Staff

Kirsten Duin – Early Childhood Learning Center Director

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!

Aleah Dovnik – 4K Teacher

I graduated from Martin Luther College with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2015. My first Call was to Jesus Loves Me Learning Center, a ministry of Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Mankato, MN. I’ve always loved working with kids and have been doing so since I started babysitting at age 11.  At JLMLC I’ve taught in both the infant and tod dler rooms but have experience with many different ages. I’m excited to teach at GPLC here in Sun Prairie. I also own a dog.*

Amanda Thiede – 3 Year Old Teacher

My name is Amanda Thiede, the 3K teacher. 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.

Melanie Leiterman – 3K Assistant

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!

Lisa Myhre – 2 Year Old Teacher

Hello! My name i Lisa Myhre and I am one of the Co-Lead teachers in the 2 year-old classroom here at Grow in Peace Learning Center. I am very excited to be a part of this new Christ-centered facility! The cognitive abilities of these children’s minds at this developmental age is so great. What better way to teach them than in an environment reflecting God’s grace and love through Jesus!

Beyond raising my three boys, I have been a Sunday school teacher at Lord of Love Lutheran Church for the last eight years where I have taught grades Pre-K through 2nd. I am also beginning classes for my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Wisconsin Lutheran College this fall.

In the 2 year-old classroom, we will provide the children with a safe, nurturing and loving environment where we will learn through a variety of age-appropriate hands-on activities and play. My favorite part about teaching is experiencing the children’s love of learning and, most importantly, their growing love of their Savior.

Cathy Gresens – 2 Year Old Teacher

My name is Mrs. Cathy Gresens and I am excited to be teaching the Two’s 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.

Shayna Morrison – 2 Year Old Assistant Teacher

My name is Shayna Morrison. I am the assistant teacher in the two year old room. My husband and I are from Iowa and will have lived here for three years this November. We have three very sweet dogs and one adorable cat that keep us very busy. I started working at an in-home daycare when I was in eighth grade and realized how much I love working with children. I’m very grateful to have this opportunity to work in such a loving and caring environment. It brings me great joy to get to help teach and develop the minds of our future.

Anne Ganter – 1 Year Old 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.

Elizabeth Poduch – Infant Lead 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.

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.

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