Prince of Peace Preschool Staff
Diana Schultz, Preschool Director – Diana@poplargo.org
Diana Schultz is our Prince of Peace Preschool Director. She is a fourth generation Floridian, having grown up here in the Seminole/Largo area. She began her career in the early childhood education field as a two-year-old teacher and moved up to teach VPK. She then became an assistant director and learned everything she could in that position for the last few years! On top of being a full-time Director, wife, and mom of 4, she is also a full-time student at St. Petersburg College. Ms. Diana finds joy as she encourages the growth of our children in a creative environment while focusing on literacy along the way! She envisions this learning experience taking place on a foundation of faith, as she grew up in a faith-based school as well. Ms. Diana loves not only working with the students in her care but truly enjoys creating a relationship with the families of the children. She strives to make sure children, families, and teaching staff are all working as a cohesive unit to ensure the children at POP Preschool are reaching the goals set out for them!
Deb Marshall is one of our VPK teachers here at Prince of Peace Preschool. This year is the start of her 20th year teaching. She first started when her son was in preschool, now both of her children are grown adults. She has her CDA and has been teaching VPK for 6 years. She loves teaching the 4’s and 5’s and getting them prepared for the years of education they have ahead of them!
Crystal Cork is one of our VPK teachers here at Prince of Peace Preschool. She was born and raised in Florida – a true Floridian! Working with children has been her passion since she was young. She started working with children when she was 14 and hasn’t stopped 15 years later! Throughout the years, she has taught ages 1-5 years but for the past 5 years, Ms. Crystal has been working with VPK students. It is truly what she feel the most passionate about.
Erika Esche is a wife, mother, and our lead older three’s teacher! She has a long history in Early Childhood Education going back to her childhood helping her mom in her classrooms. She has definitely drawn on that experience throughout her 25 years of teaching. She has taught ages 2-VPK, in the classroom, as well as elementary P.E. Ms. Erika loves to learn as much as she loves to teach. She holds an Associates in Elementary Education, a CDA, a Director’s credential, and will be finishing her Bachelor’s in Children’s Literature and Child Psychology very soon! Within the classroom, Ms. Erika draws on her upbringing as a child with a parent in the military to create a structured environment where children can thrive! With a strong emphasis in social and emotional development, her goal is for each child to feel empowered by knowing that God created them with purpose, Jesus loves them, and show them how Bible stories relate to everyday life.
Stacy Hasse, Younger 3’s Teacher
Stacy Hasse is Prince of Peace Preschool’s young three’s teacher! She is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and she has three, amazing children and six, beautiful grandchildren. She has been teaching for over 20 years! She has been blessed to teach all ages and levels, including children with special needs and school-age children. Although her heart has always loved the two-year-old class, she was given the opportunity to expand her teaching skills when she was offered the young three’s classroom. She always strives to make a difference in the lives of children by providing a safe and encouraging environment. She feels so blessed to also be able to teach about God in our classrooms here at POP Preschool and loves getting to be a part of both the spiritual and educational pieces of her student’s lives!
Michelle McGinnis, 2’s Teacher
Michelle McGinnis has been in the early childhood education field since 2001. Teaching has always been a passion of Michelle’s and she thoroughly enjoys working with the 2-year-old age group. Even though sometimes the 2-year-old class can be extremely challenging, she believes it is incredibly rewarding to help this age group learn about themselves and others. She is ready for a great, new year that will be full of fun and educational experiences for her class of 2’s!
Laura Bednark is one of our afternoon teacher’s at Prince of Peace Preschool! She graduated from UCF in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Education and Development. She is currently continuing her education to become a certified Child Life Specialist. She has been working with children a large portion of her life whether that be through volunteer work, babysitting duties, or childcare settings. Ms. Laura is a wonderful addition to POP Preschool, as she is truly passionate about working with the children in her care.
Madison Trivette is a recent graduate of Largo High School where she not only received her high school diploma but her CDA as well! She took on the older 3’s class this summer, and she enjoyed it very much! She has been here with us at POP Preschool for the last year, but she has been working with children since she was a freshman in high school. You will see Ms. Madison around in the afternoon for the most part, as she is beginning her college career at St. Pete College this semester!
Monica Rodriguez is a recent graduate of Largo High School where she not only received her high school diploma but her CDA as well! Ms. Monica is an amazing asset to our team, as she is fluent in both English and Spanish! She has been here with us at POP Preschool for the last year, but she has been working with children since she was a freshman in high school. You will see Ms. Monica around in the afternoon for the most part, as she is beginning her college career at St. Pete College this semester!
Contact Us to Enroll Your Child!
Applications are available at Prince of Peace Preschool.
Diana Schultz– Diana@poplargo.org
455 Missouri Ave | Largo, Florida 33770 | T: (727) 585-9790