TLC Preschool Director & 4s Teacher - Karla McDivitt
Karla was born and raised in Akron, Ohio as the ninth of eleven children. While her Bachelor's degree is in Psychology, she has always been interested in creating environments where kids feel safe, loved and secure. Her teaching career began February 7, 1996 in Illinois; since then she has watched first-hand the way God uses a preschool ministry to make a difference in the lives of the students, families and the community in which it is positioned.
She has a Lutheran Teaching Credential as well as her Principal's Certificate, along with countless hours in the field where she has kept abreast of the best practices for children and staff. She is divorced and has a son who was born in June 2000. She enjoys singing, baking and playing volleyball.
Ms. Karla believes that every child can learn and that each child is uniquely created by God. She looks forward to walking alongside you as your director-teacher at TLC Preschool, building a solid foundation for your student.
TLC Preschool 4s Teacher - Rahberta Estrada
Miss Rahberta has lived in Casa Grande her whole life and has been part of the TLC family for the last three years with five years experience before joining us. Miss Rahberta is continuing her education at Central Arizona College to receive A.A. in Early Childhood Education. In December of 2015, she was blessed with a beautiful baby girl; they were both baptized in the Christian Faith at Trinity Lutheran Church. She spends her free time outside with her family going to the park or playing ball.
TLC Preschool 3s Teacher - Maria Estrella
Ms. Maria has been blessed to be involved with TLC Preschool on and off for several years, working as an assistant or a lead teacher. She has 9+ years of experience and an A.A. in Elementary Education. Ms. Maria is fluent in Spanish, has lived in Casa Grande almost her entire life, and enjoys being outdoors hiking, rock climbing, and just being in nature.
TLC Preschool 2 1/2 - 3s Teacher - Desiree Enriquez
Miss Desiree is a native to Casa Grande. She has two brothers and one sister, she enjoys spending time with her family. Desiree was baptized into the Christian faith in April 2017. She has always enjoyed working with children and holds an AA degree in Early Childhood Education.
TLC Preschool Teaching Assistant - Felicity Gabaldon
Miss Felicity was born and raised in Casa Grande. She has a younger brother and older sister. Miss Felicity is taking classes at Central Arizona College to receive her Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education, and eventually aiming for her Master's Degree. She loves spending time with children. She loves to spend her free time with her family.
TLC Preschool School Age Staff - Charlie Walsworth
Mr. Charlie was born and raised in Olympia, WA. After receiving his BA in Education, he moved to Alaska to drive tour buses, then began a career as a teacher and stayed in Alaska for almost 30 years, where he taught Resource Room, Physical Education and Special Education and coached lots of sports. He received his Masters Degree in School Administration, and then became an elementary school principal. After working in schools for more than 20 years, he retired to try something new, working for Court Services with the Alaska State Troopers. After retiring again, he and his wife moved to Arizona. Since living here, he's tested out several careers, most recently working for Alaska Airlines. Now he's back to what he loves--serving children and families and sharing his love for education. In his spare time, he loves music, tennis, and all sorts of sports, and keeps busy with church activities. He has four sons and just had his first granddaughter.
TLC Preschool School Age Staff - Nordella Taylor
Ms. Nordella was born in Casa Grande, Arizona and raised in Stanfield, Arizona. She has lived in Arizona all her life. She has been married to her husband, Roy for 30 wonderful years. She has two boys, Roy Jr. and Rusty, and a daughter-in-law, Sarah. She has worked with children for over 22 years in the Casa Grande Elementary School District. When she is not at work, she loves making new things, taking care of her plants, and going on adventures with her family!
TLC Preschool Teaching Assistant - Heidi Wolf
Ms. Heidi was born in Minneapolis, MN. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Business Psychology. After Graduate school she became the Director of an Elementary Before and After School Program. She then was an HR Manager which moved her to Arizona. She moved to Casa Grande in 2015 and became a stay at home mom to three amazing kids. Now that her kids are older it was time for her to get back into the workforce and still have time to handle their busy schedule!
TLC Preschool Teaching Assistant - Maryln Walston
Maryln Walston was born and raised in the most picturesque area on a farm in Northern Idaho north of Bonners Ferry. She knew at a young age of her love of children and helping them as she could. Maryln graduated from San Francisco City College with an AA degree. She worked at Early Head Start in Libby, MT., (by Glacier Park) as a teacher for 6 week old babies to 3 year old children. Her husband Dean is a retired Montana Highway Patrolman. Maryln loves to go jogging, golfing, walking her dog Grace and doing anything outdoors in God's great miracle of nature. Her time with children is so precious to her and her goal is to help as much as she can to nurture a young child in the path to Salvation and to encourage their self esteem and self worth.
TLC Preschool Teaching Assistant - Desiree Hamilton
Desiree was born i Phoenix, AZ. She lived most of her life in Lawrence, KS. She is a jayhawk fan! She has a 5 year old son name Zayden. Desiree and Zayden were both baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in 2017. Desiree also works at Walmart Distribution Center on the weekends. She loves roller skating and spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys writing and reading. She loves taking her son to all kind of different places, Grand Canyon and the beach!
TLC Preschool Teaching Assistant - Krystle Lopez
Krystle Lopez has been blessed with the opportunity to work with TLC preschool on and off for the last 6 years, with 8 years of childcare experience . She has been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for almost 10 years now and enjoys her journey of continued growing faith. Krystle was born and raised in Manhattan, Illinois and has spent time living in North Carolina, Iowa and Mazatlan, Mexico. She has three children and is about to celebrate her 10-year anniversary with her husband. In her spare time she enjoys going on adventures with her family like camping, hiking and anything outdoors. She also enjoys cooking and writing.
TLC Preschool Teaching Assistant - Laura Gilloon
My name is Laura Gilloon and I am a Arizona native. This is my first year working at TLC preschool and very excited! I graduated from ASU in 2008 with a bachelors degree in secondary Art education. I have been happily married for 10 years and have three amazing children, one currently in the program and one 'graduate' of TLC.. I love working with children and I believe every child has a unique learning style pace. I enjoy cooking, reading and spending time with my family and friends.
TLC Preschool Teaching Assistant - Jessica La Commare
Jessica was born and raised in Long Island, New York. She recently moved to Casa grande in 2016 and loves it here! She has been happily married 15 years and has two children ages 14 and 12. Jessica was baptized along with her children July 2017. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran church. She owns and runs a fitness studio here in town. During the day she works at TLC Preschool helping and loving the preschool kiddies. She misses her children being this age and feels blessed to be here.