"Children are a heritage from the lord, offspring a reward from him." - psalm 127:3


  • Mrs. Lori Knapp - ECEC Director

    "I have been blessed to call Zion ECEC my home as the Director since 2014 after serving at another Zion school for 26 years. I have a Masters Degree in early Childhoo Education and currently serve on the National Lutheran School Accreditation Commission. I am an avid NY Yankees fan and love traveling back East for a game or two! My husband, Chuck and I recently celebrated our 40th Anniversary and have three wonderful children and an adorable dog. My hobbies are antiquing and genealogy."

    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 119

    lknapp@zionanaheim.org

  • Ms. Patty

    "I have been blessed to be part of the staff at Zion since 1981. I am currently the classroom teacher of our youngest little ones at ECEC. Although I have enjoyed teaching other age groups over the years, this is definitely my favorite and I really believe this is where God called me to be. I live and worship locally and I love being part of a life/small group that meets weekly to grow in Gods' Word. I am an avid animal lover with a house full of dogs and I also enjoy volunteering periodically with other animal welfare related organizations. Although I do not have children of my own, I have a sister and nephew who I love."

    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 3

    pvaleo@zionanaheim.org

  • Mrs. Sylvia

    "I have been with Zion for over 27 amazing years and have the wonderful opportunity to teach the early 3 year olds class. One of the most treasured memories I have at ECEC was being able to be watch my daughter, Sofia, as she experienced ECEC herself. She is now in 1st Grade. I am bilingual and enjoy traveling to Peru to visit my family."

    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 3

    srojas@zionanaheim.org

  • mrs. Brenda

    "During my career as a teacher, I have learned that the heart of a child always changes the heart of the person caring for them. I am blessed to have taught and be loved by so many children and their families. As a working mother of 5, I attended Chaffey College knowing that I wanted to teach early childhood. I started my career as the Director of Calvary Baptist in LaVerne for 7 years and taught children ranging from 2 years old to Kindergarten. Eventually, I was led to Zion ECEC where I continue my ministry and impacting the lives of children by educating, inspiring and supporting each unique gift they possess."

    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 3

    bnelson@zionanaheim.org

  • mrs. Irby (Andrea)

    "I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, even when I was very young. I enjoy helping children learn and grow. I went to California State University, Fullerton and have been teaching for over 20 years at Zion. When I am not teaching, I am busy with my family. I love watching my son, Logan, play baseball and like to see my daughter, Julia, in her dance recitals. I have been married to my husband Craig for over 19 years and our family is proud to be a part of the Zion Family"

    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 3

    airby@zionanaheim.org

  • mrs. Valdez (Denice)

    "I have been teaching at Zion for 32 years and am blessed to teach alongside dedicated and wonderful teachers. As a Pre-K teacher at Zion ECEC, I believe we are a great community that serves the Church to impact the world and share the love of Jesus. My husband and I live in Corona and have four daughters who all graduated from Zion Lutheran Elementary. I am proud to be the grandparent of eleven amazing grandchildren. My passions include spending time with my family, vintage shopping and loving and serving the Lord through teaching His little ones."

    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 3

    dvaldez@zionanaheim.org

  • mrs. Linda

    "I have spent 22 amazing years as a teacher educating and caring for children in Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Zion ECEC is a wonderful place for teachers, students and their families. I have been blessed to be a part of the Zion ECEC family for 4 years and am inspired and excited by my students each day. On my free time, my husband and I enjoy camping, fishing and boating."

    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 3

    lvonderloh@zionanaheim.org