Teacher’s Corner

IMG_0679The staff gathered here truly love what they do and want to be here with your child. Some have education degrees and some have early childhood degrees. Every staff member keeps abreast of new developments in the early childhood field through annual training. Teachers are expected to receive a minimum of 25 hours of training each school year. They obtain these hours through local or state early childhood conferences. They are dedicated to giving each child the feeling of being loved and accepted in a Christian environment. With God’s help, we strive to provide you and your child with a positive early learning experience.

Cathy Shisler, Preschool Director; 2009 – present

Early Childhood Education in Lutheran congregations has been one of my greatest passions since 1986. I had the privilege of teaching for over twenty years with two and three year olds in two other Lutheran Preschools, one here in Houston and one in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mark and I have two grown sons, Aaron and Adam that are married and live in the Houston area. I  became a grandmother two years ago. What fun to have a grandbaby to love and spoil.  We enjoy our family time when we can get together with them. Our boys attended a Lutheran school in Houston and as parents, we were very involved in the School Board, and Parent/Teacher Volunteering to help their school.I am a part of the Fishers of Men Lutheran Church family. The goal for Little Fishers Preschool is to make it a safe, fun learning environment where we can praise Jesus too! We want all our families to feel welcome and to know we care about each one of them. Every day the staff opens with devotion and prays for our students, and their families. Kelly, my assistant, or I would love to give you a tour of our great preschool. We have so much to share with you regarding our staff, schedule, curriculum, and enrichment classes. Please call to schedule a time or just come by.

Kelly DeLozier, Administrative Assistant; 2010 – present
Teacher’s Assistant/Motor Skills Teacher; 2009-2010

After my youngest child started Kindergarten, God presented me with a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the preschool that he attended. I started as a Teacher’s Assistant/Motor Skills Teacher in 2009, and accepted the position of Administrative Assistant in 2010. After moving to various places, including New Zealand, with my husband’s company, we decided to make Houston our permanent home. Steve and I have two children, Victoria, 14, and Aidan, 11. I feel so blessed that God has put me in the midst of such wonderful people, both Little Fishers staff and our Little Fishers families. It is a joy to get to know our Little Fishers families, see their smiling faces every day, and have the opportunity to share the love of Christ with them.

 Christine Gruber, 2 Year Old Teacher; 2014 – present

IMG_0285I am honored to teach the 2 year olds at Little Fishers Preschool.  My husband, Patrick, and I moved to Missouri City 8 years ago.  I became a stay at home mom 7 years ago with the birth of our daughter and continued 2 years later with the birth of our son.  I kept busy by volunteering at their school and with their activities.  Now with both children in school, God gave me the opportunity to continue working with children here at Little Fishers.  I look forward to an adventurous year full of new experiences.

Nancy Lin, 2 Year Old Teacher; 2013 – present

Greetings! I feel blessed and honored to be teaching at Little Fishers Preschool.  I graduated from the University of Michigan with a dual major in Anthropology and Economics.  My family and I settled in Sugar Land in 2011 after much moving around with the U.S. Army.  I am married, and have three young children, Annabelle, Theodore and Frederick.  Frederick graduated from Little Fishers Preschool in 2013.  I love working with children to help them grow socially, spiritually and intellectually.

Heather Disney, 2 Year Old Teacher; 2013 – present

IMG_0279I am very blessed to be a teacher at Little Fishers Preschool.  My husband and I have four children and keep very busy.  My family has been fortunate to have lived and traveled to many parts of the world for the last five years.  We have lived in Sugar Land for three years now.  I enjoy volunteering at our school and at my older children’s school.  When I am not working, I am involved in many activities and on the PTA Board.  I enjoy photography, scrapbooking, and giving back to the community in my spare time.  I am very excited to be a great part of your children’s education and social development.

Melissa McDonald, 2 Year Old Teacher; 2014 – present

IMG_0278Greetings!
I am ready for another exciting year at Little Fishers Preschool! I feel blessed to join a school that is Christ-centered and has been making a difference in Sugar Land for years.
I am married to Mike McDonald. We have been married for 15 years. We have three beautiful daughters Emily (11), Allison (8) and Olivia (5). Allison attended Little Fishers as a toddler. Olivia recently graduated from the Pre-K program. We have lived in Missouri City for ten years. People often ask me for the name of my hometown. I tell them the world is my hometown! My Dad was in the military when I was a child, so I was blessed to live in Japan, England and about every corner of the United States.

