PRESCHOOL

Ms. Jill Kopper
Grade 6 Teacher

Our Program

The early childhood years are an exciting time of growth and development! Here at Peace Lutheran Preschool we offer a well-planned program with a wide variety of experiences to develop young minds and bodies. We are dedicated to the growth of the whole child. Our program provides a balance between free play and teacher-directed learning activities. Learning takes place in a warm, friendly and relaxed setting. Learning materials are easily accessible to the children. These experiences provide a pleasant and enjoyable approach to discovery and creativity.

Our Mission is "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.“ Proverbs22:6


Our goal is to partner with preschoolers and their parents during these critical, formative years. We will walk alongside you as we teach children the love and Word of God.


Our program is designed with your child in mind. We provide a safe, nurturing environment with experienced teachers who love God and love His children. Classroom routines and daily lessons are strategically planned to help each child develop social skills and gain knowledge in preparation for a lifetime of learning.


Our day consists of a balance of large group, small group, and independent activities. In each area we look for opportunities to help children learn, laugh, and recognize how amazing God has made each of us. A typical day includes: learning centers, free choice play, large group/circle time, Jesus time, stories, outdoor/gym time, music and movement, snack time, and closing prayers.

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Mrs. Suzette Quail
Early Childhood Director

Mrs. Suzette Quail, Early Childhood Director

I am blessed to oversee an outstanding preschool program and a team of early childhood educators who love children and are dedicated to academic excellence, Christian leadership, and who strive every day to be an inspiration to students and families of God’s grace, mercy and love.   

My boys are graduates of Peace Lutheran and Lutheran High School North.  Our positive experience in the preschool program and the loving, caring, gifted teachers are what made us stay for K-8.  I am grateful that I was led to be the Early Childhood Director after serving Peace as an Office Administrator and preschool teacher.

I enjoy visiting the preschool classrooms each day!  The laughter, the smiles, the hugs, and hellos warm my heart.  I feel like a rock star when I walk in the room and the children shout “Mrs. Quail!”  I love to watch the children learn, grow and develop into strong Christian boys and girls. The progression from the beginning of the year to the end of the year is amazing! 

I welcome you to join our Peace family.  Peace is home and where you are accepted and welcomed as you are.  Here you and your children will feel loved and cared for.  

RETURN TO PRESCHOOL

Our enhanced health and safety protocols at Peace Lutheran Preschool align with CDC recommendations, as well as state and local requirements. We continue to consult with experts and monitor updated guidance to ensure our protocols evolve with new learning around COVID-19, so that children, families, teachers, and staff are always protected.

 

Health Screenings and Face Coverings

Our staff will perform daily health screening and temperature checks on adults and children arriving at the school, and throughout the school day.  Teachers and Staff will wear face coverings during this time, when traveling through the building, and when in close contact with students and families.

 

Distancing and Classroom Size

We will practice physical distancing by reducing classroom sizes, keeping consistent groupings, and limiting outdoor play to one group at a time.

 

Updated Visitor Policy

Essential visitors, including families dropping off and picking up, will be limited to the lobby. Nonessential visitors will not be permitted in the school building.

Cleaning

We will adhere to frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, toys, and laundered items.  We will use EPA approved cleaning products.

Panther Cubs

Mondays: 9:00am- 10:30am

Mondays: 11:00am-12:30pm

The Panther Cubs Program is a Parent-Tot program that is a teacher-facilitated playgroup for toddlers (ages 2-3) and their parents. Children must be 2 years old by September 1.   This program is a wonderful way to introduce young children to a group play environment, and a great way for parents of toddlers to connect to each other.  Each class includes music and movement, snack, story time, Jesus time, creative opportunities, and large muscle activities.  

Mrs. Kelly Miscovich
Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Kelly Miscovich,  Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Miscovich grew up in Sterling Heights, and had a diverse career before coming to Peace.  She went to Sherman Chiropractic College in Spartanburg, SC, to become a Chiropractic Assistant, and worked for a chiropractor in Shelby Township.  She left the chiropractic practice to work in travel, then worked in General Motors’ hotel selection program before becoming a stay-at-home mom.  When her children came to Peace preschool, Mrs. Miscovich volunteered in class then became a teacher aide in 2005 and has been here since.  When not at Peace, Mrs. Miscovich’s priority is her family, and they just added a baby grandson to keep her busy.  “As a teacher, I am so very blessed to be part of so many little lives.  I enjoy watching them grow academically and in their faith.  Peace has been a part of my life for many years, and I am thankful for my Peace family!” – Mrs. Kelly Miscovich

3s

3s AM

Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:00am - 11:30am

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Mrs. Terri Ritchie
Preschool Teacher

