Our teachers are the best

Our staff members are carefully selected based on educational qualifications and experience in the field of early childhood education.  Equally as important is a loving and genuine interest in young children.  Continual staff development is mandatory and accomplished through university/college course work, workshops, conferences, and in-service training.

All teachers must complete 18 hours of annual training in accident/emergency procedures, recognition of illness, nutrition, child abuse detection, reporting, and prevention, safety, program administration, infant and child growth and development, observation and assessment, developmentally appropriate practice, child guidance and discipline to meet Arizona Department of Health Services Childcare Licensing Requirements.

All staff members must have current CPR and First Aid cards.  All staff members are fingerprinted, and background checks are conducted through the Arizona Department of Public Safety.


Our incredible staff of teachers

God’s Garden is the Christian Preschool serving families in Ahwatukee and the Foothills and is licensed and regulated by the State of Arizona.

Preschool Director: Michelle Rhodes, Ph. D.

Director’s Assistant: Denise Tobin

Horizon Interium Pastor: Rev. Joe Surin

2’s MWF

Sandy Hand

Amarylis Willgale

2’s T/Th

Amarylis Willgale

Marcela Erramuzpe

Kimberly Sappenfield

3’s MWF

Sarah Stecyk

Hannah Kern

3’s TWTH

Ms. Claudie

Christine Somyk

4’s TWTH

Michele McCarter

Margarita Giner

4’s MWF

Kelly Schroeder

Marcella Erramuzpe


Julia Ziesmer


Get to know our group


God’s Garden Preschool is governed by a Board of Directors. God’s Garden encourages people with marketing, advertising, fundraising or financial experience to serve on the board. This includes Horizon Presbyterian church members, God’s Garden parents, members of the community, the Pastor, and the Preschool Director.

The Board of Directors oversees the continuing operation of God’s Garden Preschool. The Board plans, develops and establishes policy, and assess the performance of the school. The Board is also responsible for promoting Christian education in the community. The Board encourages personal faith in Christ and the building of Christian character.


Reverend Joe Surin, Transitional Pastor
Genevieve Kennedy, President, GG Parent
Rachel Holm, GG Parent
Mac Castle, Treasurer, Church Member
Brian Long, Church Member
Mariott Hileman, Community Member
Angela Ratynski, Church Member, Session Liaison
Margarita Burke, GG Parent
Dr. Michelle Rhodes, GG Director

We are pleased to serve you this year. We are looking for parents, church members, and/or community members to serve on the Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving on the Board, please contact the Director at If you want to share your ideas or feedback with the Board of Directors, contact us at