I am a graduate of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. I have a BS in Broadcast Journalist. Before coming to work at Little Fishers, I worked as a news producer at two NBC affiliates and The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. I have a passion for writing and teaching.

When I am not at Little Fishers, I can be found on a soccer field, BSF (Bible Study Fellowship), at my church, in a Girl Scout meeting or at my children’s school. In Girl Scouts, I am a troop leader and a community leader. I enjoy serving the Lord in Sunday School, youth ministry and event planning at my church. I always have a Fall Festival or Block Party on my agenda!

I look forward to a fabulous year in the 2-year-old classroom. I can’t wait to play an active role in them learning and growing in Christ.

Tracy Williamson , 3 Year Old Teacher; 2014 – present

IMG_0286I am excited about joining the Little Fishers family.   My family moved from Berea Ohio in 1980, and I have been here ever since.   My husband Scott and I are the proud parents of 3 grown and wonderful children,  Ashley, Angela and Tim.  We have two grandchildren, who I love to spoil.  After many years of being a stay at home mom, serving the PTA board and volunteering I went to work for the community outreach department for the  Girl Scouts.  I had been there 12 years when I found Little Fishers as a visitor, and now I am privileged to be part of the staff.   I love working with children and feel that children all learn and grow at their own pace. We as educators have the privilege of guiding them through that journey. I look forward to helping your children on that adventure.

Stephanie Davis, 3 Year Old Teacher; 2014 – present

IMG_0289I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of your child’s life while they experience all the thrills of being three.  I look forward to getting acquainted with each you.

My husband, Dan, and I have been  married for four years and we have been blessed with a beautiful daughter.  Our four year old daughter, Rylee Rae, attended Little Fishers Preschool when she was three and is now in Ms. Linda’s Pre-K class.  Aside from my work at Little Fisher, I am a stay at home mom and a recent graduate of the University of Houston – Downtown.

I am eager to start my first official year teaching at Little Fishers Preschool.  It has been an amazing fulfilling experience as a parent and an educator with this preschool.  I look forward to creating some new memories with you and your children.

Denise McAndrews, 3 Year Old Teacher; 2013 – present

I am blessed to have this opportunity to teach at Little Fishers Preschool. I taught at Faith Lutheran Preschool, Sugar Land for 7 years. They closed the school and it was a sad day for many of us. God’s words come to mind, “God will never close one door that he doesn’t open”. I have three children of my own, one son and twin daughters. I am proud to have three grandchildren, one girl and two boys. I was a stay at home mom and feel blessed that I had the opportunity to stay home. I am looking forward to a new school year. Teaching little children is truly a gift from God.

Monica Yang, 3 Year Old Teacher; 2014 – present

IMG_0280I am blessed and honored to join the preschool team here at Little Fishers Preschool. I am married and have one daughter, Sheree.  I still can’t believe that she is going to 4th grade this year.  Our family moved from CA to Sugar Land, TX four years ago.  Now we attend Fort Bend Community Church in Missouri City, TX.
I have started my teaching career after college.  After my daughter was born in 2006, I had my own state licensed family day care.  I really enjoyed those days with my daughter and her little friends.  Besides early child development, I also hold a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language.  Therefore, after my preschool hours, I also teach Chinese to older children.  Teaching has always been my passion.  I am looking forward to have this great opportunity to teach your child this year.  We will learn, grow and have so much fun together.  It will be an awesome year!

Linda Cardenas, 4 Year Old Pre-K Teacher; 2009 – present

I am beginning my 7th year as a Pre-K teacher here at Little Fishers Preschool.  I received by BA from Stephan F. Austin State University with a double major in Sociology and Business.  I have been teaching preschool for 15 years.  My husband Luis and I have been married for 23 years and have lived in Houston area for 17 years.  Our 20 year old daughter, Kristina, is a senior at the University of Houston, majoring in Elementary Education/Special Education.  Teaching preschool was not in my plans originally.  It was something that came later in life.  When my daughter was in Kindergarten, I was spending a lot of time volunteering in her classroom and loved it.  Her teacher told me that I was a natural-born teacher and that I should pursue it, which I did.  I’ve never looked back. It’s a new adventure every day.  Other than being a mom, teaching is the most fun, challenging and rewarding thing I’ve ever done.

