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children's ministry staff


Laura Kotalik

children's ministry directory

A Note from Laura...

I started attending Calvary as a child and am so excited to minister here as an adult! I have my Master's Degree in Elementary Education and have experience both in teaching and administrative roles. My husband, Tim, and I have three children. I enjoy crafting and baking.


Laurie Hanson

preschool teacher

Laurie has been teaching for over 30 years, most of those in preschool. She graduated from Mt. Marty College with a degree in Elementary Education, an Early Childhood endorsement, and minors in music and art. Laurie and her husband, Mike, a local carpenter, have 4 grown children and 4 grandsons. She loves music, reading, camping, and she collects all things Disney!


Jason Howe

AWANA Commander

Jason has been serving Christ at Calvary since 2009 when his family moved to Yankton, SD from Sheboygan, WI. He serves as AWANA Commander and also works with children, youth, adult, and men's ministries. Jason is blessed to have a patient wife, Christina, who supports and serves alongside him. They have three sons. The family enjoys watching Nebraska Cornhusker football games. Jason currently works as an audiologist at the Yankton Medical Clinic.


Travis Schaeffer

AWANA Co-Commmander

Travis has been attending Calvary Baptist since 2009 they moved to pursue a career within the federal government as a Biological Technician. Since then, he and his wife have been blessed to add a boy and two girls to the family. Travis became actively involved with the AWANA program at Calvary as a kindergarten boys leader and is now serving as co-commander. He enjoys spending time with his wife, playing with his kids, wood working, and hunting.


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