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Mrs. Erin Cavazos

Mrs. Erin Cavazos

4 Year Old Teacher

Ms. Hilary Castillo

Ms. Hilary Castillo

One Year Old Teacher

Mrs. Alicia Lucht

Mrs. Alicia Lucht

3 Year Old Teacher

Mrs. Cathy Wysopal

Mrs. Cathy Wysopal

Director and 4 Year Old Teacher

Cathy has enjoyed working at Sonshine Preschool since 1992!  She has been the Director since 2000, and has continued teaching each year as well.  Cathy grew up in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village and received her degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University in 1980. Sonshine Preschool is a “home away from home” for her. Cathy enjoys getting to know all of the children and families who attend our program.  Her philosophy for children is “to let kids be kids!”  You can expect to see her involved having a lot of fun with the children, and laughing with them too!  She started working here when the youngest of her three children was 4 years old! They have all grown up and Cathy has even become a grandma to her precious granddaughter.

Mrs. Joanne Castillo

Mrs. Joanne Castillo

Assistant Director and 3 Year Old Teacher

Joanne has been busy enjoying Sonshine Preschool since 1998!  She began teaching in 2000 and has been Assistant Director since 2004. Joanne is from San Antonio, Texas.  She received a Psychology degree from Texas Tech in 1982.  Joanne always makes it a point to get to know families on a personal level.  She enjoys a variety of movement activities with the children, so don’t be surprised if you see her dancing!  Like many of our staff she started working her way up the ranks when the youngest of her two daughters was three years old, and attending Sonshine! Both of her daughters are now currently working here at Sonshine. They really do grow up too fast!

Mrs. Kathy Corbin

Mrs. Kathy Corbin

4 Year Old Teacher

Kathy was born and raised in Tucson!  She has been part of the Sonshine family since 1996!  She has worked in a wide array of positions here, and really enjoys her teaching position.  Her three boys are all grown, and she also happens to be a” very young” Grandmother.  She was a “Super Mom”, and is now taking that role to the next level as a “Super Grandma”! 5 out of her 6 grandchildren have attended Sonshine.  We are lucky to have her on our staff, she is so loving and giving, and never runs out of energy!   Kathy is currently enrolled in Pima Community College’s CDA Program.

Mrs. Julie Moten

Mrs. Julie Moten

3 Year Old Teacher

Julie joined the Sonshine staff in 1998, and has been teaching the 3 Year Olds ever since.  It is hard to believe that her two daughters both attended Sonshine and are now grown working towards their career goals!  Her oldest daughter worked for Sonshine while attending the U of A and is now an elementary school teacher in the Vail school district. Her youngest is currently attending school at NAU. Julie grew up in Tucson, and received her degree from the U of A in 1986 in Psychology with a minor in Child Development.  She was a director at Head Start right out of college so she knows all the ends and outs of what is involved in a preschool. Our three year olds LOVE “Mrs. Moten”!  She allows the children to grow and development at their own pace, and is so supportive to their families!

Ms. Prairie Romero

Ms. Prairie Romero

Two Year Old Teacher

Prairie has been a big part of Sonshine Preschool since 2001!  She has worked with all of our age groups but has a gift with the little ones!  Her day doesn’t end when she leaves work as her 3 boys keep her very busy!  The smile on her face, and her spirit amaze us all.  We have been so lucky to have someone so hardworking to be part of our “Sonshine Team”.  Prairie grew up in Montana, and moved here in 2001.   She is also enrolled in Pima Community College’s CDA Program.  She plans to attain a degree in Early Childhood Education someday!

Mrs. Amanda Banwart

Mrs. Amanda Banwart

Assistant Director

Amanda joined Sonshine Preschool in 2011 as the two-year old teacher aide. In March of 2015 she began training as an Assistant Director to take over in the office for Claire Skuse.

Outside of Sonshine Preschool, Amanda has an extremely busy life along with her great husband, they have 3 fantastic children who are involved in multiple sports and extra curricular activities.