Meet the Sonshine Preschool Staff

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Sally has been the director of Sonshine Preschool since 2009.  She lives in Marshalltown and attends First Baptist Church with her husband, Tim, and their 2 children.  Sally was previously a secondary teacher and homeschool mom.  “I love the nurturing, Christian environment that Sonshine Preschool provides.  We know that preschool is a big step for children and parents, and we appreciate parents’ trust with enrolling their preschoolers in our program.”  Sally’s favorite color is blue and her favorite foods are ice cream and pizza. “Going on a Bear Hunt” is Sally’s favorite children’s book. 

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Michele Tweedy

Michele has been on staff at Sonshine Preschool since 2013. She is a lead teacher for the MWF 3-year-old class. She lives near Gladbrook with her husband, Michael, and has 5 children. Michele is also the teacher for Extended Learning & After-School Care on Mondays & Wednesdays. She has been a homeschool mom and taught Sunday School for 2 – 4 year olds for 20 years. Her favorite children’s book is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. Michele says, “I love the nurturing, Christian atmosphere at Sonshine. It’s a joy helping the children learn & grow.” Her favorite color is burgundy and her favorite food is chocolate.

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Jodi Norton

Jodi has been a lead teacher on the Sonshine Preschool staff since 2011. She teaches the 5-day class for 3-year-olds. Jodi is also the Aide for the 4-year-old afternoon class this year. She is originally from Conrad and lives in Marshalltown with her husband, Doug, and 2 children. Jodi has a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Education and Counseling. Jodi says, “I enjoy working with 3-year-olds turning 4-years-old and watching them learn how to interact socially with each other. They are also eager to learn academically and I love teaching on their ‘fun level’. The hugs and love you get are the best bonus of all.” Jodi’s favorite food is Mexican but also loves ice cream and coffee. Her favorite color is lime green and her favorite children’s book is “I’d Choose You” and any Max Lucado children’s books.

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Jill Brockman

 

Jill and her husband, Jon, live in the Marshalltown area. Jill has been on staff here at Sonshine Preschool since 2015 but previous taught for the Marshalltown School District. Jill taught elementary-age children for 31 years. She is the lead teacher for the 2-day T/TH 3-year-old class. Her favorite color is green and her favorite foods are salmon & baked potatoes. Jill says, “I love the energy that children bring to the classroom. And I love that my students teach me something every day!” Her favorite children’s book is “The Little House” by Virginia Lee Burton.

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Julie Mannan
 

Julie is an aide for the 4-year-old 5 days/week class. She has been a part of the Sonshine Preschool staff since 2006. She was born in Marshalltown and is the sister to another member of our staff, Janet. She lives with her husband, David, and 2 children. Julie graduated from nursing school and worked as an OB nurse for 16 years before coming on staff at Sonshine Preschool. She says, “I have always enjoyed interacting with children so it was a perfect fit for my family and I.” Her favorite children’s books are “Pete the Cat” books; her favorite food is chicken fajitas and favorite color is fuchsia.

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Daniela Ramirez

Daniela has been a member of Sonshine Preschool staff since 2012. She is the aide for Miss Sarah in the 3-day 4-year-old morning class and the 2-day 3-year-old class. Daniela is also the staff member for Early Morning, lunch time & Extended Learning. Daniela is bi-lingual and lives in Marshalltown with her husband, Edwin, and 2 daughters. Her favorite children’s book is “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” or “Pete the Cat” books. Daniela’s favorite color is baby blue and her favorite food is snow crabs. Daniela says, “I love going on field trips and getting to know the families of the preschoolers.”

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Natalie Perez

Natalie joined our staff here at Sonshine Preschool in 2015. She is the aide for Miss Jodi’s 5-day class. She also staffs Early Morning Care, Lunch time and Extended Learning. Natalie and her husband, Gustavo, live in Marshalltown with their 2 sons. She previously worked for MICA Head Start. Natalie’s favorite children’s book is “Going on a Bear Hunt”. Her favorite color is purple and her favorite food is tacos.

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Shelly Smith

Shelly joined our staff in 2015 and is the Aide/Teacher for the MWF 3-year-old class. She lives in Marshalltown with her husband, Scott, and they have 7 children. Shelly’s favorite children’s book is “Guess How Much I Love You”. Shelly worked as a lab tech for 14 years before staying home full time with her children. She says, “Motherhood has been my biggest teacher working with children. I also have worked with children of all ages, including Sunday School, hosting Bible clubs, volunteering at Good News Clubs, church nursery & youth groups.” Shelly’s favorite color is navy blue and her favorite foods are fruits and vegetables.

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Nicole Goodwin

Nicole has been on staff here at Sonshine Preschool since 2015 while subbing for Sonshine in 2014. She is the Aide for the T/TH 3-year-old class and for the MWF class. She and her husband, Justin, have 2 sons and live in Marshalltown. Nicole has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with the desire to work with children & teens. She is currently one of two wedding coordinators at FBC. Nicole says, “Both of my boys have been at Sonshine Preschool and have loved it!” Nicole’s favorite children’s book is “Mighty Robot” by Dan Pilkay. Her favorite color is purple and her favorite foods are pizza and chocolate chip cookie dough!