Teachers

Meranda Cuevas

Lead Teacher: 1's

"Teaching has always been a passion of mine. Being a part of the messy, amazing learning experience is dream filling." 

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Assistant Teacher: 1's 

Natalie Harvey

Lead Teacher: 2's

"I'm the lead teacher in the 'Colorful Two's.' I've been a teacher for 13 years. I have my degree in Early Childhood Development with Early Literacy. I'm a mother of 3 beautiful girls. My twins are 17 years old and are graduatiing this year. My youngest daughter is 13 and in middle-school. I'm here to teach your child the love of Jesus!"

Stephanie Drake

Assistant Teacher: 2's

"I've worked with children and children with autism for over 10 years, and I just love kids. I have a passion for nature photography, dance, and aerial arts. I love to exercise and stay active." 

Debbie Heinecke

Lead Teacher: 3's

Assistant Teacher: 3's

Heather Levy

Lead Teacher: 3's

"I attended UCF and earned a Bachelor's degree in Art. I was a member of Zion from 1979 to 2017. From 1999 to 2007, I served on various church committees and boards in working to bring this school to fruition. From 2008 to 2017, I was the Office Administrator for the church and school. The 2017-2018 year is the first I've served in the classroom." 

Diane Anderson

Assistant Teacher: 3's

"This is my second year at Zion and it never ceases to amaze me how intelligent 3 year olds are! I have a Bachelor's Degree in Education and taught in the public school system at the elementary level for 40 years before retiring in 2015." 

Yazmina Blythe

Lead Teacher: VPK

"I graduated UCF with a Master's in Exceptional Education in 2001. I've taught first/second grades and students with learning disabilities. This is my first year in VPK and love all the learning, exploring, and fun we get to have. I'm happily married with three active boys and two hyper huskies."

Kelsy Swiernik

Assistant Teacher: VPK

"I'm thankful for the opportunity to work in such a nurturing, loving environment. I look forward to continued success and new discoveries with an amazing team of teachers at Zion Lutheran Church & School." 

Nadia Jarquin

Lead Teacher: VPK

"I've taught at Zion since Fall 2015. Over the past 14 years, I've worked in many fields of childcare and education from Summer Camps to Sunday School/Child Care, to working 2 years with OCPS as a substitute teacher. I love inspiring children to use their imaginations and their creativity to learn as much as they can, all while having as much fun as possible." 

Michelle King-Ambielli

Assistant Teacher: VPK

"I was an educator in OCPS for 6 years before taking a leave of absence to stay home with my twins. They began attending Zion when they were two years old. Once I had my third child and the twins in Kindergarten, I wanted to teach again and came to Zion with my youngest. It's been a blessing to work here!"

Kim Martinez

Lead Teacher: VPK

"I've been teaching at Zion for 4 years. I'm married with three children. The loving environment makes coming to work a pleasure everyday." 

Lesley Arteaga

Assistant Teacher: VPK

"I moved to Florida from Puerto Rico in 1987 at the age of 15. I'm married and blessed with 2 wonderful children—Hannah (20) and Nathan (18). I enjoy spending time with the students here at Zion." 

Angie Harlin

Lead Teacher: VPK

"I have my degree in elementary education with a minor in early childhood development.  I've worked in the preschool setting for 20 years.  VPK is my favorite because the children are so curious and excited to learn new things.  I am married with three kids (ages 19, 17, 5) and two rescue boxers.  I’m excited to be part of an amazing preschool!"

Pam Kranston

Assistant Teacher: VPK

"I was born and raised in Orlando. I obtained my bachelors degree from FSU. Although my degree is not in education, I have over 17 years of experience teaching preschoolers. I've been happily married for over 24 years and have two kids in college. I enjoy helping children build confidence in their ability to achieve both academically and socially. I feel blessed to be able to work at Zion and I hope to achieve and make a positive impact on these precious children." 

Sommer Martorano

Lead Teacher: Extended Care

"My motto is to treat each child as I would expect mine to be treated. I have over 20 years experience working with children in the public school system as well as pre-schools and Lutheran learning centers.

I am happily married to my Husband for 18 years. We have 3 children; 16, 14, 8. We also have a Puggle named Bruno!"

Lizbeth Del Valle

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