Meet our Preschool Educators
Andrea Potvin, School Director
My name is Andrea Potvin. I have been teaching children for 21 years and have been with Phoenix Children’s Academy for 15 years. It is truly a blessing to watch the children grow and learn each and every day and then being able to see them grow in to young men and women is truly a blessing. I have been the Director for 11 years; it has its challenging moments but I love each and every staff, parent, and child that I have come in contact with. I would like to thank you for allowing me to love, teach, and care for your most precious possession, your child. It fills my heart to know that we are making a difference in their lives.
Brandi Tomastik-Pina, Assistant Director
My name is Brandi. I have worked in childcare for over 11 years. I went from being a stay-at-home mom to being the Spanish Teacher and now the Assistant Director. I have been married for 7 years and have 3 children, 6 year old daughter, 4 year old son and we just welcomed our little boy to our family. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education. I was the Director at our infant and toddler facility for 2 years. I have also worked as a school-age counselor as well as a Pre-K teacher here.
Kim Washington, Teacher
My name is Kimberly Spencer. I go by Kim. I was born in Temple, TX, and graduated from Temple High School in 1994. I have attended Child Development classes at Temple College. I love children and have been working with them for many years. I have attended numerous trainings and I am always looking for more. I believe it is the most rewarding job out there. Watching them learn and grow is truly a blessing. I also have two daughters of my own, Ashley and Aliyah. I love spending quality time with family and friends because life is precious. We like to go camping, fishing, and hiking. We also like spending time relaxing in the pool. I am very happy to be here and I am excited to get to know you and your family.
Cindy Cisneros, Teacher
My name is Cindy Cisneros. I have been at The Peanut Gallery for 15 years. I believe each day is a new privilege and opportunity to grasp. I enjoy being part of teaching our future generation. It is a challenge, but a rewarding one in the end.
Mary Alice Hernandez, Teacher
My name is Mary Alice. I am originally from San Antonio, TX. I moved here 18 years ago with my family. I have four grown children and three grandchildren. When I was in first grade, I knew I wanted to be a teacher because of the impact my teacher had on me. She was loving, caring, and patient which were all attributes that I wanted to possess when I started teaching. I have worked with children for 20 years and love what I do. My goal each and every day is to teach, love, and laugh, with my class and hope to touch their lives as my first grade teacher did mine.