Meet Our Staff

With education and experience in early childhood care

Our Teaching-staff consists of four teachers and one assistant with experience in early childhood care.

    • Irene Sheppard
      Director / Prek-II Teacher

      Irene SheppardDirector / Prek-II Teacher

    • Ms.Irene has been with Parkwood Christian Preschool for 13 years.  She has worked in the preschool field for 19 years. As the Director, she works with each child to ensure academic success.
      In her Pre-KII classroom of 4-5 year old students, she supports and encourages learning while providing a solid foundation for Kindergarten. Irene holds an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Modesto Junior College. She enjoys camping with her family, hiking and working on puzzles.

    • Salyna Ponce
      Asst. Director / Pre-KI Teacher

      Salyna PonceAsst.Director/Pre-KI Teacher

    • Ms.Salyna has 7 years of teaching experience with Parkwood Christian Preschool. She teaches older 3 and younger 4 year olds. Salyna has accomplished 24 units in Early Childhood Education, and is pursuing her Associates degree.  In her spare time, she cooks, and spends time with her family.

    • Mary Ponce
      Pre K-II Teacher

      Mary PoncePre K-II Teacher

    • Ms. Mary has 40 years experience in the field, and has spent the last 13 years working with 2-4 year olds. She is a Teacher/Teacher’s Aide for ages 2-6 at Parkwood.  With her bilingual English/Spanish skills, she provides extra support to English Language Learners.  Her passion is her Christian ministry of service which includes 20 years running the nursery for her church, and 15 years as a Sunday School Teacher.  Her hobby is reading, and she loves spending time with her family.

    • Lana Dillon
      Substitute Teacher

      Lana DillonSubstitute Teacher

    • Lana Dillon has been with Parkwood over the past 15 years, has taught 2, 3, and 4 year old classes, and is currently a Substitute Teacher. She enjoys nurturing, encouraging, and challenging children in biblical, academic, and developmental discoveries. Her interests include walking with friends and family, reading, and participating in Bible Studies/Events at her local church.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Marketing from Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri and a Site Supervisor Permit in E.C.E.

    • Denise Amador
      Resident Cook

      Denise AmadorResident Cook

    • Denise Amador is our Resident Cook and has been with us for over a year.  She cooks creative, delicious, nutritious, vegetarian meals for the preschool.  She holds an Associate of Science degree from Evergreen College in Interdisciplinary Studies. Spending time with her family, and swimming are two of her favorite things.

    • Nancy Lavea
      Buisness Manager

      Nancy LaveaBuisness Manager