Our Staff

Toddler Teachers


I joined First Lutheran Children’s Programs in October 2017 and I have always found it exciting to work with children. I love seeing kids around me and love to help them experience new learning every day in this beautiful world around us.  I graduated with a Masters Degree in social work in 2009 from Jiwaji University in India. I have also worked as an assistant coordinator in a school for kids with special needs.


I joined FLCP as a toddler teacher in September of 2021, when I first moved from Maryland to Maine. I am a 2021 graduate of Hood College in Maryland, where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Psychology and English. My favorite part about working with toddlers is watching their developmental growth and of course, the snuggles! Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my four-pawed babies, reading, and trying new foods! 


I started working at FLCP in June 2021 as a Day Camp counselor. In January 2022, I returned as a toddler teacher.  I am currently in my third year at the University of Southern Maine where I am studying elementary education with a concentration in math. Outside of work and studying I enjoy traveling with my family, shopping and spending summers at my family’s camp!

Preschool Teachers


I joined FLCP in August, 2021 and it marked my 27th year as a teacher, 20 in early childhood. I hold a bachelors degree in Health & Physical Education and a Masters degree in Teaching & Curriculum in Early Childhood.  Within my teaching career I have taught infants through college students, but my first love is teaching pre-kindergarten.  Outside teaching I enjoy hiking, fishing, gardening, working out in my home gym, reading, and cooking.


I have nearly 20 years of experience in childcare, ranging from infants to Pre-K, and have worked at centers all over the Eastern United States. I will receive my bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education in December of 2022 from Granite State College. My teaching philosophy is guided by the latest evidence-based practice, and focuses on play-based learning and individualized teaching. Nothing brings me more joy than seeing one of my former students, all grown up, still using the tools and knowledge we practiced together, excelling in their continuing educational and social environment. I enjoy amusement parks, seasonal activities (especially for Halloween and Christmas!), going to the beach, live music, and musical theatre.



Hello! I am so excited to be working at FLCP in the preschool! I grew up going to preschool here, after school care and summer camp and I also worked as a camp counselor from 2015-2019. Since then I have graduated from Keene State College with a degree in Psychology and also held a couple jobs working as a BHP (Behavioral Health Professional). In my free time I love to explore Portland, sing karaoke, bake and hang out with my kitties! I cannot wait to see what everyone can learn from each other! 


The First Lutheran Children’s Programs is recognized in the childcare profession for dedication to children, staff, and programming. I am an active, committed staff member caring for FLCP’s children.  I continue to provide excellent library services here and have previously worked in public and special libraries and other childcare settings.

School Age Care


My name is Brett and I have been a School Age Care teacher since 2019 and a Summer Day Camp Counselor since 2015. 


In September 2022, I joined FLCP as a teacher in the after school program.


My name is Sarah and I’ve been working here at First Lutheran Children’s Program off and on since I was first able to work. I started out by working Sundays to set up the Assembly Hall for SAC and moved on to being a CIT and then a counselor for Day Camp. I’ve been a floater, a substitute teacher in every preschool classroom, and now I’m a SAC teacher since Aug 2021. I have a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Art. I love all things arts and crafts, and have been having lots of fun finding cool projects to do with the children and decorating the Assembly Hall to make it a cozier and more fun place to be.



Business Manager

I joined First Lutheran Children’s Programs in 1999 after fifteen years in the business world. My job at First Lutheran is to keep the “business” part of the program running smoothly so that our directors and our teachers can focus on the children. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Business Administration. I am the person behind the scenes and the voice on the phone.



In the April, 2022, I became the Director of First Lutheran Children’s Programs.  I joined First Lutheran in the Fall of 2006. I have been a Toddler teacher since September of 2007.  In June of 2018, I became the Assistant Director. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. My favorite thing about working with young children is the hugs. There is nothing better than getting hugs from a little child.


Sherryl Eastman, Director
Beth Rovnak, Business Manager
P: 207-797-2260
e: flcpinfo@firstlutheranportland.org