Meet our Teachers

Jodi Pullen – Video Introduction – (3-4 and 4-5 year-old teacher) has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching for more than twenty years.  Six of those years were teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten in the Kyrene School District. This is her thirteenth year at Lil’ Einsteins. Jodi’s experience includes early childhood curriculum development and administrative duties. She was the preschool and Kindergarten liaison member for 4 years. Jodi has two sons, Joshua age 20 and Jordan age 18.  A New York transplant, she currently resides in Gilbert with her husband Jim.

Jennifer Johnson Video Introduction – (4-5 Kinderprep teacher) has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  Jen taught first grade for five years in the Gilbert School District.  She then became an instructor at Arizona State University and taught education courses for three years.  Jen has also been supervising student teachers for the past nine years for Rio Salado College.  Jen resides in Gilbert with her husband Mike.  They have a 16-year-old son Drew, an 13-year-old son Thatcher, who is a Lil’ Einsteins graduate, and a 8-year-old daughter Brynnley who also attended Lil’ Einsteins Preschool.

Lori Bennett  Video Introduction – (4-5 Kinderprep teacher) Although a Sun Devil at heart, after cheerleading for three years, Lori moved to Tucson with her new husband and earned her degree from the University of Arizona.  She has her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Grand Canyon University.   Lori has worked and volunteered countless hours in the classroom over the last twenty years and has subbed at our Gilbert location and worked at our Queen Creek location.  She also has several years of experience with one on one child development and Pre-K proficiency.  Lori married her high school sweetheart and is the proud mother of three children and a grandmother of one!  Audrey, her oldest daughter, is an Arizona State University graduate.  Natalie, is a graduate of University of Northern Colorado.  Her son, Ty, attends Grand Canyon University.  Lori loves to incorporate her creative flair with the fundamentals of learning.

Beth Welch Video Introduction – (4-5-year-olds) has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.  She taught in Mesa for 10 years before spending time as a stay at home mom.  She loves children and the twinkle in their eye when they learn something new.  She enjoys making learning fun and exciting for kids of all ages.  Mrs. Beth was a long-term sub for Lil’ Einsteins prior to teaching for us for the last 8 years, as well as a parent helper while her son attended Lil’ Einsteins.  Her husband Keith is a Battalion Chief with the Chandler Fire Department. They live nearby with their kids Natalie (18) and Jack (15).

Mrs. Liz – She is an Arizona Native and has lived here most of her life. Her husband served in the United States Marine Corp where they were stationed in Twentynine Palms, California, while active duty. They have been Queen Creek residents the last six years and have two sons, Channing who is 9 and Camden who is 6. Mrs. Liz volunteered while her son attended Lil’ Einsteins and has been here the past two years in both the preschool and kinder-prep classes as well as in the district in Kindergarten and first-grade. She is passionate about working with our littlest learners and creating a positive and loving environment.

Assistant Teachers

Mrs. Susan – Mrs. Susan has been with Lil’ Einsteins since our first day in 2007.  Prior to that, she worked at the school district as an assistant teacher.   Her experience includes working with special needs children as well as one on one assistance and small group leader.

Ms. Jessica – Has been here since Lil’ Einsteins originated in 2007. She attended ASU and finished her degree in Spanish with an education minor while working at Lil’ Einsteins. She comes from a large family and has years of experience with young children.

Mrs. Regina – An Arizona native, Regina has been with Lil’ Einsteins for the past 7 years as an assistant.  Her 2 younger children also are graduates of Lil’ Einsteins.  Before coming to the preschool she moved from working in healthcare to a stay at home mom raising her children while volunteering in both elementary school and preschool.  Married to Bryon for 23 years, she is a happy mom of 4 and also a grandmother of one.  She enjoys spending her weekends with her family Raegin, (16) Nick, (21)  and Ashlyn (18). Her oldest daughter is Brittany  (29).

Mrs. Kristin – She is originally from southern Illinois, but, has called Arizona home for over 20 years.  After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Psychology, Kristin welcomed an opportunity to work as a Human Resources Coordinator.  Prior to Lil’ Einsteins Kristin also performed private daycare and volunteering in her children’s classrooms while pursuing her passion for Holistic health and wellness.  She loves spending time with her husband Nate and children, who are both Lil’ Einstein graduates, Keegan and Madden.

Mrs. Leanne – She is the assistant teacher for our littlest learners. She graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a degree in Organizational Leadership while playing college volleyball. She also met her husband there. She is originally from Southern California and moved to Arizona in 2017 for her husband’s job. Prior to Lil’ Einsteins, Leanne worked in parks and recreation as the Community Service Coordinator for the City of Glendora. Both of her children have attended Lil’ Einsteins, Graham (6) and Emma (5) is a current student. She also is a substitute teacher for the Queen Creek School District.

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