Preschool Program Staff
Mrs. Kristina Spink, Preschool Program DirectorMrs. Spink attended California State University, East Bay, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood. She also holds an Associates Degree in Science from Diablo Valley College in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Infant & Toddler Care and several certificates in Early Childhood Education. Following her CSUEB graduation, she spent 5 years in research at the Arts, Creativity, and Education Laboratory at the university as well. Mrs. Spink has experience in the Reggio Emilia Approach, Anti-Bias Curriculum, and in integrated classrooms with Special Needs. She has been teaching in the Early Childhood field for over a decade and has been a part of our Queen of All Saints Preschool Program team since it’s 2018 inauguration. She, her husband, and two sons have been members of our school and church community since 2014.
Mrs. Ana Barajas, Lead Preschool TeacherMrs. Barajas has been teaching in early childhood classrooms for nearly a decade and has worked with several age groups and ability levels. She is bilingual in both English and Spanish and is comfortable teaching and working with children and parents in both languages. In addition to holding a California State Preschool Teacher Certificate, she was also awarded an Associate Teacher Certificate from Diablo Valley College, where she is continuing to work toward a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has a daughter who attends St. Francis of Assisi School in Concord.
Mrs. Tracy Martin, Preschool TeacherMrs. Martin holds an Associates Degree in Electronics and a Teacher Certificate both from Diablo Valley College. She has been teaching in our Preschool Program since 2019 and has been a parishioner of Queen of All Saints church for many years. She has been an active member of our Faith Formation and Vacation Bible School program most of that time. She also has a daughter who attends Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Mrs. Andrea Rubalcava, Toddler Co-TeacherMrs. Rubalcava spent 17 years in the medical field as an Ophthalmic Technician. This past year she completed her Certificate in Early Childhood Education at Chabot College with an emphasis in Infant & Toddler Care. She speaks both English and Spanish fluently and is excited to work with our diverse cultural community. She has 2 sons who attend Queen of All Saints School.
Mrs. Sarah Sullivan, Toddler Teacher Aide
Mrs. Sullivan began working in the Early Childhood field in 2008 with children 2-5 years of age at Merriewood Children's Center. She held the position for more than 4 years before choosing to put her career on hold during her children's early years. We are blessed to have her returning to the field and joining us as an aide in our Toddler Classroom. Mrs. Sullivan holds a Bachelors in Inner Personal Studies from San Francisco State University, and an Associates in General Studies from Diablo Valley College in addition to all the required Early Childhood preschool teaching courses required by licensing. She has experience with children with special needs and children in mixed age groups. She has been with the Queen of All Saints community since her childhood and is an alumni of our school. She is a mother of 4, all of which now attend Queen of All Saints School.
Mr. John (Coach) Schonder, Physical Education TeacherCoach Schonder has been working with children of all ages and abilities in a wide range of athletic disciplines since 1995. He takes a whole child approach to Physical Education focusing on five main components: Mind - Body - Spirit connection; Body movement, Breathing, and Mindfulness; Awareness of body mechanics, nutrition, and their connection to physical health; Communication and leadership skill development; and having fun! He has an elementary age daughter. The Preschool Class meets with Coach Schonder twice a week for 30-minute classes.
Substitute Preschool Teachers
Additionally, we have a fully-qualified substitute ECE teacher, Mrs. Cathy Clark.