Julie McDonald

Teacher (Ranch M-F AM & MWF PM Pre-K)


Hi TotSpot Families!  My name is Julie McDonald and I am thrilled to be part of the TotSpot team.
My family and I recently moved to Gilbert.  We are excited to put down roots here and become true Arizonians!  We are a military family and have lived all over the country and even two years in Japan. My husband has been in the Navy for 28 years and is completing his last tour teaching as ASU.  We have three amazing children ages 15, 12 and 9.  I enjoy camping, working out, reading, country music and playing with my dog Duke.
I have been in Early Childhood Education for over 20 years.  I graduated from University of San Francisco with a BA in Psychology.  With our many military moves I tried different jobs but always returned to teaching.  So in 2005 I decided to return to school when my children were young and graduated from the University of Phoenix with my Masters in Early Childhood Education.  I returned to the workforce when my daughter turned three and knew this was my passion and what I was meant to do with my life.
My favorite part of teaching is getting to work with young children everyday.  I love watching them grow, develop and gain confidence in their abilities.  I strive to make my classroom a place where your children feel part of community, gain independence, be creative and have FUN!


(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2017)


Megan Wiley

Teacher (MWF AM/PM Jungle Pre-K)

Hi! I am Megan Wiley and I am so excited to be teaching at TotSpot!  We just moved to Chandler, AZ from Williamsburg, VA.  My husband is active duty military and we have lived all around the United States.  We have two boys, Sean and Jackson, whom fill our lives with love, laughter, soccer and lacrosse!  I also have two puppies that you’ll find me snuggling with in my free time.

I graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA with a degree in Early Childhood Psychology.  I have been working in early childhood education for eight years and I have taught both three’s and Pre-K!  I am coming from a preschool where I was NAEYC certified as well as trained in Conscious Discipline.  I feel truly blessed to be a preschool teacher and to be able to share my days with your children.  I want them to feel loved, feel safe, and to enjoy coming to school!  I will provide a classroom that encourages independence, creative thinking, compassion, and hands-on fun!  I look forward to working with the children, parents and the incredible team of teachers at TotSpot to make this a great year!

(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2017)

Laura Shields

Teacher (MWF AM Ocean Pre-K)


Hi my name is Laura Shields.   I am a native Arizonan and have lived here most my life.  I have recently developed a new appreciation for the desert after living in New Zealand for 2 years.  While it was a thrilling and edifying experience, my family and I are happy to be home.

My husband and I have three lovely daughters and a super son.  Before having our 4 amazing children,  I graduated from UofA with a degree in Wildlife Biology, and worked at the Phoenix Zoo as a keeper.  I was a substitute teacher for Mesa School District and also worked in a child care facility.  Before my son was born, I was providing in-home child care for a couple families.  My talents lie in the nurturing field, whether with animals in the zoo, with my own kiddos, or with yours.  It is what I love, and where I want to focus my career.  I look forward to working with your little gems.

(Joined TotSpot Preschool January, 2014)


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Teacher (MWF PM Ocean Pre-K)

Hi,  I am Gabriele Larson and I will be teaching Pre-K this year.  My family moved to Arizona six years ago from the Philadelphia suburbs, but I grew up in Utah, so I’m happy to be back in the West.  We have three sons and a daughter, ages 17, 15, 12 and 12. (Yes, twin boys!)  Our favorite family activities are traveling, cooking, skiing, reading and camping. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education, taught for six years in grades 3-6, and worked as a K-2 reading specialist for three years.  I have also done independent language arts assessment contracting work for several online education development companies.  One of my all time favorite jobs was teaching four year olds at a private nursery school in Pennsylvania, so I am thrilled to be going back to my early childhood education roots.  I love the contagious excitement of preschoolers and am grateful to be part of the TotSpot team.

(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2014)


Lynette Wheeler

Teacher (Pre-K T/TH AM/PM Jungle)

Hello, my name is Lynette Wheeler and I teach Pre-K at Totspot! I am a native of New Mexico and a recent transplant to Chandler. I have been happily married for 34 years and have two adult children and two adorable grandsons. I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Elementary Education. I have been a kindergarten teacher for 8 years, second grade for 1 year and assisted in a preschool special education classroom for 3 years.

