About Us

St. Luke ECC, established in 1986, is known in our community for providing the foundation for a life-long love of learning by nurturing the whole child through exploration and creativity in a Catholic spirit. We are blessed to have a team of teachers and administrators who have been a part of the St. Luke family for many years. Several members of our team are parents of children who attended St. Luke ECC in the past and feel called to serve. All of our teachers and administrators are First Aid, CPR and Crisis Team trained. We are accredited through APPLE (Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment) and maintain the highest standards of excellence in preschool education.

Our Team

Lisa Hopen, Director

Miss Lisa currently serves as director at St. Luke ECC where all four of her children attended. She holds a Bachelor in Science degree in Speech and Language Pathology. Prior to joining St. Luke, she owned an educational toy store and also taught and served on the Board of Directors for Lighthouse Homeschool Christian Academy. She feels blessed to serve as director of the program and is honored to support this amazing team of gifted teachers.


Stephanie Murphy, Administrative Assistant

Miss Stephanie has worked at St. Luke ECC since 2003 and all four of her children attended our preschool. She enjoys working with such a wonderful staff and friends. She finds it very rewarding to be a part of such a wonderful early childhood center.


Diane, VPK Teacher

I have been blessed to be a part of the St. Luke ECC family since 1992!  I have a degree in Early Childhood Development and Education and I just love sharing in the excitement of learning with our little preschoolers!


Susan Slattery, VPK Assistant

Miss Susan has taught at St. Luke since 1999. She has a Child Development Associate degree and loves working with children each day. She is originally from North Dakota… a long way from sunny Florida.


Ray Pickens, VPK Teacher

Mr. Ray has taught at St. Luke ECC since 2007. He holds a Child Development Associate Equivalency certification and loves teaching. In addition to teaching in his Pre-K classroom, he also enjoys sharing his love for science in our monthly Science Labs.


Carly Hamblen, VPK Assistant

Carly Hamblen was born and raised in Florida and graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from USF in 2020. She is very passionate about traveling and spending quality time with family, friends and her 2 German Shepherds. 


Claudia Useche, Three’s Teacher

Miss Claudia has taught at St. Luke since 2013. Both of her children attended St. Luke ECC. Claudia has a Bachelor of Science and obtained the Florida Child Care Professional Credential Teaching Certification. She is very happy to be working with our 3 day Three’s.


Susan Darowiche, Three’s Assistant

Miss Susan began working at St. Luke ECC in 2016. She worked in Catholic Schools in Pompano Beach for 15 years. She is excited to work with our Three’s class.


Marybeth Miller, Two’s Teacher

Miss Marybeth has taught at St. Luke ECC since 2015 and holds an Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys working with our littlest angels.