Preschool Staff

Kelly Mende, Preschool Director

With the majority of her career spent in early childhood education, our new Preschool Director Kelly Mende has 30 years of experience in the field of education. Kelly is focused on using the gifts she was given to lead others while sharing her knowledge and experiences with those at Prince of Peace Preschool.

Barbara Holm, Younger 3’s Teacher

Barbara’s teaching style helps our children accomplish productivity in a loving, supporting manner. Barbara has received an above-average rating from the Early Learning Coalition; her caring approach to education and nurturing is used as a model to other teachers within the Coalition.

Debbie Marshall, VPK Teacher

With 16 years of experience, Debbie brings an air of excitement and creativity to PoP’s preschoolers. “I teach because I love to see the children learn new things.” Debbie is always kind and considerate and uses that approach to engage our little ones in learning. Her experience helps to create a platform for preschoolers to emerge.

La’Quanda Kinglock, VPK teacher

La’Quanda received her National CDA in the preschool setting. She has enjoyed helping shape young children’s minds for 12 years. She is extremely patient, compassionate, and loves seeing children grow. Her philosophy on teaching is that every child learns differently and it is her goal to find ways to help each child to be successful. She is excited to continue her career here at Prince of Peace Preschool.

Keri Lucas, Older 3’s Teacher

Keri has been working with children since she was 18 years old. In addition to working with children, She has four of her own, ages 2,8,10, and 11. Her whole life revolves around children and she understands working with children as God’s calling for her. In early 2018 she earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Education and will use that to continue on to love and shape the minds of our future leaders.

Ali Turner, 3’s Assistant

Ms. Ali joined POP at the start of summer camp in 2017. Over the months of working with our children and spending the school year with Ms. Barbara, as her assistant, she has established a warm and loving connection with each our students. Ali strives each day to share the love of Christ with the children: she also especially enjoys creating art projects and reading to her students. Ali brings a compassionate heart and a sensitive nature to our school and is a team player, striving to meet needs wherever they are.

Leah Marshall, VPK Assistant

Leah Marshall graduated with her degree in journalism from the University of Florida in 2017. (GO GATORS!) She has worked in childcare on and off since she was sixteen, and has been around it my whole life because of her mom. She loves getting to know the kids and learning with them.

Stacy Hasse, 2’s Teacher

Stacy is from Chicago, Illinois, has three beautiful children, and six precious grandchildren. She have been teaching since 1995 and has taught all preschool ages, along with special needs and school-age children, as a group leader and assistant director for before and after school care. Her heart has always been fulfilled as a two year old teacher! She believes that age is magical. She strives to make a difference in the lives of children by providing them with a safe and nurturing environment that encourages their own individual ways of learning. Each child is different and they learn in a variety of ways. She feels blessed to be able to teach about God, kindness, and respecting others, while providing the tools to help our children become successful in all areas. Her heart is full when she is able to teach, play on the floor, get messy, giggle out loud, and provide constant encouragement.

Stephanie DeBoer, 2’s Assistant

Stephanie moved here from Indiana with her family. Her family includes her husband Matt, her two daughters Lily and Madelyn, a dog, and two cats. Madelyn is a recent POP graduate, so Ms. Stephanie knows the excellence our preschool expects and offers. She graduated from Indiana State University with Elementary Education and Radio-TV- Film majors. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family at the beach or pool. One of her biggest joys is watching her daughters dance and sing. She is excited to be a part of the POP Preschool family.