Our Teachers

Julianna Kiecker, Director

Phone:  (919) 847-2650        Email:  plelcdirector@gmail.com


There is no blessing more precious than that of your child. I am humbled and blessed each time one of you trusts me – and our school – with your little one.  As the Director of Precious Lambs Early Learning Center, I feel the great responsibility of partnering with you to ensure that your child is nurtured here.

I promise to love your child every day, to help them develop a love for learning and become successful academically, and, most importantly, to show your child how much our Savior Jesus loves them. As the director, I strive to bring teachers who share this mission into the lives of your children.  I work to nurture teachers to be the best that they can be, and to create a wonderful atmosphere for learning. I can tell you that after several years as the Director here, I only grow more passionate about fulfilling these promises and goals each day!

A little about my background – Originally from Minnesota, I moved to Raleigh in July 2011 with my husband, Philip Kiecker, who is currently the Pastor of Gethsemane Lutheran Church.  I graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN with my B.S. in Education, a MN K-8 teaching license, a Spanish teaching license, and a drive to continue my education in Early Childhood. Since then, I have gone back to school and received my NC Early Childhood Credential and an Administration Credential. I am currently working toward a Master’s degree in Administration of Early Childhood Education. I have been the director of Precious Lambs ELC since July 2011.

I am excited to help Precious Lambs continue to grow and provide a loving, nurturing environment which maintains high standards in excellent and Christ-centered education!

– Julianna

Kaylee Meinyk, PreK 3 Teacher

Ms. Kaylee is a wonderful, caring teacher, who is passionate about young children. Kaylee loves to inspire creativity in each child in her classroom, and to show them Jesus’ love.

Kaylee was born in Ohio, but has spent most of her life in North Carolina. She is currently a student at Wake Tech, and plans to complete her B.S. in Early Childhood Education by 2016. Kaylee has been an assistant teacher at Precious Lambs since March 2013, and she became the lead PreK3 teacher in August 2016.

Cindy Rockhoff, PreK4 Teacher

Mrs. Cindy draws upon her 10+ years of experience teaching preschool to help each child reach their full potential in learning.  She works hard to lovingly understand every student, meet them at their level, and help them to exceed expectations!  Cindy is motivated by the love of her Savior to love each child and provide an excellent education for each. She also shares her love of Music in daily Music specials.

Cindy has received a B.S. in Education from Martin Luther College and has continued her education in Special Ed. and Early Childhood throughout her years of teaching.  Cindy and her husband, Pastor Roger Rockhoff of Tree of Life Lutheran Church, moved to Cary, NC in 2014 from Jacksonville, FL. Cindy joined our teaching team in June 2014.

Anne Gibson, PreK 4 Teacher

Ms. Anne is an experienced, creative teacher.  She cares about each child individually, and works hard to ensure that they are well prepared for Kindergarten and life!  Her love for her Savior is evident in her classroom and teaching.

Anne holds her B.S. in Education. She has many years of experience teaching. Anne started her teaching journey in WA teaching Kindergarten. After she and her husband moved to North Carolina, she taught at Precious Lambs from 2007-2010, when Anne stayed home to raise their two children.  Anne returned to Precious Lambs in January 2017 to teach PreK4.


Leslie Edwards, Co-Teacher

Ms. Leslie brings a light of joy, and expertise in education into all of our classrooms! Leslie graduated from Meredith College, and worked for the YMCA for many years. She joined our teaching team in June 2017.

Leslie assists each lead teacher with small group activities and transitions in the mornings. In the afternoons, she leads Literacy class on one day, and a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) class on another afternoon.

Erin Diggs, Chef and Assistant Teacher

Ms. Erin enjoys watching the children grow and learn every afternoon. She loves to make the children laugh, and listen to their make-believe games.

Ms. Erin is currently our morning chef and our afternoon
assistant teacher. She enjoys making fresh and healthy meals and snacks for the children, and she makes sure everything goes smoothly for the children during their free choice times and specials from 3-6 pm. Ms. Erin has been a part of our team since May 2015.

Kathy Ahlers, Sign Language Teacher

 Ms. Kathy has completed her Masters in Special Education, and holds certificates to teach both hearing and deaf children. She taught for over ten years in the public school system, and joined our Precious Lambs team in October 2015.

Ms. Kathy loves the children at Precious Lambs and really enjoys teaching them sign language, as well as helping with small group time a couple of times each week.

Linh Tran, Substitute Teacher

Ms. Linh loves to watch the children’s eyes light up upon learning something new.  She finds joy in their laughter and play, and is loving and patient with each child.  Linh assists with all age groups as a substitute, and has been part of our team since September 2014.