Staff


Kirsten Duin – Director of Grow In Peace Learning Center

My name is Kirsten Duin. At Peace, we do our very best to assist parents in caring for their child by meeting your child’s spiritual, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs. We strive to meet these needs by planning hands on active learning activities.

I graduated with my Bachelors of Education in Early Childhood from Martin Luther College in 2012. Prior to Peace, from 2012 to 2018 I served as the Preschool Director and Lead Preschool Teacher at Cross of Christ in Coon Rapids, MN.

Please consider entrusting Grow in Peace as a place for your most precious blessings. There is no greater gift you can give your children than sending them somewhere where you know they are loved and will learn of God’s love for them!


Elizabeth Poduch – Assistant Director and Lead Infant Teacher

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Poduch. I am excited to be working in the infant room at Grow in Peace. My husband Gary and I are recent transplants from Illinois. I have my Associates in Early Childhood Education and many years of working in child care settings.

We have three grown daughters Charlotte, Kelly and Erica, two son-in-laws, Scott and Jeffrey, and a beautiful granddaughter Joanna. I feel blessed to nurture your children and watching them grow and experience all the little things in life.


Anne Ganter – One Year Old Lead Teacher

My name is Anne Ganter. I am the co-lead teacher in the one-year-old room. I enjoy watching the little ones “Grow in Peace”, where every day they learn new things. The most important thing that they will learn is that they are Jesus’ little lambs, and He will always lead them through life. I believe the best way for these little lambs to learn is through active learning and playing. Prior to working at Grow in Peace, I was the aftercare teacher at Peace for the 3 and 4-year-olds. In addition to working to Peace and being a mom to my three very active boys, I have many years of experience in caring for other children, including those with special needs, in both in-home and school settings, as well as working with families of diverse backgrounds. My favorite part of teaching this age is their enthusiasm to learn and discover the world around them. I look forward to watching the little children grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually.


Erica Langevin – One Year Old Teacher

Hello! My name is Erica Langevin. I am so happy to be a lead teacher in the wonderful one-year-old classroom.
My husband and I met in choir at Valparaiso University in Indiana. We got married in April 2019 and have lived in many different places since then! We started all the way out in St. Paul, MN, made our way to Lake Mills, WI, and finally settled down and bought a house out in McFarland. We don’t have any kids just yet, but love spending time with our niece Joanna.

I have worked with or around kids since I was 15! I’ve worked at an indoor playground, with school district before and after care programs, and now I’m here at GPLC. In my first year here I have learned so much and had a blast getting to know each and every one of my students. Grow in Peace is a great place to be!


Cathy Gresens – Lead Buds Preschool Teacher

My name is Mrs. Cathy Gresens and I am excited to be teaching the Buds Classroom. I have taught the Mommies, Music and More classes at Peace Lutheran for the last 7 years and have fallen in love with my 0-4 year old students. Although I graduated from UW Madison in Spanish, I have been taking Early Childhood Education classes for the last few years. I can’t wait to share my love of music and art with the toddlers and believe that children learn best through play. I am especially excited to be part of a ministry that gives me the opportunity to share God’s love everyday! My husband Michael and I have been blessed with 5 children.


Meghan True – Buds Preschool Teacher

My name is Meghan True. I am a preschool teacher at Grow In Peace Learning Center. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. I have worked with children in the Birth to Three program as well as in public school systems in the state of Oregon and in Wisconsin. My husband and I have four children. I have worked with children my entire career and enjoy being able to work in all the classrooms at Peace with all the wonderful children and teachers.


Jamie Arndt – Infant Assistant Teacher

My name is Jamie Arndt, and I am excited to be the assistant teacher in the infant room.

My husband Shaun and I have been blessed with two boys, Isaiah and Daniel. We moved to Sun Prairie in 2017. Along with our own boys, I have several years of childcare experience, both in-home and at a large organization. I have worked with children 0-8 years old and they amaze me everyday! It is a blessing to watch each child grow and discover new things, including the love of Jesus their Savior.

I’m looking forward to meeting and serving all the families at Grow in Peace Learning Center!


Shelly Schoenherr – Infant Assistant Teacher

Hello, I’m Shelly Schoenherr and I am excited to tell you that I will be working in the infant room at GPLC.

I attended Martin Luther College. After graduation, I worked in various daycares until I became the preschool teacher at Holy Cross in Madison. As that school grew, I then taught afternoon Kindergarten. My time there totaled 24 years.