Ms. Terri Ritchie, Preschool Teacher

Growing up in St. Clair Shores, Mrs. Ritchie attended Macomb Community College and Wayne State University, where she studied child development.  She has been a preschool teacher for 20 years, and came to Peace in 2013.   Mrs. Ritchie’s hobbies are nature photography and most recently DIY projects at home.  “At Peace, I appreciate being able to stay connected and watch the children grow and learn especially on their faith journey.” – Mrs. Terri Ritchie

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Mrs. Sarah Honce
Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Sarah Honce, Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Honce grew up in West Bloomfield, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oakland University.  She taught middle school English for one year before staying home to raise her five children with her husband, Jamie.  The Honce family enrolled at Peace and Mrs. Honce joined our PTL in 2015, and she began as assistant preschool teacher in 2017.  When not at Peace, she enjoys making jewelry, reading and (believe it or not) doing laundry.  Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” is Mrs. Honce’s favorite Bible verse.  “Our family loves Peace! It’s a very family friendly environment.” – Mrs. Sarah Honce

3s AM

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:00am - 11:30am

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Mrs. Terri Ritchie
Preschool Teacher

Ms. Terri Ritchie, Preschool Teacher

Growing up in St. Clair Shores, Mrs. Ritchie attended Macomb Community College and Wayne State University, where she studied child development.  She has been a preschool teacher for 20 years, and came to Peace in 2013.   Mrs. Ritchie’s hobbies are nature photography and most recently DIY projects at home.  “At Peace, I appreciate being able to stay connected and watch the children grow and learn especially on their faith journey.” – Mrs. Terri Ritchie

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Ms. Chelsea Parmentier
Preschool Assistant Teacher

Ms. Chelsea Parmentier, Preschool Assistant Teacher

Ms. Parmentier grew up in Detroit and went to Baker College to become an EMT/paramedic.  Childcare proved to be a better career for Ms. Parmentier after she had two children 15 months apart.   When not at Peace, Ms. Parmentier loves making fun crafts and building her family’s outdoor fairy garden.  “I have completely fallen in love with Peace, the staff, parents and, most importantly, the students.  Until we came to Peace, I never thought there could be so many nice people in one place!  Every single staff member is so welcoming and it’s a really good feeling to know my children are in the care of such great people.” - Ms. Chelsea Parmentier

3s PM
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:30pm - 3:00pm

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Mrs. Terri Ritchie
Preschool Teacher

Ms. Terri Ritchie, Preschool Teacher

Growing up in St. Clair Shores, Mrs. Ritchie attended Macomb Community College and Wayne State University, where she studied child development.  She has been a preschool teacher for 20 years, and came to Peace in 2013.   Mrs. Ritchie’s hobbies are nature photography and most recently DIY projects at home.  “At Peace, I appreciate being able to stay connected and watch the children grow and learn especially on their faith journey.” – Mrs. Terri Ritchie

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Mrs. Sarah Honce
Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Sarah Honce, Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Honce grew up in West Bloomfield, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oakland University.  She taught middle school English for one year before staying home to raise her five children with her husband, Jamie.  The Honce family enrolled at Peace and Mrs. Honce joined our PTL in 2015, and she began as assistant preschool teacher in 2017.  When not at Peace, she enjoys making jewelry, reading and (believe it or not) doing laundry.  Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” is Mrs. Honce’s favorite Bible verse.  “Our family loves Peace! It’s a very family friendly environment.” – Mrs. Sarah Honce

4s AM Four Day

Tuesday - Friday: 

8:50am - 11:45am

 4s

4s AM

Monday/Wed/Fridays: 8:50am - 11:45am

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Mrs. Lisa Towne
Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Lisa Towne, Preschool Teacher

Throughout my years I've been inspired by many Lutheran school teachers. Their love for the Lord has motivated me to dig my heels in, pour my heart out and become an educator in a Christian school. Now I get to stimulate children's minds and help them to boost their own creativity every day in class! The Lord led me to Peace in 1993 when we moved back to our home state after being gone for a few years for my husband's job. I look forward to each day I spend educating children.  God tells us and equips us to use our gifts, and He walks with us daily so we are never alone. By becoming a team with each family, and with God's help together we can achieve any goal and overcome any obstacle.  Teaching the children about Jesus, His love, and His grace is both an honor and a blessing . Seeing life through the eyes of a child each day is refreshing. 

 

 My biggest hope is that every child leaves not only with their own academic and social milestones met at the end of the school year but with Jesus IN their heart! I received my degree Early Childhood Studies, with a minor in Biology/Nutrition from Macomb Community College and Oakland University. 