I enjoy working with this age group because the children are so excited to learn! We provide them with lots of fun hands-on activities because this is how young children learn best. Your children are allowed to actively participate in their learning and manipulate material. They are learning the concepts – the hows and whys are being developed. These concepts will allow your children to build on their knowledge, draw from it and apply it to new situations.

I want your child to love coming to school and to develop a love for learning and I will do my best to ensure that this happens by creating a classroom atmosphere that helps them develop independence, compassion, fairness, as well as a solid academic base.

(Joined TotSpot Preschool 2016)


Heidi Sanchez

Teacher (Pre-K Ranch T/Th PM)

Hi! My name is Heidi Sanchez and I’m so excited to be teaching at Totspot! I am originally from Yuma, AZ but at a young age moved to Las Cruces, NM where I was raised.  I moved back to AZ two years ago and am glad to be home!  I graduated from NMSU with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught kindergarten for 5 years at Los Lunas Public Schools before I decided to stay at home when my second child was born. Since, I have been very fortunate to be a stay at home mom and have enjoyed every minute of it.  I have missed being in the classroom and feel like Totspot is the perfect place to get back in my groove again. I especially love preschoolers and am amazed by their curiosity and excitement to learn. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy being a mom and wife. I also enjoy staying active and running when it is cool outside.  I am so excited to embark on this journey with you and your little ones!



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Lead Threes Teacher

(Circus MWF AM & PM &  T/TH AM 3’s)

My name is Sara Wheeler.  I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico where I  lived for 22 years. I graduated from the University of New Mexico where I earned my degree in Elementary Education.  After graduation, I moved to Chandler to start a new adventure and be closer to family.  I am excited to explore Arizona and start a new chapter in my life!

I am so happy to be joining TotSpot Preschool.  It has always been a joy being around young children and helping them grow.  I am eager to share my love for teaching with your child and excited that I am given the opportunity to be a part of their education.

(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2014)

Gillian McGillgillian McGill

Teacher (MWF AM/PM Forest 3s)

Hi! My name is Gillian McGill.  I was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland.  It was there I earned my SVQ 2 and HNC in Childcare and Education (the equivalent of a bit more than an associate’s degree in the states) in 1997.  I also went back to school to study Midwifery in 2002.   My husband and I moved to Arizona in 2007 due to my husband being relocated with work.  Prior to moving here we spent some time in Portland, Oregon and Dublin, Ireland.

Throughout the years I have had the pleasure of working with children in various childcare settings and am very much looking forward to getting back to teaching after taking some time out to look after my own 2 beautiful children. I absolutely love working with children and am very excited to be part of TotSpot Preschool.

(Joined TotSpot Preschool April, 2012)

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Teacher  (T/Th AM/ PM Forest 3’s)

My name is Theresa Heckert and I am excited to be part of the TotSpot Preschool staff.  My husband, son and I  moved to AZ from Wisconsin and we are loving the warm weather here.  We also have a daughter and granddaughter who live back in Wisconsin and I MISS them terribly!

For 12 years I was a stay at home Mom, and  when our  youngest entered 1st grade I began working at a private preschool in Green Bay as an assistant in their 3 year old room .  I was an assistant for 8 years and then for 4 years  I was a head teacher.

Many moons ago, I earned my AA as a Legal Secretary, but I actually found my passion in Early Childhood after I was hired to teach the 3s & 4s classes at a local private school in Green Bay, WI.  In addition to my  12 years of experience in teaching preschool,  I have also been working toward my Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary studies with a minor in Human development.  

I am very excited to be working with your children and getting to know all the parents over the course of the school year.  I love to watch how the children develop over the course of the school year and see their love of learning grow. 

(Joined TotSpot Preschool August, 2014)

Amanda Richards

Teacher (T/TH AM Ocean 3’s)

Wandy Powell Hello!  I’m Amanda Richards and I’m so excited to be a part of TotSpot Preschool!  I have lived in Arizona for 25 years but I’m originally from Michigan.  I currently live in Gilbert with my husband, Steve and our two kids, Tyler age 7 and Teagan age 5.  Both of my kids attended preschool at TotSpot and our family has been a part of this fantastic preschool for the last four years!

