Our Teachers

Rebecca Saunders, Director

Rebecca became director at SPS in 2018. With an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, five years teaching experience in first grade, and three children of her own (one who is currently attending SPS), Rebecca found a quick home here. She loves to see the world expand to children as their learning grows. She also has a passion to build relationships here in the community.

Margoth Bartenstein, Pre-K teacher

Margoth has been at Shenandoah Preschool since 2006.

Raised on a Colombian coffee farm, Margoth pursued a career as a computer systems analyst before coming to the United States. Her prior work experience in Lexington has included nine years teaching at Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center and a year at Woods Creek Montessori, before joining the Shenandoah staff.

Margoth loves how her students get so excited about the simplest things.  They are sponges full of curiosity and energy.  It is her pleasure to encourage that natural love of learning through hands-on activities and fun experiments.

Gretchen Sukow, Pre-K teacher

Gretchen has been at Shenandoah Preschool since 2008.  Gretchen has a Master’s degree in Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill. Before coming to work at the preschool, Gretchen spent many years as a clinical social worker for children, specializing in Play Therapy.  Gretchen is a true believer of the importance of play in the development of a young child.  It facilitates emotional growth, builds strong social and problem-solving skills and encourages creativity.

Brooke Lawhorn, Discovery and Pre- K teacher

Brooke teaches in our Discovery Program for 3-year olds and our Pre-K program.  She graduated from Southern Virginia College with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  She has numerous years experience as a preschool teacher.  She likes to teach using Art, Music, and other creative outlets for learning.  She believes that the early years of a child’s life are highly formative and crucial to development.  She is committed to her students’ successful cognitive, physical, and emotional progress.

Jenna Donahue, Toddler teacher

Jenna teaches our Toddler Time students.  She loves working with children, helping them learn, and celebrating their successes. She firmly believes in the importance of Early Childhood Education.

Michelle Riley, Toddler teacher

Michelle has been with Shenandoah Preschool since 2006 as one of our Toddler teachers.  She loves spending time with her students, watching them grow and develop over their year with her.  The bonus is that they make her laugh every day!  Michelle provides a loving, structured, and  developmentally appropriate environment for our youngest students.

Amanda Bertschi, Discovery Class Teacher

Amanda loves working with children of all ages.  Amanda has much patience and love for children.  She loves children’s literature and often shares with our students her latest, favorite find from the Library.

 

Corbin Morrison, Afternoon Program teacher

Corbin has been teaching for more then 20 years, many of those years teaching preschool right here at Shenandoah.  Corbin brings so much experience and creativity to our afternoon program.

Caroline Coons, Music teacher

Caroline is a certified Yoga instructor as well as our Music and Movement Teacher.  As the SPS Music teacher, Caroline will concentrate on singing, rhyming, rhythm, beat, and movement.  She believes it is important for children to enjoy hearing and participating in music.

Bethany Hull, Physical Education Teacher

Bethany is our Physical Education Teacher.  She will be teaching our students many skills to strengthen both gross and fine motor skills.  They will be listening to directions and coordinating their movements to give them better body awareness and control.  All the while having a fantastic time with Ms. Bethany!