 Melissa Snyder, Two Year Old Teacher, 2012 – 2014
Pre-K Teacher 2014 – present

Ms. MelissaMy name is Melissa Snyder. This is my third year at Little Fishers, and I teach a pre-Kindgergarten class. I hold a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Rice University and a master’s degree in elementary education from Houston Baptist University. I love studying languages and cultures, so the multicultural mileau at our school is the perfect environment for me. I have five children of my own, who range in age from six to twenty-three. I responded to the call of the Holy Spirit and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior in 2012, and shortly thereafter, I became a member here at Fishers of Men. I enjoy serving on the Altar Guild and participating in the Fishers CareNet.  I am excited and honored to be able to share God’s Word and the love of Christ with the children in my classroom.

Cindy Schiefen Pre-K Teacher, 2013– Present

I am excited to be joining the staff and family at Little Fishers Preschool. I am married and have two children ages 17 and 15. The last fifteen years I have spent volunteering in my children’s schools and activities. Before staying home with my kids, I taught preschool for about 10 years working with 2’s, 3’s and 4’s. I substituted in LCISD for five years and enjoyed every minute. I love working with kids, as they are so much joy and fun! I am looking forward to a wonderful year!

Kristen Belbin, Motor Skills/Teacher’s Assistant; 2012 – present
Assistant Teacher; 2010-2012

Hello, my name is Kristen Belbin. I am a Massachusetts native and transplanted to Texas in 2006 when my husband’s job moved us here.  I have a daughter, Sarah, and a son, Jacob. I started at Little Fishers as a Teacher’s Assistant.  I am responsible for helping the Preschool Teachers, Ms. Cathy and Ms. Kelly in any capacity.  I am now the Motor Skills Teacher.  Sports has always been a big part of my life.  I am happy to show the children some fun activities each week. I am also the school’s photographer.  I will be taking pictures of your child during special events or just playing on the Playground.  These cherished memories will last forever.

Judie Brielmaier, Teacher’s Assistant; 2010 – present

I have been working for Little Fishers Preschool for 5 years. I started out being a Substitute Teacher for 2 years. When Cathy Shisler started as Director, I became a Teacher’s Assistant, and I love doing it every day.
I’m originally from Minnesota and moved to Texas and got married 19 yrs ago. I have 4 children- 3 boys and 1 girl. My oldest just graduated from college and while my other three currently in college. I’m a member of Fishers of Men Church, and I also work with Fishers of Men Kingdom Quest (Sunday school) for 5yrs. I have also been on the Children’s Ministry Team for 7yrs.

Lisa Thome; Teacher’s Assistant; 2011 – present

My name is Lisa Thome and I am a Teacher’s Assistant at Little Fishers Preschool. I have been with Little Fishers for 4 years. I assist the teachers with any needs of the children and the classroom. I substitute for the teachers as well as Scholastic Book Coordinator and Book Fair Chairperson. I received my Certified Nurses Aid Certificate from Houston Community College.  Previously I worked as a CNA at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and in the Lamar Consolidated School District with special needs children in the elementary schools. My husband and I are the very proud parents of seven children. They range from the age of 31 to a freshman in college. We are proud grandparents to two granddaughters and one grandson, with another grandson due real soon. Our family moved to Sugar Land 20 years ago from Columbus, Ohio. We have been members of Fishers of Men Church since 1992. Children have always been a huge part of my life.

Lisseth Garcia; Language Kids, Spanish Teacher

My name is Lisseth Garcia and I am your child’s Spanish Teacher.  This is my first year teaching at Little Fishers Preschool.  I was born in Veracruz, Mexico.  I have been teaching Spanish for the last three years, previously at public schools for the after care program and at private preschools for Language Kids.  My primary goal is that your child LOVES Spanish and become lifelong Spanish students.
What you can do at home:  We only see your child one time per week, so we need your help practicing at home.  Each week I will post a vocabulary list that the students are learning.  I encourage you to spend five minutes per day reviewing the vocabulary together.

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