Alice Kunselman: Sonshine Gardens Daycare & Preschool Director
Alice Kunselman is our awesome Director and Preschool Teacher at Sonshine Gardens and has been since August of 2013. Alice has a long career in child education and has recently graduated from another college class to further her career as well as strengthen the education of the children in the preschool. Her expertise is helpful on a daily basis as she mentors the other teachers and caregivers at Sonshine Gardens. Alice is a pillar of strength and her wisdom is beyond priceless. Alice is also a member at University Family Fellowship for over 20 years and is also on the worship team playing her flute. She has a sweet song in her heart.
Esmeralda Ayala: Morning 2-year Old Teacher
Esmeralda Ayala is our current morning nursery caregiver but she will be moving into the position of lead teacher for the 2 year olds. This is an exciting endeavor for Esmeralda as a couple of the current toddlers will be moving into the 2 year old class with her. That familiarity should prove to be a great transition for the toddlers as well as Esmeralda.
Paula Bentley: Morning 3-year Old Teacher
Paula has recently joined the Sonshine Gardens team but is a long-time friend and wonderful person. Her pleasant disposition is a wonderful gift to the children. We are so blessed to have her wisdom in the daycare.
Shelby Byrd was with Sonshine Gardens before her exciting move back to New York last summer and has now returned to Sparks and to Sonshine Gardens. She has been with us now since November of 2015 and is an excellent aide/part-time teacher in the preschool. Shelby always goes the extra mile to do whatever needs to be done at Sonshine Gardens. The preschoolers just love her as do all of us at Sonshine.
Megan Duran: Afternoon Nursery Teacher
Megan Duran is a college student majoring in psychology. In addition to her full-time class schedule, she finds time to give her best in the nursery at Sonshine Gardens Daycare & Preschool. Megan has been with us for over a year now and is absolutely fabulous with the babies. Megan takes time every day to work with the toddlers on their numbers and colors. Her infectious smile makes her a huge asset at Sonshine Gardens.
Gricell, aka GG has joined us as the afternoon 2-year old caregiver. As a mother of a 2-year old son, she understands their needs. She’s only been here a short time and the children are already learning so much in the afternoons. Welcome Ms. GG to Sonshine Gardens.
Shauna Hovanec: Part-time Preschool Aide
Shauna has been helping our Director with the preschool children in between taking classes for nursing. As a mother of an upcoming preschooler, she is a great asset to Sonshine Gardens.
Nelly Munoz: Afternoon Nursery Caregiver
Nelly is a perfect fit in the nursery. The babies love her and we do too. As a grandmother, she knows how to communicate to the little ones.
Gloria Ruiz: Nursery Substitute Teacher
Gloria Ruiz is a member of our Church here at University Family Fellowship and has recently taken the position as our lunch supervisor. Gloria is a wife and mother, grand-mother and great-mother which gives her lots of experience with children. Gloria prepares the morning and afternoon snacks for all the classes as well as their daily lunch. Whenever opportunities arise, Gloria will be working with the children to prepare fun meals, learn table manners and she has already taught them to pick up after themselves. We are blessed to provide this service at Sonshine Gardens.
Pastor Dan Sipma
Pastor Dan Sipma just loves having the daycare and preschool here at the Church. In previous years, Excel Christian School’s elementary school was located here at University Family Fellowship. When they were blessed to move into their new facility on Baring Boulevard, Pastor Dan had a meeting with the board of Elders and they all agreed that it would be great for the community to open a daycare and preschool. Pastor Dan is the first one there every morning to open up and the last one there every night to close down. A lot of the children call him “Pastor Dan” but his favorite is being called “Grandpa”.
Karen Sipma works outside of the daycare as a commercial lines insurance agent and also works as the administrator for the daycare. The daycare is always an exciting part of her day going in early and staying late as well. She only gets about an hour and a half every day with the children for now but it is a rewarding part of her day. We never wanted to be babysitters but extended family members for all those enrolled at Sonshine Gardens Daycare & Preschool.
Chelsea Telecky: Part-time Teacher Aide
Chelsea has been a wonderful addition and a great assistant to all the teachers.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Are you looking for a part-time career in childcare? Please call our office at (775) 359-2222. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply, pass a background check and take the necessary State required courses to comply with childcare regulations. If you love to teach children, Sonshine Gardens Daycare & Preschool is a great place to watch them grow! ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________