Lil’ Champs (Pre-School/Pre-K), Kinder and 1st Grade


Lil’ Champs


Wanda McDonnell (Director of Lil’ Champs)

WMcdonnell@tcdschampions.com

Q: What is your home town? A: Gainesville, FL

Q: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: Krispy Kreme dougnuts

Q: What is your favorite movie? A: The Sound of Music

Q: What are your hobbies? A: Rubber stamping, watching football, and playing soccer.

Q: If you really wanted to make my day, you could surprise me with one of these three things: A: A high-five, sunflowers, or kind words.


Ruth Sherrod, ​Teacher, PS/PK/K/1st Art

RSherrod@tcdschampions.com

Q: What is your home town? A: Tucson, AZ

Q: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: Chicken tikki masala and samosas

Q: What is your favorite movie? A: Mission Impossible Fallout

Q: What are your hobbies? A: Hiking, long boarding, reading, and visiting museums

Q: If you really wanted to make my day, you could surprise me with one of these three things: A: Watching students collaborating, students showing kindness to nurture each other, and students asking inquisitive questions.


Shannon Williamson, Teacher

SWilliamson@tcdschampions.com

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Jannell Wheeler, Teacher

JWheeler@tcdschampions.com

Q: What is your home town? A: Tucson, AZ

Q: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: Sushi!

Q: What is your favorite movie? A: Now and Then or Napoleon Dynamite

Q: What are your hobbies? A: Hiking, running, or thrifting

Q: If you really wanted to make my day, you could surprise me with one of these three things: A: Dunkin’ Donuts gift card, David’s pumpkin seeds or candy (Twix, Skittles, and gummies are some of my faves!).


Madison Davison, Teacher

MDavison@tcdschampions.com

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Savannah Gydesen, Teacher

SGydesen@tcdschampions.com

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Samantha Gibboney, Assistant Teacher

SGibboney@tcdschampions.com

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Hannah VanAarde, Assistant Teacher

HVanaarde@tcdschampions.com

Q: What is your home town? A: San Luis Obispo, CA

Q: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: Anything with rice and lots of veggies.

Q: What is your favorite movie? A: Aladdin

Q: What are your hobbies? A: I love hiking, photography, baking, and anything musical.

Q: If you really wanted to make my day, you could surprise me with one of these three things: A: A compliment, a good idea, or ice cream.


Jeanne Stewart, Aftercare Teacher

JStewart@tcdschampions.com

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Kindergarten



Wendy Schofield, Mentor Teacher

WSchofield@tcdschampions.com

Q: What is your home town? A: Mesa, AZ

Q: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: Sushi

Q: What is your favorite movie? A: The Lion King

Q: What are your hobbies? A: Scrapbook, needlepoint, arts and crafts

Q: If you really wanted to make my day, you could surprise me with one of these three things: A: Twix, Starbucks, and cardstock.


Erika Johnson, Teacher

EJohnson@tcdschampions.com

Q: What is your home town? A: I was born in Tucson, but grew up in Salem, VA

Q: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: Probably Tom Kum Gai, but then I became a vegetarian, so pizza, maybe?

Q: What is your favorite movie? A: How does anyone choose this?! The Muppet Movie. . .Or possibly The Princess Bride

Q: What are your hobbies? A: Gardening, reading, rug hooking/fiber arts, over-committing, remodeling my house, seeing live music

Q: If you really wanted to make my day, you could surprise me with one of these three things: A: Plants that produce food, cheese, concert tickets


Paige Gatewood, Teacher

PGatewood@tcdschampions.com

Q: What is your home town? A: Searcy, AR

Q: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: Macaroni and cheese

Q: What is your favorite movie? A: Labyrinth

Q: What are your hobbies? A: I enjoy spending time with my 2 fur babies and boyfriend, exploring the beautiful surroundings of Tucson, visiting the Desert Museum, and taking care of my indoor plants.

Q: If you really wanted to make my day, you could surprise me with one of these three things: A: a book for our classroom library, a house plant, or Reese’s peanut butter cups.



1st Grade



Erin Kotel, Mentor Teacher

EKotel@tcdschampions.com

Q: What is your home town? A: Tucson, AZ

Q: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: Chips and salsa

Q: What is your favorite movie? A: The Goonies

Q: What are your hobbies? A: Watching hockey or U of A sports, hanging out with family and friends

Q: If you really wanted to make my day, you could surprise me with one of these three things: A: Flavored iced coffee, tulips, or a yummy treat. Hugs and letters work, too đŸ™‚


Madison Leinberger, Teacher

MLeinberger@tcdschampions.com

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Michelle Bushey, Teacher

MBushey@tcdschampions.com

Q: What is your home town? A: Tucson, AZ

Q: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: Chicken nachos

Q: What is your favorite movie? A: Stepbrothers/Grown Ups

Q: What are your hobbies? A: Playing mini golf with my family, cuddling with my dogs, and binge watching shows on Netflix.  

Q: If you really wanted to make my day, you could surprise me with one of these three things: A: Starbucks Pink Drink, Twix, or chips and guacamole