Redeemer's Preschool and Childcare program has been respected in the Peoria Community for over 65 years. We believe that every child is a precious, unique gift from God.
Miss Beth Head Chef
I have been the cook for childcare for four years. I have three wonderful children: Sebastian,19, Dylan, 14, and Phineas, 6. I also have three beautiful cats. We like to play disc golf, swim and listen to music. I love working here because I get to see so many bright smiling faces every day.
Miss Christine Four Year Old Pre-K/Childcare
My name is Christine Copeland. I have been married to my husband, Tim, for 24 years and we have three wonderful boys: Douglas, 21, Jacob, 16, and Steven, 14. I have worked at Redeemer Lutheran for eight years working with all ages. I have been a member at Trinity Lutheran Church my entire life; I was married there and all three of my children were baptized and confirmed there. I’m excited to be working with Ms. Julie teaching Pre-K and having fun with all the children. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, taking walks with my dogs and watching NCIS.
Miss Julie Four Year Old Pre-K/Childcare
My name is Julie Wilson, and I have been a Preschool Teacher at Redeemer Early Learning Center for three years. I went to Black Hawk College in Moline, IL, and have been teaching preschool for more than 20 years here in Peoria and around the United States. I have been married for 19 years and have two beautiful boys. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends!
Miss Doris Four Year Old Pre-K/Two Year Old Childcare
My name is Doris Griffin, and I am a mother of two wonderful daughters ages 23 and 19. We are members of Christ Lutheran Church in Peoria. I have worked with children and their families for over 20 years. My passion is working with children and my hope is that I can instill in the children the love of the Lord and that they carry this teaching throughout their lives. I thank you for the opportunity to work with each of your children and I look forward to a rewarding and productive year!
Miss Robin Infant Childcare
My name is Robin Flemming and I have been a member here at Redeemer Lutheran Church for 35 years! I have been working in childcare for over six years. My husband and I have been married for six years and have two children: Shelby, 6, and Bobby, 5. I feel blessed to have Bobby here at Redeemer and Shelby over at Concordia Lutheran School. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and watching sports.
Miss Louisa Two & Three Year Old Preschool/Childcare
My name is Louisa Pummill and I have taught at Redeemer for 15 years. I have been teaching 2-4 year old children for over 20 years. I received my BA in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University Chicago. I have been married to my husband David for 30 years and we have six children: Candace, 27, Meaghan, 25, Maria, 25, Austin, 23, Ashley, 20, and Marriah, 16. We live on my family farm and enjoy traveling, reading, gardening, crocheting, and going for walks.
Miss Jhansi Two & Three Year Old Preschool/Childcare
My name is Jhansi Vallarapu and I have been working at Redeemer for the past 11 years as a teacher/assistant. I am married and have four children. While in India I completed my Bachelor's degree in Arts & Science and while here in Peoria, I have taken Early Childhood classes at ICC. I am proficient in 3 languages: English, Hindi, and Telugu. My hobbies include reading books, computers, gardening, cooking, and nature walks. I love working with and getting to know the children.
Miss Mona Three & Four Year Old Preschool/Childcare
My name is Mona Elias, and I have been working at Redeemer Early Learning Center for 14 years. I worked nine years as a teacher assistant and then I decided to continue my education at ICC to obtain my associate’s degree in Childhood Development. This is my fifth year working as a teacher in the three year old preschool. I am originally from Palestine and I speak Arabic along with English. I have been in Peoria for 15 years. I am married and have four beautiful daughters. I love my job especially being with children whom I have the pleasure to care for.
Miss Sarah Four Year Old Preschool/Childcare
My name is Sarah Quistgaard, and I recently moved to the Peoria area with my husband. I am new to Redeemer and I am excited to begin this year in the Pre-K classroom. My bachelor’s degree is in Childhood Learning and Development and I have been working in the preschool environment for the past three years. I am ready to see what new experiences God has in store for me. My favorite hobby is collecting all kinds of pig items.
Miss Sophie Four Year Old Preschool/Childcare
My name is Sophie Halabi. I am married and have two children: George, 15 and Alex, 13. I have lived in Peoria for eleven years and have worked at Redeemer Early Learning Center for seven years. I received my Childcare Development Associate Credential and I am attending ICC to achieve my education degree. Throughout my 12 years of experience in early childcare, I have learned a lot about caring for and teaching young children. I really enjoy being with children as they are my passion and have added so much joy to my life. I will do my best to teach them to explore new things!
Miss Karen Four Year Old Preschool/Three Year Old Childcare
My name is Karen Sprakties. I spent 30 years following my military husband to many wonderful countries meeting amazing people. I have enjoyed volunteering in my community no matter where we have been. Children have always been a big part of my life. I enjoy crafts and cooking.
Miss Tracie Toddler Classroom
Hello, my name is Tracie and I am excited to be at Redeemer. I grew up in Chicagoland, and then moved to Bartonville where I live with my husband and daughter. I have been in the childcare business since I was 11 years old, and love working with children.
Miss Angela Two Year Old Preschool/Childcare
My name is Angela Williams and I am very happy to have each of your children in the two year old preschool classroom! I have volunteered working with children at the South Side Mission and Rogy’s. I have been here at Redeemer for nine months and enjoy working with the children. Outside of work I play volleyball, shop, and love eating out. I look forward to a wonderful year. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in each of your children’s learning.
Miss Hana Four Year Old Preschool
My name is Hana and I will be working with the four year olds. My family and I live here in Peoria. I currently have a part-time job at Sam’s Club. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family.
Miss Donna Three Year Old Childcare
My name is Donna Schlatter and I have been a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church my entire life. I attended Illinois State University, graduating with a BS in Psychology. I began working at Redeemer as a preschool assistant in 1978 and in September 1996, I was the first childcare teacher. I had 16 children in the childcare classroom ages 2, 3, and 4. I enjoy working with three year olds and have had them in childcare for several years. I had been a seamstress for over 35 years, mostly making draperies and doing alterations, and am now retired. I married my husband Jeff in 1997 and we have no children.
Miss Ellen Two Year Old Preschool
My name is Ellen Price. I studied Lutheran theology, am a certified Director of Christian Education (DCE), and graduated from Concordia University Chicago in 2012. I have lived in Peoria since 2011, and have worked here at Redeemer as a DCE (Children’s ministry-High School ministry). I also volunteer in many of the ministries at Redeemer and am very excited to be a Preschool teacher! I love to spend time with my husband, Ronnie, and our daughter, Elizabeth. I enjoy cooking, crocheting, and going for long walks with my family and dog, Radar.
Miss Michelle Music and Second Step
Hi, my name is Michelle Cozzi and I have been at Redeemer for almost a year. I graduated from Kendall College in Chicago in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education with concentration in Special Education. I enjoy teaching the Second Step program and Music to help the children de-stress, calm down, and self regulate. I’m looking forward to a wonderful year!
Miss Tina Toddler Classroom
My name Tina Minner and I just recently joined Redeemer’s team this fall as a toddler teacher in the mornings. I went to Eureka College where I studied nursing and biology and then went back to school for early childhood courses. My favorite thing about working with children is seeing their faces light up when they finally reach their goal. In my time outside of childcare I enjoy playing with my two boys and watching movies with my husband.
Peoria, Illinois Preschool & Childcare
6801 N. Allen Road • Peoria, IL 6161• 309.691.2333 ext. 15
Located within Redeemer Lutheran Church