Former Staff

Chris Gonzalez

Hello, my name is Ms. Chris, and have I been a lead-teacher at Peace Lutheran Preschool since 2017. I graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor’s in Education, and a minor in
Reading. I am a Texas state certified teacher who worked for over 20 years in the Ysleta Independent School district.

As an educator, I believe that a child’s early-education experience must be positive in order for a child to develop a life-long love for learning. My goal is to
provide a caring atmosphere that gives children the confidence to experiment and explore. Throughout the day I engage with children, laugh with them, listen to
their stories and allow the space each child needs to blossom as individuals. I believe that children learn best when actively engaged, working in groups with their peers, as well as through independent discovery. My goal is to provide my students with the opportunities that will support and create children that are confident, inquisitive, reflective, critical thinkers.

Cynthia Crespo

My name is Ms. Cynthia, I was born and raised in Mexico,  I graduated with a Bachelors in Human Resources and I have 13 years of experience working with preschool age children, 6 of them with Peace Lutheran Preschool . 

I truly believe that kids can learn and have fun at the same time. I enjoy  getting involved with hand on projects, children seem to learn best when given something they can explore and find interesting. I like to provide a variety of activities including art, music and Spanish to develop their necessary skills to aid in the learning process and to become more confident and independent students for the future.

Juanita Baltazar Villalobos

 Hello, my name is Ms. Juanita. I am very happy to have become part of the PLP family.  I bring to you all, 31 years of knowledge and experience in the Early Childhood Education field, Special Education, Autism, Mental Well Being of Children, and last but not least the Bilingual Education Program.  The dedication and commitment that I have for children and their families is my passion.  I look forward in serving you and your children with the respect, commitment, and continuous knowledge you and  your children deserve. While working in partnership,  the children will be successful with their social emotional well being and academic achievement. Remember, that together we achieve more!  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to impact the life of your children.

Minerva Salcido

Hello to Peace families. My name is Ms. Minnie. I am a familiar face around our beautiful school and proud to be part of it all. On and off I’ve been part of the Peace family for fourteen years. Before I came on board I worked 12 years as a Teachers Assistant at EPISD with Pre-k and Kinder. Aside from Peace family I was blessed with two daughters and a son. My oldest daughter is a TCU graduate and works with children with dyslexia. My son is a locksmith at NMSU, and my youngest is an insurance agent/broker. I am a proud grandma of four girls and three boys. I continue doing what I love most. Helping your children at school, helping in guiding your children, laughing with your child, and loving your children most of all. My degree in education is Experience.

Sandra Escobar

Hello, families.
Welcome to Peace Lutheran Preschool!
It is a pleasure to serve you and your families. My name is Sandra Escobar. I have been part of
the Peace family for three years now. However, I have over ten years of experience working with
children inside and outside the classroom. I have an Associate’s degree in Multidisciplinary
Studies with an emphasis in Education. I also have a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology with a
minor in Criminal Justice from The University of Texas at El Paso.
On my spare time I enjoy helping my community by volunteering for organizations like The
Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso, Alzheimer’s Association and Compadres Inc. Compadres Inc.
has enhanced my skills to help children with Autism and other special needs.
I have a rottweiler puppy named T-Bone who loves to go on adventures with me. I enjoy
traveling, playing sports, and visiting new coffee shops.

Sofia Fuentes

Born in - El Paso TX
Date of birth - August 11, 1998
I am a Current student at UTEP, Mastering in Business Management
Hobbies - Work out, hang out with my friends and family, and take care
of my two beautiful dogs
I joined Peace Lutheran Daycare on February 3, 2020 and I feel beyond
blessed with my work.

Rocio Santillano

Hello Parents,
Thank you for choosing Peace Lutheran Preschool for your child’s primary education.
Our program is aimed at providing a stimulating; hands-on learning experience, which
encourages language development. I would like to start off by introducing myself. My name is
Rocio Santillano; to make it easier on the children you can call me Ms. Rocio. I have been
working at Peace Lutheran for 20 years now. I’ve had the privilege to work with children all ages
from infants to after-schoolers. I have an associates in education but am currently attending the
University of Texas at El Paso to major in bilingual education. My husband also shares the same
passion as I do, he is currently a teacher for a dual language program at a public school and we
have two children together. I know change is difficult for anyone, that is why I will try to make
your child feel as comfortable as possible in my classroom. I am looking forward to working
with your child/children this school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t
hesitate to ask me.

Thank you,
Ms. Rocio

Elizabeth Monroy

Hello Peace Family,
Welcome to Peace Lutheran Preschool, you chose a wonderful school for your child/ren. Let me introduce myself, my name is Elizabeth Monroy and am immensely excited to be a part of my
student's life and hopefully make a little difference in it. I have been working at Peace for roughly 16 years on and off due to my husband being active duty I move around a lot. Every chance I get I return to be part of this great school not only because I love working with children
but because the staff is wonderful. I am fortunate enough to have experience in all age groups from infants to Pre K. I am currently working with infants which requires a lot of paperwork, patience and love. I definitely wouldn't have it any other way. I also have been going to school on and off, hopefully within two years I'm able to get my bachelor's degree in psychology. I have a son who is 5 years old, my fur baby who is my other child and married for 11 years. In my spare time I have my business on the side, I sell clothing. I also like to read, workout and go to the movies. I plan on returning to school this fall, let's see if time permits me. Can't wait to meet your child/ren, I look forward to working with them.
Ms. Elizabeth

Mari Mejia

Hello Families,
Welcome to Peace Lutheran Preschool! My name is Maria Mejia, everyone calls me Ms.Mari. I am
originally from California but have made El Paso my new home.I am married and have three children. I
cannot forget my three crazy dogs and my old kitty. I have had the privilege of working with children of all
ages for 24 years now , 15 of them here at Peace Lutheran. Needless to say Peace Lutheran feels like
home and my coworkers are like my extended family.Besides my years of experience, I was very happy
to complete the Child Development Associate Credential. My hobbies include reading, photography,
music and movies. I look forward to a wonderful year and working with your child.

Dalia Alyoussef

My name is Dalia, I am from Syria. Married with two kids, a girl six
years old and a boy three years old. I like dancing, singing, and cooking.
I love kids and I love spending time with them, that is why I had chosen
to study education. I got my bachelor’s degree in education from my
country and I had worked there in elementary school for one year. After
that I came to united states and I have worked in a daycare in Florida for
three years, then we have moved to Texas and now I am working in
Peace Lutheran preschool for about two years. I love my job dealing
with kids every day and exploring their world as much as I can in such
an awesome and safe environment like peace Lutheran preschool. Now,
I am studying master in elementary education, very motivated, by
starting my assignments, the day that it is assigned and being more
organized with my materials. Relieving my stress in a position way is
number one that I need to fulfill my goals, encourage myself to
participate in the class, learning through experience and the most
important thing for me is to complete my job to the fullest as a mother ,
educator and a student. I expect from my graduate experience prepare
myself for what is next including several years of intense research,
studying, and professional growth by examining my interests, skills, and
values through self-assessment.