For the past seven years I have enjoyed being a stay at home mom and taking care of my wonderful kids.  Before having kids I was a teacher for six years.  During that time I taught preschool and kindergarten in a private school in the valley.  I have always loved working with and being around young children.  I am thrilled to be back in a classroom and feel very blessed to be working with such an amazing group of teachers, staff, parents, and kids.  I look forward to watching your little ones learn and grow this year!

(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2013)


Angie Critchfield

Teacher (MWF AM/PM Farm 2s)

My name is Angie Critchfield and I’m looking forward to having you in my preschool class this year! To help you get to know me a little better, here are some things about me!

I’m married and have 5 children. My oldest daughter, Madeline (19) is leaving in November to live in Denmark. Next, I have daughters Hannah (17) and Chloe (15) that are in high school, Abigail (10) is in 5th grade, and my only son, Burke (4) will be a student at TotSpot this year.

Some things I enjoy doing are going to the movies with my husband & kids, playing games, cooking, doing crafts, and traveling. My family goes camping on the beach 1-2 times a year and we love it! I love music! I enjoy playing the piano and listening to my daughters sing, play their violins and the string bass. My favorite color is red and I love Diet Dr Pepper! Around town, you might find me shopping at Target or Costco, or out to eat at Café Rio or getting a soda at Circle K. My favorite treats are chocolate, yummy breads or almost anything lemon flavored!

I’m new to TotSpot this year and am super excited about teaching your child and watching them grow. They will not only learn through fun, hands on activities academically, but also important things socially like making friends, taking turns and expressing themselves.

(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2015)

Mindy Furrow

Teacher (T/Th AM/PM Farm)

Hi, my name is Mindy Furrow. I am so excited to be joining TotSpot Preschool. I live in Chandler with my husband, our two girls, ages 7 and 4 and our two dogs. We moved to Chandler a year ago from Clovis, New Mexico.

I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Secondary Education. A few years later I obtained my Elementary License. I’ve taught preschool for 4 years and taught Kindergarten for 5 years.  After my 2nd daughter was born I decided to be a stay at home mom.   My youngest is starting preschool this year at Totspot, so this is a perfect time to get back in the classroom.

(Joined TotSpot July, 2017)



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Lead Assistant Teacher (M-F AM Jungle & MWF PM Jungle Pre-K )

Hello! My name is Emmalee Lowis.  I have been teaching at TotSpot Preschool since the Fall of 2011.  I absolutely love the atmosphere and the fun of teaching children!  I believe that the first few years of a child’s life are so crucial to their development and I feel privileged to be able to help children reach their full potential.  My love for teaching has given me many opportunities and adventures recently and I feel so very blessed.
In the summer of 2012 I traveled to India to volunteer for a leprosy colony.  I participated in medical procedures, aided in the construction of housing, and taught children in their own schools.  It was such a rewarding experience!
Upon returning home, I met my husband and after being married for only a few months, decided to travel to Russia.  We spent our time there as English Teachers teaching kindergartners.  We lived there for 5 months and had many amazing experiences.
With my teaching experience in India and Russia, I feel especially prepared to teach children from all different backgrounds, whether their native language is English or not.
I am grateful that TotSpot is a part of my life!  I find joy in children’s discoveries and watching them learn and grow.  That alone is a great reward.

(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2011)


Connie Capron

Assistant Teacher

(MWF AM  & T/Th AM/PM Forest 3s)


Hello, my name is Connie Capron.  I was born in Erie, Pennsylvania yet, Arizona is where my heart is at home.  I have lived here since I was 10 and just recently moved back to “the valley” from the White Mountains.  On 7.17.17 I married my best friend and better half in Jamaica.  I am a mom to four wonderful kids (3 boys and 1 girl), a very proud Navy mom, a mother in law and have added 3 bonus daughters along with their family members.  I am truly blessed to also add the title “Memaw” to my resume as my first grandchild was born in 2015.  Family is extremely important to me and has taught me many lessons throughout my life.

