Peace Lutheran Preschool Leadership
Peace Lutheran Preschool teachers play a vital role in the development of children. They introduce children to reading and writing, expanded vocabulary, creative arts, science, and social studies. They use games, music, artwork, films, books, computers, and other tools to teach concepts and skills. Peace Preschool is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Mrs. DeeAnn Dupler
Hi my name is DeeAnn Dupler, and I am the director here at Peace Lutheran Preschool. I have been a preschool teacher at Peace Lutheran Preschool off and on for ten years and have served as the director since May 2020. I graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Early Childhood Education. My past work experiences have also included Service Coordinator with the State of Nebraska Developmental Disabilities Division and Child and Family Services Specialist with the State of Nebraska Division of Children and Families Services.
I am very passionate about working with children, and I believe that as long as children feel safe and loved they can accomplish anything. I love creating relationships with the children and families that we serve. I feel so fortunate to be able to share God’s love with the children and let them know how much Jesus loves them.
In my spare time, I love to travel and spend time with my husband Mike and our three children, Austin, Addisyn and Nate. Austin and Addisyn are both graduates of UNL and work full-time in Lincoln. Nate is currently attending UNL as a sophomore. We also have two Labrador Retrievers, Murphy and Hank, who I adore. As an empty nester, I have time to pursue my other passions which include reading and crafting.
Mrs. Bri Olson
Hello! I am Mrs. Olson and have been blessed to be part of the Peace Preschool team for three years.
I moved from Iowa to Grand Island six years ago (Go Hawkeyes!) with my husband, Mike, who is originally from the Kearney area. We have two children, Ella who is seven and Paxton who is three.
I have a bachelor's degree in Physiology and Criminal Justice, and spent the last eleven years working in different positions with children in the social work field. I have also worked with providing respite care services for children in the foster care system.
Working with and being around children is an absolute passion of mine. There is nothing better than watching and learning through the eyes of a child. I feel so lucky to be able to go to work each day at Peace and continue to share the love of learning with your children, watch them grow, support their curiosity and imagination, and support each and every child's individuality.
Mrs. Chanda Bowers
Hello, I am Mrs. Bowers, and I teach 3-4 all day and 4-5 all day classes. I have my associates degree in Early Childhood Education and have been with Peace Lutheran Preschool for five years. I am blessed to be able to teach children the basics that will help them throughout their lives and love when the children light up when they learn something new.
My husband Blake and I have grown up in Alda and are still living there on a family farm. We have two daughters, Paysen, and Nicklin who are our world. We have three dogs, a farm cat and cow/calf pairs. We are both involved in the Alda Fire Department.
We are members here at Peace Lutheran Church, where we are involved in Cultivating Holy Beauty and Every Man a Warrior bible groups. My husband is also a lay minister.
My hobbies include spending time with family, coloring or taking pictures, and our cattle. We both love helping others and just being with our families and teaching our daughters the love God has for us.
Mrs. Megan Danner
Hi! My name is Megan Danner. I am a Lead Teacher here at Peace Lutheran Preschool and work with three and four year olds. I absolutely love working with the young children and seeing how much they love coming to school and meeting new friends. They are always so filled with wonder, excitement and happiness, and it is so much fun to see them soaking up all of the knowledge and seeing their love of learning! I have two daughters of my own, Natalie and Lillian, and I love doing crafts, sewing and reading.
Mrs. Lori Brown
I have been employed with Peace Lutheran Preschool since 2012. I have my associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. My husband, Aaron, and I moved to Grand Island from Columbus in 2006 and have three children, Ashlynn, Taylor and Austin. We enjoy watching our children participate in their activities and taking vacations. We are also members here at Peace Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Mackenzie Eynetich
Hello! I'm Mackenzie Eynetich. I have been employed at Peace Lutheran Preschool since 2017 and have been working with children for fifteen years. I have my associate's degree in Early Childhood Education, and I absolutely love teaching children the basics they need to know to succeed in school. Peace Lutheran Preschool was my own preschool, and I love the fact that I get to work here myself!
My husband, Jeff, and I have been married since 2014, and we have two children, Reid and Korra. We love spending time together by doing all things sports, hunting, or anything outside!
Mrs. Stevie Schafer
Hello, I'm Stevie Schafer. This is my third year here at Peace. I live near Doniphan with my husband, Quinten, and our two dogs, Duke and Dixie. We enjoy the outdoors and taking care of all our animals on our farm. I have my associates degree in Early Childhood Education and have been working with children for five years. I love my job, because I enjoy watching the children grow in knowledge and personality each day. My husband and I will be a family of three when we have our first baby in February, 2022.
Mrs. Carina Krolikowski
I have been at Peace for six years and have my associates degree in Early Childhood Education. I enjoy fishing, hunting, and anything outdoors. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family.
I believe that every child deserves to be loved, supported and valued. Developing a positive and respectful relationship with my students is a priority, as it helps them feel safe and enhances the environment in which they learn. I believe it is important to work with families to help support every child in the best way possible. It is an amazinng journey watching the children learn and grow cognitively, psysically, socially and emotionally. I am grateful to be a part of this significant time in a child's life.
Mrs. Kristen Poppert
Hi! I'm Mrs. Poppert. Teaching is an absolute passion of mine. I love watching and helping children grow their brains! I believe learning should be fun and exciting.
I am married to my wonderful husband, Tylor. We have a daughter Raegan in third grade and twins Rilee and Jax who are six. They take up most of my free time, but some hobbies I enjoy are crafting and spending time with my pets...a cat Donut and our dog, Rowdy. I also enjoy traveling.
This is my second year teaching at Peace Lutheran Preschool. It is my mission to instill a lifelong love of learning for all of my students. The most important thing I want all of my students to learn is to be kind to one another.
Mrs. Karen Garrett
I have worked at Peace for 11 years. My husband and I moved to Grand Island 14 years ago and have enjoyed raising our family here in Grand Island. We have two sons, both of which attended Peace Lutheran Preschool.
Miss Madelin Gentry
Hello!My name is Madelin Gentry! I am 21 years old and live in Grand Island with my family. I graduated from GISH in December of 2018. I currently am a junior at UNK, studying Early Childhood Education Inclusive, which when graduated, allows me to teach age three to grade three. I drive back and forth to and from Kearney on my school days! I love working with the littles! I have been working with them for as long as I remember! I previously worked at twisters gymnastics in the preschool area my four years of high school, and I also spend most of my free time babysitting! ❤ I look forward to having my own classroom full of kiddos in the future! I love everyone here at Peace! I’m blessed to be here! ❤
Mr. Jared Stauss
Hello! The kids call me Mr. Jared. This is my second year as an assistant at Peace Lutheran Preschool, I am also a member at Peace Lutheran Church. My first priority is to make sure the children know they are loved by God. It's been my great joy watching the kids grow in knowledge and character. If you see me in the hallway, don't hesitate to say hello!
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Mrs. Thressa Trausch
Aide / Snacks
I've been married to David for 20 years (I think!) and have three children, one in college, one at Northwest High School and one who attends Westridge Middle School. I've been working at Peace Lutheran Preschool for eight years in various capacities. The majority of my time has been spent in Mrs. Brown's classroom as her aide.
Mr. Bill Klinginsmith (Mr. Bill)
We have been fortunate to have Mr. Bill as a volunteer for the past nine years. Volunteering in Mrs. K's (Krolikowski) classroom, she describes him as involved, compassionate, hard-working, engaging and wanting the children to learn. His kind, gentle demeanor has made for a happy and comfortable learning environment.