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 13 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 20 years and we love being a part of the Cave Creek community. Our two children, ages 9 and 6 attend Annunciation Catholic School in Cave Creek.
B.A Science /University of Arizona
M.ED Administration and Supervision/University of Phoenix
Arizona Teaching Certificate/Highly Qualified Biology
Structured English Immersion Certificate
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 teaching at the preschool since 2008, with one year as a student teacher and instructional aide for Kindergarten at Annunciation Catholic School. I obtained my post-baccalaureate certification in Early Childhood Education (Birth to 3rd). This included extensive coursework in instructional strategies, lesson design and social-emotional development for young children.
I have been a parishioner at Our Lady of Joy for 18 years. I am blessed with three children, two in college and one in high school. All three began their education here at OLOJ Preschool. It is a privilege for me to be at Our Lady of Joy Preschool to teach and create a loving classroom environment, in which we incorporate our Faith into the curriculum.
B.A. in Family and Consumer Resources
Arizona Teaching Certificate
Early Childhood Education Specialist
Structured English Immersion (SEI) endorsement(k-12)
Catechist Certification Diocese of Phoenix
Zoophonics Literacy Program
Handwriting without Tears
Jennifer Heck Biography
I am so blessed to be joining Our Lady of Joy Preschool again! I have been involved in education and in the classroom on and off for the past 10 years. I have taught Middle School as well as volunteered and aided over the years in Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms; including here at Our Lady of Joy in 2008. I am so excited to be returning to Our Lady of Joy and cannot wait to bring joy, fun and Catholic values to our classroom this year.
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.