Most recently, I worked at a child care learning center here in Sun Prairie. I worked with infants and one year olds.

We have two daughters, Mariah and Kailey, and most recently became empty nesters.
I look forward to getting to know many of you and serving your family here at Growing in Peace.


Sue Bloczynski – Float Assistant Teacher

My name is Sue Bloczynski. I moved here from Marshfield,WI. in 2002. I have been married for 32 years and have 2 grown daughters,Alicia and Hannah. My daughter, Alicia is married and lives in Lodi,WI., My daughter Hannah is medically disabled and lives at home until she is stronger healthwise.
I have always loved children & Animals. My experience has been with Animals, the Elderly and Children 1-18yrs. I have worked in Veterinary clinics for 5 yrs and attended MATC in the Animal Technician program. I have also worked at Marshfield School District as a substitute T.A., mainly working with 4k- 4th grade and in the Special Education programs. Moving to Sun Prairie, I started working in Veterinary Clinics in Sun Prairie, Monona and McFarland, until I accepted a LTE position at the SPHS in Special Education as a T.A. I found I had a calling working with special needs children and from the SPHS I went to work in transportation Companies in Sun Prairie and Madison, transporting preschool, headstart and elementary children, as well as, special needs children. When one company was bought out/ or contracts canceled, I headed out to learn more about Autistic challenges in children. I was then hired thru Wisconsin Early Autism Project( WEAP). I worked in Dane, Columbia and Jefferson counties. WEAP mainly works with Preschool aged children but occasionally worked with older kids,as well.

Since November 2019, I have been working at GPLC, here at Peace Lutheran, as a T.A.( float). I have enjoyed working with all the preschool ages up to 4-K. I enjoy sharing God’s Love with them and Love my fellow coworkers. I also enjoy kind of being a pseudo grandmother.( Which I am not one, as of yet).


Morgan Burns – Two Year Old Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Morgan Burns. My husband and I are new to the area. We came from a little town in Arkansas. I am the oldest of 4 siblings, and I also worked at a daycare my junior/senior year of highschool. I have a 7 year old step daughter named Klair.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with your children and to teach them that God will always be with them.


Melanie Leiterman – Float Assistant Teacher

My name is Melanie Leiterman. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and am certified to teach Pre-Kindergarten to 3rd Grade.

I am the 3K Assistant at Grow in Peace and will work in different classrooms, primarily at the end of the school day. I love working with children off all ages and helping them grow physically, socially, and emotionally. It is a blessing to watch children grow and discover new things. I have taught in different classrooms from 1 year-olds all the way to high school seniors.

My husband Justin and I have lived in Sun Prairie since 2001. We have two children; Megan and Colin. Biking, cooking, and skiing are just a few of the things we enjoy together.

I am excited to be working with all of the children and families at Grow in Peace!


Amanda Thiede – Blooms Preschool Teacher

My name is Amanda Thiede, a preschool teacher at GPLC. I am excited to assist your child in their spiritual, physical, emotional and psychological development, which are all vital roles in your child’s overall development. I am so blessed to share the good news of Jesus, everyday, and strengthen our faith, together as a family.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science in Education, with a major in PK-12 Physical Education and minors in Health Education and Coaching Athletics.

I am excited to get back into education after being a stay-at-home mom since October 2013. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, I was an elementary Physical Education teacher for five years in Portage, Wisconsin. In addition to teaching Physical Education, in Portage, I coached middle school volleyball and track as well as freshman girls basketball.

My favorite part of teaching is the relationships I create with the families. A strong connection between school and home creates a positive learning environment. With the help of God, I look forward to that positive learning environment with your family.


Michelle Chesterman – Preschool Assistant Teacher


Jennifer Bergren – Float Assistant Teacher

Hi, my name is Jennifer Bergren. I’m married and I’m a Mom of a 2 year old. My Mom had an in-home daycare since I was born. I love children and started watching them from a very young helping age. I also have an associate degree in Applied Sciences as a medical assistant.


Alissa Coan – Float Assistant Teacher

My name is Alissa Coan, and I am very excited to be working as an assistant teacher at Grow In Peace. My husband Jerry and I recently moved here in October 2019 from Michigan. We have two dogs and are expecting our first child arrived at the end of June! I studied Early Childhood education my Junior and Senior years of high school at our local tech school.

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