For the past 26+ years my biggest accomplishments have been raising my children.  With my oldest being born blind, autistic and mentally challenged, he has taught me more in life than I think I could ever teach him.  I have experience in working with many children and adults with learning and physical disabilities.  I am currently enrolled in College for the first time in my life!  I am working on a degree in AAS Early Learning and Development.

During any “free” time I may have, you could find me creating art, scrapbooking, catching up on the Braves, with my husband finding an adventure in the great outdoors, traveling, antiquing or down time with my growing family.  I’m extremely excited to be an assistant teacher here at TotSpot Preschool.  I can’t wait to jump in full speed to enrich your children’s lives while they continue to teach me about life.



(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2015)


Elizabeth Shumway

Assistant Teacher MWF AM Chandler Campus & MWF PM Gilbert Campus PreK Ranch

I am excited to join the TotSpot family as an Assistant Teacher. I have worked with TotSpot for several years as a Summer Camp Teacher before I left to serve a mission for my church. I am one of 6 SIX sisters in my family and most of which (mom included) have taught at TotSpot. Many of you are familiar with my big sister Emmalee who is also an Assistant Teacher on the Pre-K team. I have really enjoyed getting to know each one of my students and helping them have the best Preschool experience possible.


Shania Pablo

Assistant Teacher MWF AM Ocean Pre-K & T/Th AM Circus 3s)

My name is Shania Pablo.  I graduated from Vista Grande High School and I am currently attending Central Arizona College.  I am majoring in Early Childhood Education.  I enjoy working with toddlers.  Seeing their creative minds and discovering how much they can learn at such a young age is remarkable.  One of my favorite things to participate in with the children is the process art.  I love to see their creations!  I was introduced to TotSpot through my required volunteer hours for my Early Childhood Program and was thrilled to be asked to join the team as a Pre-K Assistant.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn hands on in such a strong preschool program as TotSpot.


(Joined TotSpot in 2016)

Roberta Costa

Assistant Teacher T/Th AM/ PM Farm

Hello, my name is Roberta and I was born and raised in Brazil. I’m a bilingual and completed Vocational High School focused on Early Childhood Education in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. My family moved to the U.S. and I lived in Massachusetts for over 10 years. Due to my husband’s job relocation, we moved to the beautiful state of Arizona in 2011. I’ve been married 16 years and have two beautiful and healthy Daughters. For many years, I worked at Intel Corporation as an administrator where I acquired the skills to perform well and excel in a fast pace work environment. In Arizona, I worked as a Paraprofessional Educator within the Gilbert District. We as family, love to travel and have visited over 15 countries exploring new cultures, cuisine and educate myself on other languages. I love sports, especially soccer where I was heavily involved in my early childhood. I’m a New England Patriots fan but also support Arizona teams. Love hiking and spend time photographing people, nature and animals as my favorite hobby. I’m currently pursuing and enhancing my education in Early Childhood and look forward to working as an Assistant here at TotSport Preschool. I feel honored and blessed to have joined this amazing team of Educators.

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Kristine Brown

Assistant Teacher

(MWF AM / PM 2s)

My name is Kristine Brown and I am proud to be joining the TotSpot family.  I have four wonderful children, ranging in age from 13 to 23, and two precious grandchildren.  I am originally from Southern California, which is where I met my husband.  After a couple of moves,  my family and I settled in Chandler 12 years ago.  We love it and have found it a great place to raise our children.  I have enjoyed being involved in my children’s schools throughout the years.  Three of my children attended parent co-op preschools in which the parents shared responsibilities and worked in the classroom on a regular basis.  I served on the board of the preschool as well as co-president of the PTO at our elementary school.  I thoroughly enjoy working with children and look forward to getting to know the youngest of our TotSpot students!


Silvia Hartmansilvia-2

Assistant Teacher

(MWF PM Ocean Pre-K)

My Name is Silvia Hartman and this is my first year at Tot Spot. I was born and raised in Southern California. I graduated from BYU with a degree in sociology. After my husband graduated from the University of Utah we moved to Arizona, his home state. We’ve lived all over Arizona and settled in Chandler two years ago. We love it here and hope to never move again. I have four kids ages 12, 11, 9 and 5. I enjoy volunteering in my children’s classrooms and being involved with the PTO. My youngest started kindergarten this year and so after 12 years of staying home with my kids I’m jumping back into the working world. I am so happy to be able to do that at Tot Spot and to be a small part of preparing your children for kindergarten.