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Mrs. Sue Yarrington
Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Sue Yarrington, Preschool Assistant Teacher

I was led to Peace 13 years ago when looking for a preschool home for my youngest son.  The Early Childhood director at Peace quickly became a life changing person who not only brought me to Peace as a parent, but soon after, as an employee.  I have a Health Science degree from Grand Valley State University along with an Early Childhood teaching certificate.  I am blessed to be both a wife and mom to our 3 sons.  By coming to Peace, not only did I gain employment, my family also became church members.  Peace has become a second family to us.  God has continued to place people in my life that have helped grow my faith and my love for teaching young children. 

4s AM Three Day

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays:

8:50am - 11:45am

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Mrs. Melissa Jones
Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Melissa Jones, Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Jones grew up in Rochester, Michigan and attended Macomb Community College. She graduated in 1998 with a major in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Jones worked as a veterinary technician before becoming a teacher. Mrs. Jones was led to Peace in 2012.  When she is not at Peace she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and biking and spending time at the beach! “We have one of the best preschool programs in the area.” – Mrs. Melissa Jones 

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Mrs. Jennifer Sekula
Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Jennifer Sekula, Preschool  Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Sekula grew up in Romeo, Michigan and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Oakland University.  After college, she worked the administrative side of a construction company and a law firm before coming to Peace, and joining our preschool staff in 2004 when Mrs. Nowak became Director.  Mrs. Sekula’s hobbies include traveling Up North, shopping and reading.  “The interesting fact about Peace is that our preschool program is one of the only ones around that utilize the church every day for our Jesus time lessons.” Mrs. Jennifer Sekula

Mrs. Kelly Miscovich
Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Kelly Miscovich,  Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Miscovich grew up in Sterling Heights, and had a diverse career before coming to Peace.  She went to Sherman Chiropractic College in Spartanburg, SC, to become a Chiropractic Assistant, and worked for a chiropractor in Shelby Township.  She left the chiropractic practice to work in travel, then worked in General Motors’ hotel selection program before becoming a stay-at-home mom.  When her children came to Peace preschool, Mrs. Miscovich volunteered in class then became a teacher aide in 2005 and has been here since.  When not at Peace, Mrs. Miscovich’s priority is her family, and they just added a baby grandson to keep her busy.  “As a teacher, I am so very blessed to be part of so many little lives.  I enjoy watching them grow academically and in their faith.  Peace has been a part of my life for many years, and I am thankful for my Peace family!” – Mrs. Kelly Miscovich

4s PM Four Day

Tuesday - Friday: 

12:30pm - 3:25pm

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Mrs. Lisa Towne
Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Lisa Towne, Preschool Teacher

Throughout my years I've been inspired by many Lutheran school teachers. Their love for the Lord has motivated me to dig my heels in, pour my heart out and become an educator in a Christian school. Now I get to stimulate children's minds and help them to boost their own creativity every day in class! The Lord led me to Peace in 1993 when we moved back to our home state after being gone for a few years for my husband's job. I look forward to each day I spend educating children.  God tells us and equips us to use our gifts, and He walks with us daily so we are never alone. By becoming a team with each family, and with God's help together we can achieve any goal and overcome any obstacle.  Teaching the children about Jesus, His love, and His grace is both an honor and a blessing . Seeing life through the eyes of a child each day is refreshing. 

 

 My biggest hope is that every child leaves not only with their own academic and social milestones met at the end of the school year but with Jesus IN their heart! I received my degree Early Childhood Studies, with a minor in Biology/Nutrition from Macomb Community College and Oakland University. 

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Mrs. Sue Yarrington
Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Sue Yarrington, Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Yarrington grew up in Warren, Michigan.  She went to Grand Valley State University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science.  Mrs. Yarrington applied her degree by working in nursing homes, outpatient rehab and Psychiatric hospital settings before becoming a stay-at-home mom when her first son was born almost 18 years ago.  When the youngest of her three sons was in Mrs. Sparks Young 5’s class, there happened to be an opening in the Preschool staff. Sharon Nowak encouraged her to get an early childhood teaching certificate, and she has not regretted it since!  Mrs. Yarrington loves being at Peace and has been here for approximately nine years.  “Outside of school, I love spending time at our cottage in Evart, Michigan, camping, golfing, ATVing, snowmobiling, anything outdoors and all with my family!! “ – Mrs. Yarrington

4s PM Three Day

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays:

12:30pm - 3:25pm

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Mrs. Melissa Jones
Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Melissa Jones, Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Jones grew up in Rochester, Michigan and attended Macomb Community College. She graduated in 1998 with a major in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Jones worked as a veterinary technician before becoming a teacher. Mrs. Jones was led to Peace in 2012.  When she is not at Peace she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and biking and spending time at the beach! “We have one of the best preschool programs in the area.” – Mrs. Melissa Jones 

