All our amazing staff here at GLCA understand that each child is unique in their qualities, experiences, and personalities with them, but one thing they all have in common is their love of ministering to children through teaching. Teaching each individual child in their own unique style of learning and getting to know their personalities as a person and not as if they are all the same. Each child is unique and should be treated as such. Our teachers strive to do just that because we understand that not every child was created the same way. We strive to teach children about God and what it means to know and love Him.
Director, Mrs. Menolia Cuff
Mrs. Menolia Cuff has been the Director at Garden Lakes Christian Academy since September 2019. Mrs. Mo has been in the ECE field for 15 years teaching all age groups and has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Mrs. Mo has spent time as both a teacher and an administrator and prior to becoming the Director at GLCA Mrs. Mo was a three-year-old teacher and the ECE Coordinator, helping to distribute and implement the curriculum that we have at GLCA. Mrs. Mo is currently enrolled as a student at Rio Salado College to further her education in Early Childhood Education in Applied Science in Early Childhood Administration and Management with a Certificate of Completion in Child and Family Organizations Management and Administration. Mrs. Mo has been seen multiple times running around the Sanctuary and playground playing with the children and getting them excited about living a physical and spiritual life.
Assistant Director, Mrs. Felicia Woods
Mrs. Felicia Woods has been the Assistant Director at GLCA since October 2019, coming from another preschool and is pursuing her Associate Degree of Early Childhood Education Administration and Management with a Certificate of Completion in Child and Family Organizations Management and Administration, she also has a passion and a certification for Graphic Design. Mrs. Felicia has been in the childcare field since 2010 and has worked in other areas at licensed centers as an infant lead teacher and a Director. She is now the Assistant Director at GLCA. Mrs. Felicia is passionate about teaching children about God and has been found multiple times praying with the children and helping them to get excited about learning about God. Mrs. Felicia is never seen without a smile on her face when she’s working, and the children love seeing her throughout the day.
ECE Coordinator, Mrs. Mandi Traylor
Mrs. Mandi has been at GLCA since November 2019. She has going on 10 years’ experience working in the childcare field working in both a large corporate preschool and a Christian preschool. She has worked in almost all areas of the preschool setting including as the Curriculum Coordinator for 3 years. Mrs. Mandi’s favorite part of teaching is watching the children discover new things and ideas. She enjoys reading to the children in loud and ecstatic tones to get the children more involved and excited about reading and learning something new every day. While teaching in a class is one of her passions, Mrs. Mandi also enjoys working on the Administration side of the preschool and is currently attending school to obtain her Associates of Applied Science in Early Childhood Administration and Management with a Certificate of Completion in Child and Family Organizations Management and Administration.
Office Assistant, Ms. Tina Hernandez
Ms. Tina has been working for GLCA since 2018 as our School Receptionist. She provides excellent office support to the school in the mornings and helps with filing paperwork, check children in and out if she needs to, takes the children to class in the morning and helps with deliver meals to the children every day. She has extensive experience in office management. Ms. Tina is seen every day with a smile on her face when she goes into the classes and the children look forward to her bright smile every morning. When Ms. Tina is at work the children know they will get a smile and a helping hand to get into their class, especially if the children are having a hard time leaving their parents. Ms. Tina loves meeting new parents and children and getting to know them on their first day of school.
Church and Office Assistant, Mrs. Corrie Hicks
Ms. Corrie is one of the many faces the children get excited to see every day at school. She has been a part of the church for five years and part of preschool staff since 2017. Mrs. Corrie works as the receptionist in the afternoons when needed. She also helps to go into the classes, pick the school age children up from school and will help to answer phone calls and resumes on the Administrative side of the school. Mrs. Corrie has been known to also set up some fun and exciting Summer Camp activities for the school age program each year. She provides excellent customer service and solid support and assistance for the school. She has years’ experience in office management. She is also the Ministry Assistant for First Baptist Church Garden Lakes. Ms. Corrie is currently enrolled on school to obtain her Associates of Applied Science in Early Childhood Administration and Management with a Certificate of Completion in Child and Family Organizations Management and Administration.
Lion’s Teacher, Mrs. Danielle Grant
Mrs. Dani has been working at GLCA since February 2020 and started in the Toddler classroom and is now currently the two-year-old teacher. She has been working in the childcare field as a preschool teacher for six years in all areas of the school and loves working with the toddler and infants. She has several years’ experience working in the infant class and takes some of the skills she learned at her previous center and brought them into the classes at GLCA. Mrs. Dani loves reading to the children and teaching the toddler and two-year-old class to sing and dance. She has been seen several times throughout the day taking the children on walks and helping them to learn and discover new things. Mrs. Dani loves incorporating live animals in her class and is in the process of trying to set up a fish tank in her class for the children to learn about and care for the fish.
