Meet Your Early Childhood Education Team

Meet Mrs. Wanda McDonnell

Early Childhood Education Director
033 Wanda McDonnell

  • I have 3 children.
  • Best part about working with children: Watching the children get excited about learning
  • Favorite subjects in school: World History, Geography and Language Arts
  • Favorite movie: The Sound of Music
  • Favorite free-time activity as a child: Reading and playing outside
  • I like all kinds of music! I mostly listen to Country – because it reminds me of home – and Christian Rock.
  • I would like to visit Ireland and Australia.
  • Soccer was my favorite sport to play as a child. I still play it!
  • Favorite vacation destination: Anywhere with my family – my husband and kids
  • If I could meet one person from any point in time, I would meet Martin Luther King, Jr. because he had a quiet, calm, wise strength that I aspire to have.
  • Unique facts about me: * I sleep very little. * I have a big appetite for finger foods. * I would like to have regular manicures one day.


Meet Ms. Shannon Williamson

Preschool Teacher

017 Shannon Williamson

  • I have one child. His name is Chase, and he is 20 years old.
  • Best part about teaching: Watching the faces of children as they grow, learn and discover new things
  • Favorite place to go on vacation: A cruise ship
  • If I could be famous, I would be a singer.  I think I have a terrible voice, but I love to sing.
  • Favorite free-time activity as a child: Climb trees with my brothers
  • Fun fact most people don’t know about me: I love to ride motorcycles.
  • My favorite place to relax: On the couch watching a good movie
  • If I could meet one person from any point in time, I would meet my son Chase in the year 2030 to find out if he became a loving, honest and successful young man.
  • Unique facts about me: * I am very scared of spiders. * I am computer illiterate.
  • One of my true colors for my personality is orange. I like to laugh and make others laugh also.


Meet Ms. Jean Steagall

Preschool Assistant Teacher

  • I have two daughters. They are 25 and 27.
  • Favorite thing to do as a child: Play, play, play – and ride my motorcycle
  • A fun fact most people don’t know about me:  I like to laugh!
  • My true color for my personality is blue.  I am sensitive to emotions.


Meet Ms. Jordan Bowman

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

024 Jordan Bowman

  • I have one daughter.
  • I love country music. It reminds me of family and summer.
  • I would really like to visit Jamaica. I would go with my daughter because it seems relaxing.
  • I played trumpet as a child. I loved being a part of a band that performed so well together.
  • My favorite vacation destination is Washington. That is where my family is from, and the weather is perfect.


Meet Ms. Moriah Matlock

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher


Meet Ms. Lilly Wright

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher


Meet Ms. AnnaJo

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher


Meet Mrs. Ruth Sherrod

Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Art Teacher

021 Ruth Sherrod

  • I have three sons.
  • Best part about teaching: I enjoy learning with my students. They inspire me.
  • I am a Tucson native!
  • Favorite vacation destination: Anywhere to visit family or hike
  • I read so much that I don’t have a favorite book!
  • Favorite free-time activities as a child: Art, music and family time
  • If I could meet one person from any point in time, I would like to meet any of my ancestors.
  • If I could eat only one food, I would choose zucchini fries or grilled zucchini. Zucchini is a versatile vegetable that tastes great by cooking it many ways.
  • Unique facts about me: * I enjoy hiking in nature. * I am not a fan of shopping. * My favorite beverages are iced coffee and iced tea.
  • Most rewarding moment of my life thus far: I love being a mother. The first time I met my son was the most life-changing experience for me.


Meet Mrs. Rena Randall

Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Music Teacher

  • I have two children. They are both boys.
  • Best part about teaching: I love working with the children and watching them change and grow.
  • I am a Tucson native! I am a fifth generation native Tucsonan. My grandparents moved to this neighborhood near TCDS in 1940.
  • If I could be the president of the United States, I would not want to. However, I do like getting involved in politics in small ways in which I feel I can make a difference and express my opinion.  
  • Favorite free-time activity as a child: I loved to play outside and would spend hours riding and exploring on my horse.
  • If I could meet one person from any point in time, I would meet Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I would love to be able to pick his brain and observe and learn as he composed music.
  • Unique facts about me: * I perform with an all-acoustic Western music group called Rena Randall and the Due West Trio. We have recorded three CDs together. I have performed music through the years with some of Tucson’s finest musicians. * I know a lot about neighborhood history. This was once called “Deer Ranch”. * I have performed in rodeos across the state.


Meet Mrs. Kerry LaBombard

Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Before-Care Teacher

  • I have two children. My daughters are both adults, and their names are Amy and Sarah.
  • I have two pets. One is a Siamese cat, and the other is a Chihuahua.
  • Favorite vacation destination: I like to go to Vermont in the summer, not in the winter.
  • Favorite book: Gone with the Wind
  • Favorite free time activity as a child: Nature, hiking and growing up at a lakeside camp
  • If I could meet one person from any point in time, I would meet Reverend Frank Rose, my retired minister, artist (water-color), naturalist and mentor. He has always held the answer for me, and I would love to spend more time with him.
  • Unique facts about me: * I swim and walk every night at 6:20. * I collect rocks, and I am making a rock garden. * I will be learning to play a cello.