Our Story


St.Mark Lutheran church

St. Mark has been a part of the Salina community since 1974. Following the command of Jesus to feed his little lambs (John 21:16), we began a preschool program to teach children about their Savior. Parents, God entrusted your children to you. The ultimate responsibility for bringing them up in the training and instruction of the Lord belongs to you (Ephesians 6:4). But, it is for this reason we exist: to assist you in your job.


More than just a preschool

A few years ago, St.Mark built a natural playscape area for our preschoolers. As weather permits, classes go outside for fresh air and large movement play on our playground. When weather prohibits, we get the wiggles out in our clean, spacious, indoor play area. 

Field trips are planned throughout the year to give our students opportunities to learn about the community and state in which we live. Parents are welcome to attend these field trips and are often needed for chaperone and driving purposes. 

Each week, students attend a special chapel service, led by Pastor Laitinen, with a Bible message just for them! We memorize Bible passages and songs to sing in our weekly devotions with Pastor. Our students will have the opportunity to sing songs in our church services  throughout the school year. We sing once at the end of September, once for our Christmas program, and once in February. Commencement and Graduation services are held the last week of school.



little lions preschool

Why “Little Lions”? The lion, with wings, standing on the Word of God, is the symbol most often associated with St. Mark, the writer of the second Gospel. We pray that our preschool helps grow "Little Lions" who are strongly grounded in the good news of the Bible that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for their sins. We also aim to create well-rounded students by providing an excellent social, emotional, and academic base for when they begin their grade school years.



Meet our teacher

Hi! My name is Taylor Nielsen and I love being the Director and Preschool teacher at Little Lions Preschool! Teaching children the love of Jesus has always been a priority of mine, and I am looking forward to sharing that with my students!

My husband, Scott, grew up in Minnesota, where we met, but I grew up in Michigan, and that is where I began taking part in many different teaching experiences. I have taught different ages and subjects in a variety of places including China, Wisconsin, New York, Michigan and Minnesota. I also have experience studying Urban Education and American Sign Language. I love to travel and learn about the world in a hands-on way so that I can then bring those experiences to my classroom.

I also enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, playing with my dog, reading, sports and music/theatre. I love combining my hobbies with my students’ hobbies and incorporating them into our learning atmosphere to help create a love of learning in the children!