Wonder-Land Christian Preschool adheres to Community Care licensing requirements for all hiring practices, including but not limited to education and a clear criminal background check. In addition, we hire Christian teachers who have a strong profession of faith and are active in a local church. References are thoroughly checked which allows Administration to determine if he or she will be a good fit with current staff and clientele.
Continued education is encouraged of all personnel to keep current on advances in Early Childhood education through workshops, classes and seminars.
Our Wonderful Staff
Many staff members have served at the Wonder-Land School for many years. Since starting in the 1960s we have grown into a full-service center. We have parents who came here and have now enrolled their own children in WLS. The high quality of the entire staff is evident as they pursue Early Childhood Education course work, attend workshops, health and safety classes and also various seminars during the year to keep abreast of the current issues and ideas. Staff meetings are held every other month to address class enrichment possibilities, site improvements, and to address any safety issues. Your child’s health, safety and welfare are our total concern at Wonder-Land, and we constantly strive to improve class content and subject interest for each child in our care.
Mrs. Jessica has started with WLS as the Assistant Director and after several months became the Director. She has taught in the classroom for over five years. She has a B.A. in Child Development from Sac State and a M.A. in Education from the University of San Francisco. She loves spending time with family and friends, attending church, going skating and singing karaoke.
Miss Paula – Assistant Director
Ms. Paula is no stranger to the Wonder-Land family, as she has been a teacher with us since 2013. We have now welcomed her aboard as part of the Administrative Team. She has been promoted to the position of Assistant Director. Although she has taken the required classes for this particular position, this will be her first working experience as Assistant Director. She brings with her many years of classroom experience, as well as a love for Jesus; because of that she will be a leader who is sensitive to the needs of the students, parents, and the teachers. I hope that you will feel confident that she will help to make the 2016-2017 academic year an amazing one!
Mrs. Kayla has been at WLS for five years as a Fully Qualified Teacher. She has been promoted to Bookkeeper/Receptionist. This will be Kayla’s first year as bookkeeper. She brings with her a great personality and great customer service. Her passion has always been for children and after graduating high school started in this field. She loves spending time with her husband and family as well as cooking and baking. She has recently had a baby boy. She lives her life through movie quotes and loves playing softball.
Sprouts – 2 Year Olds
Sonshine Kids – 3 Year Olds
Miss Shelley is a recent new hire at WLS. She has been in the childcare field for over thirty years and has a passion for working with children. Miss Shelley has her Associate Teachers Permit in ECE and is a Fully Qualified Teacher. She loves to camp, ride bikes, read, go to the movies and attend tea parties. In fact she loves to plan and decorate for tea parties for her family and friends. Her passion is working with young children.
Explorers – 4 Year Olds
Miss Chris is our school veteran, being with WLS for over twenty-three years. She has been in the childcare industry for over twenty-six years and a volunteer for Children’s Ministries for over eighteen years. She is a Fully Qualified Teacher. One of her favorite hobbies is hosting tea parties with her friends. Her favorite book is, The Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood.
Miss Dorothy joined Wonderland just under two years ago. She is a Fully Qualified Teacher and is dedicated to providing your child with new challenges that help build their confidence while they play and learn. She has been blessed with the opportunity to co-teach alongside Miss Chris. As a mother and grandmother she finds it gratifying to witness a child learn something new and knowing that she had been a part of that growth. One of her all-time favorite children’s books are those of Dr. Seuss as he helps build children’s creativity and imagination. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family.
Sunflowers – K-1st Grade
Beanstalks – 2nd – 5th Grade
Miss Laurie has been with WLS for over nine years. She has been in the childcare field for over twenty-five years and is a Fully Qualified Teacher. Miss Laurie spends her mornings with the Sprouts and her afternoons with the Beanstalks. She is a very happy and spunky teacher where God has done much in her life. Her favorite children’s book is, The Giving Tree and I Will Love You Forever. She loves to spend ‘Ohana’ time with her family and has three grandchildren.
Mrs. Svitlana- Aide and Chidlren’s Ministries Director at American River Community Church
Miss Svitlana was born in Ukraine and came to the US several years ago. She has demonstrated leadership and artistic gifts with the Children’s Ministry as a volunteer and staff member of the church. Previously Svitlana served her church in the Ukraine teaching Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and learning art, drama, and sports in summer camp, that she is now enjoying to teach kids art WLS. Also she has been studying Early Childhood Education at American River College. She loves children and she thanks God that the children love her back. She and her husband Dmitriy look forward to adopting a foster child! She has become a great asset to out WLS family and it is a joy having her as part of our team!
Art Studio/Chapel Teacher
Miss Tara has been with WLS for a short time, but has been in the childcare industry for over fifteen years. She has a B.A. in Economics and is a Fully Qualified Teacher. She loves to read, play with her own three children and go camping. Her favorite children’s book is, I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt. She was named after the plantation in Gone With The Wind.
Mrs. Laurene has been with WLS for four years. She is multifaceted with doing many different things. Mrs. Laurene is what you will call the children’s nourishment. Cooking for children and seeing there faces light up to the different creative meals they receive from her. She has been in the childcare field since 1992. She is a Fully Qualified Teacher. Mrs. Laurene enjoys reading, writing in her journal, doing crossword puzzles and cooking for family and friends. Her favorite children’s book is, The Kissing Hand and The Giving Tree. She is married to her best friend of twenty-five years and together they have a beautiful family whom she loves spending time with.