Mrs. Curtis: Director

Linda Curtis is our Director at Sonshine Gardens as well as our Preschool Teacher. She retired from the Washoe County School District, and she has years of extensive educational experience. As our Director and Preschool Teacher, she uses all that experience to help prepare our preschoolers for their transition to Kindergarten and beyond. We are so thankful to have her at Sonshine Gardens.

Tracy Henry

Tracy is our newest member as the administrative assistant in the office. Her most important job that she loves is greeting the children each morning to start their day of right.

Nelly Munoz: Lead Nursery Caregiver

Nelly Munoz
Nelly is our Lead Teacher in the Nursery and has been with Sonshine Gardens for over 6 years. As a mother and grandmother, she uses her skills in the nursery every afternoon. The babies light up when they see Ms. Nelly.

Mallory Baker – Lead 2-Year Class Teacher

Mallory is our Lead Two-Year Class Teacher. Mallory started with Sonshine Gardens when we first opened in 2013. She left to finish school and raise her babies. She now has her youngest at Sonshine Gardens. She has a great gift of patience and loves working with parents to encourage and develop plans to help each child grow.

Tirzah Hawkins – Lead 3-Year Class Teacher

Tirzah is our Lead Three-Year Class Teacher. Tirzah is the oldest of 6 homeschooled children. With that experience, she brings a great variety of teaching style and a great abundance of patience working with children.

Cindy Duran

Cindy is our Nursery Co-Teacher in the mornings and our Preschool Aid in the afternoons. She is a huge blessing to all of us at Sonshine Gardens with her willingness to go the extra mile. She loves the children, and they love her.

Virginia Infante

Virginia is the Two-Year Class Co-Teacher. She is a ray of sunshine here at Sonshine Gardens as she walks around singing. She encourages the children to sing and dance and to use their artistic skills.

Pastor Dan

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 title” is Grandpa. He has a special little thing he does with the children: “Give me 5, give me a little knuckle, give me a little wiggle.”

Karen Sipma

Karen Sipma works outside of the daycare as a commercial lines insurance agent and also works as the administrator for the daycare. When we started Sonshine Gardens Daycare & Preschool in August of 2013, our desire was to be an extended part of your family, not babysitters. We pray that once your child begins at this center, that you experience the community of ohana (family). We truly pray you agree that Sonshine Gardens Darcare & Preschool is a great place to grow.




________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   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! ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________