Jenny Anderson

Assistant Teacher (M-F AM Pre-K Ranch Room)







(Joined TotSpot Preschool August 2017)



Myrna Malimban

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My name is Myrna Malimban.  I am a mother of four children, all whom I home-schooled.

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from The George Washington University.  I worked for several years in the field of finance as a loan specialist, but chose to leave the corporate sector to care for our first child full-time.  I then went on to home-school all my children in all subjects until the oldest started high school.  My two oldest children are now pursuing their undergraduate degrees at Brown University.  

I discovered my passion for teaching through our home-schooling experience.  Since then, I have taught children ranging in ages from pre-school to middle-school.  My teaching experience has been in various small settings:  Home-school, cooperatives, churches and pre-schools.

It is such a delight to work with the children at TotSpot!  I enjoy helping the children develop a sense of wonder and a love for learning.

(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2014)

Madison Greer

Madison Greer

Assistant Teacher

(Circus MWF AM & PM 3’s & T/Th AM Farm 2s)

My name is Madison Greer. I joined TotSpot Preschool at the end of the 2012-2013 school year as a substitute teacher and now I am excited for a new school year to begin! I have lived in Queen Creek for the past 3 years, but my family and I have lived in several other states. I am a student at Chandler Gilbert Community College and I hope to eventually be a Diabetic Educator. I am the 2nd of 4 children and I am the only girl.

I have really loved working with the children at TotSpot every day. My favorite thing is watching the children learn new things. I look forward to this upcoming year.

(Joined TotSpot Preschool April, 2013)

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My name is Teressa (Tess) Dulle and I would also like to tell you a little about myself! I am originally from New Jersey and moved to Arizona about 15 years ago. My husband Bobby and I have 2 amazing little boys named Landon and Hudson & a NEW baby girl Elena.  I received a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University and I am continuing my education every day!

I taught for many years in the Gilbert Public Schools and then at TotSpot. I now work closely with all the TotSpot Head Teachers over seeing the classrooms and curriculum. It is my goal, together with Shannon, to make sure that we have the best program available for our students and that our teachers are well trained and confident as they provide a top notch quality education.

(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2015)


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Hi my name is Gretchen Peterson. I grew up here in Tempe, Arizona. I earned my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development from UVSC. I have also studied French and recently went back to school to study British and European History. Prior to joining TotSpot, I loved being home with my three children.

I have enjoyed working with young children again and using my education more formally. Young children are so much fun to work with! They are so loving and eager to learn. You can see the excitement in their eyes as they learn new things and make sense of this incredible world we live in.

(Joined TotSpot Preschool April, 2009)

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My name is Esmeralda Pena.  I joined the TotSpot family in 2014.  My husband owns an auto body shop in Mesa and together we enjoy spending our free time with our son and our extended family.  We also love to camp and travel. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to work as an assistant with such amazing teachers.  The students are so adorable and keep me entertained!  After spending the last two years at TotSpot, I have found my passion in Early Childhood.  In High School I received my Certificate in Early Childhood, but I have now decided to go to college to obtain my degree in Early Childhood.  I am grateful to learn and grow from working with the students at TotSpot and take the skills I have learned home to my son.  I look forward to one day completing my courses and becoming a teacher.




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Kylie Orr

Camp Teacher

My name is Ms. Brooklyn. I recently graduated from ASU with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.  I have been with TotSpot through my college years working as a substitute and at the camps.  My time at TotSpot has taught me that being a great teacher is more than my degree, it is loving the children and feeling the exhilaration as I witness the incredible growth that happens in the early years of a child’s life.  I love seeing the excitement in their eyes as they learn and the sweet friendships they develop with their classmates.  I am the oldest of three children. I’m from a small town called Show Low.  I look forward to the opportunity to get to know my students and their families and to a great year!



