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Preschool Staff

Take a moment to get to know some of our Preschool Staff.  
Jaci Gloss: Preschool Director and Pre-K Teacher

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2009
Education B.S. Home Economics in Business
Northeastern State University
M.Ed. Elementary Education / Reading Specialist
Northern Arizona University
Lutheran Teacher Colloquy
Concordia University
Bible Verse  For grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Passions/Joys  Family, Travel, Reading, Golfing, and Arizona Diamondbacks

Michelle Allen:  Pre-K Teacher / Steam Enrichment Teacher

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2013
Education  Bachelor of Science Elementary Education
Northern Arizona University
Master's Degree in Educational Leadership
Northern Arizona University
Bible Verse  “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Passions/Joys  Family, Traveling, Hiking, & Reading

Pam Anderson:  Preschool Teacher

Ministry Began at CGLS: 1999
Education  B.A. Sociology with emphasis in Early Childhood and Family Studies
Arizona State University
Bible Verse "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."Philippians 4:13
Passions/Joys  Making memories (and taking lots of pictures) with family and friends, Movies, and Growing in my faith

Amarilis Brewer:  Spanish Specialist

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2000
Education  Civil Engineer
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
Central Arizona College
Bible Verse  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
Passions/Joys My husband and two children, Family, Studying the Bible, Working with children,Traveling to Guatemala, Reading, and Sudoku.

Pam Bucciarelli:  Assistant

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2006
Education  Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
Central Arizona College
Bible Verse  “Jesus said "Let the Children come to me". Matthew 19:14 
Passions/Joys  Family time, Vacations, Pittsburgh Steelers

Wendy Cleary:  Assistant / Lunch Bunch Teacher

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2014
Education  B.A. in Liberal Arts
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Pursuing Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
Chandler/Gilbert Community College
Bible Verse  “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Passions/Joys  Spending time with my family, Bike rides, My dogs, Weekends at our cabin in Pinetop.

Janell Cox:  Pre-K Teacher

Ministry Began at CGLS: 1996
Education  BS Elementary Education with a Minor in Early Childhood Ed.
Concordia University, WI
Bible Verse  “So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Passions/Joys  Reading, Hiking, Family, Shopping, Traveling

Barb Drager:  Preschool Teacher

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2008
Education  B.S. Human Development and Family Studies
Texas Tech University
Bible Verse  " I can do all this through Him who gives me strength." Phillippians 4:13
Passions/Joys  Family, Friends, Hiking, Walking, Reading, Being outdoors, Traveling

Vicky Geske:  Assistant

Ministry Began at CGLS: 1998
Education  Pursuing Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
Bible Verse  "Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God" Mark 10:14
Passions/Joys  Tennis, Reading, Walking our dog, Family time at the cabin

Julie Guzman:  Assistant

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2007
Education  Studied Early Childhood Education
Mesa Community College and Central AZ College
Bible Verse  “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4
Passions/Joys  Family, Hiking, Biking, Gardening, Cooking

Lori Hoffmann:  Beginners Teacher

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2016
Education  B.S. Computer Science
Arizona State University
Teaching certificate with Early Childhood Emphasis
Arizona State University
M.Ed. Early Childhood/Reading Certificate
Northern Arizona University
Bible Verse  Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Passions/Joys  Family, Traveling, Outdoors, Exploring new places

Kim Jansen:  Assistant / Lunch Bunch Teacher

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2003
Education  B.A. Spanish w/Minor in Speech Comm
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Pursuing Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
Chandler/Gilbert Community College
Bible Verse  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares The Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Kelly Kuehn:  Assistant / Lunch Bunch Teacher

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2015
Education  Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Bible Verse  “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14
Passions/Joys  Family, Photography, Always learning new things, Running/hiking

Kathy MacDonald:  Assistant / Lunch Bunch Teacher

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2015
Education  B.S. Psychology
DePaul University, Chicago IL
Bible Verse  I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Passions/Joys  Family, Reading, Any and all Boston sports, Visits back to the East Coast, Our family dog, Working with young children

Erin Marlier:  Pre-K Teacher

Ministry Began at CGLS: August 2016
Education  B.A. in Biology
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Minor in Environmental Science University of Wisconsin - Madison Teacher Certification Program Secondary Science Education 
Bible Verse Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Passions/Joys  My family, being outdoors, reading, yoga

 Jill McCulley:  Math Specialist / Steam Enrichment Teacher

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2009
Education  BS Math
UCLA
Pursuing CDA 
Central Arizona College and Chandler Gilbert Community College
Bible Verse  “Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” Matt22:37
Passions/Joys  Family Activities, Traveling, Watching Sports

Leslie Morton:  Assistant

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2011
Education  BS in Accounting
Arizona State University
Bible Verse  “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12
Passions/Joys  Family, Creating, Reading, Camping

Jennifer Plihcik:  Pre-K Teacher / Steam Enrichment Teacher

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2008
Education  BS in Liberal Arts with a minor in Early Childhood Education
Northern Arizona University Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
Chandler Gilbert Community College
Bible Verse  "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
Passions/Joys  Family, Reading, Travel, Disney, Writing children's books

Courtney Small:  Assistant Preschool Teacher in the S.T.E.A.M Program / Lunch Bunch Crew / Extended Care Teacher

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2016
Education  Williams Field High School graduate
Attending Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Bible Verse Isaiah 40:31 "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
Passions/Joys  Spending time with my puppy and being around friends and family, reading, swimming, and playing soccer in my free time.

Ann Renwick: Preschool Teacher 

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2010
Education  B.A. Economics
University of Arizona
Bible Verse  "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
Passions/Joys  Hiking, Running, Camping, Reading, Family

Carol Schooley:  Assistant

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2000
Education  Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
Bible Verse  “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
Passions/Joys  Being a new grandma, Family, Reading, Helping others

Terri Sovereign:  Extended Care / Lunch Bunch Teacher

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2013
Education  BS Iowa State University
Bible Verse  This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
Passions/Joys  Gardening, Learning, Family

Jacqui Wilcox:  Language Specialist

Ministry Began at CGLS: 2008
Education  B.S. Elementary Education K-8
Indiana University
M.S. Reading
Indiana University
Bible Verse “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Passions/Joys  Family, Genealogy, Music, Travel