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.”

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.”

Cindy

Lead Teacher & Co-Administrator

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.

Dee

Lead Teacher

Education:

  • State of Ohio bureau of Jobs and Family Services Certificate of Training in Early Education.

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

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.”

Jackie

Lead Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelors in Art Education from Ohio State University
  • Masters in Art Therapy from Vermont College

Experience:

  • Teacher starting at Sonshine in 2018
  • 11 years as Director and Teacher at ABC Learning Adventures Preschool in Alexandria Ohio

What I want parents to know:
“I am very excited to be a part of Sonshine Preschool!  It is an honor and a pleasure to love, nurture, and teach your child. I want every child to know the infinite love of God.  I will do my best to instill in your child a lifelong love of learning.”

Hope

Lead Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in business administration, from Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Associate of Arts in human services from Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Experience:

  • 20+ years both teaching and writing preschool curriculum as a student, intern, and a local church volunteer
  • Homeschool two teenagers and have taught many classes to other students via homeschool cooperatives
  • Long-term substitute at Granville Christian Academy
  • Volunteer at SHBC with AWANA, VBS, missions, and the homeschool ministries

What I want parents to know:

“As a lifelong student, I believe that you are never too old to learn something new. I am thrilled to spend this year with your student, cultivating excitement for learning both in and beyond the classroom.

I know that readers are indeed leaders. The most important book I own is God’s Word. This year, I hope to dip into just how deep, high, long, and wide God’s love is for each of us.”

Stacy

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!”

 

Ashley

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.”

Laura

Office Coordinator & Asst. 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.

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

Assistant Teacher & Lunch Bunch

Education:

  • Associate degree in Medical Assisting, Certified in Phlebotomy and Medical Coding and Billing

Experience:

  • Teacher starting at Sonshine in 2016
  • 6  years Pre-K/K Sunday school teacher & Nursery at The Granville Chapel
  • 2 year library volunteer at Granville Elementary School

 

What I want Parents to know:

“I am so excited to join the Sonshine Preschool staff! All four of my children have been Sonshine graduates and their experiences here left a lasting impression in all of them. The staff genuinely care about your children by making them feel welcomed and loved as soon as they enter the building. The teachers strive to foster a love of learning through song, art, learning centers, activities and play. They desire the children to have fun and connect socially with one another while maintaining structure in the classroom. I appreciate that there is Chapel once a month and that every day the kids are taught God’s word through bible stories and songs. Children are so precious and little for such a short time. I am honored that I will be able to share in their preschool experience!”.

 

Meghan

Assistant Teacher & Lunch Bunch

Education:

  • Associates of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development
  • Studying for Bachelor of Arts in Ministry

Experience:

  • Teacher starting at Sonshine in 2018
  • Two years substitute teacher for Sonshine Preschool
  • Intern teacher at Sonshine Preschool for the 2015-2016 school year
  • 9 years of volunteering at Spring Hill’s in Children’s Ministries – AWANA, Vacation Bible School, Children’s Church, and Nursery

What I want parents to know:
“It is an honor and a privilege to teach preschoolers. I love seeing them grow and become more and more excited about school and learning. I love seeing them interact with their friends, and their teachers. My goal is to give children a safe and fun place to learn, to form friendships, and to learn about how much Jesus loves them.”

 

Meghan

Lunch Bunch & Substitute Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts from Kent State University

Experience:

  • Teacher starting at Sonshine in 2019
  • Sunday school preschool teacher at Spring Hills Baptist Church for over 10 years
  • Spring Hills ministry volunteer in AWANA ministries for 8yrs. Roles held include: Cubbies Leader, Sparks Leader, Sparks Secretary, Sparks Director
  • VBS volunteer at Spring Hills Baptist Church 9 years. Roles held include Preschool Director – 3 years, crew leader, preschool missions’ leader
  • Parent volunteer at Granville Schools – 9 years
  • Granville PTO Board Member – 2 years.
  • Ohio Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood Education – 7 years.

What I want Parents to know:

“It’s an honor to teach these precious children. I am so very excited and passionate about teaching Jesus’s love for each and every child! I believe, at this age, it’s important for children to learn through play and hands-on activities/experiences which engage all of their senses as they soak in the world around them. I will do my best to ensure they soak in God’s love for them as well. One of my favorite parts of Vacation Bible School is teaching the children about God sightings and then hearing how each child encounters in God in their own way”.

 

Lisa

Lunch Bunch & Substitute Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science & Business Administration, from Capital University

Experience:

  • Teacher starting at Sonshine in 2017
  • Substitute teacher, 3 years, at Sonshine Preschool
  • AWANA volunteer, starting in 2018 at Spring Hills

What I want Parents to know:

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to teach and share the news of God’s love with your child. My goal is that every child will learn our lunch time prayer, build friendships, and socialize with each other while eating lunch and playing together”.

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