Andrea Morris, Director
I have been working in the childcare field for over 20 years. I started my career as an Assistant Director and worked as a Lead Teacher and Special Needs Coordinator before taking the Director position. I am married have two children. I love spending time with my family and friends any chance I get.
Lindsey McWhirter, Assistant Director
My name is Lindsey McWhirter. I am so glad to be part of your child’s education path. I have worked in early childhood education since 2006. I recently graduated from Pima Community College with my associate in Early Childhood Studies. On my spare time I enjoy going shopping, taking dance classes and watching reruns of I Love Lucy. I started dance when I was four years old and has been a large passion in my life. I grew up in Casa Grande, AZ and I moved to Tucson in 2008. I was a substitute teacher for the Casa Grande Elementary School District for a year and then moved to Chandler, AZ to work for preschool. I worked with the twos and threes at this center and was there for two and a half years. I then moved to Tucson and was a threes and Pre-K teacher. I started at Pusch Ridge Preschool in 2011 as the toddler teacher and became the assistant director in 2014. I look forward to getting to know you and your child.
Hello, my name is DonnaRey Shields. I am from Albuquerque, NM where I decided to pursue my career in Early Childhood Education. I worked at La Petite Academy in New Mexico, then transferred to La Petite Academy in Tucson, AZ. I received my Associates degree in applied science of early childhood education. I believe it’s a great honor to work and teach children. My free time is spent visiting my parents and family when I get a chance to go back to New Mexico. I also enjoy hanging out with friends, watching football, or going to the movies. Another activity I enjoy doing in my spare time is spending time with my dog and taking him to the park.
Hello my name is Patty Baker. I was raised in Chicago, IL. My husband and I moved here to Tucson in 1997. I have four daughters; Mary, Anna, Cathrine and Carolyn. In my spare time I play bingo and bunco with my friends! I also enjoy a good novel. I love spending time with my family and going on vacations. I enjoy going on walks with my dog, Charlie! I have been working at Pusch Ridge Preschool and Kindergarten since October of 2005 and I have been in the Early Education field for over 30 years. I have had the privilege of working with all ages in the childcare setting. I volunteer at the Northwest Hospital and Relay for Life. I have an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. I believe that children learn through play and it is very important for their growth and development.
Hi my name is Debbie. I was born in Arkansas but moved to Tucson as a baby and was raised here. I am married to my wonderful husband and he is from Pennsylvania and has lived in Arizona since 1990. We have six children and 14 grandchildren and growing. I love to be able to visit all of my family that are in Arizona and out of state. I have worked with children since 1993, I have been a teacher/classroom supervisor at a private Christian school and more recently in childcare/preschool facilities. I have taken several classes in early childhood development and teaching. I am always willing to learn about new methods to improve teaching young children. I enjoy working with children and watching them learn new exciting things. I especially like to design classroom projects to inspire learning while having fun in the process. I look forward to providing a wonderful learning environment for your child.
Hello, my name is Sara Mitchell. I moved to Tucson from Vermont in 2010. I’ve worked with children of all ages and also have experience with special needs children. I love working with children and love to help them grow. I just recently joined the Pusch Ridge Family in March 2014, and hope to remain here for as long as I possibly can. My goal is to work in the childcare field for the rest of my life as it is what I truly love to do. Outside of work I love to watch movies, read books, and I enjoy spending as much time as I can outside of my house. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work with your children, and I hope your children will enjoy spending time with me as much as I enjoy spending my time with them.