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2626 Arizona Street Northeast
Albuquerque, NM, 87110
United States

(505) 883-0496

To nurture and support children and families, and to provide a high-quality Preschool experience in a Christian environment.

A MINISTRY OF ST. JOHN’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

 

About

Our Mission

To nurture and support children and families and to provide a high-quality preschool experience in a Christian environment.

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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. 


 
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OUR STAFF

 

Meet the team dedicated to providing the best preschool education for your child. 


 
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Carmen Vargas
DIRECTOR

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 twenty-eight years, and God has gifted us with three children. I have worked in the early childhood education field for over twenty 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. 

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KAY SNYDER
OFFICE ASSISTANT

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 currently attend the University of New Mexico for my degree in Professional Writing (my life dream). I always look forward to working with the delightful children and staff at St. John’s Preschool.

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SERENA WILSON
TODDLER CLASSROOM (Little Lambs) 

Hi, my name is Serena Wilson. I am so excited to work with your child this year! I have 10 years experience teaching in a faith-based setting. I am currently attending Central New Mexico majoring in Early Childhood Education. I love children and get joy from watching them explore, create, cultivate and learn. My husband, Scott, and I have 3 wonderful kiddos: Kaleb, Kylie and Kennah. In my spare time, I love to hike, bike, and do anything outdoors. Thank you for sharing your children with St. John's Preschool Plus this year! It is a privilege to partner with you in their early childhood journey.

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OLGA PiGUL
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.  

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Karla Holck
TWO-YEAR-OLD CLASSROOM (BUSY BEES)

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. 

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Adriana Gallardo
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.

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Debbie Johnson
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-seven years.  We have a daughter and a son. We have a wonderful grandson, who attends 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.

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Margaret Duran
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.

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Amanda Hallett
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.

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Julia Mckay
substitute TEACHER

Hi, my name is Julia McKay. I’ve been in early childhood education for twenty years. I have my Child Development Associate Certificate and am currently going back to school to get a degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education. I’ve been with St. John’s Preschool Plus since 2015. I have been married to my husband for almost thirty years, many of which were in the Air Force. I’m a mother of two grown children, and I am a grandmother. 

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kERRINA rODRIGUEZ
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. 

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Barbra Whitaker
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.