Fours (Pre-K)

 

Wendi Sands, Teacher

Wendi SandsMrs. Sands joined the Redeemer Day School staff in 2006, the year after it opened its’ doors in 2005. She and her husband Dusty live in McKinney with their son Landon. Wendy and Dusty have two children in college, their son Skyler who attends Texas State University, and their daughter Haley who attends Stephen F. Austin State University. The Sandses are members of First United Methodist Church in downtown McKinney, Texas.

Mrs. Sands’ favorite Bible verse, Proverbs 22:6, tells us to “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” As a Christ follower, she believes she must develop the whole child; spiritually with biblical truths, socially, physically, emotionally and academically, with fun, hands-on learning experiences.

When Wendi has free time, she enjoys making care packages for her two children away at college, making cards and crafts with her Stampin’ Up! business, scrapbooking past family memories, and making new memories with her family and extended family on vacations.

 

Education and Professional Experience:

leaf bulletBachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Reading Specialization, Art Minor), Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, 1988
leaf bulletEarly Childhood endorsement from Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, 1988
leaf bulletLifetime Teaching Certificate from the State of Texas, 1988

Red Apple bullet Pre-K  Teacher, Redeemer Day School, McKinney, Texas,  2006 – present
Red Apple bullet Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator,  2006 – present
Red Apple bullet Second Vice President of Special Events, Reuben Johnson Elementary; developed “Smart About Art” Curriculum,  2005 – 2006
Red Apple bullet Lead and taught “Masterpiece Art” after school and summer camps for McKinney Independent School District, 2005 – 2006
Red Apple bullet Three-Year-Old and Pre-K Teacher, Faith School for Young Children, Richmond, Texas, 2003 – 2005
Red Apple bullet Served on the First United Methodist Church Preschool School Board, Sugar Land, Texas, 2000 – 2003
Red Apple bullet First and Second Grade Teacher for Fort Bend Independent School District, Sugar Land, Texas, 1990 – 1996
Red Apple bullet Head Start Teacher for West Orange Cove Consolidated Independent School District, Orange, Texas, 1988 – 1989
Red Apple bullet Transitional First Grade Teacher for West Orange Cove Consolidated Independent School District, Orange, Texas, 1989 – 1990

 

 

Lori Bajema, Teacher

Mrs. Bajema has been a member at Redeemer Presbyterian Church and active in volunteering at RDS for the past 6 years since she and her husband, Bob, moved back to Allen, TX to be closer to family.  Lori and Bob have four adult children (3 are married), 2 grandchildren, and hopes for many more in the years ahead!

Upon graduating from college with a teaching degree, Lori received an offer to join IBM as a Systems Engineer which in turn led to a 35+ year sales career path in various High Tech companies.  Several years ago, Lori officially retired and is excited to return to her love of teaching as she pursues her “second career” as a RDS teacher.  Lori enjoys all types of arts and crafts, so you will frequently find her actively engaged with adult and children’s crafting projects at Redeemer!  She is also an avid baker, loves animals and feels blessed to have 15 family members now living in the Dallas area!

 

Education and Professional Experience:

leaf bulletBachelor of Science in Education – Honors Degree in Elementary & Early Childhood Education, Ouachita Baptist University
leaf bulletHigh School Diploma – Little Rock Central High School

Red Apple bullet Avaya – Senior Director, Global Sales Compensation / Richardson, TX & Phoenix, AZ 2001 – 2015
Red Apple bullet Nortel – Director, US Sales Operations /  Richardson, TX  1997 – 2001
Red Apple bulletBay Networks – VP Western Regional Sales / Seattle, WA 1995 – 1997
Red Apple bulletDigital Equipment Corporation – Regional Sales Manager / Seattle, WA  1989 – 1995
Red Apple bullet IBM Corporation – Systems Engineer, Sales Manager / Memphis, TN & San Francisco, CA & Los Angeles, CA & Seattle, WA  1980 – 1989

 

Elizabeth Bowland, Teacher

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Mrs. Bowland began as a parent at Redeemer Day School, and she is now a teacher in the Pre-K room.  She and her husband, Andy, have three sons and live in McKinney.  The Bowland family has an active membership at Christ Fellowship Church in McKinney.
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Mrs. Bowland’s favorite Bible verse is:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phillippians 4:13.
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Liz is excited to work in a Christ-centered environment and to have the ability to help deepen the seeds of faith that are growing in children.  She wants her students to know their value to their Heavenly Father and how they can always rely on Him.
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Mrs. Bowland loves to travel and be outdoors with her family.  They spend many hours camping, swimming, and checking out every park/splash pad in Collin County.  Liz also enjoys photography and reading all types of literature…especially children’s books.
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Education and Professional Experience:

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Bachelor of Science in Education, 1999
leaf bulletMasters in Education in the Art of Teaching
leaf bulletCertifications in Media Technology, English, Journalism, and Principal.

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 Teacher, Waverly Community Schools, 2000-2006
Red Apple bullet Teacher, New Albany Public Schools, 2006-2007
Red Apple bullet Teacher, Broward County Schools, 2007-2013

 

 

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Jennifer Morse, Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Morse joined RDS as a parent in 2015 and has been working in Pre-K since the beginning of 2017. Jen, her husband Chris, and their 2 girls moved to Allen, TX from Massachusetts in the fall of 2014.  Jen was born and raised in Hopkinton, MA, a small town where the Boston Marathon starts.  Before moving to Texas, Jen had a career in Human Resources.  While in college she worked with infants through pre-K children in a childcare facility followed by teaching Applied Behavior Analysis to children with Autism.  Jen and her family consider themselves life long New Englanders living in Texas!

You can find Jen spending time with her family during her free time.  They love exploring and making new memories together here in Texas.  Jen also loves to read, including reading with her two girls, baking, and all things coffee.

 

Education and Professional Experience:

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Bachelor of Arts Degree – Psychology with a concentration in Human Services, Framingham State College, 2006
leaf bulletHigh School Diploma – Hopkinton High School – 2001

Red Apple bulletHuman Resources – PESystems, Inc. – 2011-2014
Red Apple bullet Recruiter/HR – Continental Resources – 2010-2011
Red Apple bulletContract roles in HR/Recruiting – Genzyme and Novartis – 2009-2010
Red Apple bulletStaffing Coordinator – Bose Corporation –
Red Apple bullet Teacher/Teachers Aide – Golden Goose Academy (infant – Pre-K) 2005
Red Apple bullet ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Teacher -Beacon Services 2000

 

 

Carolyn Nicketta, Teaching Assistant

Carolyn Nicketta started at RDS as a parent in 2014 and she excitedly joined the staff in 2017 working with Mrs. Sands and Mrs. Ashley.

Carolyn, her husband Michael, and her four children moved to McKinney, TX in 2013.  Carolyn was at home with her four children prior to joining the RDS staff.  Prior to her children being born, Carolyn was a 3rd grade teacher for 3 years and then taught a 1st/2nd grade class for 4 years.  Carolyn is very excited to help enrich the children’s love of god.  She attends church in Mckinney.

In her free time Carolyn enjoys spending time with her family outdoors.  Her family loves to camp, ride bikes, swim, hike and anything else outdoors.  She also likes to read and bake.

 

Education and Professional Experience

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Bachelors in Education,  University of Wisconsin,  Whitewater,  1996
leaf bulletMasters in Technology,  National Louis University,  2000

Red Apple bulletTeacher at Three Oaks Elementary, 1st and 2nd Grade,  Cary, IL, 1998-2005

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