Ladybug’s opening teacher, Mrs. Georgette DeSomma
Ms. Gege has been with GLCA since it first opened its doors to the community in 2007. She continues to dedicate and show deep commitment to GLCA and her profound love for Early Childhood Education (ECE). She has worked in almost all areas of the preschool including Administration and is the first person most of the children see in the morning upon arrival. She has worked as the three-year-old teacher for several years and incorporates sign language in her class as another form of communication for children. Ms. Gege has extensive trainings in ECE and continues to attend ECE Trainings. Mrs. Gege continues to push the children to show their love for God and learning and gets the children excited about coming to school every day. The children all want to see her first thing in the morning and when she has been seen walking around the school going from one activity to another the children get excited and want to run and give her a hug.
Ladybug’s Closing Teacher, Ms. Kathy Banks
Ms. Kathy has been teaching at GLCA since 2018 as support for the Ladybugs Class with Ms. Gege in the afternoons. She brings with her decades of teaching and experience in Early Childhood Education. When she comes into class at naptime the children get excited and want to give her a hug instead of laying down for nap. Ms. Kathy enjoys reading books with her students in the afternoons and provides a nurturing environment for the three-year-old children. Ms. Kathy brings a smile on her face every day and will sit down with the children to do afternoon artwork. She has a passion for working with the threes class but is known by all the children in the school for her wonderful and bright smile in the afternoons after nap time.
Ladybug’s Assistant Teacher, Mrs. Alyssa Torres
Mrs. Alyssa has been working at GLCA since September 2020 in our amazing Ladybugs classroom as an assistant until she becomes a lead qualified teacher. She has a passion for working with children and is originally from Texas and recently moved to Arizona. She loves God and hopes to make an impact on each one of the children in her care. She likes to work with all age levels, and currently helps with a 3-year-old class. She plans on finishing her BA in music education sometime soon and hopes to use music as a teaching tool in her time at GLCA. Mrs. Alyssa loves to do arts and crafts and is exceptionally talented in drawing and helping to create new projects around the preschool. She has recently helped set up and decorate the new infant room that is now open.
Dolphin’s Teacher, Ms. Kristy Weber
Ms. Kristy started working at GLCA in November 2020 and has worked in the childcare field for over 20 years. She has worked in all age groups including teaching in a classroom as well as Assistant Director and Director but enjoys working with the three-year-old class as well. She plans to start school soon to further her childcare career with her CDA in Early Childcare. Ms. Kristy has been working with other teachers to teach them how to set up their classrooms for Quality First and enjoys decorating her class and doing art and science and sensory with the children.
Monkey’s Teacher, Rebecca Gonzalez
Ms. Rebecca has been working in preschool education for four years with various age groups. She has been helping children to succeed in their learning because it is something she loves to do. Ms. Rebecca has been working at GLCA since March 2020 and has enjoyed working in several classes including the two-year-old class and is now enjoying teaching in the four-year-old class. She enjoys teaching the children their letters and loves it when their faces light up when they have learned something new. Ms. Rebecca enjoys teaching the children Bible lessons every week and encourages the children to pray before every meal.
Whales Teacher, Mrs. Martha Ramirez
Mrs. Martha is our Pre-K teacher; she is bilingual and speaks Spanish fluently and incorporates it into her classroom through different types of learning activities every day. Mrs. Martha has worked at GLCA since January 2020 and was mentoring under a teacher before becoming the lead teacher in the five-year-old class. While working with the five-year-old class Ms. Martha has taught new and exciting ways to incorporate learning into her class so that when it comes time for her class to go to Kindergarten, they will have the knowledge and skills to succeed in their first year of school. She loves cooking, crafting, and spending time with family. She is an Arizona State University Alumni, having a BA in nutrition. She is currently working on obtaining her Arizona Teaching Certification in Early Childhood Education.
Polar Bear’s Teacher, Ms. Jessica Scherlek
Ms. Jessica has worked in childcare for four years both of which were a Christian Preschool and has been with GLCA since October 2019. She has always wanted to work in childcare and started as a nanny for several years before deciding to move onto a preschool setting. Ms. Jessi has worked in all the classes at GLCA and enjoys working with all the children from infants all the way to school age. Ms. Jessi enjoys working with all age groups but has recently discovered a passion for working with the school age children. She loves reading to the children and running around with them while they are outside or in the Sanctuary. Ms. Jessi helps in any classroom that she is needed in each day but focuses on the older children right now.
Floater, Ms. Anghelica Nelson
Ms. Anghelica is from Arizona and has been working at GLCA since September while currently getting a BA Degree in Nursing. She has worked in childcare for almost four years and wants to start her own day care for disabled children. She has a passion for special needs kids and has always had a passion since she could remember. Ms. Anghelica has worked in all ages of childcare from infants to school age. Anghelica has lived in Arizona for 18 years and lived in Flagstaff for 1 year. Ms. Anghelica is incredibly talented at drawing and creating new scenes for the classrooms and has recently assisted in setting up and decorating GLCA’s new infant room that is now open for enrollment. She has also assisted as a floater going into all areas of the school both on the toddler side of the school as well as the preschool and school age classes.