Amanda HallView More:

Teacher (Jungle M-F PM Pre-K)


Hi! My name is Amanda Hall and I’m so excited to be teaching at Totspot!  I am an Arizona native and grew up in Gilbert. I graduated from ASU with a degree in History and a Post Baccalaureate in Elementary Education.  I taught first and second grades in Mesa Public Schools before I decided to stay at home with my first child.  Since I have been a stay at home mom, I managed to go back to school and graduate with a Master’s Degree from NAU in Multicultural Bilingual Education with an ESL/SEI endorsement.  I speak Spanish and have always been interested in how children acquire language skills.  I have a current AZ teaching license and I love being in the classroom.  I especially love preschoolers and am amazed by their curiosity and excitement to learn. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy being a mom.  I also enjoy teaching piano lessons and playing the piano.  I love to read and belong to a few book clubs.  I am a cub scout leader, have been on PTO boards, and also enjoy cooking clubs!

(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2015)

Suzi JandaSuzi

Teacher (MWF AM Ocean & T/Th PM Ranch 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, ages 5-17.  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)


Nicole GustNicole

Teacher (M-F AM Ranch Pre-K)

Hi! I am Nicole Gust and I am so proud to be a teacher here at TotSpot.  I am an Arizona native and have lived in the East Valley my entire life.  My husband, son, and daughter and I live in Gilbert and enjoy the outdoors, baseball, country music and spending time with family.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science at ASU and a Post Baccalaureate in Secondary Education.  Throughout college I worked in the Tempe and Chandler school districts as an aide, tutor in the AVID program, and long-term substitute. After completing my student teaching I received my certification and planned to begin teaching right away . . . but the arrival of our first child put those plans on hold!

As a parent, when I found TotSpot, I knew there was no better place for my children to learn and grow. I started by volunteering for the annual Fall Festival and was proud to serve as TotSpot’s first PTO President.  Having seen what a positive and fun environment TotSpot provides, I knew teaching preschool was the perfect fit. I have truly enjoyed seeing my students learn and grow and I look forward to another amazing year!

(Joined TotSpot Preschool in January, 2014)

Laura Shields

Teacher (MWF PM Ranch Pre-K)


Hi my name is Laura Shields.  I am new to the TotSpot family.  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)


Gabi Larson_MG_5327

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)

Tess Dulletess

Teacher (M-F AM JUNGLE Pre-K)

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 13 years ago. My husband Bobby and I have 2 amazing little boys named Landon and Hudson who also attend TotSpot. I received a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University and I am continuing my education every day!

Your child’s classroom is where all of the excitement begins! Our classroom environment is one of action, participation, and hands-on involvement. I will provide a safe and nurturing atmosphere for each student so they can feel free to become all that they can be! Working together, we can assure that each child feels loved, welcomed, and receives the best education possible. I feel that communication between parents and teachers is vital. I will do my best to always keep you informed and involved in your child’s life at school.

(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2015)


Lynette Wheeler

Teacher (Pre-K T/TH AM 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)



Sara Wheeler_MG_5321

Lead Threes Teacher

(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 am a recent graduate of 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 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)

View More: Heckert

Teacher  (M-F 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 just 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)

Amy KingAmy_King

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!

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)


Luciana PfefferView More:

Teacher (M-F AM & PM Farm 2s)

Hi! My name is Mrs. Luciana!
I’m very excited to have your child in my classroom. It’s going to be a fun year full of lots of learning and new adventures. I would like to share a few things about myself. I’m 36 years old and married to a wonderful man, Alex, and we have a beautiful daughter named Melissa and of course I cannot forget to mention our 2 boys (dogs) Pooffy and Dude.
I was born and raised in Brazil where I graduated as a Teacher. This will be my first year teaching at TotSpot but I taught Kindergarten for 3 years in Brazil and then I decided to come to the US in 2005 and make it home.I love reading and I love the rain, but I also like a sunny day at the beach. I love spending time with my dear family and friends. And of course I love teaching!!!
(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2015)



Emmalee LowisEmmalee Shumway

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

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 Pre-K & MWF 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 9 and just recently moved back to Mesa from the White Mountains.  I am a mom to four great kids (3 boys and 1 girl) as well as a very proud Navy mom.  In a matter of 8 months I have added to my little family, a daughter in law, daughter in law to be and a handsome grandson who calls me “Memaw”.  Family is extremely important to me and has taught me many lessons throughout my life.

 For the past 24 years my biggest accomplishments have been raising my children.  My oldest was born blind, autistic and mentally challenged and 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 disabilities. 

 During any “free” time I may have, you could find me creating art, scrapbooking, catching up on the Braves, finding an adventure in the great outdoors, traveling, antiquing or down time with my growing family and grandson.  I’m extremely excited to be an assistant teacher here at TotSpot.  I can not 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)


Riki GuziorView More:

Assistant (T/Th AM Ocean & PM Forest 3s)

My name is Riki Guzior and I am excited to join TotSpot Preschool this year.  I am an Arizona native and my husband, son, daughter and I just moved to Gilbert from Scottsdale and love being part of such a family friendly neighborhood.

For the past seven years I have relished raising my two children while being heavily involved in the classroom.  That time taught me two things:  1) I have a passion for childhood education and 2) I love watching children as they grow, learn, and develop the foundation of their futures.   Prior to becoming a “mom-on-call” I was in marketing and earned my B.A. from the University of Arizona in Psychology and Family Studies.

