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Meet Our Teachers

Courtney Soberanes

Lexi Nelson

Victoria Garcia

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Hi my name is Courtney. I am from California and moved to Williams 7 years ago with my husband and dogs.  I enjoy going shopping with my mom and hanging with my family.  


My name is Lexi and I am born and raised here in Flagstaff! I am an Elementary Education major at NAU and have a passion to work with kids! Outside of work and school I enjoy being outside and spending time with friends and family.


My name is Victoria and I was born and raised in Flagstaff. I’ve always been around babies my whole life and I enjoy spending time with them. Some things I enjoy are hiking, soccer, and being around my family.


Kayleigh Fritsch

Brooklyn Cardenas

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 Hi! I’m Kayleigh, I’m 24 years old and  I was born and raised here in Flagstaff. I just got married this June. I’ve been here at Pinecone for two years now, and I love teaching and watching your kids learn something new every day!



I am from Silver City, New Mexico. I love sweet and spicy foods and trying new things. I’m always down for a good book recommendation. 

Amanda Moreno

Hello Everyone! I am so excited to be teaching in the mickey mouse clubhouse room. Seeing children learn and grow brings me so much joy! I have two little ones of my own and being a mom is one of the greatest gifts! I look forward to meeting all the children and families at Pinecone Preschool. It's going to be a great year! 


Sonia Ortega

Kayla Begaye

Bridget Burrows

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Hello everyone! My name is Kayla and I am 21yrs old. I’ve been working at Pinecone Preschool since September of 2022, and I LOVE it.

I’m the oldest of 5 in my family, and I’ve been working with children for 5 yrs now! I’m from Minnesota but I moved to Arizona to be closer to family. I look forward to helping your child learn and watching them grow!   

I moved up to Flagstaff beginning of August 2023 to pursue a degree in early childhood education, and I am currently a sophomore at NAU. I have worked with kids for around 3 years now, and I am so excited for this journey with Pinecone Preschool!

Johana Ruiz

Gayla McGowan



My name is Sonia. I have always dreamed of being a teacher and I love my job working with the two year olds.  I have experience working with children ages 2-5 and enjoy spending time with them. I am so happy to be working here at Pinecone. 

Emily Frye

Hi! I'm Gayla and I am from Texas.  My family and I moved to Arizona for future college programs for my son. I love working with children and am so grateful for this opportunity to be working at Pinecone. 


My name is Johana raised in Colorado recently moved to Flagstaff for college, wanting to get an associates in early childhood and further on with personal training.  I enjoy being outdoors and being active. I come from a bilingual family and I love teaching children English and Spanish. 


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Hi! I am originally from a small town in Ohio, but my parents moved to Phoenix when I was in middle school. I am at NAU pursuing a degree in Elementary Education! I absolutely love living in Flagstaff and I spend most of my time outdoors when I am not working or studying.

Kayla Gadbaw

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Hi, My name is Kayla! I am originally from Anaheim, California and came to Flagstaff in 2019 to attend NAU.I am a junior majoring in Elementary Education and Special Education. I previously was babysitting for a few years and have now been working at Pinecone for 5 months and work with the older 3 year olds!   

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