- Jean WhismanPreschool Director
Since 2012 as Preschool Director, Jean leads the staff at Faith Lutheran Preschool in helping to build a foundation of curiosity, hope and love for every student in a Christian environment. As a staff they make sure each child reaches their fullest potential, not just academically, but physically, socially, emotionally, creatively, and spiritually areas as well.
Originally from Virginia, Jean moved to Colorado in 2003 with her husband and two sons. Baseball is a large part of their lives, both as spectators and players. Jean left behind a career in business in order to purse her dream of working with children. With a degree in both Business and Early Childhood, her passion is to really make a difference in children’s lives and provide them with the necessary skills to develop into successful adults.
- Leslie FarmerJunior Kindergarten Teacher
Leslie has been at Faith Lutheran Preschool since 2009 and has lived in Colorado for most of her life. Prior to working at FLP, Leslie was a substitute teacher at her children’s school and has taught in many areas of children’s ministry. When she is not teaching kids, Leslie enjoys reading, walking her dogs, baking and spending time with her family. She truly enjoys working with young children and appreciates their enthusiasm for learning and their creativity.
- Sandy VegaTeacher Assistant & Lunch Bunch Teacher
Sandy has worked at Faith Lutheran Preschool since 2005. She has a wonderful husband and 4 adult children. Sandy’s love is to see how her family serves Jesus and love others with God. Her favorite verse to pray is Psalm 91.
- Julie TaylorAssistant Teacher
Julie is originally from northern California and moved to Colorado in 2008 with her husband. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Cal Poly and her teaching credential and M.A. in Education at Chapman University. She taught elementary school before becoming a stay at home mom for her 3 kids, all of whom attended FLP. Along with Julie’s love of teaching, she enjoys hiking, paddleboarding, reading, skiing and spending time with her family.
- Kelly BrownPreschool Teacher
Kelly has a degree in Early Childhood Education and over 20 years teaching experience. She is originally from Indiana and moved to Colorado shortly after college. Kelly has 3 young adult children and enjoys spending time outside, playing games, traveling and reading. She loves teaching preschool and connecting with the children, connecting and having fun while learning is what teaching is all about!
- Suzanne KennyPreschool Teacher
Suzanne graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Child Development. She and her husband moved to Colorado in 2012 with their 5 children. She and her family are very active and love sports and being outside. Suzanne was a swimmer growing up and has a passion for teaching swimming to all ages. She has worked in preschool, religious education, substitute taught and home-schooled her own children.
- Anne BehAssistant Teacher
Anne is originally from Nebraska (Go Big Red!), and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Design. After college she lived in Dallas, Texas before moving to Colorado in 1994. Anne and her husband have 2 teenagers. She joined the staff of Faith Lutheran Preschool in 2013 after many years of experience teaching in children’s ministry programs and other child care centers. Anne loves working with the preschoolers and sharing her joy and faith with them
- Tania NorbyTeacher
Tania grew up in Colorado and attended Colorado State University; she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with a focus in Early Childhood Development. Much of her “career” was spent as a stay-at-home mom to her four children, who are now young adults. Tania has worked with young children in many capacities--as a Sunday school teacher, teacher/assistant director at a child care center, in-home child care provider, foster mom, and nanny. Her biggest joy is sharing God’s love with little ones. In her free time, Tania enjoys reading, cooking, camping, playing games with her family, and serving as a mentor mom with MOPS.
- Angela HeynAssistant Teacher
Angela is joining the staff of FLP this year and is very excited to meet you and your children. She is married and has four wonderful kids, the two youngest of whom attended FLP. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work and sociology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a master’s in social work from the University of Maryland. She also has an associate’s degree in early childhood education. Originally from Maryland, she has also lived in Texas and Paris, France and taught at schools in all three places. Angela is involved in the children’s ministry at her church and loves traveling, cooking, skiing, and being outdoors with her family.
- Heidi BradleyAssistant Teacher
Heidi is a Castle Rock native and is married to her Douglas County High School sweetheart. They have two children in middle school and a variety of pets. Heidi enjoys taking walks, making crafts, traveling, and camping with her family. She has always had a passion for working with young children, as an elementary school teacher, substitute teacher, Bible study preschool teacher, and Vacation Bible School storyteller. She is excited to share the same love, joy, and faith-based learning with her students that her own children were blessed to experience at Faith Lutheran Preschool many years ago!
- Kathy McCurdyPre Kindergarten Teacher
Kathy is excited to be joining the team at Faith Lutheran Preschool! She is a Colorado Native and lives two houses down from where she grew up, so she has not ventured very far! She has been married to her husband Rodney for 20 years and have three amazing big kiddos, Michael (19), Samantha (18), and Marcus (14). In her spare time, she loves to garden, cook, play games, and explore our amazing state! She does not have any cats and dogs, however, they have 2 ducks, a ball python, turtle, leopard gecko, bearded dragon, chinchilla, and a scorpion. (yes, a real one)
She has been teaching Early Childhood Education for the past 21 years, with a few breaks to stay at home with her own children. She holds her CDA and she is continuing her education in ECE and to obtain her director's certificate. Teaching ECE is her true passion and calling. She loves to support and serve each child’s and family's journey through this amazing time in life. You will often see her “singing”, dancing or down on the ground in the child’s world! She feels that each child is unique, amazing, and a true blessing!
