MARLA - Director

I’m Marla. I started at Sunshine as a parent, then, as a volunteer, teaching a kindness program. I, then became a classroom teacher for many years. In July 2017, I was asked to be Director when the original founder and director retired. My vision is to continue the essence of what Sunshine School has always excelled at: educating and loving children.

KRISTEN - Assistant Director

Hi! I’m Kristen, Assistant Director, and Marla's Admin. Assistant. My main role is director of Parent Support. My 3 daughters are Sunshine Alumni. I began working at Sunshine School in 2003, and, I love being part of this community and 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 at Harelson Elementary School teaching Kindergarten. I believe teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning! 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.

LORI G - Preschool Teacher

Hi, I'm Lori. I was educated in T.U.S.D. and earned three degrees from the University of Arizona. I spent most of my work life in education at the U of A. My focus has always been on improving access to and success in education for all children. I am a trained school counselor with experience in K-12. Three of my grandchildren have attended and thrived at Sunshine School. I am thrilled to be working with your children.

ANA - Preschool Teacher

I’m Ana! 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

JULIE S - Centers Lead

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 am Cindy. I teach at Centers as well as in the afternoons as an 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!

DAN - Instructional Aide

Hi. I am Dan. I teach at Centers as well as in the afternoon as an instructional aide. 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, the previous Director, Sue, asked me to become a part of this unique learning environment, and, of course, I accepted.


BRENDA - Art and Spanish

Hello. My name is Brenda, I am the art teacher! My goal is for the kids to love and appreciate art in a fun setting. We will also sing, play, and explore the Spanish language with my special friends, puppets Pepe and Pancho.

guest teachers

My Gym - Guest Teacher

My Gym Tucson joins our Centers program every two weeks, providing fun physical activities for our children to enjoy.