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 Kindergarten class about the love of Jesus. Lindsey has been on staff at Prince of Peace School for 4 years.

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Kathy Crider

Kindergarten Teacher

Kathy Crider has over 25 years teaching experience  and has taught Kindergarten at Prince of Peace School for 11 years. She is passionate about early childhood and loves sharing God’s love with her students. She enjoys traveling and camping with her husband.

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.”

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.” Jenny has been a teacher at Prince of Peace School for 19 years.

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. Rona has been with Prince of Peace School for 5 years in Pre-K

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. Kelly has been a teacher at POP for 11 years!

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.” Patty has been teaching at Prince of Peace School for 17 years!

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Desiree Sellke

3’s 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.” Nancy has been a teacher for 24 years at Prince of Peace School!

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.” Kim is delighted to be a teacher at POP for over 27 years!

Amy Teixeira

Amy Teixeira

 Pre-K+ Assistant 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. Amy has been a teacher for 4 years at POP!

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Michelle Shipley

3’s Teacher and Pre-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. Michelle has been teaching for 4 years as a 3’s and Pre-3’s teacher

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Kelly Morris

Mon/Wed/Thu 3’s Teacher and Friday Explorers

Kelly Morris is passionate about educating, inspiring and encouraging young children. She loves looking to the children as the roadmap to the experiences and opportunities that she provides in the classroom.  Kelly is excited to teach at Prince of Prince School and looks forward to creating partnerships with parents to provide the best possible experience for their children.  She loves being a team builder and is eager to teach alongside Prince of Peace School’s outstanding teachers. Kelly graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Science with a focus on Early Childhood Education.  After moving to Portland, she taught at Bright Horizons Child Development Center followed by 6 years as the program supervisor for Nike’s birth to 3 yr. child development center.

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

Leslie was born in Seattle and moved to Portland in her teens. She attended Concordia University in Portland and graduated from Lewis and Clark College. Leslie and her husband Rich have a son, Carl. While her son was is school, Leslie discovered she enjoyed teaching art to children, giving them skills to help them express their creativity. Leslie volunteers at the Prince of Peace food pantry and her son’s boy scout troop.

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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 | School Chapel Leader

Jeff Kranich (Mr. K) joined the staff of Prince of Peace in January 2011. He graduated in 1980 from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon as a Director of Christian Education with a BA in Education, Minor in Theology, and a Youth Ministry Emphasis.  He loves kids and families, and especially enjoys the wonder of discovery in young children as they encounter our amazing world.  He works to regularly remind our kids that they are each unique and special and loved by God!  Mr. K loves serving in a Team Ministry and working to help others develop the gifts God has given them for ministry.  He leads Confirmation Class & School Chapels, and works with our Ministry Teams and leaders to create events for Family and Community Faith development and growth.  He is an accomplished singer-songwriter and uses his musical gifts in Worship, School activities, Sunday School, and Family Ministry.

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Tiffany Lee

Kindergarten Teacher | Afternoon Studies

Tiffany is an Oregon native who grew up in Beaverton.  She started her college career at New York University then transferred to University of Oregon, completing her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with a minor in special education.  Tiffany started her teaching career in 2003 teaching elementary school in the Eugene 4J School District and also at Findley Elementary in the Beaverton School District. She is a wife to Min and mom of two boys. Min and Tiffany are active in the autism community, consider themselves to be foodies and try to sneak in a date night every so often!  Tiffany is very excited to be at Prince of Peace teaching kindergarten and all about God’s love to her students!