MARLA - Director

I’m Marla. I have taught here for the past 8 years. As Director, I plan to continue the essence of what Sunshine School has always excelled at: Educating and Loving Children. I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Education and I am the Co-Founder of Shine On Tucson.

KRISTEN - Assistant Director

Hi! I’m Kristen, Marla’s Admin Assistant and Assistant Director for Parent Support. My three daughters are Sunshine alumnae, and I began working here in 2003. I love being a part of the Sunshine family and look forward to working with you!

BEVERLY - Assistant Director

I’m Beverly, and I am Assistant Director for Support Services. I started at Sunshine in April, 2000. To me, Sunshine is a positive and nurturing environment. I am so thankful and proud to be one of the Sunshine Family.

BILLIE - Assistant Director

My name is Billie, and I am an Assistant Director. I lead the afternoon program and I also teach Science twice a month at morning centers. I began at Sunshine in August of 2002. I’m happy to be here at Sunshine and I look forward to working with your children.

classroom teachers

SUSAN - Pre-K Teacher

Hi I’m Susan! I teach the Pre-K class for older 4 and 5 year olds. I have taught in the Amphitheater Public Schools since 1980. My last 22 years were spent at Harelson Elementary School teaching Kindergarten. I believe teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning! My favorite thing about Sunshine is its positive and enriching environment. I am so excited to be a part of the Sunshine Staff and I look forward to working with your child.

CINDY B - Pre-K Teacher

Hi. I’m Cindy. I teach Pre-K for the 4-year-olds. I began here in 2004 and previously taught in public schools for 14 years. I enjoy exposing children to STEM activities, and teach all my students to sing, “You are my Sunshine.” My three children also attended Sunshine. I look forward to another year with your children.

MARLA - Preschool Teacher

Hi, my name is Mrs. Marla.  I am blessed to be teaching the 3 & 4 year old class.  I am a native Tucsonan and I completed my undergraduate work at the University of Arizona.  I went on to complete my Master's Degree in Education and Counseling at San Diego State University.  I have 2 boys, both who attended Sunshine.  I volunteered when my boys were here.  When my youngest went off to Kindergarten, I was not ready to leave Sunshine, so I began teaching the 3 year old class.  I hope you love Sunshine as much as I do.

ANA - Preschool Teacher

I’m Ana! I am so delighted to teach Kindness to your children. I have loved the Sunshine community since both my daughters attended the school, and now I am truly blessed to be teaching the incoming 3 year olds. I believe in the importance of being kind and generous to others, and I am honored to share that message with your children, and give them an amazing first experience with school.

centers and enrichment

BRENDA - Art and Spanish

Hello. My name is Brenda. My goal as an art teacher is for the kids to love and appreciate art in a fun setting. In Spanish class, we sing, play, and explore the Spanish language with my special friends, puppets Pepe and Pancho.

ELLEN - Kinder Readiness

I’m Ellen. I teach the Kindergarten Readiness class. I taught kindergarten for 20 years and retired in 2001. I missed the children and accepted a position at Sunshine in 2002. I believe that by providing positive experiences and encouraging children, we will build a solid educational foundation for the future.

JULIE - Centers Team Lead

I’m Julie. Before Sunshine, I had a career in marketing and advertising. I started with Sunshine School as a parent volunteer in 2014. Now, I lead the Centers team. I enjoy working with all the wonderful children, their families, and the fantastic Sunshine staff.

DAN - Instructional Aide

Hi. I’m Dan. I’m an Instructional Aide at Centers. I started at Sunshine in August of 1999. My nephew attended Sunshine in 1998, and I was invited to be a guest reader in his class. That same day, Sue asked to become a part of this unique learning environment.

JULIE S - Centers Teacher

My name is Julie S. I am a Centers teacher at Sunshine School. I spent a lot of time volunteering at Sunshine School while my children attended and fell in love with the enriching program and loving staff. I am so happy to be a part of the Sunshine staff and to be able to work with your beautiful children.

CINDY M - Instructional Aide

Hi. I’m Cindy. I work as an afternoon Instructional Aide. I started at Sunshine in May of 2000. My husband and I have two children: one completing her RN degree, and our son is an officer with the Oro Valley Police Department. I can’t think of a better place than Sunshine School!

guest teachers

KATHY - Guest Teacher

I’m Kathy. I began as a classroom teacher in August of 1988; I retired in 2000. Now, I am a guest and substitute teacher. I enjoy introducing children to gadgets and hosting cooking classes. I’ve remained at Sunshine to continue to assist and foster children’s development.

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

Mr. Kevin, or one of his highly trained staff members, join us every two weeks for kids physical fitness activities. They bring a variety of props and the kids love every minute! See our photos and Facebook posts for more. My Gym believes in a healthy & safe environment to accomplish any goals your kids have!

LAUREN - Guest Teacher

Lauren is a Sunshine School mom and dance instructor at Dance Force 1. We're excited to have her join us twice a month for dance classes!

MR. EDDIE - Guest Teacher

Mr. Eddie is a retired, long-time, librarian from the Nanini Library Services Department. He has been visiting Sunshine School monthly for many years reading stories and singing songs with the kids. He has two young daughters who enjoy his visits to Sunshine too!