God’s love compels Peace Lutheran School to assist the parents of our congregation and community in providing a Christ-Centered, quality education for their children.
Home and School Cooperation
The Lord, through his Word, tells parents: “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7), and, “Feed my lambs” (John 21:15).
God has given parents the responsibility of child-training, which is to foster faith in Jesus Christ, and a life dedicated to his service. The pastors, teachers, and all others on the staff at Peace are eager to help you in this important task. Let us work together, constantly seeking God’s blessing through prayer and his Holy Word. Then our success is assured.
Peace Lutheran School strives to impart all knowledge and skills that belong in a curriculum of elementary and junior high education encouraging cultural interests, promoting physical health and education, and developing the unique gifts and talents of each child. Therefore, Peace graduates will meet these outcomes:
Sp.1 Learn Jesus is their Savior and the only way to heaven
Sp.2 Reflect God’s love to others
Sp.3 Apply Scriptural principles to daily living.
A.1 Use God-given abilities in pursuit of academic excellence
A.2 Demonstrate a strong foundation in all academic areas
A.3 Apply critical thinking skills as lifelong learners.
So.1 Respect people and cultures worldwide as God’s creation
So.2 Model God’s love through interpersonal skills
So.3 Demonstrate effective communication skills through speaking, writing and technology.
P.1 Recognize their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit
P.2 Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for healthy living
My name is Kirsten Duin. At Peace, we do our very best to assist parents in caring for their child by meeting your child’s spiritual, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs. We strive to meet these needs by planning hands on active learning activities.
I graduated with my Bachelors of Education in Early Childhood from Martin Luther College in 2012. Prior to Peace, from 2012 to 2018 I served as the Preschool Director and Lead Preschool Teacher at Cross of Christ in Coon Rapids, MN.
Please consider entrusting Grow in Peace as a place for your most precious blessings. There is no greater gift you can give your children than sending them somewhere where you know they are loved and will learn of God’s love for them!
My name is Amanda Thiede, the 3K teacher. I am excited to assist your child in their spiritual, physical, emotional and psychological development, which are all vital roles in your child’s overall development. I am so blessed to share the good news of Jesus, everyday, and strengthen our faith, together as a family.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science in Education, with a major in PK-12 Physical Education and minors in Health Education and Coaching Athletics. I am excited to get back into education after being a stay-at-home mom since October 2013. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, I was an elementary Physical Education teacher for five years in Portage, Wisconsin. In addition to teaching Physical Education, in Portage, I coached middle school volleyball and track as well as freshman girls basketball.
My favorite part of teaching is the relationships I create with the families. A strong connection between school and home creates a positive learning environment. With the help of God, I look forward to that positive learning environment with your family.
I have previously taught at Jesus Loves Me Learning Center in North Mankato, MN and St. John’s Lutheran in Jefferson, WI. In May of 2017, I received an assignment to teach 4K at Peace.
I am a 2011 graduate of Lakeside Lutheran High School. In 2015, I graduated from Martin Luther College with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Music.
My goal in the classroom is to create a Christ-centered classroom where children are constantly learning about the Word of God throughout the day. My prayer is that we as a class will daily grow in faith and learn more about Jesus, our Savior.
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” –Deuteronomy 6:6-7
I began the first three years of my teaching ministry in Pigeon Michigan with grades K-2. I then taught Grades 5 and 6 as well as departmentalized subjects of Art, Physical Education, and Literature at David’s Star in Jackson, WI for seven years. After teaching Grade 2 for two years at Our Redeemer in Madison, I was married and moved to the Sun Prairie area. I have been teaching Kindergarten at Peace since 2005.
I am a 1982 graduate of Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI and received my Bachelor of Science Degree in 1986 from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. In 2015 I received my Mentoring/Coaching Certificate from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.
Teaching God’s precious children about their Savior from sin each day is a true blessing. I am reminded over and over how the young children take the Savior’s Truths to heart with such faith. How precious He is to them! We can all with childlike faith believe God’s words are meant for us.
“I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.”–Luke 10:21.
Erica Willitz – Grade 1
I started teaching in Beijing, China where I taught English as a second language to grades 7-9 for three years. Upon returning to America, I was assigned to be a tutor and teach Algebra 1 at Luther Prep in Watertown, WI. I was then assigned to teach K-2 at Grace Lutheran Academy in Lowell, AR. I was in Arkansas two years before getting a call to teach first grade here at Peace in 2018.
I am a 2008 graduate of Luther High School in Onalaska, WI, and a 2012 graduate of Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.
