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.

Our Wonderful Teachers

Here to Help Our Students Grow

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Mrs. Lee Ann

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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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Miss Shelby

Hi my name is Shelby Cohrs. I was born and raised Arizona and I have been working with preschoolers for 6 years. This is my third year teaching at Wee Blessings. I absolutely love teaching preschool. Everyday is full of laughs, smiles, and fun! 

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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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Miss Hoverson

Hi, my name is Emma Hoverson.  This is my 2nd year as an aid at Wee Blessings and I am so excited. I have lived in Arizona my whole life. I am attending Chandler-Gilbert Community College to get my prerequisites completed, and then going to transfer to Gateway Community College to get a degree to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant. I look forward to a great year in preschool!

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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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Miss Aubrey

Hello, my name is aubrey savela. this is my third year working at Wee Blessings preschool I have previously worked as an aid, substitute teacher, and assisting the teachers with prep work. I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved to Chandler, Arizona in 2015 with my family. I am entering my sophomore year at Grand Canyon University where I am studying to receive a Bachelor of Arts in government.  I have always loved working with kids. I look forward to giving three-year-olds a strong start on their education! 

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Mrs. Surabhi

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.

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Mrs Tiffanie

My name is Tiffanie Cartan (aka Mrs. Tiff), and I am SUPER excited to be a part of the Wee Blessings family! I am originally from a small farm town of 200 in Iowa!  I moved to Arizona to attend Grand Canyon University, where I received my B.S. in Elementary Education and received my M.A. degree in Instructional Media from ASU.  I have 15 years of experience as a classroom teacher (1st, 2nd,3rd, and 5th grades) and as a K-6 Instructional Media Specialist (school librarian & technology instructor).  I have also coached boys and girls junior high track & field and 8th grade girls’ basketball.  I stepped away from teaching to be a stay-at-home mom to my two boys, who are both Wee Blessings alumni!  My husband, Scott, and I have been married for 12 years and enjoy any chance we get to take our boys hiking, biking and on frequent trips to the mountains.  We also enjoy tending to our 16 chickens!  I am so thrilled to follow my passion for teaching while being a part of your child’s first experience with school to help them build a strong foundation for learning!

“He has made everything beautiful in its time”

~Ecclesiastes 3:11

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Mrs. Ahna

Hello, my name is Ahna Denney. I am a McMinnville, Oregon native. My husband, Jeff, and I moved our family back to Arizona, Jeff’s home state, in August 2021. We have our two wonderful children, Scarlett and Witten.  I graduated from University of Portland in 2011. At University of Portland I earned a B.A. in Early Childhood Elementary Education with a Minor in Vocal Performance later going on to earn my Special Education Endorsement.  I am honored to be part of the Wee Blessings family and am eager to continue my joy for teaching while seeing young, empowered little humans blossom.

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