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.

Mrs. Suzette Quail
Early Childhood Director

Mrs. Suzette Quail, Early Childhood Director

Mrs. Quail is not only a member of Peace Lutheran Church, but has also been a staff member for eight years. Her early childhood education journey began with teaching preschool here at Peace. Later, she moved to be Pastor’s administrative assistant. She holds degrees in Early Childhood and Business Administration. Mrs. Quail and her husband, Brad, just celebrated 25 years of marriage and have been blessed with four boys, three of whom are Peace alumni. She loves being a mom and appreciates all the joys and blessings of raising her family.  Mrs. Quail loves reading, watching sports, and spending time with her family. “Peace has been a very important part of my family’s life, serving as a second home for us and extending our family.” – Mrs. Suzette Quail  

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Jan Carpenter
Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Jan Carpenter, Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Carpenter worked at Oakland Family Services for 12 years, supervising a multidisciplinary team of medical, mental health, psychological, and sensory disciplines, working with children with regulatory and behavioral issues.   She worked at Macomb Family Services for 3 years as an Early Childhood Specialist.  She holds a Masters in Social Work and Infant Mental Health Certification from the University of Michigan.  She has been part of our preschool program for over four years.

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

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

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

Mrs. Lisa Towne
Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Lisa Towne, Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Towne grew up in Michigan, and attended Macomb Community College and Oakland University, where she received her degree in Education and Early Childhood Studies, with a minor in Biology/Nutrition. She has also devoted her time to working on the Board of Christian Care at Peace helping others.  Mrs.  Towne came to Peace in 1993 with her family. Mrs. Towne enjoys baking, biking, zumba, nature trails and walking.   "We love others best when we love God first.”  – Mrs. Lisa Towne

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 AM Three Day

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays:

8:50am - 11:45am

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 

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

Mrs. Lisa Towne
Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Lisa Towne, Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Towne grew up in Michigan, and attended Macomb Community College and Oakland University, where she received her degree in Education and Early Childhood Studies, with a minor in Biology/Nutrition. She has also devoted her time to working on the Board of Christian Care at Peace helping others.  Mrs.  Towne came to Peace in 1993 with her family. Mrs. Towne enjoys baking, biking, zumba, nature trails and walking.   "We love others best when we love God first.”  – Mrs. Lisa Towne

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

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 

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

Mrs. Karin Sparks
Young 5s Teacher

Mrs. Karin Sparks, Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Sparks grew up in Warren, Michigan.  She earned her Early Childhood Certification from Macomb Community College in 2004.  Prior to deciding to be a preschool teacher, Mrs. Sparks earned a BS in Business and a BA in Psychology from Oakland University.  Mrs. Sparks and her family joined Peace in 1990 where she became a preschool Sunday school teacher. This led to her joining the preschool staff in 2002.  Her hobbies include walking, especially on the beautiful golf course watching her sons compete.  If you were to ask Mrs. Sparks to share a funny fact it would be that she always wanted to play hockey, and that she is a huge fan of Bobby Orr! “The thing that stands out to me the most about Peace is that it is family.  It was what I was looking for in a church and a school, and I am glad that I found it at Peace and am blessed to be part of it.”  - Mrs. Karin Sparks

Mrs. Lisa McGowan
Young 5s Teacher Assistant

Mrs. Lisa McGowan,  Young 5s Teacher Assistant

Mrs. McGowan grew up in East Pointe.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Wayne State University and worked in a gallery in Southfield.  Mrs. McGowan decided to become a teacher aide because she loves children and working with them, and came to Peace in 2016.  She is married, has four children and loves painting, gardening and reading.  Her favorite quote, “We can do no great things only small things with great love.” by Mother Teresa.  “Peace has such wonderful people, a warm atmosphere and a strong basis of Christian faith.” – Mrs. Lisa McGowan

Peace Lutheran Church and School | 6580 24 Mile Road | Shelby Township, MI 48316 |   586.731.4120
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