MEET THE TEACHERS

All of our teachers are certified and have received their teaching credentials. We are so thankful for our teachers who take pride in managing their classroom, caring for each of his students, and challenging the class to work hard in their individual studies. We take seriously the process of choosing our teachers and can say we have been blessed with a caring and qualified group of teachers! To read more about each teacher see their bios below!

LORI ROBECK
KINDERGARTEN

Mrs. Robeck has taught Preschool at Prince of Peace for nine years, Physical Education for two years along with 1st Grade. We are so excited to welcome her to the Kindergarten teaching team! Mrs. Robeck has a passion for early childhood studies, exercise, and enjoys sharing her creative playful side with her students. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as trail running and trail photography.

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ARLENE SNYDER
KINDERGARTEN

 Mrs. Snyder joined Prince of Peace in 2009. She’s taught 1st and 3rd Grade, and currently loves teaching Kindergarten! She holds a B.S. Degree from California State University, East Bay and a master’s degree from UOP. Mrs. Snyder enjoys spending time with her husband, her two teenage boys and her two German Shepherds. She loves growing in her relationship with Jesus, cooking, dancing, and RVing with family and friends.

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SARAH BENNETT
FIRST GRADE

This will be Mrs. Bennett’s first year at Prince of Peace, but is entering her third year as a 1st Grade teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Newman University along with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Broadcasting with an emphasis in Public Relations from Oklahoma State University. In her spare time, Mrs. Bennett enjoys going to the beach, getting Starbucks, reading, and spending time with her husband, daughter and dog, Murphy!

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BRITTANI GOMES
FIRST GRADE

Ms. Gomes is thrilled to be starting her first year teaching at Prince of Peace as well as her first year teaching 1st Grade after three years of teaching 4th Grade and Preschool prior to that. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from National University. Ms. Gomes enjoys spending her free time reading, exploring the Bay Area in search of the next best restaurant, and spending time with her loved ones. 

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ERIN DUECK
SECOND GRADE

Mrs. Dueck joined Prince of Peace in 2010 and in addition to teaching 2nd Grade, she has several years of teaching experience in other combined elementary grades. She holds a B.S. in Education from Concordia University, Nebraska, with emphasis in music. Mrs. Dueck enjoys creating lessons and experiences to guide her students in exploring and learning about the amazing world God has created. She loves helping each child grow and flourish. She also enjoys spending time with her family, going hiking, and enjoying nature.

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KARSIN GOWDY
SECOND GRADE

Originally from San Diego, Ms. Gowdy has been at Prince of Peace since 2019. She has experience teaching Pre-K, and graduated from Concordia Irvine in 2015. During her studies, Ms. Gowdy also studied theology abroad at Westfield House in Cambridge. In addition to teaching 2nd grade Ms. Gowdy enjoys weightlifting, making costumes, and spending time with friends.

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HEIDI BLANK
THIRD GRADE

Miss Blank has been at Prince of Peace since 2019! She graduated from Concordia University, Irvine in 2011.  She has served at Christ Lutheran in Norfolk, NE and then Faith Lutheran in Eustis, FL where she taught 5th and 3rd Grade. She has participated in church handbell choirs, attended mission trips to Honduras and Latvia, served as a YAV (Young Adult Volunteer) and CLB (Community Life Builder) at multiple National Youth Gatherings, and coached JV volleyball. Miss Blank enjoys going the beach, Disney, trips to Starbucks, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

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CERES ROBINSON
THIRD GRADE

Mrs. Robinson has been teaching since 2004 and joined Prince of Peace in 2011. She has been teaching 3rd Grade since joining us and formerly taught 1st Grade. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University with emphasis in Elementary Education and also a master’s degree from San Francisco State University with emphasis in Special Education. Mrs. Robinson enjoys traveling, Broadway musicals, sports events, and spending time with her family.

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CHERYL RAWLINS
FOURTH GRADE

Ms. Rawlins joined Prince of Peace in 1992, but has been teaching for over 40 years. She has taught a variety of grades from Preschool through 8th Grade. She graduated from Concordia University, Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a minor in Sociology. She enjoys quilting, dancing, exploring and spending time with her family.

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JANELLE HOPKINS
FOURTH GRADE

Mrs. Hopkins began teaching at Prince of Peace in 2017. She earned her B.A. in English from UC Davis with an emphasis in education, a multi-subject teaching credential from San Francisco State University, and an M.A. in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. She is married to her husband, Dave, and their twin girls attend Prince of Peace. For fun, Mrs, Hopkins loves watching movies, reading and having English high tea.

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ABIGAIL DEFOREST
FIFTH GRADE

This will be Mrs. DeForest’s first year at Prince of Peace and she is excited to teach 5th Grade! She recently graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska in May 2021 with a degree in Middle Level Education with an emphasis in mathematics. In her spare time, Mrs. DeForest enjoys spending time with her husband and extended family as well as hiking and watching movies.

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JOE SMITH
FIFTH GRADE

Mr. Smith joined the Prince of Peace family as one of our substitute teachers in 2015. He stepped in as a full-time 1st Grade teacher in 2016 and became one of our 5th Grade teachers in 2017. In addition to teaching 5th Grade, he also coaches the school’s cross country team. Mr. Smith has his degree from Oklahoma State University as well as a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. He enjoys watching sports, running, coaching lacrosse and spending time with his family.

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TREVOR SOLLITT
SIXTH GRADE HOMEROOM

Mr. Sollitt substitute taught during the 2013-2014 school year and officially became staff in 2014. He has been the computer teacher and go-to-person for everything technology. He has also taught Bible and Language Arts for Jr. High. We are excited that Mr. Sollitt is now one of our 6th Grade homeroom teachers. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from San Jose State University with an emphasis on Cognition. Mr. Sollitt enjoys spending time with loved ones, watching baseball, and eating burritos.

