Kirsten Duin – Director of Grow In Peace Learning Center
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
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
Erica Langevin – One Year Old Teacher
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
Meghan True – Buds Preschool Teacher
Jamie Arndt – Infant Assistant Teacher
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
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
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
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
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
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.