Word of Life Staff

Here at Word of Life Christian Preschool we pride ourselves on hiring the most qualified and caring teachers and staff. We invite all of our parents to get to know our team through the many family events and daily activities.
Mrs. Ericca Stoetzel

"I am excited to be the director of WOL Christian Preschool. I have been in Christian education for 30 years.
I established and helped to build two Christian schools during my career in Arizona and in my home state of Iowa.


 I have three grown children. They have encouraged me through many years of teaching and directing schools.  My husband,  Mr. Ed, and I love getting together with friends & family, grilling out, hiking, and camping.  We enjoy being Nana and Grandpa to our two precious grandsons and granddaughter!

I love teaching preschool and mentoring teachers who share that same passion.
I believe in a partnership with parents to help their children learn, laugh, and care for others.  I love our motto at WOL Christian Preschool:   FAITH FAMILY FUTURE

Favorite Bible Verse:  Phil. 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

Ms. Brittany Cheeks

My name is Brittany and I teach in the four year old classroom.  I am also the Assistant Director to Mrs. Stoetzel here at Word of Life.  I was born and raised in Wisconsin and moved to Arizona in 2006.  I have been teaching in preschool for more than 10 years.  I love being at Word of Life where I can teach my students about God and His Word.

My husband and I enjoy spending time with my niece who loves coming to preschool with me!  She has grown so much in her learning and social skills.  We love to go hiking, watching movies together, and spending time with our family and friends.

My favorite Bible Verse:  Live a life filled with love.  Ephesians 5:2



Assistant Director & 
Pre-K II Teacher 
Ms. Savannah Alvizo

My name is Savannah and I am so thankful to be a part of the Word of Life teaching team!  I was born in California and grew up in Arizona.  I enjoy working out, baking, and spending time with my family.  Teaching has always been a passion of mine.  I have been in early education now for over a year and enjoy working with all ages of preschoolers.  Coming to Word of Life has brought me closer to God and allows me to share His love and joy with the children!

Favorite Bible Verse:  And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28

Toddlers &
Two's Teacher

Ms. Sarah Vargas

Toddlers &
Two's Teacher

My name is Sarah and I teach the Toddlers & Two's program here at Word of Life.  I am originally from California but moved to AZ when I was 10.  Growing up, my mother taught in early education and from a young age I knew I loved working with children.  
This is my 6th year teaching in preschool and I love this experience at Word of Life! 

I am a mom now with three beautiful children.  They keep me busy and we love to visit family, watch movies, play games, and hang out with Grandma.

I love teaching kids about Jesus and His love for us and watching them learn and grow.

My favorite Bible passage is from Psalm 23.

The Lord is my shepherd.  I shall not want.

Ms. Amanda Weaghington

Pre-K I Teacher

My name is Amanda and I am so thankful to be a part of the Word of Life teaching team!  I was born and raised in Tucson, AZ and am married with four boys.  My husband is retired from the Air Force and so we have traveled to many states and overseas throughout his career.  We now enjoy being  back in Arizona and stay busy with sports, outdoor activities, and church.

I have been teaching in early childhood for more than 10 years.  I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development and a Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies.  Currently I am working on my Masters and will have it completed by the end of 2021.  I LOVE teaching children and sharing God's love with them!

Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Corth. 12:9 

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.  

Ms. Mikayla McIntosh

Pre-K II Teacher

My name is Mikayla and I have greatly loved teaching at Word of Life Christian Preschool!  This is my home church where I teach each Sunday in the preschool and in the nursery with the littles.

I was born in New York and have lived in Arizona for six years.  I graduated from Shadow Ridge High School and I am majoring in music and early education at GCC.

I love teaching at WOL because it is such a fun learning environment for the children!  They are engaged in great activities every day and it is a blessing to get to tell them about God's love.  I enjoy speaking with parents about their child's day and all they have learned.  Our school truly reflects our 


Favorite Bible Verse:  Luke 1:37
For with God, nothing is impossible.  

Ms. Stephanie Ramirez
Pre-K III Teacher

My name is Stephanie and I am so excited to be part of the teaching team here at Word of Life!  I am a native to Arizona, born and raised.  My husband and I met in high school and then married.  We have three beautiful children.  Our family enjoys riding bikes, being outdoors, singing & dancing.  We attend church together every week where I am actively involved in the preschool ministry.

I have always loved working with children and earned my Bachelor's Degree in education.  I have been teaching for six years now and look forward to watching your children grow in God's love and prepare for Kindergarten!

Favorite Verse:  Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.  Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.

Ms. Gabby Vargas
Pre-K IV Teacher

I discovered my love for teaching when I was 14 years old. I started volunteering in my community school of Brawley CA where I grew up.  

Throughout high school and college I studied early education and have more than 30 years experience teaching preschoolers.

I enjoy spending time with my four children and five grandchildren.  We love to get together and cook, eat, and play!!  Going to church together as a family is very important to me.  

I love teaching at Word of Life because I get to share the Word of God every day with my students. Teaching in a Christian School is such a blessing! It gives me the opportunity to reach the whole child.  

Favorite Bible Verse:  Isaiah 40:31

They they wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Mr. Ed Stoetzel
Classroom Assistant & School Maintenance

I have enjoyed working at WOL Christian Preschool this past year and look forward to many more years to come!  I like helping the teachers in the classrooms with all of their activities and assisting the children with their work.  I also take care of the maintenance projects in and around the preschool and church.

During the summer, I drive the school van for the summer camp field trips and work in the school-age classroom.

 I have one grown son, a beautiful granddaughter, and two grandsons.  They keep me very busy.  My wife, Mrs. Stoetzel,  and I love camping, playing cards, and spending time with our family and neighbors. 

Favorite Verse:  Be strong and courageous!  Do not be afraid for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9

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