Preschool - Meet the Staff
Director of Preschool
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Jessica Snook Biography
I am blessed to be the Director of Preschool at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Preschool. I have been in education for 17 years in both private and Catholic schools. A positive, engaging and safe learning environment is the setting here at OLOJ Catholic Preschool and I am proud to lead our great school in academic excellence in a faith filled surroundings.
My family has been parishioners at Our Lady of Joy for over 25 years and we love being a part of the Cave Creek community. I enjoy being a part of the community in which I was raised, growing up in Cave Creek has been wonderful. Our two children, ages 11 and 8 attend Annunciation Catholic School in Cave Creek.
- M.ED Administration and Supervision/University of Phoenix
- B.A Science /University of Arizona
- Arizona Certified Principal
- Arizona Teaching Certificate/Highly Qualified Biology
- Structured English Immersion Certificate
- Catechist Certification
Gina Marie Wright
Gina Marie Wright Biography
I am excited to be working as Office Manager at Our Lady of Joy Preschool. I have worked as a teacher and taught for both kindergarten and third grade in a private school, as well as tutored and substituted for High School English students. Along with my teaching degree, I also have a Diagnostic Medical Sonography License and in the past five years I worked in Ultrasound as a Medical Sonographer. I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where I did all my catholic schooling and raised my three beautiful children: James (24), Juliet (21), and Joelle (18). I recently moved here to Arizona this past year and became a parish member here at OLOJ. I am looking forward to getting married in the Parish Hall on September 2, 2017 to Mark Wright. I feel blessed to be a part of OLOJ and working at the Preschool.
Bachelors of Arts- History
Masters of Education Early childhood education
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer – Ultrasound Sonographer
Maryann Gramlich Biography
I am delighted to be teaching Pre-Kindergarten at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Preschool. I have been a teacher at the preschool since 2008, with one year a student teacher and instructional aide in Kindergarten at Annunciation Catholic School. My education began with a Bachelors of Science in Family and Consumer Resources at the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!). I have since obtained my post baccalaureate in Early Childhood Education (Birth- 3rd grade). I have been a parishioner at Our Lady of Joy for 19 years. I am blessed and proud of my three children; my oldest a senior at the UA, my middle child a sophomore at ASU, and my youngest a senior in high school. All three began their education here at Our Lady of Joy preschool! It is truly privilege to teach and create a loving classroom environment, in which I can incorporate our Faith into the curriculum.
“Our goal is to get our children to college and Heaven!” – Author Unknown.
- B.S. in Family and Consumer Resources
- Arizona Teaching Certificate
- Early Childhood Education Specialist
- Structured English Immersion (SEI) endorsement (k-12)
- Catechist Certification Diocese of Phoenix
- Zoo phonics Literacy Program
- Handwriting Without Tears
Jennifer Heck Biography
I am so blessed to begin my second year at Our Lady of Joy Preschool! I’ve called Arizona my home for the past 20 years, and attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, where I received a Bachelor’s degree in English. I have been involved in education for the past 11 years. I started my journey teaching middle school English Language Arts and as my family began to grow I left middle school. As my two girls started their education I found myself returning to the classroom. I love being a part of the classroom as I continued to volunteer, teach and aid in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms; including here at Our Lady of Joy in 2008. I am looking forward to my second year teaching full time in PreK here at Our Lady of Joy and cannot wait to bring joy, fun and Catholic values to our classroom.
BA English NAU
Hand Writing without Tears
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Arloa Rivera Biography
Arloa Rivera is Our Lady of Joy’s Catechist teacher for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. Arloa was trained by Mary Mirrione, National Director of CGS for Level 1 which teaches children ages 3-6 years old. Arloa has an extensive educator background, serving Catholic schools for the last twenty years, most recently twelve years at Queen of Peace Catholic School in Mesa. Our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program is very important part of our preschool program, teaching our youngest students religious formation and their growing relationship with God.
CGS Training Level 1 CGS USA National Office, Scottsdale, AZ
New Mexico State University Remedial Reading Endorsement
University of Utah B. A. Elementary Education
Mrs. Kim French
Mrs. Kim French Biography
I am overjoyed to be working with the preschool students at Our Lady of Joy Preschool. I have been volunteering in the classroom for the last two years in the PREK. I enjoy creating a classroom with exciting new centers, fresh teaching methods and making a peaceful place for our early learners to grow. My husband is a firefighter and my four girls, Arianna( 12) McKenna (5) Emmalia( 4) and Catalina(2) are all parishioners of OLOJ, my youngest three have attended OLOJ preschool and we love the community.
Mrs. Kim Pecora
Mrs. Kim Pecora Biography
I am thankful for the opportunity to teach the young members of Our Lady Of Joy Catholic Preschool. I have over 17 years of teaching experience, having taught preschool classes, early elementary, middle school and special education classes. My education began with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of Staten Island. After earning my bachelor’s degree, I started working at Goldman Sachs on the Institutional trading floor and attended St. John’s University graduating with a Masters In Business Administration with a major in Finance. God truly blessed me with four amazing sons Matthew, Ryan Tyler and Robert. I stopped working for a while to raise them, and while volunteering in the classroom I decided to become a teacher. I attended Rider University earning a Graduate Level Teaching Certificate. I moved here last January and became a parish member of Our Lady of Joy. I enjoyed volunteering at OLOJ preschool and was thrilled when a position became available. It is an honor to teach in such a nurturing environment where Faith is not just a religion but a way of life.
BA in Psychology
MBA in Finance
Graduate Level Teaching Certificate Specialization in Science