Staff

Anita Jones

Co-Administrator

Education:

  • Associate of Science Degree, Early Childhood Education Administration

Experience:

  • Founder and Administrator of Sonshine Preschool starting in 1991
  • 10 years teaching preschool

What I want parents to know:

“Preschool education is important. It is the foundation of learning and the foundation of anything is very important. The Sonshine School program is designed to meet the developmental needs of young children (3-5 years). It provides experiences that enrich and enhance each child’s cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and creative development. Within our daily schedule, each child has opportunities to create, explore the environment, learn problem solving and personal interaction skills and learn concepts through first-hand experiences. Children develop a positive self-concept through a balance of self- and teacher-directed activities. We strive to have a warm and inviting environment which is responsive to each child’s needs. We respect parents as the primary and most important provider of care and nurturing, and we believe parents and teachers are partners in children’s care and education.”

Laura

Lead Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Communications from Ohio University
  • Masters in Ministry from Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Experience:

  • Teacher at Sonshine Preschool in 2015, and then returned in 2017
  • 11 years corporate experience at CDW
  • 2 years volunteering  with The Lookup Center, Currently substitute teacher at GCA

 

What I want parents to know:

I am passionate about teaching children! I want them to learn about the love of Jesus Christ and enabling them to learn and grow in this love. I have been working with children for twenty years at various capacities within the church setting and I am excited to be able to be at a school where both academics and the love of The Lord are combined to nurture and equip them for their elementary education.

Cindy

Lead Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Winthrop University
  • Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from The University of South Carolina
  • Licensed State of Ohio Early Childhood Teacher – Grades PK-3
  • Licensed State of Ohio Principal – Grades PK-9

Experience:

  • Teacher at Sonshine starting in 2014, started as an Administrator in 2017
  • 7 years teaching in elementary schools (Grades 1-4), has worked with children for the past 22 years

What I want parents to know:

I want every child in my classroom to know that God loves them. I want my classroom to be a fun and safe place for every child to learn. My goal is to help each child reach his full potential and to get started on the path to being a lifelong learner.

Ashley D.

Assistant Teacher

Education:

  • Certified in Principles of Health & Fitness

Experience:

  • Teacher at Sonshine starting in 2013
  • 15 years working w/children as a dance instructor
  • Currently a fitness Instructor at Licking County YMCA
  • Past YMCA Youth Camp Counselor

What I want parents to know:

“I am pleased to be joining the staff at Sonshine Preschool! I know first-hand that it is a wonderful Christian learning environment because my son was enrolled for 2 years! I look forward to helping your children gain the knowledge, confidence and social skills for academic success.”

Robin

Lead Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology from Liberty University

Experience:

  • Teacher starting at Sonshine in 2017
  • Awana Preschool Director, 2 years, at Spring Hills
  • Vacation Bible School Preschool Director 2 years, at Spring Hills
  • Parent volunteer at Granville Schools, 5 years
  • Granville K-6 PTO board member, 2 years

What I want parents to know:
“I have a passion for educating preschoolers. They have such an active and curious nature given to them, by God that fosters an appetite for information.  They are completely interested in the world around them. This makes it extremely fun to teach Bible truths and the awesome world our God has created.”

Donna

Lunch Bunch

Education:

  • 1 year business school
  • State of Ohio, Bureau of jobs and family services certificate of training in early childhood ed

Experience:

  • Teacher at Sonshine Preschool from 1992-2012, and then returned in 2014
  • 20 years bible learning teacher at Kids Kamp, Seneca Lake
  • 3 years at another Christian preschool
  • 30 years of Vacation Bible school, Sunday school teacher, and various children’s ministries

What I want parents to know:

“I thoroughly enjoy teaching children!  Teaching bible stories to the children is very important to me and I love to see them learning.  I also, enjoy singing and I love to sing with the children.  Music is a great way to learn bible verses and how much Jesus loves them. Children are truly a gift from God!”

Suzanne McMillan

Co-Administrator

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science and Business Administration, in Marketing from The Ohio State University

Experience:

  •  Administrator at Sonshine Preschool starting in 2007
  • 7 years in corporate marketing jobs
  • 2 years as a substitute teacher for Sonshine Preschool & Granville Christian Academy

What I want parents to know:

“At Sonshine Preschool your child will receive a strong academic education while learning strong Christian principles.  We have a bright, sunny, and safe facility and offer an inviting atmosphere to start your child’s academic foundation and help them to develop the love of learning.  Our staff and teachers all truly love teaching and educating young children.”

Nicki

Lead Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, in Psychology from Boston College

Experience:

  • Lead Teacher at Sonshine Preschool from 2008-2010, and then returned in 2012
  • 5 years teaching preschool in Columbus

What I want parents to know:

“I value the opportunity to share the good news of God’s love with the Sonshine School students and to start them on their path to academic success.”

