throughout the U.S. and a couple countries. I love working with children and having the opportunity to show them God's love. This has brought me to volunteering in youth ministry, working with children, nannying, and personal care assistant.  

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