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ERIN MANSFIELD
SIXTH GRADE HOMEROOM, JR. HIGH SCIENCE

Mrs. Mansfield has taught 5th Grade at Prince of Peace since 2013 and is excited to now teach 6th Grade and Junior High Science! She graduated from Concordia University, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a concentration in General Science. She also has a Master’s of Education from Concordia University, Irvine. In her free time, Mrs. Mansfield enjoys spending time with her husband and children exploring the beautiful outdoors along with serving others in our community.

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CASSIA SOLLITT
SEVENTH GRADE HOMEROOM/LANGUAGE ARTS

Mrs. Sollitt, a Prince of Peace alumna and church member, is excited to teach Junior High Language Arts and be a 7th Grade homeroom teacher! She taught high school English from 2016-2020 and previously worked as a marketing coordinator for a local film festival. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Counselor Education from San Jose State University. In her spare time, she loves reading, writing, drinking coffee, rooting for the 49ers, and watching Disney movies.

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LYNNE SPARLING
SEVENTH GRADE HOMEROOM, LANGUAGE ARTS, 

Ms. Sparling is beginning her first year here at Prince of Peace and will be teaching Language Arts, Social Studies and the Studio Art Elective in addition to being one of our 7th Grade homeroom teachers. She has a B.A. in Studio Art and English and is currently working towards her M.A. in Art Education. She has previously taught elementary, junior high and high school Language Arts and Studio Art. She continues to exhibit her artwork in juried shows around the country, and enjoys swimming, tennis and spending time with her four children and their families.

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RYAN MELCHER
DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES, EIGHTH GRADE HOMEROOM, SOCIAL STUDIES, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

 

Mr. Melcher taught 5th and 6th Grade for ten years before joining Prince of Peace in 2015. He holds a B.A. in broad field studies from Concordia University, Wisconsin. Mr. Melcher completed the School Leadership Development program (SLED) through Missouri synod and recently earned his Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership. He enjoys cooking, camping and spending time with his wife and two sons.

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PETER BERG
EIGHTH GRADE HOMEROOM, JR. HIGH MATH

Mr. Berg has been teaching at Prince of Peace since 2015. In addition to teaching Junior High Math, he also coaches the girls softball team. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, Portland and his master’s degree from WGU Washington. He grew up in the Pacific Northwest and enjoys spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, boating and hiking. He loves spending time with his wife and children. Mr. Berg is also a big sports fan and follows the Seahawks, Mariners and Trailblazers.

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VIVIANA SISNIEGAS
SPANISH TEACHER

Señora Sisniegas joined Prince of Peace as a full-time Spanish teacher in 2016. Señora Sisniegas, born in Peru, enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, dancing, biking and traveling.

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CARA BERG
MUSIC DIRECTOR, CHOIR

Cara Berg is the Director of Worship Arts at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fremont and has been there since 2015. She graduated from Concordia University, Portland in 2007 with a major in Elementary Education and minors in professional church work and music, and an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. Cara oversees the music ministry and directs the Junior High Choir and Student Praise Band. At the church she serves as director of Choirs and leader of Praise Bands, and assists in creating meaningful worship service experiences. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, making music, and spending time with her family.

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JAKE GLENNON
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

Mr. Glennon joined Prince of Peace in 2020. He graduated from Concordia University, Irvine in 2019 with a degree in Music Education. From heavy metal rock bands to church choirs, he has done it all. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors. Whether that is biking, hiking, rock climbing, or camping, he is ready!

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MARLA STEIN
ELEMENTARY MUSIC

Miss Stein taught 2nd grade since 2004, but has transitioned to being our elementary music teacher. She has a B.S. in Biology from San Jose State University and a teaching credential from Santa Clara University. Miss Stein enjoys hiking, dancing, playing the flute and piano, and spending time with her niece and nephew. 

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CIERRA LEON
EXTENDED CARE CENTER DIRECTOR

Miss Cierra graduated from CSU, Chico with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Recreation Administration. In her free time, she enjoys getting coffee and writing from poetry to children’s stories. She looks forward to working at Prince of Peace, getting to know the kids as well as their parents.

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ALVA VALLE
P.E. TEACHER

Mrs. Valle is new to our staff this year as our K-8 P.E. teacher, but she has been part of the Prince of Peace community for several years. She has a B.A. in Communications from Cal State Northridge. Mrs. Valle helps direct Race for Education, which is one of our school’s main fundraisers, and is passionate about keeping students motivated through fitness. She has also coached our cross country team along with CYO track and field and is currently the assistant coach in these sports at Moreau High School. Mrs. Valle and her husband live in Fremont with their 3 daughters who have (and 2 still are) attended Prince of Peace. In her free time, she loves spending time outdoors with family hiking, running or traveling to the beach.

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AMANDA NICKLES
TEACHER AID

Miss Nickles joined Prince of Peace in 2014 as the Extended Care Director and part-time Kindergarten Aid. In 2016 she started Prince of Peace’s first Summer Program, with much success. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, camping and spending time with family and friends.

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LAILA MAMEESH
TEACHER AID

Miss Laila has been working at Prince of Peace since she graduated from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Spring 2019. She is the Administrative Aid & Kindergarten-1st Grade Classroom Aid. She has her B.M. in Music Performance on flute and is currently a pMBA candidate at Saint Mary’s College of California Graduate Business School. Laila assists with ECC and works with the Kindergarten-1st Grade teachers to make their job as easy as possible! She is also currently accepting flute students, please email below. Laila spends her free time drawing, practicing flute and playing video games. 

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