Little Saints Staff
Mrs. Kristina Spink, Preschool Program Director
Mrs. 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. Tracy Martin, Preschool Class Co-Teacher
Mrs. 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 continually participates in Early Childhood Workshops and obtains continuing education certificates. She has a daughter who attends Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Ms. Alicia Lozano, Preschool Class Co-Teacher
Mrs. Lozano has been teaching in early childhood classrooms since 2010. She is bilingual in both English and Spanish and is comfortable teaching and working with children and parents in both languages. She also has experience with American Sign Language. She holds an associates degree in Early Childhood from Diablo Valley College and continues to take Professional Development courses. She has an adult son who attended a Christian School where she also taught for many years.
Mrs. Sarah Sullivan, Toddler Class Co-Teacher
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 were blessed when she choose to return to the field by taking on a role in our Toddler Class. 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. Michael Vellos, Toddler Co-Teacher
Mr. Vellos has been in the early childhood field for over 5 years. He holds an Assistant Child Care Certificate from Diablo Valley College and continues to take Professional Development courses. He has experience with the Montessori method and working with children in crisis. Mr. Vellos is active in the Queen of All Saints parish community and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He will be taking on Teacher's Aide positions in our Preschool Program and Extended Care Program.
Ms. Christine Sanchez, Preschool Program Aide
Ms. Sanchez has been professionally caring for others for 20+ years as a caretaker of the elderly and disabled. She transitioned to child care in 2022 after completing Early Childhood Education units at Diablo Valley College. She came to us from Garden Community Preschool in Concord, CA and has experience with children with special needs. Ms. Sanchez is a parishioner at St. Mary’s in Walnut Creek. She has 3 sons and 4 grandchildren.
Mr. John (Coach) Schonder, Physical Education Teacher
Coach 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. Preschool Program students meet with Coach Schonder twice a week for 30-minute classes.
Substitute Preschool Teachers
Additionally, we have 2 fully-qualified substitute Early Childhood teachers, Mrs. Cathy Clark & Mrs. Andrea Rubalcava.