Teacher’s Corner

IMG_5674The 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 four 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, Assistant Director; 2016 – Present
Administrative Assistant; 2010 – 2016
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, accepted the position of Administrative Assistant in 2010, and was just recently named the Assistant Director.  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, 16, and Aidan, 13. 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.

 Lindsey Wiesenborn, 2 Year Old Teacher; 2016 – Present

My name is Lindsey Wiesenborn, and this is my third year teaching at Little Fishers Preschool. It is also my fifth year as a preschool parent here. I have two daughters, a four year old who is here at Little Fishers and a six year old who is in the first grade, so I am quite familiar with the preschool age group! I also have a bachelor’s degree in business administration. My family and I have been members of Fishers of Men Lutheran Church for the last six years. We love to spend as much time as we can outdoors, whether it be camping and hiking or cooking out and playing in the backyard. I am looking forward to a fun new year helping your children learn and grow and prepare for the school years ahead of them!

Kellye Crouch, 2 Year Old Teacher; 2016 – Present

My name is Kellye Crouch and this is my second year teaching at Little Fishers Preschool and I am so thankful for this exciting opportunity. I have my bachelor’s degree in Christian Education and up until February of 2016 was serving a call as Director of Christian Education at a church in Panama City, FL. God called us to a new adventure here in Sugar Land where my husband serves as Director of Youth ministry at Fishers of Men Lutheran Church. Most of our spare time is spent playing with our yellow lab, Boan d exploring God’s awesome creation in the great outdoors. We also love to travel sharing God’s Word with people all over the world. I look forward to this year with you and your child and cannot wait to learn and grow in Christ together each day!

Holly Haseltine, 2 Year Old Teacher; 2017 – Present

Hello, my name is Holly Haseltine and this is my second year teaching here at Little Fishers Preschool. My husband and I relocated from Maryland with our three children, Eden (10) , Alivia (8), Lucas (5) and our dog Cecil in March 2016. In my free time I enjoy volunteering at my children’s school and being involved in their extra curricular activities. As a family we love taking weekend trips to Austin or staying local and exploring new spots around Houston. I received a bachelors degree in Communications and Business and completed graduate coursework in Counseling Psychology. I am truly blessed to have this opportunity at Little Fishers and I look forward to a fun new school year!

Heather Disney, 2 Year Old Teacher & Teacher’s Assistant; 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.  We have lived in Sugar Land for six years now. When I am not working, I am involved in many activities and on the PTO 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.

 Jennifer Jing, 2 Year Old Teacher; 2015 – Present

Hello, my name is Jennifer Jing. I’m very blessed to have this great opportunity to teach at Little Fishers Preschool. My husband, Logan, and I have 2 wonderful children – Reann and Rex, Reann is in 1st grade and Rex is currently attending Little Fishers Preschool. We have lived in Missouri City since 2007. I love being around and working with children. Each child grows in their particular manner and I have my passionate and look forward to being part of your child’s preschool experience.

Cindy Schiefen, 3 Year Old Teacher 2015- Present;  Pre-K Teacher; 2013– 2015

I am excited to be joining the staff and family at Little Fishers Preschool. I am married and have two children in college. 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 12 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!

 Pam Scheffer, 3 Year Old Teacher; 2001-2014 and 2016 – Present

I am so happy to be teaching again at Little Fishers Preschool. I am married and both my husband and I are native Houstonians. We have two daughters, an awesome son-in-law, and an adorable grandson named Noah. My oldest daughter is a second grade teacher at Sugar Mill Elementary in Sugar Land. My youngest daughter graduated from Sam Houston State University last May and is currently on staff at Fort Bend Christian Academy
I was a teacher at Little Fishers Preschool for 13 years and loved coming to work every day and teaching God’s littlest lambs. When my grandson was born, I took a couple of years off to care for him. In the two years that I was away, I knew that I did not want to close the door on a being a part of the best preschool in Sugar Land. I then joined the Little Fishers Preschool School Board so that I could still feel as if I was part of the school.
Little Fishers Preschool is very much a part of my heart. My youngest daughter also attended the preschool after we joined Fishers of Men Church. (It was called Fishers of Men Preschool back then). I am very excited to be on staff again.

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.

Hannah Cuna, 3 Year Old Teacher and Pre-K Teacher’s Assistant; 2016 – Present

This is my second year working at Little Fishers Preschool. It is a blessing and a privilege to be working in this wonderful school. I used to teach at Sugar Grove Christian School as an afterschool teacher and teacher’s aide.
I was born in the Philippines and moved here eight years ago with my family. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in the Philippines. I have a passion for teaching and working with children. I used to volunteer my time in an orphanage and a play therapy therapy facility back home. I would like to pursue further education to help kids more. Besides teaching, I am into photography and the arts. I love to paint and I do calligraphy as well. I am looking forward to a fun filled school year with your child.

