Our Staff

Our teachers are qualified to teach through education and childcare experiences.  All teachers receive a salary and attend regular staff in-service training, workshops, and conferences in order to learn new skills in the art of teaching young children. Our teachers' most important qualifications are their love for and desire to work with young children.

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    3 Day Teacher

    Sarah Snyder

    Sarah has lived in Prescott since 1983. Growing up in Prescott, she attended Taylor Hicks, Granite Mountain Middle School and Prescott High School. Sarah met her husband, Tim, in high school, and they are now raising their three boys. Sarah has been a teacher in early education at different daycares and other local schools since 2000.

     

    Sarah’s first involvement with the MOPS group was at American Lutheran in 2005. In 2006, she started her kids’ education at American Lutheran Preschool. After seeing what a great learning environment American Lutheran Preschool provided for her own children, she was excited to share the same values and Christian-based learning with other families. Sarah was able to accomplish this after she received her teaching position at American Lutheran Preschool in 2009.

     

    Sarah and her family enjoy giving back to the community in every aspect possible. In her off time, she keeps very busy with football, basketball and baseball games. She enjoys the beautiful outdoors and spending quality time with her loved ones. Sarah takes pride in helping her students learn and grow. With the resources and great team-oriented staff at her disposal, she has been given the opportunity to keep having families return year after year. The smaller class sizes allow for a more personal and consistent learning environment, building a bond and a great start for their educational journey.

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    3 Day Teacher

    Dawn Perlak

    Dawn grew up in Central Wisconsin, where she met, and later married her high school sweetheart, Kevin. After a couple of years in Phoenix, she and Kevin moved to Prescott where they had their daughter, Alyxandra. Alyx attended ALS, where Dawn became a volunteer and was inspired to follow her dream of becoming a teacher. She was hired as an aide the next year, which subsequently transitioned into a teaching position.

    Thirteen years later, Dawn is proud to still call American Lutheran School her home away from home because teaching in a Christian Preschool helps to give the children an excellent foundation for growth and development in their academic and spiritual journey. She loves working with preschoolers because it gives her the chance to teach learning through play and exploration, which is one of the things that motivated her to return to school. In the spring of 2014, she was awarded her Degree of Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. In her spare time, Dawn enjoys hiking, running, motorcycling with her husband, and any activity that involves her family. 

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    Pre K Teacher

    Darcel DuBord

    Darcel has been a Pre-K teacher since 2007. Darcel strives to get the children in her class excited about school. She is committed to preparing the children for kindergarten in a loving, Christian environment. All 3 of Darcel’s children attended American Lutheran School for 2 years each.

     

    Darcel loves being a Christian. She feels blessed to be able to teach Pre-K. She says one of the best things about teaching small children is seeing how far they come over a whole school year. The experience is truly amazing!

     

    On her days off, Darcel spends time with her family and enjoys writing and drawing in her art journal, reading or listening to music.

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    3 Day Teacher

    Charity Huard

    Charity is one of the Pre-K teachers and believes she has the best job in the whole world! She grew up in ‘Small Town, Montana’, and moved to Arizona in 1991. While living in Flagstaff, she met her husband Brandon in 1992. They have two boys, Corey and Cameron, and will be adding a daughter-in-law, Linda, to the family in 2020! When she’s not working, Charity enjoys watching and cheering for her boys – currently at Crown College in MN, and at Prescott High School – as they play football. She also enjoys making custom cakes, crafting, and spending time with her family in the outdoors. 

     

    Charity has always had a heart for the Lord and has been a Christian all her life. She loves sharing the peace and joy that comes through knowing and abiding in Jesus. God is the center of her family, and they faithfully serve Him wherever they can. She has been a teacher at American Lutheran since 2008 and feels very blessed to be a part of this school. Her favorite thing about teaching is the love she receives from the children and families, and the excitement on their faces when they learn something new! She enjoys each and every ‘ordinary’ pre-school day; filled with laughter, hugs, messy hands, many questions, and children growing in Christ! 

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    2 Day Teacher

    Jennifer Garber

    2020

    Jennifer has lived in Prescott since 1994 with her husband and three children. Teaching is an absolute passion of hers and exactly what she always dreamed of doing!  Jennifer has been at American Lutheran School since 2015 at a teacher, but previously was a parent, as her two youngest attended preschool at American Lutheran School from 2005-2009. Jennifer shares that her heart is filled with such joy as she teaches and watches her students love being at school, learning and becoming confident and independent little people! Jennifer attended Arizona State University and Yavapai College and had previously worked in various areas of hospitality industry.  Jennifer enjoys spending her free time with her family, loves antiquing, reading and throwing parties!

     

    Jennifer was raised in a home that spoke of Christian values, but a relationship with God and attendance at church was not part of our regular routine.  In high school she sought a church home and ultimately was baptized when she was 15.  She shares that although there have been times in her relationship with God that she has struggled understanding what faith really means, at her core she never stopped knowing in her heart who God is and her faith is the center of her life and heart.

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    Lori Barbe, Director

    preschool@americanlutheran.net

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