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Mrs. Brenda Drost

Mrs. Brenda Drost

Director

I joined the Sonshine family in May of 2019 and am looking forward to many years of creating a safe, loving environment where your children can learn through play and exploration.  What I look forward to the most is providing the opportunity for your children to learn of Jesus and His never ending, unconditional love for them!

I previously served for ten years as the Executive Director of Lamb's Gate Preschool and Kindergarten (1993-2003). Following that I worked in various early childhood education/development roles, including time with the Easter Seals Blake Foundation as a Family Support Specialist and as a Behavioral Health Specialist. I have also worked for TUSD as an Early Childhood Learning Specialist. Most recently, since 2016, I served as a Quality First Coach.
I have a B.A. in Music Education from Trinity International University, an M.A. in Psychology from the University of the Rockies, and an Early Childhood Education Certificate from Ashford University.

Mrs. Joanne Castillo

Mrs. Joanne Castillo

Assistant Director and Ladybugs Teacher

I've been busy enjoying Sonshine Preschool since 1998! I have a degree from Texas Tech University and have taken early childhood classes through Pima. I began teaching in 2000 and have been an Assistant Director since 2004. With all my heart I can say I love working with the children here at Sonshine. I look forward to getting to know them and their families each year.

 

Mrs. Amanda Banwart

Mrs. Amanda Banwart

Operations Director

I joined Sonshine Preschool in 2011 as a two-year old teaching assistant. In 2015 I became Operations Director, handling all office duties. I can honestly say I truly enjoy coming to work every day. Building relationships with our preschoolers and their families is one of the greatest parts of my job.

Mrs. Mary Montes

Mrs. Mary Montes

Butterflies Teacher

Sonshine has been a big part of my life since 2014. Both my daughters attended Sonshine and I started working in the three year old classroom in 2017. Before my girls were born I was a teacher in the Vail School District for 15 years, most of that time was in Kindergarten. My husband and I have been married for 14 years, and last year we added an English bulldog to our family! I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, being with my family and coffee:)

Mrs. Julie Moten

Mrs. Julie Moten

Ladybugs Teacher

I joined the Sonshine staff in 1998, and has been teaching the 3-4 Year Olds ever since. I graduated from UofA and was born and raised in Tucson. I am married and have 4 girls.

Mrs. Emily Fernandez

Mrs. Emily Fernandez

Fireflies Teacher

I grew up in Tucson and after living all over the country from 2010-2017, I’m so happy to be back in beautiful Tucson. I am a former elementary school teacher in the Vail school district. I began teaching in the Fireflies classroom in 2018. Sonshine holds a special place in my heart because I attended Sonshine Preschool as a child and  my mom is also a former Sonshine Preschool teacher.

Ms. Victoria Rios

Ms. Victoria Rios

Busy Bees Teacher

I’ve been working at Sonshine since 2017! I’ve always been passionate about early childhood education & I love coming to work everyday. When I’m not at work, you can find me at a coffee shop with friends or relaxing at home. I’m so excited for this new school year!

Mrs. Monica Crawford

Mrs. Monica Crawford

Afternoon Lead Teacher

I have been working with children for 20+ years, as an assistant director at a preschool for a time, I’ve also worked as a children’s ministry coordinator, and now at Sonshine for the past 2 years. My husband and I have been married for 20 years and have four beautiful children, three sons and the grand finale a daughter. I enjoy teaching God’s kids, animals, baking, movies and gardening. Looking forward to incorporating these things with our class. I am excited to have the opportunity to get to know you and your family.

Mrs. Cheryl Kriegel AKA “Mrs. K”

Mrs. Cheryl Kriegel AKA “Mrs. K”

Properties Manager-All Around Helper-Keeps our campus beautiful

After a 37 year career in Dental Hygiene, I am blessed to have a “retirement job” at Sonshine Preschool. Both of my daughters are Sonshine Alumni. My husband and I will celebrate our 41st anniversary this year. We enjoy travel and working on home improvement projects.


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Ms. Madi
Butterflies Teaching Assistant
This is my third year as a Teaching Assistant at Sonshine. I am beginning my second year  in college and pursuing a career in Radiology. I am also a Sonshine alumni! I am so blessed to be a part of the Sonshine Preschool family.
Mrs. Corbin
Butterflies and Ladybugs Teaching Assistant
I have been part of the Sonshine family since 1996! I have worked in a wide array of positions here, including as a Pre-K teacher and a teaching assistant in various classrooms. I really enjoy working at Sonshine! My husband and I have 3 sons and 6 grandchildren. 5 of my grandchildren have attended Sonshine.
Ms. Malory Fireflies Teaching Assistant This is my third year here at Sonshine. I feel privileged to get to laugh and play all day with your children. I love to learn; my favorite subjects are nutrition and physics. I also enjoy board games, reading, hiking, and traveling.
Ms. Kim
Fireflies Teaching Assistant
While this will be my first year working at Sonshine, I have been a part of the Sonshine family as a parent and volunteer for almost 7 1/2 years now. I have 4 children. 1 Sonshine alumni, a Butterfly, and 2 Busy Bees. Sonshine Preschool is dear to my heart and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of your children’s lives.
Ms. Prairie
Busy Bees and Fireflies Teaching Assistant
I have been a part of Sonshine Preschool since 2001! I absolutely love working and spending my day with the toddlers. All 3 of my boys attended Sonshine. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Ms. Anna
Busy Bees Teaching Assistant
I have been at Sonshine for almost 2 years and enjoy every moment I get with the children. I’m looking forward to this year, meeting new kids and learning new things along the way. I have a 7-year-old daughter at home who keeps me open minded and challenged. I enjoy teaching her new things as well as learning from her each day. I’m looking forward to meeting you and your family very soo
Ms. Sarah
Afternoon Teaching Assistant
This will be my fifth year working at Sonshine Preschool as Teaching Assistant. I am also a Sonshine alumni so I can’t imagine working anywhere else. I have been attending the U of A to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. I am so happy to have found a job working with amazing kids and look forward to working with my lovely coworkers for many more years to come.