- Jean WhismanPreschool Director
Since 2012 as Preschool Director, Jean leads the staff at Faith Lutheran Preschool 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 is to really make a difference in children’s lives and provide them with the necessary skills to develop into successful adults.
- Chris BarstadPre Kindergarten Teacher
Chris is originally from northern Minnesota. Her passion has always involved children. At age 16 Chris started teaching Sunday school and knew education was in her future. She received and Elementary Education Degree from Moorhead State University. She and her husband moved to Colorado in 1994 and keep busy with their 4 boys and multiple dogs. All of Chris’ children were lucky to attend FLP! She and her family loved the philosophy, care and education the FLP provided.
- Denise CooperPre-Kindergarten Teacher
Denise joined the staff at Faith Lutheran Preschool in 2005. She has an Associate’s Degree Early Childhood Education as well as Director Certification. She is married and has 2 sons, the youngest attended FLP for 2 years. During that time she loved the love, joy and faith-based academics present in the preschool. Denise loves working with children and looks forward to start building a foundation with your child.
- 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.
- Sally GarrickAssistant Teacher
Sally joined Faith Lutheran Preschool in 2011 after both of her children attended preschool here. She has lived in Castle Rock since 2004. Sally has coached volleyball and is very involved in her kids sports and activities.
- Jody CroomAssistant Teacher
Jody is not only a Colorado native, but grew up in Castle Rock and attended Douglas County High School. Her husband is with the Castle Rock Fire Department and they have 3 young adult boys. Jody has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Fort Lewis and received a teaching certificate from Metro State. She looks forward each school year to getting to know and connect with the children.
- Jolene HesslerAdministrative Assistant
Jolene and her family joined Faith Lutheran Church in September of 2003. She has worked as a Paralegal and school secretary before coming to FLC. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education. In May of 2016, she joined the staff as the Administrative Assistant for the church and preschool.
As the Administrative Assistant, she is responsible for our weekend bulletins, powerpoints, and announcements. In addition, she oversees the special programming such as guest speakers, congregation gatherings and meetings, funerals, weddings, and manages the church calendar.
Jolene enjoys working with church members and loves seeing all of the children who come through the preschool knowing that they are learning about the love of Jesus.
- 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
- Jeannie ReddanLunch Bunch
Jeannie joined the staff of Faith Lutheran Preschool in 2018 after all 3 of her children attended preschool here. She is originally from Houston Texas and moved to Colorado in 2005. Jeannie spends a lot of her time volunteering at her childrens’ current school and watching them pursue their love of sports. Her passion is helping others and Jeannie is excited to help the young children of FLP through their first experiences of school by using the word of God.
- 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 which attended FLP. Along with Julie’s love of teaching, she enjoys hiking, paddleboarding, reading, skiing and spending time with her family.
- 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.
- 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!
- Bre VingoPreschool Teacher
Bre has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Colorado State University and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from Concordia University. She and her husband moved from Nebraska to Colorado in 2015 and 2 wonderful children. Bre spends her free time supporting her children’s activities along with camping, boating and cooking.
- Sheila StoneFinancial Secretary
Sheila joined Faith Lutheran Church staff in January 2013 and manages all of the finances for both the Church and Preschool. Her responsibilities include processing all donations, tuition payments, payroll, and accounts payable. She has a wide array of talents and managerial skills which lead her to overseeing special projects and working to establish best practices within the office. On top of all of this, Sheila also serves as a liaison for all maintenance personnel.
Sheila is a Colorado native and enjoys spending time and making memories with her 3 children. She loves the outdoors - biking, hiking, camping, and gardening. She is thankful to be a part of Faith Lutheran Church and Preschool!