Our Staff & Teachers

staff-jwhismanJean Whisman, Director

Hi, I am Jean Whisman and I am thrilled to be the Director at Faith Lutheran Preschool. I am originally from Virginia and moved to Colorado in 2003 with my husband David, and two sons, Thomas and Daniel. As a family we enjoy camping, hiking and baseball. I left a business career in order to pursue my dream of working with children. My passion is to really make a difference in children’s lives and provide them with the necessary skills to develop into successful adults. Together, we can build a foundation of curiosity, hope and love that will carry them throughout their lives.

staff-cbarstadChris Barstad, Pre Kindergarten Teacher

Hi, I am Chris Barstad. I’m originally from northern Minnesota. My passion has always involved children. At 16, I started teaching Sunday school and knew education was in my future. I received an Elementary Education Degree from Moorhead State University. I moved to Colorado after marrying my husband in 1994. We are busy raising four boys, a Bernese Mountain and a Cocker Spaniel. All of my children were lucky to attend FLP! We loved the philosophy, care and education that FLP provided. I look forward to teaching your children!

staff-dcooperDenise Cooper, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Hi, I am Denise Cooper. I am married and have two sons. My youngest son attended FLP for 2 years and we loved the love, joy and faith-based academics present in the preschool. I joined the FLP staff in 2005. I have an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as Director Certification. I love working with children and am looking forward to a wonderful year.

staff-lfarmerLeslie Farmer, Junior Kindergarten Teacher

Hi, I am Leslie Farmer. I have been living in Castle Rock since 1998 and have lived in Colorado most of my life. I feel blessed to work with such a wonderful staff. Prior to working at FLP, I was a substitute teacher at my children’s school, and taught in many areas of children’s ministry. hen I’m not teaching kids, I enjoy reading, walking my dogs, baking, and spending time with my husband and two daughters. I really enjoy working with young children, and appreciate their enthusiasm and creativity. I’m looking forward to another great year!

staff-svegaSandy Vega, Teacher Assistant & Lunch Bunch Teacher

Hi, I am Sandy Vega. I have been married 24 years. We have four grown children. My love is to see my family serve Jesus and love others with God. Newest hobbies are Nordic Walking across Front Range and vegan baking. My favorite verse to pray is Psalm 91. I have worked here since 2005 as an assistant teacher.

staff-dvansicklinDeb Van Sicklin, Preschool Teacher

Hi, I am Deb Van Sicklin. I was born and raised in Westchester County, New York, where I received my Liberal Arts degree from Westchester Community College. My major is in Behavioral Science from Metro State. My husband and I have 3 happy children, a sloppy St. Bernard, a rambunctious Lab, and a huge cat. They keep us busy but in our spare time we like to camp, hike and ski! I love FLP, all my children attended and I feel very blessed to teach children about God’s love!

staff-sgarrickSally Garrick, Assistant Teacher

Hi, I am Sally Garrick. I have lived in Castle Rock since 2004. I live with my husband and two kids. Both of my children attended FLP and I feel very blessed to be able to work with all the children here.

Jody Croom

Hello, my name is Jody Croom. I am new to FLP, and so excited to be a part of such a wonderful, dedicated group. I grew up in Castle Rock, and even graduated from Douglas County High School many years ago. My husband is with Castle Rock Fire Department, and we have 3 teenage boys who keep us very busy. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Fort Lewis College, and received a teaching certificate from Metro State. I can’t wait to get to know all of the special children.

Anne Beh

Hi, my name is Anne Beh. I am originally from Nebraska (Go Big Red!) and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a BS degree in Fashion Design. After college I moved to Dallas, Texas, where I lived for 14 years. In 1994 I moved to Colorado Springs, where I met my husband Terry. Castle Rock has been our home for the last 18 years, and we have two beautiful children: a 12-year-old son, Christian, and a 10-year-old daughter, Amanda. I have taught Sunday School for many years at our church and have also worked as a Lead Teacher at two KinderCare Learning Centers. I am extremely happy to be working at Faith Lutheran Preschool and look forward to teaching your children.

Courtney Arias

Hi! My name is Courtney Arias and I am excited to be teaching 3-year-olds this year at Faith Lutheran Preschool. I love the hearts and minds of little people and it’s such a blessing to be able to spend time with them. While receiving my BA in Psychology, I discovered a love for working with children and decided to double major in Child Care and Development. Since then, I have worked in child care centers, an elementary school, a Head Start program and for 2 non-profit agencies that serve families with children with special needs. My husband and I moved to Castle Rock in 2001 and we can’t imagine raising our three children ages 9, 7 and 5 anywhere else.


Sheila Stone

Hi! My name is Sheila Stone and I am thrilled to be a part of Faith Lutheran Preschool’s family! As the Administrative Assistant/ Business Manager, I am able to utilize my accounting background, yet have the opportunity to interact with all the wonderful children and families. I have 3 children of my own, and as a family we are busy with all the extra -curricular activities and sports my children are involved in. I love to garden and spend time outdoors. I am blessed to be a part of your child’s life as they embark on their life’s journey.