With the majority of her career spent in early childhood education, our 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’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.
With 17 years of experience, Deb brings an air of excitement and creativity to PoP’s preschoolers. “I teach because I love to see the children learn new things.” Deb 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 received her National CDA in the preschool setting. She has enjoyed helping shape young children’s minds for 13 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 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.
Sandy is originally from California, then Oregon, and eventually Florida. Sandy has her staff credential in early childhood education. She strives to provide a safe learning environment, where children can absorb new skills and achieve more independence. She enjoys the caring and family atmosphere at POP p
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 her whole life because of her mom. She loves getting to know the kids and learning with them.
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.
Tori was born and raised in Clearwater, Florida. She graduated from Lakeside Christian High School. She attended St. Petersburg College, and studied Early Childhood Education,. She received a preschool specialization certificate. Tori loves the outdoors and enjoys bowling.
Kim is a Pinellas County native. She is married with two children ages 6 and 9. She enjoys traveling, especially loving cruises. Kim received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from St. Petersburg College. Kim has taught in elementary classrooms, but enjoys extending her love and knowledge to the younger children she is now blessed to work with.