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

This will be my 9th year teaching Pre-K at Little Fishers Preschool. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Business. I have been teaching for 18 years. My husband Luis and I have been married for 26 years. Our daughter Kristina is 23. Teaching preschool was not in my original plans. It was something that came later in life. When my daughter was in Kindergarten, I spent a lot of time volunteering in her classroom and I loved it. Her teacher told me 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 mother, teaching is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.

Mary Metzger, Pre-K Teacher; 2016 – Present

This is my second year teaching at Little Fishers Preschool and I am excited to be here! I was born and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I graduated from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota with dual majors in Communication Studies and Pre-K–6th Grade Education. I taught Kindergarten/1st Grade combined for a year in northern Minnesota before moving to Texas 8 years ago and I’m excited to be back in the classroom. Outside of teaching, I play French Horn in the Houston Concert Band and play ice hockey. I am also the Children’s Ministry Coordinator here at Fishers of Men Lutheran Church. I look forward to getting to know your children, watching them learn about the world around them and grow in faith and love!

Joy Philips, Pre-K Teacher; 2016 – Present

This is my second year at Little Fishers Preschool and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to teach at this school. I will be teaching the Pre-K 3-day class. I have 7 years of preschool teaching experience at Sugar Grove Christian School which is now closed.
My husband, Steve and I have been married for 27 years and have lived in the Houston area for 19 years. We have two daughters, 24 and 19 years old. Both are in college. The oldest is pursuing a pharmacy degree at UH and the youngest will be attending UNT this fall for a degree in communication design.
I have a BSN degree and worked in the medical field for over 20 years. When my youngest came along, I decided to be a stay-at-home Mom for several years and then eventually retired from nursing. During this time, I volunteered whenever I could at my daughter’s school and at Sunday school. It was an amazing experience! I had so much fun with the kids.
I am very passionate about teaching young children. I love watching them learn and grow. It is both challenging and rewarding.
I am looking forward to a fantastic school year!

Carolina Gabosi, Pre-K Teacher’s Assistant; 2016 – Present

Greetings! This is my second year at Little Fishers Preschool. I’m so exciting to have the opportunity to be part of this program.
I lived in Argentina since I was born and got married 9 years ago. My husband, Diego, and I have been blessed with two lovely kids. Camila, the oldest one, is in 1st grade and Lorenzo, the baby one, will be at Little Fisher Preschool this year.
We have been in Sugar Land since 2014 and we enjoy spending time outside, travelling and watching movies.
I obtain a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education in my country.
Before having children, I taught 4th Grade, Toddler and Pre-K in private Argentinean schools.
I love teaching and I so happy to be back in a classroom!
God’s blessings

Kristen Belbin, Motor Skills; 2012 – Present
Teacher’s Assistant; 2010 – Present

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.

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 6 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 32 to a sophomore in college. We are proud grandparents to two granddaughters and three grandsons, with another grandchild due in November. Our family moved to Sugar Land 25 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.

Sandy Ciaccio; Teacher’s Assistant; 2017 – Present

Hello! I am Sandra Ciaccio a Teacher’s Assistant at Little Fishers Preschool. The teachers and I work together to insure Little Fishers Preschool children learn in a safe and secure environment. I have Texas teaching certificates in both Special Education and Art. I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts, and a Bachelors of Science in Education. I have over 20 years of experience teaching Middle School Special Education and Art. I loved teaching students with special needs in the Living Skills classroom.
My husband and I have one son. We are the proud grandparents of two granddaughters. We are very excited that our son’s family is moving back to Texas after serving in the United States Navy. We have lived near Sugar Land since 1999. I have been a member of Fishers of Men since 2008. I look forward to working with your children this year.

Desiree Banfield; Music Teacher; 2017 – Present

My name is Desiree Banfield. (Ms. Dee Dee) I am so happy to be part of the Little Fishers Preschool family. I will be your child’s Music Teacher. I have 15 years of Preschool teaching experience and I have a current Child Development Associates credential. I love the preschool age child so much because I am always amazed to see the incredible growth in the early ages. I have been married for 30 years to my husband James. We have 2 boys, Cameron (25) and Carson (21). We are members of Cornerstone Community Bible Church and teach Sunday school to 4th and 5th grade students. I am so honored and blessed to serve your children at Little Fishers Preschool. “Make a Joyful noise unto the Lord.” Ps. 100

Lisseth Garcia; Language Kids, Spanish Teacher

My name is Lisseth Garcia and I am your child’s Spanish Teacher. I will also be teaching the after school Spanish class on Thursdays. This is my fourth year teaching at Little Fishers Preschool.  I was born in Veracruz, Mexico.  I have been teaching Spanish for the last six 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.