To nurture and support children and families and to provide a high-quality preschool experience in a Christian environment.
St. John's Preschool Plus has served the early education needs of the neighborhood and community for over 35 years, offering an excellent preschool program for children from 12 months to 4 years of age. Each one of our highly qualified and trained staff members is certified in both Red Cross First Aid and Child CPR. In addition, each staff member completes 24 hours of continuing education every year. Both part-time and full-time enrollment schedules are available.
Meet the team dedicated to providing the best preschool education for your child.
Hello! My name is Carmen Vargas, and I have the privilege of being the Director of St. John’s Preschool Plus. My husband and I have been married for thirty years, and God has gifted us with three children. I have worked in the early childhood education field for over twenty-two years. I am blessed to be a part of such a solid and wonderful program. I am working toward my degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education with a concentration in program administration. Early childhood education is my chosen profession and where my heart is. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your child’s life.
My name is Kay Snyder, and I am privileged to be the office assistant and one of the floating teachers at St. John’s Preschool. I started working at St. John’s Preschool Plus in 2011, but I have been working with small children since 1999. I have a Child Development Certificate in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of New Mexico. I always look forward to working with the delightful children and staff at St. John's Preschool.
Two-Year-Old CLASSROOM (BUSY BEES)
Hi, my name is Olga Pigul, and I work with the Busy Bees. I have more than twenty-five years of experience in Education with fifteen years in Early Childhood Education. I have a bachelor's degree in education, a master's degree in history, and 35 credit-hours in Early Childhood Multicultural Education from Central New Mexico and the University of New Mexico. My education and experience give me a true understanding of the needs of children, parents, and community. As a mother, I am highly aware of parents' needs. I believe within a trusting, fun, exciting, and engaging atmosphere your children can grow socially, emotionally, physically, and academically. It gives me great pleasure playing an important role in your child's life.
Two-Year-Old Classroom (Busy Bees)
Hello! My name is Sage Wiggins, and I am currently working in the Busy Bees class. This is my very first year in teaching. I love my job; teaching children is my passion! In my free time I love to travel and be with my family and my dog Cash. I recently graduated with an associate degree in Early Childhood Development, and I am currently going to New Mexico Highlands to receive my bachelor’s degree. Early Childhood Development is something I am very passionate about. I believe these early year experiences are very important for children. My goal is to enrich children's learning experiences. I am so grateful for all the wonderful children and families and the wonderful staff I get to work with here at St. John’s.
TODDLER CLASSROOM (Little Lambs)
Hello, I'm Karla Holck, and I work with the Busy Bees. I homeschooled my two sons a total of eighteen years, and my favorite memories are of their toddler years. I feel fully rewarded teaching preschool at St. John's Preschool Plus. At this age, there is so much to explore and so many new things to experience. I value the way children see things differently than adults. I have been working with children for over seven years in Sunday School settings and as a teacher. I have an associate's degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education from Central New Mexico and am currently pursuing a bachelor's degree at New Mexico Highlands University.
Three-Year-OLD classroom (MARVELOUS MONKEYS)
My name is Adriana Gallardo, also known as "Ms. A." I am a single bilingual parent of two beautiful daughters, and I have two of God’s precious jewels – my grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading my Bible, attending church, going out to eat, and going to the movies. I have been working with children and their families since 2003, and I received my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Multicultural from New Mexico Highlands University.
THREE-YEAR-OLD Classroom (Bubbly Bears)
My name is Debbie Johnson. I have been working with preschool children for over twenty-five years. I have had the pleasure of working most of those years with the Bubbly Bears. I am continuing my education by taking early education classes. My husband and I have been married for thirty-nine years. We have a daughter, son and a daughter-in-law. We also have a wonderful grandson, who attended St. John's Preschool Plus. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and baking. My classroom will provide your child with many opportunities to learn and grow. My classroom is well-rounded with a focus on socialization, manners, skills, and preparing for Pre-K. It is a privilege to be your child’s preschool teacher – thank you for entrusting me with your child.
FOUR-YEAR-OLD classroom (Amazing Apples)
Hello, my name is Margaret Duran. I have a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family development from San Diego State University. I also have a minor in sociology with training in special needs children. I know that God has drawn me to early education and that is why I love teaching. I feel blessed to share the love of Jesus with such small children each day. When I am not teaching I am at home with my three small children, husband and three dogs. We love to be outside, relaxing with extended family, and just having fun no matter what we are doing.
FOUR-YEAR-OLD Classroom (Awesome Owls)
My name is Amanda Hallett. I have a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education from the University of New Mexico. I have been working in the field of education since 2007, and I have been at St. John’s Preschool Plus since April, 2015. I love what I do, and working with children is my passion. What I love most about my job is being able to share the love of Jesus with my students.
Hi, I am Julie Bencoe. I have recently retired as a Kindergarten teacher from Albuquerque Public Schools. My husband and I have three grown children and we are proud to be new grandparents to two little girls. This will be my second year of being a part-time employee at St. Johns Preschool Plus. Last year I fulfilled the position of a floater. I am looking forward to being a substitute this year in an enriched, Christian environment with such talented staff members and loving children.
FOUR-YEAR-OLD CLASSROOM (AMAZING APPLES)
Hello Families! My name is Kerrina Rodriguez. I’ve been a preschool teacher for over 6 years and I am currently in the process of obtaining my degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education. God has blessed me with a wonderful family that includes three beautiful children ages 20, 13 and 9. I am a firm believer in play based learning with a strong emphasis on social and emotional growth as well as sensory development. The best way to ensure a successful preschool experience for our families is through communication and collaboration. I look forward to spending the year with your child and watching them flourish in a loving environment that will allow them the space, support and encouragement to be their best selves. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to be such an instrumental part of your child’s development. I look forward to meeting each and every family that we are so grateful and blessed to have at St. John’s Preschool Plus.
chapel and music teacher
Hello friends, I am Ms. Barb. I am the chapel and music teacher at St. John’s Preschool Plus. I have been here for the past four years, but I also taught here when my kids attended Preschool Plus! I was born and raised in Albuquerque, and I attend church at St John's United Methodist Church. I have been married for thirty-six years. I love dancing and singing and praising Jesus with your precious children.