Our Staff 

At Yuma Pre-School, we concentrate on developing the unique potential of every child through a process of structured choice. Our programs develop strong self-images, healthy independence, and self-discipline — all while encouraging the desire for creative expression. 

Our teachers and staff are the genuine heartbeat of the school. A couple of them have been providing love and learning since we opened, 30 years ago. We are blessed to have a strong sense of family among our staff members, and our students benefit from our respect and trust for one another.

All staff maintain:

  • Fingerprint/Clearance Card
  • CPR and First Aid Certifications 
  • Food Handlers Cards
  • 18 hours of Continuing Education Annually 
  • The values of Yuma Pre-School and perpetuates its mission daily

 

Meet Our Staff:

Sandy Curtis

Owner and School Director

I believe that all children who enter the doors of Yuma Pre-School are special and have unique needs. It’s our job to know their individual needs to successfully navigate how to best approach their learning and growth. We take very seriously the task of preparing them for public school— all while helping them cultivate character and healthy social skills. We truly are an environment of learning and love.” 

 

Karen Munoz

Engagement Director

“I strive daily to build a great relationship with all of our parents. I believe that providing caring, respectful interaction, as well as consistent professional service, is the key to our success.”

 

Susan K. Wilton

Speech Therapist

“My work with the children is unique in that each child needs a different treatment plan. I work diligently to ensure every child that needs extra attention receives that attention. Time and again I’ve seen that through our work, they become confident in their communication with others.”

 

Ms. Raquel

Pre-K Program Teacher

“Children who graduate from our Pre-K program have several advantages when entering elementary school. Not only are they academically familiar with the concepts introduced in kindergarten, I also make sure their social/emotional skills are cultivated to successfully navigate the common situations they will encounter. Some of the academic concepts my students internalize by graduation from Yuma Pre-School are: the alphabet, phonetics, spelling and writing their name, fluency, number memorization, and patterning. I do my absolute best to prepare all students with an understanding of rules, expectations, consequences, and rewards. At Yuma Pre-School, sharing, teamwork, expressing compassion, successful conflict resolution, and fairness are all very important aspects of what we practice daily."

 

Ms. Denise

Pre-K Program Assistant Teacher

“My absolute favorite thing about working at Yuma Pre-School is the children— every child greets you with a smile and a huge hug! How can you not have a wonderful day after that? It is my goal to encourage communication, compassion, and positive interaction each and every day at Yuma Pre-School. ”

 

Ms. Sabrina

Pre-K Program Assistant Teacher

"There are so many reasons I love working with the children at Yuma Pre-School, but the main reason I love my job is because it never fails to help me see the bigger picture— to focus on all of the good life has to offer. I believe that far too often we need to be reminded to take a deep breath and enjoy the simple blessings; like a child bursting with joy after learning something new or making a new friend… I hope to be a reliable source of comfort for the children. I am always willing to go above and beyond for my team and our students— they show so much love. As one of the new Yuma Pre-School teachers, I am determined to grow and will make the best of this wonderful opportunity."

 

Ms. Stacie

Three Year Old Program Teacher

“I love teaching the blue program at Yuma Pre-School. The thing that amazes me daily is how beautifully unique each and every child truly is… They all learn in such different ways. I enjoy finding innumerable ways to provide examples and experiences that resonate with all students in our class. I love the challenge of fostering their individualized learning and growth." 

 

Ms. Trinai

Three Year Old Program Assistant Teacher

"My goal, as one of the newer Yuma Pre-School teachers, is to bring happiness to the staff and the children every day. I value teaching our students responsibility, respect, and how to always find the fun!" 

 

Ms. Cindy

Two Year Old Program Teacher

“Fun fact: I have loved being a teacher at Yuma Pre-School for 34 years now! One of my absolute favorite aspects of teaching that long has been impacting literally generations of little ones and helping them grow into wonderful, happy, successful adults. My primary goal as an educator is to ensure every child develops the confidence to move forward to their next phase of education and carries this confidence through every phase in their life." 

 

Ms. Hailey

Two Year Old Program Assistant Teacher 

“I have enjoyed immensely working with the two year-olds at Yuma Pre-School because they are all so unique and creative. They truly have become little lights in my life! They consistently teach me love, patience, and how to always find positivity— I am extremely grateful to be a teacher at Yuma Pre-School.” 

 

Ms. Rosa Ortega

School Cook

“I believe that children need healthy, well-balanced snacks and meals to feel their best. I am dedicated to ensuring all children get the care, nutrition they need— including being very attentive to allergy and dietary requests. Let’s be honest- food makes everyone happy and I enjoy seeing the students enjoy their mealtime at Yuma Pre-School.”