In Matthew 19:14 “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” Each child is a precious gift from God. I strive to have a Christ-centered classroom in all we do whether it be in academics or extracurriculars. It is such a blessing to be able to daily share with these children the forgiveness of sins and salvation we freely receive through faith in the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
My teaching ministry began in 1982 when I received a call to teach first and second grades at Holy Cross Lutheran School in Madison, WI. I taught five years at Holy Cross. While I was teaching, I married Paul and when we had children, decided to take time off from teaching to raise them. My next call was to Peace Lutheran to teach third and fourth grade part-time for one year. Eastside Lutheran called me to start a preschool and later teach kindergarten. I also received calls to teach preschool at Holy Cross and then a call for first grade. During the past few years, I have enjoyed assisting teachers and helping substitute when I’m available. Now I look forward to teach second grade this year at Peace Lutheran School.
I graduated from Bethany Lutheran College in 1979 with an AA in Liberal Arts, then attended MN State University and received a BS in Elementary Ed. in 1982. I also received my WELS certification for early childhood from MLC in 1997. I have a current WI State Teachers License.
I have experienced the hand of God through my life as He shaped and molded me for His purpose. Christian Schools are a wonderful extension for parents to help them and their children to strengthen faith in God’s word. In my classroom I strive to set an environment of trust, caring, being challenged to learn new things and encourage an ongoing love and thanks for our Savior, Jesus.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
After graduating from MLC I was assigned to teach first grade at Emanuel Lutheran in New London, WI. After six years I accepted a call to St. John’s Milwaukee, where I again taught first grade and served for four years. In 2015 I began teaching third grade at Peace Lutheran.
I am a 2001 graduate of Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI and a 2005 graduate of Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.
Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” What a privilege to assist parents in the Christian education of their children! I strive to keep Christ as the center of our classroom and our daily interactions with each other as we serve Him and one another in love.
Lisa Schoenherr – Grade 4
My teaching ministry began in Columbus, Ohio, where I taught grades Kindergarten and seven and eight for five years. Then I was called to teach third grade in Jefferson, WI, where I served for six years. After taking time for raising my children, I have been teaching here at Peace since 2012. In all my callings I have been an organist and Jr. Choir director as well as a teacher.
My Bachelor Of Science Degree in Education was received in 1991 from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN.
In my classroom, I want to create an environment where we are a family. I want my students to feel safe and loved by me, their classmates, and most importantly, by their Savior, Jesus. In this environment, my students can be challenged to do their best and develop a love for life-long learning. My personal love for God’s gift of music is something that I try to share with my students when I encourage them to explore how they can best use their musical talents to serve the Lord.
Kevin Proeber, Jr. – Grade 5 / Athletic Director
Since 2007 God has blessed me with the opportunity to serve here at Peace Lutheran School in Sun Prairie.
I graduated from Lakeside Lutheran High School in 2002. I graduated from Martin Luther College in 2007. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Minor in Social Studies, as well as an emphasis in Music.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6) As a Christian education teacher, I strive to show my students and families this truth daily in my teaching, work, and interactions. I believe in bringing this truth to the forefront of my teaching, remembering everyday of the Father’s love for us, the Son’s work to save us, and the Spirit’s work to keep us in that faith. This truth will also propel students to excel in their learning out of love for their Savior. God has called me to train my students in the Word, as well as help them to grow academically and emotionally. It is my prayer that throughout life, the students will always recall that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
Eric Uher – Grade 6
I grew up in Waukesha, WI and attended Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee. After studying at Martin Luther College I graduated with two degrees: Elementary Education and Secondary Social Studies Education. In May of 2018, I was assigned to serve here at Peace and I am very excited to begin my full-time ministry serving God’s people in Sun Prairie
In my classroom, I want to provide opportunities for students to study and explore God’s world and God’s Word. Students will be encouraged to grow academically, socially, and most importantly, spiritually.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The love of God is what comforts us when we make mistakes, what motivates us in our interactions with others in the classroom and in the world, and what leads us on toward our heavenly home.
I have been blessed to be able to serve in various schools throughout the country. I have served for four years in Rhinelander, WI; eight years in CA; and five years in Austin, TX. I’m now entering my 7th year here at Peace.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Education from Martin Luther College in 1995. In 2011 I earned my Master’s degree in School Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ.
I believe that the key to Christian education is helping every student discover and develop their unique set of talents and abilities that the Lord has blessed them with. In the light of God’s Word, every student is encouraged to grow in their faith as they prepare to be our future Christian leaders in and out of the classroom. Christian education not only prepares students for their future lives here on earth, more importantly, it prepares them for their eternal lives in heaven.
I grew up in Fort Atkinson, WI. In 2003, I married Brian McCrary. Since 2009 we have lived in Sun Prairie and have been members at Peace Lutheran, where our children Ambria, Eli and Ezra attend school. I have helped out as church librarian and worked as a Before & After Care teacher at Peace.
I graduated from Lakeside Lutheran High School in 1996. In 2000 I earned my Bachelor of Arts – Communicative Arts from Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:6-7
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