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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ALYSSA SCHIRRIPA
KINDERGARTEN

Ms. Schirripa joined our team in 2022 and is so excited to teach Kindergarten! She has been teaching since 2016 in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade classes. She graduated from California State University, East Bay with both her bachelor’s degree and California Teaching Credential. In her free time, Ms. Schirripa enjoys rooting on the San Jose Sharks hockey team, crafting, spending time with her friends and family, and playing with her two cats- Prince and Poppy.

 

SARAH BENNETT
FIRST GRADE

Mrs. Bennett joined our teaching team in 2021 and has been teaching 1st Grade since 2018. 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

Miss Gomes joined our teaching team in 2021. She has previous experience teaching 4th Grade and preschool for three years before teaching 1st Grade. 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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CERES ROBINSON
SECOND GRADE

Mrs. Robinson has been teaching since 2004 and joined Prince of Peace in 2011. She has taught 3rd Grade during her time with us and is excited to now teach 2nd Grade. She also previously taught 1st Grade. Mrs. Robinson holds a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University with an emphasis in Elementary Education and also a master’s degree from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Special Education. She enjoys traveling, Broadway musicals, sports events, and spending time with her family.

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LEAH MARTIN
SECOND GRADE

Miss Martin joined our team in 2022 and is thrilled to be teaching here at Prince of Peace. She completed her teaching experience during the 2021-2022 school year under the guidance of Mrs. Robinson and also served as a teacher’s aide during the year. Miss Martin holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Science with a minor in Psychology from Concordia University, Chicago and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching (K-6) from Concordia University, St. Paul. She is also a rostered Lutheran Teacher with LCMS synod, having completed coursework during her master’s program. Miss Martin loves attending church with her family and grown in her faith. In her free time, Miss Martin enjoys stand up paddle boarding, swimming, baking, reading and spending time with loved ones. 

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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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TIM VOOGD
THIRD GRADE

Mr. Voogd joined Prince of Peace in 2022. He has taught at the elementary level since 2015, including three prior years of 3rd Grade at Fremont Christian School. He delights in giving the gospel to the kids and seeks to be a role model in every way while on the job. Mr. Voogd enjoys reading, praying and spending time with family and friends. He also enjoys being active; this includes running, lifting weights, playing soccer and being outdoors.

 

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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KATIE FULLBRIGHT
FIFTH GRADE

Mrs. Fullbright joined our teaching team in 2022 and is ecstatic to be teaching at Prince of Peace! She has her Bachelor of Science in Health Education from San Francisco State University and just received her Master of Education at National University. Mrs. Fullbright enjoys spending time with her husband, their two Rottweiler dogs and close family and friends. She also loves to cook, go bowling, attend sporting events and loves finding new series to watch. 

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 joined Prince of Peace in 2021 and teaches 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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MORGAN SEELEY
EIGHTH GRADE HOMEROOM & JUNIOR HIGH SOCIAL STUDIES

 

Ms. Seeley joined Prince of Peace in 2022. She completed her teaching experience here with Mr. Melcher during the 2021-2022 school year. She is excited to be teaching 8th Grade and junior high social studies. Ms. Seeley holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis on Humanities from Grand Canyon University. In her spare time, she loves lifting, swimming, hiking, reading and spending time with family and friends.

 

PETER BERG
EIGHTH GRADE HOMEROOM, JR. HIGH MATH, UPPER DIVISION SCHOOL HEAD

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, LOWER DIVISION SCHOOL HEAD

 

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 joined our staff in 2021, 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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