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
Kathy Luksich Biography
I am so excited to be part of the staff at Our Lady of Joy Preschool! My husband and I have just returned to Arizona after living in Wyoming and Florida for the past 14 years. We raised five children, who are grown and married, and have gifted us with eight (almost nine) grandchildren.
I taught fourth and fifth grades in the Verde Valley way back then, taught ESL in Wyoming, two years in the public schools in Florida, then was so blessed to begin my preschool teaching career in my parish in Florida! It had always been my dream to teach in a Catholic school, but we lived in areas where that wasn’t possible. To continue to live that dream here is an amazing gift! I believe that you can’t teach the “whole child” unless you are addressing spiritual growth, and I grow in my faith as I teach it to little ones. I love the energy and honesty of PREK age children and am blessed to be part of their lives, and to serve the families of Our Lady of Joy!
- B.A Elementary Education
- ESL Endorsement
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