Meet the Team

Thank you for visiting our website. Our full day preschool is among the best you will find in our state. There are all kinds of statistics that back up a statement like that, but the most important reason that validates it is the people we have on staff. Our faculty consists of highly educated, extremely motivated people who have HUGE hearts for Jesus and want to use their gifts to make the world a better place. What better way is there than to impact the lives of children?

The Administration and Lead Teachers have provided a brief introduction and favorite scripture verse to help you get to know them a little better...

Linda Pauley, Director of Early Childhood Education 

, 480.802.1505 ext. 100

I have been in this ministry since the center was founded in 2002. The joy I get from the being with children and working with a phenomenal group of people has blessed me abundantly. I find it difficult to narrow my favorite scripture verse to just one, but this is what is printed on my office wall:

Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6,
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight."

Kathleen Newman, admissions ManagerKNewman

, 480.802.1505 ext. 100

Hi! I am Ms. Kathleen and I manage the School Office.  I strive to show God’s love to every child who walks into our school every day! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have. If I don’t know the answer, I probably know who does!

Favorite Bible Verse: Acts 4:12, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

 Julie Capistran, office manager

Julie Capistran

, 480.802.1505 ext. 102

I have been working at Risen Savior in 2002, teaching Spanish and Pre-K. I am excited to move into the front office and take on new challenges, while still enjoying being around children every day. Early childhood is a wonder-filled time and that excitement for learning is contagious! 

Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Kim Hurtle, Lead Teacher – 1 Year Olds

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Working with the one year old class is such a blessing.  The innocence of a child is truly the most beautiful thing. I am excited each day to have a chance to look at the world through their eyes. 

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 18:4, Jesus said, “The greatest person in the kingdom of heaven is the one who makes himself humble like this child”.


Rhonda brown, Lead Teacher – Toddlers

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I enjoy teaching because it gives me great pleasure to help mold the minds of our future. Children are my passion!

Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Debbie Sobeck, Lead Teacher – 2 Year Olds

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My goal for your children is help them develop socially, intellectually and spiritually.  I believe that focusing on these three areas will result in a positive school experience.    Socially, children will interact with other children and adults and develop self-confidence.  Intellectually, they will improve their language and motor skills.  Spiritually, they will learn about Jesus through various Bible stories. My favorite Bible passage is the 23rd Psalm.  It has been a great source of inspiration and comfort to me throughout my life.

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 23:1-3, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters. 
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake."

Elena Gomez, Lead Teacher – 2 Yr Olds  

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I love teaching! I believe the Lord has a plan for us all. When I see a smile on a child’s face when they’ve accomplished something new, I feel fulfilled. It is a joy for me. 

“Children are a Gift from the Lord.” Psalm 127:3.

Kristy Styx, Lead Teacher – 3 Year Olds

, 480.802.1505 ext. 138

Thoughts on Teaching: I have been blessed to work with the 3 year olds for the past 13 years here at Risen Savior Lutheran School.

I have an Early Childhood Certificate from Concordia St. Paul, over 20 years of preschool hands-on experience, and have completed over 250 hours of professional development in the field of Early Childhood.

My favorite quote is, “It’s All Good!” I am a ravenous reader (I love books, any kind), I also enjoy shopping and taking road trips. 

 Favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,”Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Sunshine Ortiz, Lead Teacher – 3  Year Olds

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This verse keeps me humbled.  Compassion and boundaries show children they are cared about and loved.

Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 2:8-9,  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is a gift from God- not by works so that no man can boast."


Tonee Lopez, Lead Teacher – 4’s Year Olds

, 480.802.1505 x 139

My gifts, skills, and abilities are given over to the Lord for from Him, through Him and to Him be all the glory.I believe that every child is special and a blessing from God.  I get so excited to watch a child master each step in their development, and feel blessed that I get to help them take these first “steps.”  I strive to make my classroom a warm, loving, encouraging environment filled with developmentally age appropriate activities to help a child reach their milestones and full potential.

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Jeanne Hernandez, Lead Teacher – 4 Year Olds 

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Children are a gift from God and each child is unique and special. I believe early childhood education should prepare a child for a life time of learning.  It is a time for children to develop a positive sense of self worth and confidence.  I provide a classroom that is exciting and filled with wonder and self-discovery.This will be my 11th year teaching Pre-K at Risen Savior and I believe God has led me just where He needs me to be to serve Him best.  

Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 6:8, Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom should I send? Who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

 Jill Lopez, Lead Teacher – Kindergarten 

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One of my favorite quotes is from Mother Teresa, who said “Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.” It’s just a reminder to me to model the love and respect that Jesus first showed us. My favorite part of teaching is to see how excited the children are to discover and learn new things!

  Favorite Bible Verse: John 14:26, But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.