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Mrs. Sarah Honce
Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Sarah Honce, Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Honce grew up in West Bloomfield, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oakland University.  She taught middle school English for one year before staying home to raise her five children with her husband, Jamie.  The Honce family enrolled at Peace and Mrs. Honce joined our PTL in 2015, and she began as assistant preschool teacher in 2017.  When not at Peace, she enjoys making jewelry, reading and (believe it or not) doing laundry.  Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” is Mrs. Honce’s favorite Bible verse.  “Our family loves Peace! It’s a very family friendly environment.” – Mrs. Sarah Honce

Young 5s

Monday - Friday:
9:00am - 12:00pm or
12:30 - 3:30pm

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Mrs. Lisa McGowan
Young 5s Teacher's Assistant

Mrs. Lisa McGowan,  Young 5s Teacher's Assistant

When I began working as a teacher’s aid at Peace Lutheran, I was overjoyed to join a school community that is focused on faith and knowledge. Being a teacher’s aid has given me the opportunity to help young students grow in their faith and education. The community of people I have the privilege to work with is astounding in their capacity for kindness and empathy, and I am proud to be a member of such a wonderful community. 

 

I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Wayne State University, and taught recreational art to children and adults prior to working at Peace Lutheran.

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Mrs. Heather Lewis
Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Heather Lewis, Preschool Teacher

I am a preschool aide.  I have been attending Peace since 2008 and my children have been students at school here for the past 14 years.  This place just feels like a warm hug on most days.  When I decided to go back to work, I didn’t want to work in the field I got my degree in.  I wanted to work with kids.  I love the Lord and I love kids.  I love watching how much the kids grow academically and spiritually over the school year.  Learning is fun and we make it fun in preschool.

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Mrs. Lana McIntosh
Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Lana McIntosh, Preschool Teacher

We came to Peace because a friend recommended it. I’m so thankful that we took her advice. After the amazing experience that we had with Mrs. Towne and Mrs. Yarrington, I wanted to be more involved. I have had the honor of working in the Young 5’s and 4’s classroom. I have learned so much because at this young age they are so eager to learn, so they are always asking questions. I love coming to work because everyday is different and fun. It has been so fulfilling to know that I have the honor of planting seeds of faith and a love for God through art, science, math, music and movement. Having religion as part of our daily curriculum has helped me grow in God, and it is so sweet listening to how they understand and view God. I feel most comfortable when hanging out with these little cuties, I’m thankful to be a part of Peace team where staff and parents can become a “dream team” to lead little children to the throne of Heaven.

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Mrs. Erin Olsen
Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Erin Olsen, Preschool Teacher

The last two years my twin boys attended 3 and 4-year preschool at Peace and it has made a huge impact on our family. The outpouring of love from the teachers, Pastor, and staff not only had me wanting my kids to be a part of this community long term, but also had me praying for an opportunity to get involved on a deeper level. My mission is to help spread the love and light of our savior to precious young minds, as the previous teachers did for our family.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oakland University and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Saginaw Valley State University.  I have been teaching for 15 years in Kindergarten and First Grade.

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Mrs. Amanda Pate
Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Amanda Pate, Preschool Teacher

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Mrs. Lisa Towne
Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Lisa Towne, Preschool Teacher

Throughout my years I've been inspired by many Lutheran school teachers. Their love for the Lord has motivated me to dig my heels in, pour my heart out and become an educator in a Christian school. Now I get to stimulate children's minds and help them to boost their own creativity every day in class! The Lord led me to Peace in 1993 when we moved back to our home state after being gone for a few years for my husband's job. I look forward to each day I spend educating children.  God tells us and equips us to use our gifts, and He walks with us daily so we are never alone. By becoming a team with each family, and with God's help together we can achieve any goal and overcome any obstacle.  Teaching the children about Jesus, His love, and His grace is both an honor and a blessing . Seeing life through the eyes of a child each day is refreshing. 

 

 My biggest hope is that every child leaves not only with their own academic and social milestones met at the end of the school year but with Jesus IN their heart! I received my degree Early Childhood Studies, with a minor in Biology/Nutrition from Macomb Community College and Oakland University. 

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Mrs. Sue Yarrington
Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Sue Yarrington, Preschool Assistant Teacher

I was led to Peace 13 years ago when looking for a preschool home for my youngest son.  The Early Childhood director at Peace quickly became a life changing person who not only brought me to Peace as a parent, but soon after, as an employee.  I have a Health Science degree from Grand Valley State University along with an Early Childhood teaching certificate.  I am blessed to be both a wife and mom to our 3 sons.  By coming to Peace, not only did I gain employment, my family also became church members.  Peace has become a second family to us.  God has continued to place people in my life that have helped grow my faith and my love for teaching young children.