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.

  • 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."