At Prince of Peace School, we take pride in our incredible, experienced teachers and staff. Get to know our team by reading their biographies below. We know you will love them as much as we do!

Teresa Brophy - Director

Teresa Brophy

School Director

Teresa Brophy loves the beauty of  Oregon and she and her husband, Mike, enjoy spending time at the beach with their grandchildren and traveling abroad.  Teresa graduated from Portland State University with an Elementary Education Degree and has taught and directed preschools for nearly 30 years. She loves to write and has published a novel and a children’s book called “Beep and Bop- Mission to School!”  She is active in her church leading the worship and women’s ministry.  Teresa believes it is an extraordinary blessing to spend time with children. “An educationally rich and emotionally thriving classroom, is one of the most beautiful places to be!” I am proud to introduce our caring and nurturing teaching staff at Prince of Peace Lutheran School!

Lindsey Lyons

Lindsey Lyons

Kindergarten Teacher

Lindsey is married and has a son and daughter.  She attended University of Oregon where she majored in elementary education and earned her master’s degree at Pacific University.  Prior to having children, Lindsey taught elementary school for 5 years.  Lindsey loves dogs, especially her own, reading, and photography.  She leads a small group of first graders at her church each Sunday and loves being able to teach her Prince of Peace 3’s class about the love of Jesus.

Alison Caponette

Ali Caponette

Kindergarten Teacher

Ali grew up in the small town of Shawano, WI and admits to being a big Green Bay Packer Fan. She graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN, with a degree in elementary education. Ali is the middle child of two wonderful brothers, and is blessed to have great parents. She loves to play volleyball, softball, go on hikes, and camp. Ali also enjoys different kinds of crafts. “I am excited to be at Prince of Peace this year and look forward to a year packed with learning and fun.”

Jenny Bernick - Pre-Kindergarten+ Teacher

Jenny Bernick

Pre-Kindergarten+ Teacher

Jenny was born and raised in London, England. She is married to Ted, who is a pastor at another local church. They have three children, all of whom attended POP. Jenny graduated from Oregon State University and she loves to cook, entertain and travel. “Kids are fantastic,” she says, “I love being around them. This job is a privilege and a blessing. I enjoy being the kindergarten music teacher and teaching PreK. I want to teach each child they they are exceptionally loved by Jesus.”

Rona Niles

Rona Niles

Pre-Kindergarten 4-Day Teacher

Rona was born in the Philippians but has lived in many different countries including Singapore, Hong Kong and Canada. She eventually made her way to the United States, attending college at the University of San Diego in California. After receiving her credential in Elementary Education, she went on to teach First Grade at a Catholic school in Orange County. In 2009, Rona, her husband Jason, and her two young daughters moved to Portland, Oregon. She enjoys supporting her children in their activities, spending time with friends, reading, trying new restaurants, and traveling. Rona is looking forward to sharing her love of learning with her students and building a classroom community based on kindness and mutual respect.

Kelly Hasnsen

Kelly Hansen

Pre-Kindergarten 4-Day Teacher

Kelly grew up in Half Moon Bay, a small beach town in Northern California. After attending Oregon State University she moved back to California and began her career helping individuals with disabilities achieve self-sufficiency with dignity. Kelly married her husband, Trent, and they have two children. She and her family relocated back to Oregon 10 years ago and are happy to call Portland home. Both of her children attended Prince of Peace School when they were young. She spends most of her free time watching and cheering on her own children in sports and dance activities. In her free time she loves to be with friends, watch a good movie and travel.

Patty Manning

Patty Manning

Pre-Kindergarten 4-Day Teacher

Patty was born and raised in Portland. Patty and Neil’s family include four children. All of their children attended Prince of Peace Pre-school. Outdoor activities that Patty enjoys are gardening, camping, boating and fishing with the family. “I love teaching the 4’s program and I love the chance to be a child’s first teacher, providing opportunity for discovery and growth. It’s a lot of fun.”

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Desiree Sellke

Pre-Kindergarten 4-Day Teacher

Desiree grew up in Golden, CO. She graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. After graduating, she taught preschool in CO for two years, then moved to gorgeous Oregon! She has taught both pre-K (ten years), and kindergarten (two years) since moving. Desiree and her husband have two daughters, two Labrador Retrievers and a fish. In her spare time, Desiree enjoys ballet, fishing for salmon and halibut with her husband, gardening, and hosting family gatherings. She is excited to join Prince of Peace as a pre-k teacher. “I believe all children are a precious gift from God and am overjoyed to be a part of His plan for their lives”.

