Shepherd of the Valley Preschool EDUCATORS
All our teachers go above and beyond their job descriptions to keep our community safe and provide the best care for our children and families. In our 2021 family survey 100% of families “felt that the entire staff are highly qualified and genuinely love teaching children.”
Julianna Strong is the new interim director of Shepherd of the Valley Preschool. She received her Bachelor of Science at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM. Julianna is a native to the Albuquerque's North Valley. She has worked as a childcare give and advanced her way into a director. She is obtaining a director's certification. She is involved in the North Valley Community and is part of the NV Little League Committee.
Outside of the preschool, Julianna loves spending time with her husband and kids, Aysa and Andyn. Julianna enjoys watching a good baseball game, camping and taking her family out to discover nature. She is passionate about working with children to reach their potentials through play and discovery. She is excited to take on this journey to help develop your children's creativity and imagination.
Laurie Taylor has been associated with Shepherd of the Valley Preschool since 1991, when her older daughter Tess, and then Hannah, attended preschool here. She served on the Board of Directors and then became the Liaison Elder for our church and preschool. In 1995, she was delighted to join our preschool staff, and she still loves to come to work every day.
Prior to moving to Albuquerque in 1989, Laurie and husband, Rick, lived in New York City for eleven years. Laurie moved to NYC after completing her BFA in theatre at the University of Evansville, in Evansville, Indiana with emphasis in acting and costume design. Laurie enjoys sewing and makes the preschool children costumes for Halloween every year.
Laurie is retiring at the end of May 2023 after 28 wonderful years of working and playing at Shepherd of the Valley Preschool!
Margy Gorman is the lead Pony teacher and has been at Shepherd of the Valley Preschool for 8 years. She is currently taking classes at New Mexico Highlands University CNM toward a degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education. Margy was born and raised in Albuquerque and attended Shepherd of the Valley Preschool in 1995. When not at work, Margy is busy caring and playing with her sweet little girls, Amelia and Calla. She likes hanging out with her family swimming and camping! At school, she enjoys playing outside and creating artwork with the children. Margy is excited to continue to learn with the children!
Genevieve Larranaga has been at Shepherd of the Valley Preschool since 2013 where her son attended preschool. She assists Margy in the Pony group. Gen is married to her high school sweetheart and they live with their two teenage sons in the North Valley where they were born and raised. She enjoys swimming, camping, backyard BBQ’s, movies, and loving on her sons and animals. Before Gen came to work at the preschool she did IT work for 25 years at Sandia Labs and PNM. She is thrilled to be at the preschool doing art projects, playing dress-up, rolling out play-doh with the children and working with the wonderful staff.
Debi Eisenhour has been involved with Shepherd of the Valley Preschool since 1994, when her daughter Jessica started school. She was an assistant teacher for the school for several years, until leaving for a full-time position as Director of Music Ministries at Shepherd of the Valley Church. She continued her relationship at SOVP, providing music at Circle Time, and teaching Kindermusik. After 21 years at the church, she left her position, and is excited to be more involved at preschool again. She now has a parttime position at Second Presbyterian Church leading their Children’s Choir. Her interests outside of work are spending time with her family, watching movies, reading, walking, and playing with her pet rabbit, Jin. Debi is looking forward to teaching, playing and singing with the children.
Calandria Phillips is beginning her first year at Shepherd of the Valley Preschool as a teacher assistant. She is currently obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Art Studio at UNM here in Albuquerque and will graduate in the fall. She plans to continue her education at CNM to complete her alternative teaching license. Calandria was born and raised in Albuquerque where she hopes to teach in her own classroom one day. She is an outgoing person and loves to meet new people in the process. When she is not working, she likes to enjoy fishing, camping, and golfing with family and friends.
She looks forward to growing and learning with the children this year and hopes to become a great mentor for them. She cannot wait to build new relationships and help grow their creative minds. She is passionate about teaching the young mind and hopes to be a great and fun teacher.