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.


  • 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."