ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Peace provides a Christian education for our students.  We speak openly of our faith and deal with issues from a scriptural standpoint, modeling how we can live our faith.  Our school offers many advantages including a caring Christian community, high academic expectations and results, national accreditation and outstanding achievement test scores.  We have an excellent student-teacher ratio, small class sizes, Special Education support services and positive Behavior Interventions and Support programs school wide.

Kindergarten

Ms. Megan Willemsen
Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Megan Willemsen, Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Willemsen came to Peace as a Peace church member in the 2nd grade where she attended Sunday School and was confirmed in 8th grade.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oakland University and taught in Utica Community Schools for four years.  Ms. Willemsen was also an All American in high school and a decorated track athlete in college.  “I have always felt welcomed to the Peace family, as a child, and now as a teacher and member.  I feel blessed to part of the Peace family.”  - Ms. Megan Willemsen

Mrs. Lisa McGowan
Kindergarten
Teacher's Assistant

Mrs. Lisa McGowan,  Kindergarten 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

Grade 1

Mrs. Erin Geffert
Grade 1 Teacher

Mrs. Erin Geffert, 1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Geffert was born in Illinois, and lived in Missouri and Texas before settling in Michigan.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Math and Language Arts from Oakland University and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Saginaw Valley State University.  She has been teaching for over 10 years.  When not teaching she enjoys biking, rollerblading, and fishing with her husband.  Ask Mrs. Geffert about her nails, each week she has something new to see!  Her favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

Grade 2

Mrs. Heidi Chaplin
Grade 2 Teacher

Mrs. Heidi Chaplin, 2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Chaplin has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Lutheran Teaching Degree from Concordia University, Ann Arbor.  She is celebrating 20 years of teaching!   Mrs. Chaplin and her husband, Brian, have a daughter and son, and a dog named Charlie (Chaplin).  Her favorite Bible verse is is Romans 5:8, "While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."    “I am excited to be here at Peace and I look forward in getting to know more students and families!” –  Mrs. Heidi Chaplin

Grade 3 and 4

Mrs. Sue Trinklein
Grade 4 Teacher

Mrs. Sue Trinklein, 4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Trinklein grew up in the Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She graduated from Concordia University in Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and worked on her Master's in Elementary Education at California State University, Arkansas University, and Nebraska University.  Before joining Peace in 2013, Mrs. Trinklein took several challenging teaching positions, including one in inner-city St. Louis, Missouri, where she earned a whopping yearly salary of $3,600, and another in a residential school with emotionally challenged students. Mrs. Trinklein has traveled with her pastor husband, Jon, on missions in Africa, China, Russia, Israel, Alaska and Haiti and has studied Christian growth in Korea and England.  Together, they have also travelled the world.  Mrs. Trinklein also enjoys gardening, reading, dancing, and spending time with family. “I'm so thankful Peace felt the Holy Spirit issuing me a call to use my gifts here.” - Mrs. Trinklein

Grade 5

Mrs. Karen Priehs
Grade 5 Teacher

Mrs. Karen Priehs, 5th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Priehs grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Concordia College in River Forest, where she studied Youth Education, History and Physical Education.  Mrs. Priehs has always taken on leadership roles including Treasurer of Downriver Lutheran Schools.  At Peace, she was Acting Principal three times, VBS leader, volleyball and cheerleading coach and yearbook director.  Now, she is involved in puppet shows, the annual Memorial Day service, Talent Night, plays, dances, fall festivals, graduation, and assemblies. Mrs. Priehs loves reading and exploring, and an interesting fun fact about her is that she (everyone here agrees that we might want to come up with another fun fact)!  She, along with her husband Warren and her family came to Peace in 1989, where she became aware of the importance of Bible study.  “I love teaching at Peace as it gives me a chance to a be a ‘mom’ to 300 kids a year!” – Mrs. Karen Priehs

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