About the Preschool Teacher...
Miss Rachel was born and raised in Bremerton, Washington. She attended Peace Lutheran from Preschool through eighth grade. She then went on to Olympic High School, where she first started taking early childhood classes, and then to Olympic college to continue. She has been working at Peace since 2002 in the daycare and aiding in the preschool and prekindergarten classrooms. Rachel enjoys sports, movies, and spending time with family and friends.
About the Pre-Kindergarten Teacher...
Ms. Julie has worked in Early Childhood Classrooms for over 20 years. She has an Associates in Early Childhood Education along with many credit hours of different early learning classes. She brings a lot of experience to Peace from teaching Pre-Kindergarten, being a Child Care Director, long term substitute Kindergarten Teacher, and teaching Special Education preschool children.
Julie has two school age children of her own. Grace and John keep her busy learning the life of a middle and high school mom. Julie is also blessed being a Navy wife. She, her husband Ben, and kids have lived from CA to Japan and back in WA. She’s grateful to be back in the beautiful PNW. Ms. Julie understands the importance of the 4-5 year old learning styles and prides herself on giving them the best education possible.
About the Kindergarten Teacher...
Rachel is starting her fifth year of teaching. This will be her third year of teaching Kindergarten and she is looking forward to be utilizing her BS in Elementary Education and Early Childhood credential here at Peace. She had been serving at Anchor Lutheran in Anchorage, Alaska since her graduation from Concordia University Nebraska in 2015. She has trained specifically for full time ministry in Lutheran Schools and is thrilled to have the opportunity to use her gifts to engage her students in learning while sharing her faith in meaningful ways. Her first year at Peace is 2019-2020.
First Grade Teacher
Catherine De Dominick-Hill
About the First Grade Teacher...
Mrs. DeDominick-Hill graduated cum laude from the honors program at Concordia University, Portland. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education with a minor in Professional Church Work and art. Catherine grew up in a military family and has lived all around the nation including, the Midwest, Alaska, and even Canada. Mrs. DeDominick-Hill and her husband enjoy traveling and exploring new places. She loves to paint and draw, and she plays piano and guitar. She came to Peace in 2010.
Second Grade Teacher
About the Second Grade Teacher...
Mrs. Love was born in San Diego, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from San Diego State University. Suzanne received her Master of Science in Education from Old Dominion University. She has taught kindergarten in California, Central Kitsap and Bremerton School Districts. She is married to Chris, and has two sons, Austin and Matthew. Her family has been at Peace since 2008.
Third Grade Teacher
About the Third Grade Teacher...
Mrs. Gierke was born and raised in Bremerton and lives in Belfair. She graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Her husband, Bruce, works as an Infrastructure Support Specialist for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Terri and Bruce have two daughters, Tricia and Kaitlyn. Terri enjoys riding her horse, Smokey, walking her dogs, and gardening. Terri taught first and second grades and has been at Peace since 2000.
Fourth Grade Teacher
About the Fourth Grade Teacher...
Mr. Stroud grew up in a variety of educational environments around the world, in a military family. In 2004, he moved to Seattle to study at the University of Washington. In the process of earning his masters, Lucas began guest teaching in Shoreline School District. In 2010, he moved to Kitsap, where his family resides, and began working in the North Kitsap School District. He is an active member of Peace Lutheran Church working primarily with Sunday School. Lucas has been at Peace since 2012.
Fifth Grade Homeroom Teacher
About the Fifth Grade Homeroom Teacher...
As a child of Lutheran missionaries, Kerrick grew up calling Hong Kong home. He is a huge technology buff. He enjoys building computers and researching future technologies that may find themselves in the classroom. He looks forward to enriching his students with engaging lessons, supporting his students with encouragement and help. He has a special place in his heart for students with special learning needs, always willing to provide extra time and support. Kerrick enjoys playing and watching all sports as well as just spending some time enjoying nature (especially in western Washington). He is enjoying learning the ins and outs of our area, and is always eager for new experiences. His first year at Peace is 2019-2020.
Sixth Grade Homeroom Teacher
About the Sixth Grade Homeroom Teacher...
Mrs. Juszczak was born in Gardena, California. She attended Christ Lutheran School in San Pedro, Trinity Lutheran School and Concordia Lutheran High School in Portland, Oregon, and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Concordia University in Portland. She has taught at Concordia Lutheran School in Tacoma, Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Scottsbluff Public Schools in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and in the Bremerton Public Schools. Sheri’s husband, John, is retired. She has three sons, Will, Martin and Erik (all Peace graduates), two step-children, Matt and Aly, who live in Oregon, and two grandchildren. Sheri has been a teacher at Peace since 1990 and teaches middle school and 6th grade homeroom.
Seventh / Eighth Grade Homeroom Teacher
About the Seventh and Eighth Grade Homeroom Teacher...
About the Music Teacher...
Mr. Petrich has lived throughout Minnesota his entire life before receiving God’s call to Peace Lutheran. He graduated from Concordia University St. Paul where he received his Bachelor of Arts in church music under the direction of Dr. David Mennicke. He also received a minor in Lutheran Theology, meeting the requirements for his certification to become a Director of Parish Music. His primary emphasis of study was in conducting and clarinet. While studying to become a Director of Parish Music, Mr. Petrich also studied K-12 music education. While at Concordia he gained the knowledge, understanding, and responsibility needed to lead his fellow Christians in song.