Judy Placzkowski, Director Judy graduated from Thornton Community College with an Associates of Arts Degree. She continued her education at Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a minor in Special Education – EMH. After graduation, Judy taught at a Mother’s–Day-Out Program, substitute taught in the Steger School District, and taught at Faith United Protestant Preschool in Park Forest for six years. Judy also served as the director at Faith United Protestant Preschool for three years before teaching at the Crete Cooperative Preschool. Judy joined the staff at Peace Community Preschool as a teacher in 2007, and also served as director of the Children's Ministry at Peace Community Church before assuming the post of preschool director.
Noreen Talaga, Teacher
Noreen graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor's Degree in education. She received a Master of Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood from the University of Illinois. Noreen comes to us with 26 years of teaching experience – six of which were at Peace Community Preschool (1990 – 1996). When she’s not teaching, Noreen enjoys being a mother and a grandmother. She and her husband, Mike, are members of Peace Community Church.
Dawn Kruger, Teacher
Dawn received a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education from Central College in Pella, Iowa, with an early childhood concentration. She has taught preschool for over 7 years in both Fulton, Illinois, and South Hamilton, Massachusetts. In addition, she taught kindergarten for the Meridian School District 223 in Stillman Valley, Illinois, for nine years and served as the district wide kindergarten team leader for three years. Dawn joined the Peace Community Preschool staff in 2013.
Cathy Carlson, Teacher
Cathy has a strong love for God and family and feels called by Him to share His love with young children. Cathy has completed the required Early Childhood Education Classes at Joliet Junior College and is DCFS qualified to teach children ages 0-6. She began working as an Assistant Teaching and Teacher at Christ Academy School in Manhattan, IL in 1994. Cathy joined the staff at Peace Community Preschool to work as the Assistant Teacher with the Creative Beginners Class in September 2001. Cathy was a member of our staff in the capacity of teacher in the Early Learning and Kinderbridge Classes from 2002-2007. She has continued to work at Peace as a Substitute Teacher after leaving the preschool staff in 2007 to assist her husband in their family business. Cathy has also worked to create a D.C.F.S. Licensed Center at Living Waters Childcare in Manhattan, IL, and she continues to serve as a member of their Board. When she is not teaching, Cathy enjoys being a wife and mother of two sons.
Diane Mikus-Thomas, Assistant Teacher Diane graduated from Lincoln-Way High School in New Lenox, Illinois, and received credits from several junior colleges. Diane taught in the “Rainbows for all God’s Children” Program at St. Jude Catholic Church in New Lenox and worked as an administrative assistant at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox before joining the staff at Peace Community Preschool as an assistant teacher in 2000.
Michele Duff, Teacher
Michele graduated from Prairie State College with a degree in Child Development. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Governors State University. Michele has fifteen years of teaching experience, one year as Director of St. Paul's Lutheran Preschool in Matteson. Michele and her husband, Scott, have three grown children and twin granchildren.
Sarah McGrath, Assistant Teacher
Sarah graduated from Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights, IL and received credits at Moraine Valley Community College and Northwestern Business College. She spent 13 years as an Executive Assistant before starting her family and becoming a stay-at-home mom. After almost six years at home with her children, she joined the staff of Peace Community Preschool in 2015.
Judy graduated from T.F. South High School in Lansing, Illinois and received credits from South Suburban College and Joliet Junior College. Judy has been a substitute teacher at Peace Community Preschool since 2005 and joined the office staff in 2014.
Crystal Collins, Administrative Assistant
Crystal graduated from ChicagoChristianHigh School and received credits from DePaulUniversity in Chicago before joining the staff at Peace Community Preschool as an administrative assistant and substitute assistant teacher in 2007.
Sharing the love of Christ with families in our community