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Meet the Staff
Dianne Islev-Petersen

Dianne Islev-Petersen has served as the Director for the All Saints’ Day School since the fall of 2011.

Dianne comes to us from within our own school where she served as lead teacher of the “Three’s Class” from 2006-2011. Like most of the ASDS Staff, Dianne’s own son came through the school and she credits the school’s nurturing, play-based environment for his current success at Norfolk Academy.

Dianne began her professional career in 1992 as a teacher with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Following her tenure with the VBCPS¸ Dianne worked as a field representative for Scholastic Book Fairs. In this role, she visited schools, collaborated with media specialists, and presented workshops for teachers and book talks for students of all ages in order to generate interest in the fairs their schools had chosen to host. This position also had her participating in warehouse sales, a variety of promotional events, and handling the daily related financial responsibilities.

Karen Freischlag:
Sea Turtles

Teacher Karen comes to us after working for the Virginia Beach Public Schools  where she taught fourth grade and then served as the Gifted Resource Teacher for grades K-5th. She earned her BS in Elementary Education from Old Dominion University and her Gifted Education Endorsement through the University of Virginia. 

Sandra Bucklew:

Sandra Bucklew has been working in the field of education for over twenty years.  As a graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Elementary Education, she continued on to earn a M.S. in Education. She worked as both a fourth grade and sixth grade teacher for Norfolk City Public Schools before leaving the classroom to become a Field Representative for Scholastic Book Fairs. This position gave her the opportunity to spread the love of reading to students in schools from northeast North Carolina to the southeast part of Virginia.

Sandra started at All Saints' Day School as our school's librarian, a position she still holds in addition to leading our Starfish class.

Susan Lambert:

Susan is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan University, where she received a 

BA in Interdivisional Studies. She is also an All Saints' Day School alumnus herself and served as PATTCH chairman when her children attended our program. 

Susan has taught preschool and with Virginia Beach Public Schools as both a second grade teacher and  with the PALS program.

Stephanie Smith:
Sea Otters

Stephanie joined our staff after having years of teaching and administration experience in private as well as church schools all over Virginia Beach. She is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan and the proud mom of two college students. 

Terry Sherman

Terry is a Virginia Beach native who comes to us with a background of teaching music and physical education to preschoolers.  She is the mother of three grown sons, two of which attended All Saints' Day School.  She also proudly fosters Golden Retrievers with the rescue SEVA GRREAT. 

Patsy Johnson

Patsy Johnson began her career at All Saints’ Day School in 2004 and has worked at all instructional levels within the school. She currently serves as the Teacher Assistant in the Sea Turtles class.


Patsy is the mother of two daughters, and the grandmother of two granddaughters; the younger granddaughter attended All Saints’ Day School.

Leslie Drehoff 

Leslie currently serves as an assistant teacher in the Sea Otter's class. She came to All Saints' following years of experience in other programs throughout Virginia Beach as both a lead teacher and an assistant. 


Claudia Moorad

We welcome Claudia Moorad as our new Music and Art Teacher! She is German-born; bringing to ASDS formal education and a rich background as a teacher and leader of music. Claudia has more than three decades of teaching and accompanying experience in churches, schools, and community programs. She also is a specialist and respected clinician in the area of Early Childhood Music and Art. Currently, she serves as Music Director at Foundry United Methodist Church and also operates a home-based piano studio. Claudia’s hobbies include, textile art (especially knitting). She also likes to travel and visit with family and friends in Germany.

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