Nancy Lydon

Nancy Lydon

Pre-Kindergarten 3-Day  & 3’s Teacher

Nancy is an “Army brat” living in many places growing up. She has lived in Oregon for 27 years. Nancy and her husband, Tim, have been married 34 years and have two adult daughters and 1 1/2-year-old granddaughter. Their youngest daughter attended preschool at Prince of Peace (3’s and 4’s) 20 years ago and Nancy started teaching at POP after that. She and her family love to go camping and hiking. In her spare time she likes to spend it with friends and family and plays in the handbell choir at Prince of Peace. “I love teaching children about Jesus and how much He loves them. It’s a very rewarding job.”

Kim Goudy

Kim Goudy

Pre-Kindergarten 3-Day Teacher

Kim was born in the Midwest, but has called Oregon home for the past 37 years. Teaching runs in her family, both of Kim’s parents were teachers. Kim and Paul have two adult children. Kim liberally shares her musical talent, teaching the 4’s music and she also participates in the hand bell choir at Prince of Peace. In the early morning you will find her walking; traveling, reading, gardening, cooking and playing piano are activities she enjoys. “I have a passion for teaching young children about the world we live in and the love of God. I love to engage young children through music, crafts and stories.”

Amy Teixeira

Amy Teixeira

Pre-Kindergarten Optional Friday Teacher

Amy Teixeira was born in Madrid Spain but spent most of her growing up years in Papillion, NE. Graduating from Hastings College with a degree in music education, Amy loves being around children and getting to help them learn and discover new things. She has three children of her own, a daughter in high school, a son in middle school and a daughter in elementary school. They bring her more joy than she could’ve ever imagined! Amy enjoys hiking in the outdoors with her husband Dave while enjoying all that Oregon has to offer.

Laurie Weide

Laurie Weide

3’s Teacher

Laurie and her family moved to Portland from Arizona in 1996, where she worked as a court reporter for 12 years. Laurie’s husband works for Intel, and her daughter is a student at the University Of Oregon. Laurie is a life-long Sea Hawks fan having grown up in Renton, Washington. She also loves spending time with her three cats and Mini Schnauzer. She enjoys sewing, baking and going to the movies. “Teaching is my passion, and I love to find new ways and use new ideas to teach each child in my classes. I enjoy watching the children in my classes grow throughout the school year with me.” Laurie holds an Early Childhood Teaching Credential from ChildCare Education Institute.

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Michelle Shipley

3’s Teacher

Michelle was born and raised in Olympia, Washington. She graduated from George Fox University with a degree in Elementary Education. Michelle is married and has three children, all of whom attended Prince of Peace School. Michelle keeps busy being involved in her church, community and in her kids’ schools. You can find her on the field or gym watching her kids play sports. Michelle loves to entertain and enjoys adventures with family and friends. She is excited to be at Prince of Peace this year and be able to teach young children about how much God loves them.

Anitha Chandran

Anitha Chandran

Reading Instructor

Anitha grew up in India, graduating from Madras University in Chennai, India. Anitha and her husband, Sundar, have two wonderful children. She has worked at Prince of Peace for 10 years as a teacher’s assistant. She loves the outdoors and enjoys traveling, going to the coast, reading and listening to music. She “enjoys working with children and being part of their social and academic lives.”

Susan Sturm

Susan Sturm

Financial Administrator & Office Manager

 Susan has lived in Beaverton, Oregon, for over 40 years. She and her husband, Steve, have one grown-up son who lives in Portland. Some of her favorite pastimes are hiking, going to the beach, reading, getting together with family and friends and playing Bunco and Pinochle. Susan loves her position as administrative assistant for POP School. She especially enjoys getting to know the parents and the children and feels very blessed to have a job that she loves!

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Leslie Swinford

Kindergarten Art Teacher

Biography Coming Soon!

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Pastor Dan Haugen

Pastor

Pastor Dan is new to Prince of Peace and was installed on June 10th, 2018. He has a long history of working with children and is especially proud of his time as the founder and director of the Alleluia Children’s Theater which he intends to continue here in Portland. He is a graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis Missouri and loves working with people of all ages towards the strengthening of their faith. He has a wife (Cheryl) of 35 years and three children, Erik, Alexander and Emily. He looks forward to working with the kids and getting to know all the parents and wants all to know his door is always open.

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Jeff Kranich

Family Life Minister

Biography Coming Soon!