Laree Fuller


Hi, my name is Laree Fuller. I am an Arizona Native. I attended ASU and graduated in May 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Science. During that time I spent 1 year at ASU studying Elementary Education. I have lived in the Chandler-Gilbert area for the last 15 years. I have 4 children with the oldest being 12 and the youngest being 5 and just finishing kindergarten. My youngest attended TotSpot Preschool during the 2010-2011 school year.

I am very excited to be teaching at TotSpot! I love working with the kids and thoroughly enjoy coming to work every day! My favorite thing about teaching is seeing the joy in a child’s eye when they have accomplished something they did not think they could do and that moment is priceless. I love all the kids so much!

I love adventure in everything and teaching is a great adventure to me. The kids and the personnel at TotSpot help me come to “play” every day.

(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2011)

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Teacher (M-F AM Space Pre-K)

My name is Suzi Janda and I love teaching at Totspot!  I am from Spokane, WA and migrated down to the Arizona sunshine 14 years ago to be closer to my husband’s family and cousins for my kids to enjoy.  I graduated from Brigham Young University with a teaching degree in Special Education and taught for 2 1/2 years before staying home with my boys.  It’s hard to believe my youngest is starting kindergarten this year! As a stay at home mom, I have had a lot of fun over the years with playgroup and preschool swaps in my home.  I have taught piano lessons for 17 years and spent many hours leading cub scouts in their fun adventures!  In my free time, when I’m not feeding growing boys or watching their sporting events, I love to read. My family loves spending time together boating, hiking and being together. I’m so happy to be part of TotSpot!  I enjoy teaching children and love to see their excitement as they learn new things and discover how our world works.

(Joined TotSpot Preschool January, 2014)



Annette Weidenbach

Teacher (MWF AM Beach 3’s)

Hi, my name is Annette Weidenbach and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to share my love for teaching at TotSpot Preschool.

I’m originally from Brooklyn, NY and left in 1992 to attend Northern Arizona University. I graduated from NAU in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and married my college sweetheart 2 months later. We just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary in Feb. and have 3 wonderful daughters together.

In 1996 I received my first opportunity to introduce education in a fun, exciting way to a classroom of 4th graders. I continued teaching for the next 7 years in Mesa Public Schools and experienced grades 4th, 1st and 3rd (student teaching in Kindergarten). I decided to take a break from teaching when I was expecting my 2nd daughter. I wanted my children to have beautiful memories of me being home with them and I didn’t want to miss out on being a full-time Mom.

As time went on I discovered a way to fulfill my passion of teaching and also enjoy the experiences of being home with my children. I started a preschool from my home and was blessed to see 50 children pass through my home in the 6 years of teaching preschool. If I’m not teaching children the next best place to look is the kitchen, as I love to cook. Did I mention I’m 100% Italian? We do 2 things very well… cooking and eating and I managed to bring that into the classroom as well. I look forward to the wonderful journey your child and I will have as we prepare for Kindergarten.

(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2012)

 Nelay Young

Teacher (Pre-K MWF AM)

Hi my name is Ms. Nelay and I am excited to start our year off on this wonderful journey of learning and exploring new activities together! I enjoyed teaching the 3’s for the last two years and I look forward to teaching pre-K this coming year! I have been a member of the TotSpot family for five years. I have taught for the Mesa Public Schools as an Elementary School Teacher for six years. I am an Arizona native, grew up in Mesa, and attended Northern Arizona University. I graduated from NAU in 2000 with a Degree in Elementary Education.

During my first year of teaching I met my husband, Nathan. We are celebrating fifteen years of marriage this July. We have three beautiful daughters: twins Ashlynn & Amara-12 and our baby girl Bryssa-9. Our family LOVES to watch cooking shows and cook all together in our home kitchen. Some of my hobbies are baking cupcakes, hiking Arizona, and taking beach vacations.

One of the many ways I build a connection with your child is to bring in my love for baking/cooking into our preschool classroom throughout the year. Enjoy the rest of your summer break and I will see you soon!

