Staff

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.


MEET OUR TEACHERS:


  • TURTLES WENDY BUCKLEY

    "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."

  • TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN • morgan curry

    "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!"


  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT • jill chris

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

  • WEB DESIGNER • NANCY AGUIRRE

    "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."