Peakland Preschool's Team
Passionate, dedicated, and loving, Peakland Preschool teachers love their work and it shows in everything they do. Our goal is to make a positive difference on young kids who come to our Preschool.
Mrs. Annie Williams
Annie grew up within the walls of Peakland United Methodist Church. She moved to Lynchburg when she was 10 and has since been active in the church. After graduating from the University of Lynchburg with a B.S. in Marketing, she moved to Durham, NC. Annie wore many hats as the office manager of a stationary manufacturer in Raleigh, NC. Since she was young, Annie has always enjoyed working with children. Ultimately, her love for children led her to teach preschool. She worked at Grove Park Preschool in Durham, then served as a 3 year old teacher at Peakland after their move back to Lynchburg.
Annie and her husband, Eddie, moved back to Lynchburg to raise their children and to be close to their families. Annie and Eddie have 2 young, active boys (Owen and Walker). They spend most of their weekends on the soccer field or at swim meets.
Mrs. Annie's favorite time of the day is greeting each student with a high five or hug as they walk into Peakland Preschool each morning!
Captain Anthony Andrews
BELIEVE. THINK. FEEL. SEE. KNOW.
Anthony is a Husband and Father. He comes from a single parent household. He has lived in bad neighborhoods and has witnessed what love can do to distract from ones current circumstances. Lynchburg is his home. He believes in teaching his children how not to become a statistic. He thinks great things will come with having a great vision and hard work.
He is a Childcare Provider. He comes from Elizabeth's Early Learning Center with six years of experience. He is also a CPR/First Aid instructor and trained in emergency situations. He feels the passion for children in his heart and understands that they need our guidance.
He is a Firefighter. He comes from fifteen years of experience with the Lynchburg Fire Department. He has witnessed some really bad incidents and seen people in their worst conditions. He sees both hope and tragedy all at the same time.
Ms. Chloe Ingram
1 Year Old Teacher
Ms. Chloe is thrilled to be a part of the Peakland Preschool family! She comes from a military family and has lived all over the world, including South Korea and Germany. She recently moved to Lynchburg and is pursuing a Master's Degree in Worship Studies. Ms. Chloe previously taught music and art at a Christian children's academy. She is excited to be with the 1 year olds and looks forward to the wonderful things the Lord has planned for this year.
Mrs. Jane Stallings
2 Year Olds (Monday - Friday)
Jane taught in the Richmond Public Schools and Lynchburg Public Schools before coming to Peakland Preschool as a two year old teacher. She is a Lynchburg native, is married to Rich, has two grown and married children and has 5 grandchildren: 4 boys and one princess! Jane is a member of First Presbyterian Church. She loves being at the beach with her family, gardening and yard work and she and Rich still have flip phones!
Mrs. Alyssa Filiberto
2 Year Olds (MWF, T/Th)
Mrs. Alyssa is so very excited to be teaching the 2-year-old class at Peakland Preschool. She has been working professionally with children since 2010 and is honored to be able to continue that passion here. Alyssa believes the children are our future and she is glad to be able to guide these precious ones in class.
Alyssa received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science- Fitness Specialist from Liberty University in 2015. After graduation, she worked in the healthcare field assisting people of all ages.
She enjoys teaching people, especially little ones, the importance of movement and taking care of our bodies. She looks forward to spending her time and energy investing in your little ones’ lives.
Ms. Rachel Spaulding
2 Year Olds (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Ms. Rachel graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with her Bachelors of Science in Human Services and a minor in Youth Development. She moved to Lynchburg in the fall of 2018 and is very happy living near the mountains. Ms. Rachel enjoys outdoor activities such as running, biking, and camping. She also enjoys yoga and experimenting in the kitchen. Along with teaching at Peakland, Rachel is a swim coach and instructor at the YMCA. She also is a part time swim coach for the University of Lynchburg. She is pursuing a master's degree in Public Health.
Mrs. Cheryl Blankenship
3 Year Olds (Monday - Friday)
Mrs. Blankenship graduated from Cedarville College, now known as Cedarville University, located in Ohio. She was born and raised in Wisconsin but has lived in Lynchburg over half of her life now. Mrs. Blankenship and her husband have two grown daughters, both of whom attended Peakland Preschool! This will be her 14th year teaching three year olds at Peakland. It is her passion to help these little ones discover the world around them and to learn to be kind and caring individuals.
Mrs. Kristen Sokira
3 Year Olds (MWF, T/Th)
Kristen grew up in Upstate New York and attended Stony Brook University where she received her Bachelors degree and played Division 1 Womens Lacrosse. Post college, she was a substitute teacher as well as the middle school girls lacrosse coach. In 2015 a job opportunity opened up for Kristen's husband which brought them to Virginia. She worked as a branch banker before the birth of their daughter, Charleigh. Once Charleigh was born, Kristen was fortunate to be a stay at home mom. She loves the outdoors and spending time with her family. She is very excited for the opportunity to be a part of Peakland Preschool and can't wait to help the children grow, learn, and achieve.
Mrs. Jodi Dolin
PreK (Monday - Friday)
Mrs. Dolin has 16 years of teaching experience. She holds an undergraduate degree in Education from James Madison University and a graduate degree in Education from George Mason. When she is not educating little minds, she loves spending time with her family and cheering on the Dukes!
Ms. Erin Nuckles
PreK (Monday - Friday)
This is Ms. Erin’s first year at Peakland. She grew up in Lynchburg and graduated from E. C. Glass High School. She then spent undergrad studying at Virginia Tech and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and a minor in Spanish. She has worked with children since her senior year of high school because becoming a teacher has always been her passion! She’s so excited to become a part of the Peakland community and can’t wait for an amazing school year!
Mrs. Lizette Padgett
PreK (Monday - Friday)
Mrs. Padgett graduated from Randolph Macon Woman's College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Lit/Art History. She worked as an Academic Coach at VES for 10 years before coming to Peakland Preschool. She is excited to start her 5th year at Peakland. Mrs. Padgett is married with 2 grown children and a Beagle. She enjoys spending time with her family and relaxing outdoors.
Mrs. Stacy Sumpman
PreK (Monday - Thursday)
Stacy Sumpman started teaching at Peakland Preschool in 2015. She is married and has two daughters who went to Peakland when they were little. Stacy herself went to preschool at Peakland when she was young. When she is not teaching, Stacy practices massage therapy and teaches dance classes for children at Lynchburg Parks and Rec. She loves to dance and garden in her spare time. Stacy is excited to meet the children in her class this year!
Mrs. Janie Hood
Mrs. Hood obtained her Bachelors degree in Social Work and worked in that field in southern West Virginia for twelve years. She was a children's services worker and then a hospital social worker. When her family moved to Lynchburg she taught at Peakland Preschool while completing her education degree with a certification in grades K-6. Mrs. Hood's family moved to Georgia where she taught Kindergarten for two years. When she returned to the Lynchburg area, she taught second grade with the Lynchburg City Schools for twelve years. She returned to Peakland Preschool as the Assistant Director for five years before going back to the classroom last year. Mrs. Hood is married with two grown children.
Mrs. Morgan Lorentzen
Morgan was born and raised in Alaska. She and her family relocated to Lynchburg just over a year ago. It felt like home immediately! Morgan has 2 children at Peakland Preschool and was a go-to substitute last school year. She loves preschool and the positive impact it has on her own children and is so excited to be a part of Peakland this year!
All teachers obtain a 4 year college dregree and are CPR/First Aid Certified.