I look forward to being a part of your childrens’ education and will see you at TotSpot.

(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2014)



Shania Pablo

Assistant Teacher T/Th PM Ranch

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 M-F PM Farm


Lindsay Caveza

Assistant Teacher

(MWF AM Forest 3s)

Hi my name is Lindsay. I was born and raised in Southern California. I moved to Arizona in 2005 just after graduating high school. I have 2 sons, 6yrs and 2 1/2 yrs. My oldest attended TotSpot starting in the 2’s room all the way through Pre-k. My youngest will be attending TotSpot Fall 2016 and I couldn’t be more excited.

Each of the staff members I have met at TotSpot have a place in my heart as they have seen my boys grow and truly love each student that attends here as if they are their own child and I am thrilled to be a part of this exceptional school.

Brown-Outtakes-Dec13-73 (2)

Kristine Brown

Assistant Teacher

(MWF AM 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!


Lauren Jenningslauren

Assistant Teacher


Hi! My name is Lauren Jennings and I am so excited to be teaching at Totspot. I have been a part of the Totspot family as a parent for quite some time and will continue on now for my first year here as a teacher. I am originally from NY but have lived in Arizona for 9 years. I went to school at Syracuse University and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I began teaching Preschool/ Pre-k soon after, and did so for about 8 years before having my own children. I became a stay at home  mom two my two children. My daughter is now 7 and my son is 4 and will be attending Totspot! This will be my first year back in the classroom since being a stay at home mom and I couldn’t be more excited to start teaching again. My love for children and watching them learn is what brought me back and what better place to do that then here at Totspot.
When I am not taking care of my kids or teaching, I am singing (my other passion)I love all things having to do with music and the performing arts.I enjoy reading writing and cooking for my family. This year is the beginning of a new chapter in my life, and I cannot wait to share it with all of your wonderful children.



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.


Esmeralda PenaView More:

Assistant Teacher (MW Ocean, T/Th Circus)

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.


Myrna Malimban

Assistant Teacher (MWF AM Pre-K)_MG_5302

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)

Becky Howardellbecky

Assistant Teacher 3s (T/Th AM Forest)

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!

 Substitutes & Camp


Gretchen PetersonGretchen Peterson


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)

Laree Fuller

Laree FullerSubstitute & Pre-K T/Th AM Ranch Assistant

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)


Tasha Das


Tasha Das
Hi, I am Tasha Das and I originally became a part of the TotSpot staff as a substitute teacher, but now look forward to a regular teaching position.  My roots are in Connecticut, where I was born and raised.  Prior to a career managing international legal contracts for a large corporation, I constructed a strong foundation in formal education: a Bachelor of Arts degree followed by four years of graduate level studies, culminating in two graduate level certificates and a Master’s of Science degree.

I moved to Arizona with my husband and two children in 2010, from Boston, Massachusetts.  My son enjoyed attending TotSpot Preschool for 2 years.  I sincerely believe in the value of early education.  So much so, that I chose to leave a prosperous career to nurture my two little children.  I believe that early education sets a pattern and mindset that shape our children’s thinking and attitude towards lifelong learning and exploration.

I look forward to playing an important role in helping your children engage their minds and hearts at TotSpot Preschool.

(Joined TotSpot Preschool December, 2011)

Brooklyn  Brown

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!



Eryn Brewer

Teacher (MWF AM Arctic Pre-K PM)

Hi, my name is Eryn Brewer and I am very excited to be joining the Totspot staff this year! I am an Arizona native and loved growing up in the East Valley. I can’t imagine raising a family anywhere but here!

I have a wonderful husband Brent and two awesome boys Carter and Cade that I adore. We keep active with baseball, soccer and karate. I love spending time with family and friends and we spend most weekends going to the boys’ games, barbecuing, swimming and going to the lake!

Before I became a stay at home mommy of two, I graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. I then moved back to Chandler for my student teaching in the Kyrene School District. I received my Masters degree at Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Reading. I taught Kindergarten for 5 years before having my first son and loved every minute of it! I currently hold an Arizona teaching license with a reading endorsement.

I am thrilled to get back to what I love to do and that is teaching! I can’t wait be back in the classroom and see the excitement on all your children’s faces and help them to learn and grow!

(Joined TotSpot Preschool July, 2015)

Dessie Harmonteacher-Dessie

Teacher (M-F AM Space Pre-K)

I am excited to be back with the TotSpot family, after a brief time away. Corporate America was enticing for just a bit but I soon realized how much I missed being around children and seeing them grow.   It seems that my path to happiness and fulfillment always will involve being around children. After graduating from ASU, I continued with graduate school but soon married and decided to be a stay at home mother with my children.  I have never regretted that decision for it lead me to what I truly find joy in…working with children.  I have since had the opportunity to work with children of many different ages and in many different settings from a church setting to Cub Scouts to public schools.  I have worked in Texas and Arizona in the classroom setting as an elementary substitute teacher, as an Instructional Aide in Kindergarten rooms and Special Needs Preschool program, as well as, teaching in the Resource Programs. There is nothing more satisfying as to see a young child discover something new and hear their excitement to learn and hence I have decided to pursue a graduate degree in education.  I am looking forward to teaching the bright stars of our future at TotSpot.


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 (3s T/TH AM)

Debbie Crismon

Assistant Teacher (3s & Pre-K Assistant)Debbie Crismon

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

Assistant Teacher (T/TH AM & PM 3’s)teacher-Lisa

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


Audra Petitt

Assistant 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)