All staff is hired based on a combination of education and experience. Our three- and four-year-old teachers are all degreed teachers. All of our teachers have experience, a heart for children, a love for learning, and share a Christian faith.



    "I have been teaching for 26 years, the last six in the Turtle classroom. In my free time, I run a pet-sitting business. I am also a storm chaser!"

  • TURTLES • aNJUM ali

    "I have been a teacher for the past 25 years. It is my passion to make children smile and happy. I have been at SVUMC Preschool for 17 years. All my 17 years have been spent in the Turtle classroom. I am also a huge Dallas Cowboys and Mavericks fan! I love watching them win with my daughter, son and my husband."

  • DOLPHINS • Jamie leneau

    "I have been teaching for 17 years. The last ten years, I taught at a private Christian school in Southern California. This is my first year teaching at SVUMC Preschool. I love working here and really appreciate how welcoming everyone has been this year!

    Fun fact about me: I have danced since I was three-years-old. I also taught dance to ages 2 through adult. That's why my sons have such amazing dance moves!"

  • DOLPHINS • Claudia portugal

    "I have been teaching at Spring Valley United Methodist Church Preschool for three years. At my spare time, I like to be crafty. My favorite thing to do is seasonal and sports wreaths. I also like to be involved in my children's activities and enjoy spending time with family and friends."

  • CRAYONS • Julia saverline

    "I have been teaching for four years, three as a lead teacher. This is my second year at SVUMC Preschool as a teacher. I was a student here many years ago, starting as a Turtle and graduating from the Mice class with Mrs. Beasley.

    A few fun facts about me: I collect mason jars; I have a cat who was born with extra toes; I love to play softball and go to CrossFit; I love to travel!"

  • BEARS • Suzy Saverline

    "I have been teaching for 30 years, 15 of them at Spring Valley UMC Preschool. This 2017-2018 school year is my 16th year here.

    Fun fact about me: I am crazy about cats! I have four cats and one grand kitty!"

  • BUTTERFLIES • jean pedraza

    "I have taught for 40 years! The 2017-18 school year is my 41st year. I have been at SVUMC Preschool for four years, going into my fifth.

    Fun fact about me: My best friend and I once tried out for the 'Wheel of Fortune' game show!"

  • LADYBUGS • Claudia reyes

    "I graduated in 1988, since that time I have been teaching preschool. I have been teaching at SVUMC Preschool since November 2016. A fun fact about me is I like singing a lot, but when I sing I scare everyone! I know I have to improve on that! :-)"

  • CLOWNS • lynette mcham

    "I taught second grade in Dallas ISD for four years and another four years at a private school in Birmingham, Alabama. My total years of teaching is 45 years!! I have been at SVUMC Preschool since 1980 -- this is my 37th year here.

    Fun fact about me: My mom was a decorator for my dad's houses. My dad was a homebuilder for many years in Amarillo, TX. When he opened a new subdivision, he named a street for me... Lynette St."

  • MIce • rose alyce beasley

    "I've taught preschool for 41 years -- all at Spring Valley Methodist Preschool. I love kids, crafts, books and travel."


    "I have been teaching for six years -- four in preschools and two as a nanny. This is my first year at Spring Valley UMC Preschool. I am currently pursuing a degree in child development. And I hope to achieve a masters in child life or speech therapy."

  • MUSIC TEACHER • lee croman

    "I have been teaching for three years. This is my first year at SVUMC Preschool. Something about me is I am adopted from Guatemala City, Guatemala."

  • DIRECTOR • Samantha benjamin

    "I have been in education since 2005, teaching every age from six weeks to fifth grade. I began my time as Director here at SVUMC Preschool in October of 2015.

    Fun fact about me: I was in the Navy for over seven years and have visited more than 15 different countries and have been on four of the seven continents!"


    "I have been working at SVUMC Preschool for four years. A fun fact about me: I taught competitive figure skating for 23 years."


    "I have been web designing for about seven years. This 2017-18 school year is my first at Spring Valley UMC Preschool. I enjoy travel, live music and breakfast foods."

  • SUBSTITUTE • Kathy ann paul

    "I spent two years teaching; I have been in childcare for over 30 years. I am going into my second year at Spring Valley UMC Preschool. A fun fact about me: Often times people think I am talking to myself, but really I am just thinking out loud!"

  • SUBSTITUTE • Rudite Rastandeh

    "I have been teaching in Dallas for 36 years and am now retired. I spend a lot of time walking with my dog and going to the dog park."

  • SUBSTITUTE • Theresa pingelton

    "I retired after a 30 year teaching career, four years ago. Since retirement, I have tutored at-risk students in the school I taught at for 25 years. I have also substituted, and I volunteer with RALC teaching English as a second language to parents of RISD students.

    This is my second year to substitute at Spring Valley United Methodist Church Preschool. I so enjoy the diversity of these sweet students, the devoted teachers and of course, Sam.

    Something about me is my 8 (soon to be 9!) grandchildren, along with their moms and dads, are the joy of my life."