(Joined TotSpot Preschool July 2011)

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Teacher (T/Th AM Forest 3s)

Hi! My name is Mrs. Amy and I feel privileged to join the great staff at TotSpot Preschool. I am a 4th generation Arizona native (a true desert rat!) and I love this great state. I graduated from Arizona State University in Graphic Information Technology and worked at ASU for five years.
My husband and I currently live in Chandler with our four children ages 13, 11, 9 and 5. After staying home for 13 years with my kids, my baby went to Kindergarten this year. I have taught preschool co-op over the years with my own children and I am very excited to help teach your little ones this year. I especially love that children stop to smell the roses and appreciate the wonder of our world!

Debbie Crismon

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Hello!  My name is Ms. Debbie and I am starting my 4th year at TotSpot Preschool.  I love working at TotSpot!  It is so fun and I am thrilled to meet all of the students that come here every year.  I have had the privilege of being in all age groups at TotSpot and I enjoy working with all the different classes.  I love watching the excitement in a child’s eyes when they learn something new for the first time.  I very often feel that these sweet children are always reminding me of how fun it is to be a child and their “full of life” personalities are so enjoyable to observe while interacting with others.  I am very lucky that I get to come and “play” everyday at TotSpot!
I am an AZ native and I grew up in Chandler so this area is home to me and I love it here!  I have 3 children ranging in ages from 15-10.  In March of 2014, I earned my Academic Certificate in Child and Family Professional Development (Pre-school) from Rio Salado College.  I enjoy spending time with my family and watching movies, when I have the time.
I look forward to another great year at TotSpot and I look forward to meeting all of our new students soon!!

(Joined TotSpot Preschool April, 2012)


Lisa O’Neill


Hi my name is Lisa O’Neill. I currently live in Chandler, but grew up in Chicago, IL. I graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Merchandising. Before settling down in Arizona, I also lived in Seattle and San Diego. California is where I met my wonderful husband, who at the time flew helicopters for the Marines.

For the last 7 years I have been a stay at home mom taking care of my two incredible children. My children would probably describe me as the silly mom who loves to dance! My daughter attended preschool at TotSpot and we ALL just loved the amazing teachers and positive atmosphere at this school. I frequently volunteer at my children’s school to help out the classroom. I really enjoy spending time with children, I am always amazed at their imagination and creativity. It’s hard not to be overjoyed when you see a simple smile on a child’s face. I feel blessed to be able to join such a terrific team at TotSpot Preschool, and I am looking forward to meeting all the parents and children this year!

(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2012


Becky Howardellbecky

Assistant Teacher 3s (T/Th AM Arctic)

Hi my name is Becky. I am an Arizona native. My husband and I have been married for 16 years and we have three boys ages 9, 11 and 13. They keep me busy and I enjoy volunteering in their classrooms and teaching Art Masterpiece. I taught at a Fine Arts preschool for many years and also various enrichment classes through city programs. I have experience teaching all ages, but really have a passion for working with the preschoolers. I love watching them learn and grow!  Preschoolers hold a special place in my heart and I am so glad to be here at TotSpot working with them!


Audra Petitt

Teacher (MWF AM 3s)

Hello. My name is Audra Pettit and I was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona. I live in Chandler with my wonderful husband and four kids. In my spare time I love to read, work in our garden, and plan our next family camping trip.

I have been staying home with my children for the past 13 years. During this time I have worked with young children and youth through my church, provided child care in my home at various times, and enjoyed working with different moms over the years doing play group and preschool co-ops together. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. A highlight of my education was a year-long internship as an elementary school counselor in Gilbert helping children navigate some of life’s challenging experiences. Here I gained a deep appreciation of the importance of play in a young child’s academic, social, and emotional education.

Last year I enjoyed working as an Assistant Teacher at my daughter’s preschool in Queen Creek. I look forward to continuing to work with energetic young learners here at Totspot.

(Joined TotSpot in 2016)

Penny Meskill

Camp Teacher

My name is Penny Meskill.  I graduated from ASU with a degree in elementary education and early childhood education.  For 15 years I operated a private preschool and in 1994 I was hired by the Chandler Unified School District.  I am currently teaching kindergarten at Navarette elementary.

The summer of 2011 I was hired to join the staff at TotSpot Preschool.  I teach summer and intersession camps in the 3-6 year old classroom.  I love teaching young children and I never tire of the joy I get from helping them grow and develop!  They truly keep me young at heart!

(Joined TotSpot Preschool June, 2011)