Dee

Lead & Assistant Teacher

Experience:

  • Teacher at Sonshine Preschool from 2006-2008, and then returned in 2010
  • 7 years teaching as Lead Teacher for 3 yr. olds at another preschool.
  • 7 years as a youth sponsor at H.H.C,
  • 1 year Teaching pre-k at the Y.M.C.A
  • 1 year working as a sub for C-TEC
  • State of Ohio, bureau of Jobs and Family Services Certificate of training in Early Childhood Ed.

What I want parents to know:

“There is nothing more rewarding than having the pleasure in teaching children.  Not only is it important for them to learn social skills but also to learn the word of God. Children’s minds are like sponges and they love to soak up any knowledge that comes there way. It is so exciting to see them learn.”

Trina

Assistant Teacher

Education:

  • State of Ohio, bureau of Jobs and Family Services Certificate of training in Early Childhood Ed.

Experience:

  • Teacher at Sonshine starting in 2015
  • 4 yrs. Preschool Story Time and Crafts with the Licking County Library
  • Several years working at vacation Bible School doing snacks and helping with Preschoolers

What I want Parents to know:

“I was blessed to be able to bring my grandson to Sonshine for three years. Sonshine is amazing place where children are in a safe environment and are taught about God’s love for them. Lunch Bunch is a special time where I can teach your child that God loves them, to pray, manners, academics and to make new friendships. Jesus loves the little children and I am very happy to working with your child this year”.

Tammy

Assistant Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science & Business Administration, in Marketing from The Ohio State University

Experience:

  • Teacher starting at Sonshine in 2017
  • Served as Vice President of PTF for Granville Christian Academy for 5 years
  • Served for the past 9 years in preschool programs at Spring Hill Baptist Church
  • 13 years in human resources, bookkeeping and management
  • 3 summers working at Christian Youth Camp

What I want parents to know:
“I am extremely honored for the opportunity to work at Sonshine Preschool. It will be a privilege to watch the children grow, develop new friendships and learn about God’s amazing love. My goal is to make sure that each one of them know, that they are special and loved very much!”

Mala

Office Assistant

Education:

  • State of Ohio, Bureau of Jobs & Family Services Certificate of Training in Early Childhood Ed.

Experience:

  • Working at Sonshine beginning in 1999

What I want parents to know:

“I love working with the children at Sonshine School. I want to make sure when they leave here, they carry with them, the knowledge that Jesus loves them and created each of them very special.” 

Anita Jones

Co-Administrator

Education:

  • Associate of Science Degree, Early Childhood Education Administration

Experience:

  • Founder and Administrator of Sonshine Preschool starting in 1991
  • 10 years teaching preschool

What I want parents to know:

“Preschool education is important. It is the foundation of learning and the foundation of anything is very important. The Sonshine School program is designed to meet the developmental needs of young children (3-5 years). It provides experiences that enrich and enhance each child’s cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and creative development. Within our daily schedule, each child has opportunities to create, explore the environment, learn problem solving and personal interaction skills and learn concepts through first-hand experiences. Children develop a positive self-concept through a balance of self- and teacher-directed activities. We strive to have a warm and inviting environment which is responsive to each child’s needs. We respect parents as the primary and most important provider of care and nurturing, and we believe parents and teachers are partners in children’s care and education.”

Suzanne McMillan

Co-Administrator

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science and Business Administration, in Marketing from The Ohio State University

Experience:

  •  Administrator at Sonshine Preschool starting in 2007
  • 7 years in corporate marketing jobs
  • 2 years as a substitute teacher for Sonshine Preschool & Granville Christian Academy

What I want parents to know:

“At Sonshine Preschool your child will receive a strong academic education while learning strong Christian principles.  We have a bright, sunny, and safe facility and offer an inviting atmosphere to start your child’s academic foundation and help them to develop the love of learning.  Our staff and teachers all truly love teaching and educating young children.”

Laura

Lead Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Communications from Ohio University
  • Masters in Ministry from Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Experience:

    • Teacher at Sonshine Preschool in 2015, and then returned in 2017
    • 11 years corporate experience at CDW
    • 2 years volunteering  with The Lookup Center, Currently substitute teacher at GCA

What I want parents to know:

I am passionate about teaching children! I want them to learn about the love of Jesus Christ and enabling them to learn and grow in this love. I have been working with children for twenty years at various capacities within the church setting and I am excited to be able to be at a school where both academics and the love of The Lord are combined to nurture and equip them for their elementary education.

Cindy

Administrator and Lead Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Winthrop University
  • Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from The University of South Carolina
  • Licensed State of Ohio Early Childhood Teacher – Grades PK-3
  • Licensed State of Ohio Principal – Grades PK-9

Experience:

  • Teacher at Sonshine starting in 2014, started as an Administrator in 2017
  • 7 years teaching in elementary schools (Grades 1-4), has worked with children for the past 22 years

What I want parents to know:

I want every child in my classroom to know that God loves them. I want my classroom to be a fun and safe place for every child to learn. My goal is to help each child reach his full potential and to get started on the path to being a lifelong learner.