- Lindsay BraggTeacher
Lindsay is a Colorado Native and lives in beautiful Castle Rock with her husband and 2 growing, school-age kids. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Colorado Christian University. With 10 years of working with young children, she joins Faith Lutheran Preschool with thankfulness and a love for children. Her passion is to build a solid foundation in each child by teaching them a love for Jesus and others. When she's not teaching young children, Lindsay enjoys spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, coffee shops, and a good book or movie anytime!
- Alejandra BromleyAssistant Teacher
Alejandra joined the FLP staff this year and is so excited to start her new journey with all new children. Originally from Southern California, where she married her middle school sweetheart in 2018, and moved to Castle Rock early 2021 with their fur-babies. Alejandra has always had a passion for working with children, as a Sunday school leader/teacher in early childhood, and as a youth leader.
She hopes that one day, she can bring all of the joy, love, and knowledge she has gained from being a part of the FLP staff, to her own future children.
- Jane StoneTeacher
Jane graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies/Elementary Education. She has a teaching license for Pre-K through 6th grade with an early childhood endorsement (birth-6 year olds). She has worked in early childhood education for more than twenty years and considers it a blessing to teach young children.
She moved to Colorado from Texas in 2007 and loves it here. She and her husband are adjusting to being empty nesters now that their two grown children have moved out. She enjoys traveling, playing games, reading, trivia nights, and spending time with her family.
- Nancy ZakAssistant Teacher
Nancy is originally from Illinois and moved to Colorado in 1990. She and her native Colorado husband have 4 children. Nancy loves working with preschool children as a teacher in Sunday School, VBS, and Bible study preschool teacher. She loves spending time with her family, playing a variety of sports and reading.
Nancy is so thankful to get a chance to be part of the Faith Lutheran Preschool family!
- Nicole BenningtonAssistant Teacher
Nicole is almost a Colorado native. She moved from New Jersey to Colorado Springs when she was 8 years old and moved to Castle Rock in 2005. Nicole and her husband Jeremy have three children: Genevieve (15), Garrett (13), and Gabrielle (9).
She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming and taught at the elementary level before becoming a stay at home mom. Nicole also taught kids at her church's Sunday school and preschool at CBS for many years. Nicole loves being able to help children experience the love of the Lord.
In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, playing games and baking.
- Emily OsburnAssistant Teacher
Emily has lived in Colorado her whole life and moved from Western Colorado to the Front Range in 2018. Emily knew she wanted to be a teacher by the time she was 10 years old. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Colorado Christian University and a background in Special Education. After teaching for one year, Emily welcomed her first daughter and she realized her calling was to be a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband Chris now have three children who keep them very busy. After ten years, she is so excited to be entering back into the work force doing what she loves. Emily feels blessed to be part of the wonderful team of teachers and staff at FLP! When she's not teaching or being mama, she enjoys shopping alone in Target with a Starbucks in hand!
- Joy PowersAdministrative Assistant
Joy is the Administrative Assistant for Faith Lutheran and joined the staff in November 2020.
She has over 10 years of Receptionist and Office Manager experience, and as a Southern girl, hospitality is very dear to her heart, so she makes it her goal to ensure everyone she meets feels welcomed and loved. Joy loves serving others with her gifts and talents around the office, in the Church, and in the different communities she is a part of. Joy graduated from Riverview Christian Academy in 2000, married her high school sweetheart in that same year, and they have since had 3 children.
She enjoys reading, sewing, jewelry design, and she loves watching movies, going to car shows and the races with her family.
- Angelique GertigFinancial Secretary
Angelique came to CO with her husband, Brian, in the fall of 2020 after Covid forced a change of job for him. While not a stranger to CO being frequent travelers here, this is her first time living here with her CO-born husband. Most recently from NM, Angelique & Brian have many family and friends back in AZ where they met and married over 30 years ago and lived for over 35 years. Together they have three children - a married daughter in AZ who has their only grandchild, a daughter in LA, and a son who recently went to rest in Jesus' loving arms.
Angelique went to high school and college (ASU-go Sun Devils!) in AZ and received a BS in Accounting and then obtained her CPA license. For over 15 years she spent her accounting career in the insurance industry in a variety of accounting roles. Then in 2017, after having taken a 12 year break from work to finish raising their children off to college, she landed her first bookkeeper position for a church & school, and has continued to work for similar organizations over the last 4 years.
Angelique enjoys road cycling with her husband, taking weekend getaways to explore CO, and nearby states, visiting their NM home in the mountains outside of Albuquerque, and visiting AZ to see their grandchild, Harlow. Angelique looks forward to joining and becoming part of the staff and "family" of FLC.
- Bette WarnAssistant Financial Secretary
Bette comes to CO from NE where she was raised and attended school. She moved to CO in 1985 and so considers herself a semi native!! She has many family members still living in NE so is able to enjoy time with them often.
She moved to Castle Rock in May of 2020 from the foothills where she enjoyed many years of mountain living. Now she enjoys being close to her daughter, grand and great-grand kids. Between her daughter and son (he lives in MO) she has 9
grand children and 4 great-grandchildren. They all keep life fun and adventurous. Photography is currently her favorite hobby along with traveling, hiking, pickleball and badminton.
Her career was in healthcare management where she managed medical practices and worked as a consultant to medical practices, hospitals, university medical schools and a variety of healthcare providers.
She has been active most of her adult life in Lutheran churches and served on boards, committees and now has the privilege of serving our Lord at Faith Lutheran Church.