The Directors

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Debi Larkin-Chavez

Owner/Director 

Hello, my name is Debi. I am from Huntington Beach, California and have lived in Arizona since 2003. I received my B.A. in Liberal Studies from Cal State Long Beach, my Teaching Credential from Cal State Fullerton & UCLA and my Master’s in Education (Curriculum & Instruction) from National University.

I have been teaching collectively for about 33 years (grades Preschool, K, 1, 2, 3 & 4). I have always had a passion for teaching. There is nothing more gratifying than inspiring children to be the best they can be…self confident with a positive attitude!  Phil and I have three amazing children Madison (21), Mattie (20), Jackson (17) and 3 Puppers, Charlie, Oliver and Owen.  My children have by far taught me more than I could ever teach them.  I am very excited to be working with a team of teachers who put their heart and soul into teaching children to truly make a difference!

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Patty Zipfel

Director

HI there!  My name is Patty.  I grew up in Nebraska and then in Colorado Springs, CO . We moved to Chandler with our family in 1994. This is my 8th year here at  Wee Blessings.  I was formerly the director at the Queen Creek location and now am happy to meet all of you here at the Chandler location.  Before that I worked for 13 years at CUSD where I held many different job titles.  I have been happily married for 34 years to my husband Dave and have two adult daughters, Chelsea and Hannah.  I love working in education for many reasons, and it is such a pleasure and honor to watch your children grow and learn. 

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Phil Chavez

Owner / Director

Hello!  My name is Phil Chavez.  I was originally born in Anaheim, California but grew up in Evergreen, Colorado in my elementary years while my high school and since have been here in Phoenix Arizona.

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Mrs. Jessica

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Miss Shelby

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Miss Christina

Hi.  My name is Christina Bergstrom and I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area.  I am a Mom to 7 and a Grandma to 7.  I have been working with children in a variety of settings since 2001.  I have taught Sunday School, been a Teacher, and Art Director and an Executive Director for an Early Childhood and Preschool program in Montana. Since moving to  Arizona at the end of 2008, I have worked as a Para Educator and then a Special Education Teacher in Chandler.  Over the past 8 years, I have helped out at Wee Blessings ocassionally in a variety of ways. I am excited to have my own classroom this year.  It is wonderful  to watch as the children learn and grow in an environment that is encouraging and where mistakes are just opportunities to learn.  Each day I learn a great deal from each of them as well.  

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Mrs Heather

Hello! My name is Heather and I am excited for my first year here at Wee Blessings. I have three blessings of my own; Nathan (13), Aaron (10) and Preston (4) who will also be a student at Wee Blessings.Beginning from my teenage years, I have worked with kids in various teaching roles. I taught Sunday School, Art Masterpiece at my childrens’ school and the last few years have virtually taught various ages and subjects to young learners in China. I discovered that I enjoy teaching the “wee” ones in particular and I look forward to our learning journey together this year! 

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Mrs Foote

Hello! My name is Karen Foote and I am excited to be part of the Wee Blessing family.  I have been married to my husband Rich for 27 years. We have 2 awesome daughters McKenna (25) and Rachel (23). In my free time I enjoy cooking, crafting, traveling and spending time with our family and friends. I look forward to being a part of your child’s educational and spiritual growth!

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Mrs. Lee Ann

Hello, my name is Lee Ann Savela and I am excited to be part of the Wee Blessings family. I have been teaching preschool for over 18 years in a Christian environment.  I have a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from New Mexico State University. I grew up in

Albuquerque, NM and lived most of my adult life there. I have been married to my husband, Scott, for 29 years. We moved to Chandler in June 2015 because my husband transferred with

Intel. We have four amazing children: Krista, Kevin, Lora, Aubrey, plus a granddaughter, Vera and a grandson on the way. I love teaching young children and helping lay a strong foundation

for children’s spiritual and educational growth.

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Mrs. Hanger

Hi! I am Señora Susan. I teach Spanish to your kiddos here at Wee Blessings! What an amazing opportunity for your kiddos to learn Spanish.  A little bit about myself, I am happily married for 14 years. We have 4 children. Ages 13, 10, 7 and 4.  All of my children have attended Wee Blessings.

My first language was Spanish and I learned English in elementary school. I am first generation born here in the United States. My family is from Peru. I am originally from NY and have been here in AZ for 18 years. I absolutely love teaching your children Spanish and I love seeing their knowledge in Spanish increase throughout the year.

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Mrs. Jorgensen

Hi, my name is Jenny Jorgensen (aka Mrs. Jenny). I grew up in Utah, but have lived in the Chandler/Gilbert area for 21 years. I have been married to my husband, Justin, for 26 years and we have 4 children: Cade (22), Brinley (18), Ava (16) and Seth (12). In my spare time, I enjoy reading, genealogy, baking, interior design, bargain shopping, and traveling with my family. I love working with children, especially this preschool age. I love to be a part of their joy and excitement in learning things for the first time.

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Miss D'Ambrosio

Im Ms Cathy. I am originally from Brooklyn NY. I have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. Christopher 11 Savannah 17 and Hayden 4. Hayden attended Wee Blessings in Queen Creek last year. I enjoy antiquing and cooking. Love the children looking foward to a wonderful year.

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Mrs. Surabhi

Miss Hoverson

Hi! my name is Surabhi Singh.

have a bachelor of arts with two children. In my spare time I enjoy crafting, cooking, gardening & of course shopping. I am very excited to be a part of the Wee Blessings team to give the kids a loving and safe environment.