Nicki

Lead Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, in Psychology from Boston College

Experience:

  • Lead Teacher at Sonshine Preschool from 2008-2010, and then returned in 2012
  • 5 years teaching preschool in Columbus

What I want parents to know:

“I value the opportunity to share the good news of God’s love with the Sonshine School students and to start them on their path to academic success.”

Dee

Lead Teacher

Experience:

  • Teacher at Sonshine Preschool from 2006-2008, and then returned in 2010
  • 7 years teaching as Lead Teacher for 3 yr. olds at another preschool.
  • 7 years as a youth sponsor at H.H.C,
  • 1 year Teaching pre-k at the Y.M.C.A
  • 1 year working as a sub for C-TEC
  • State of Ohio, bureau of Jobs and Family Services Certificate of training in Early Childhood Ed.

What I want parents to know:

“There is nothing more rewarding than having the pleasure in teaching children.  Not only is it important for them to learn social skills but also to learn the word of God. Children’s minds are like sponges and they love to soak up any knowledge that comes there way. It is so exciting to see them learn.”

Ashley D.

Assistant Teacher

Education:

  • Certified in Principles of Health & Fitness

Experience:

  • Teacher at Sonshine starting in 2013
  • 15 years working w/children as a dance instructor
  • Currently a fitness Instructor at Licking County YMCA
  • Past YMCA Youth Camp Counselor

What I want parents to know:

“I am pleased to be joining the staff at Sonshine Preschool! I know first-hand that it is a wonderful Christian learning environment because my son was enrolled for 2 years! I look forward to helping your children gain the knowledge, confidence and social skills for academic success.”

Ashley M

Assistant Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology from Liberty University

Experience:

  • Teacher starting at Sonshine in 2017
  • Awana Preschool Director, 2 years, at Spring Hills
  • Vacation Bible School Preschool Director 2 years, at Spring Hills
  • Parent volunteer at Granville Schools, 5 years
  • Granville K-6 PTO board member, 2 years

What I want parents to know:
“I have a passion for educating preschoolers. They have such an active and curious nature given to them, by God that fosters an appetite for information.  They are completely interested in the world around them. This makes it extremely fun to teach Bible truths and the awesome world our God has created.”

Trina

Assistant Teacher

Education:

  • State of Ohio, bureau of Jobs and Family Services Certificate of training in Early Childhood Ed.

Experience:

  • Teacher at Sonshine starting in 2015
  • 4 yrs. Preschool Story Time and Crafts with the Licking County Library
  • Several years working at vacation Bible School doing snacks and helping with Preschoolers

What I want Parents to know:

“I was blessed to be able to bring my grandson to Sonshine for three years. Sonshine is amazing place where children are in a safe environment and are taught about God’s love for them. Lunch Bunch is a special time where I can teach your child that God loves them, to pray, manners, academics and to make new friendships. Jesus loves the little children and I am very happy to working with your child this year”.

Cara

Donna

Lunch Bunch Teacher

Education:

  • 1 year business school
  • State of Ohio, Bureau of jobs and family services certificate of training in early childhood ed

Experience:

  • Teacher at Sonshine Preschool from 1992-2012, and then returned in 2014
  • 20 years bible learning teacher at Kids Kamp, Seneca Lake
  • 3 years at another Christian preschool
  • 30 years of Vacation Bible school, Sunday school teacher, and various children’s ministries

What I want parents to know:

“I thoroughly enjoy teaching children!  Teaching bible stories to the children is very important to me and I love to see them learning.  I also, enjoy singing and I love to sing with the children.  Music is a great way to learn bible verses and how much Jesus loves them. Children are truly a gift from God!”

Stacy

Lead Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science & Business Administration, in Marketing from The Ohio State University

Experience:

  • Teacher starting at Sonshine in 2017
  • Served as Vice President of PTF for Granville Christian Academy for 5 years
  • Served for the past 9 years in preschool programs at Spring Hill Baptist Church
  • 13 years in human resources, bookkeeping and management
  • 3 summers working at Christian Youth Camp

What I want parents to know:
“I am extremely honored for the opportunity to work at Sonshine Preschool. It will be a privilege to watch the children grow, develop new friendships and learn about God’s amazing love. My goal is to make sure that each one of them know, that they are special and loved very much!”

Mala

Office Assistant

Education:

  • State of Ohio, Bureau of Jobs & Family Services Certificate of Training in Early Childhood Ed.

Experience:

  • Working at Sonshine beginning in 1999

What I want parents to know:

“I love working with the children at Sonshine School. I want to make sure when they leave here, they carry with them, the knowledge that Jesus loves them and created each of them very special.” 

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6