Meet Our Administration

Phil Chavez

Owner / Director 

Chandler & Queen Creek

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.

Karen Ditmanson

Assistant Director (Queen Creek)

Hello, my name is Karen and I am so thrilled to be joining the Wee Blessings Staff.  I grew up in a family of eight in a small farming community in South Dakota.  In my adult life we have lived in North Dakota, Minnesota and California and then moved to Chandler in 2005.   My family consists of my husband, two adult daughters and three grandchildren.  We are so blessed to have all of them near by to share in their very busy lives.  It's always been family first for me.  I have had several career paths starting with cosmetology, then 21 years in banking management at a V.P. level in the San Francisco area. After moving to Arizona, I joined the Administrative support Team at Macy's in Chandler for 9 years before joining the staff at Wee Blessings.  I am so excited to be such a part of such a wonderful program at Wee Blessings and look forward to meeting all of you and your children.  It is my privilege to be a part of watching them grow and develop at Wee Blessings!

Debi Larkin-Chavez


Chandler & Queen Creek 

Hello, my name is Debi. I am from Huntington Beach, California and have lived in Arizona for about 16 years now. 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 30 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 (19), Mattie (18), Jackson (15) two Golden Retriever pups named Charlie & Marlie as well as our newest Basset/Beagle puppy Oliver. 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!

Patty Zipfel

Director (Queen Creek)

Hi there!  My name is Patty and I am so happy starting my 5th year with our amazing Wee Blessings staff!  I grew up in Nebraska and then later moved to Colorado where I met my husband of soon to be 29 years, Dave.  We moved to Chandler in 1994 and have two adult daughters, Chelsea and Hannah.  I have done many different jobs along my path in life that have given me a lot of valuable experience but for the last 13 years I've been working for the Chandler Unified School District.  I started out volunteering when my girls were little and eventually worked my way into para-professional and most recently spent the last 8 years with them as a Registrar and Attendance Technician. I have found that working with children and education seems  to be what I love and where I find much happiness .  I am beyond thrilled to be here and look forward to meeting you and your family and will be here to help you in any way that you need as we guide your "wee" one on their new journey!

Our wonderful teachers

Here to Help Our Students Grow

Lisa Hoverson

(Certified & Credentialed)
Chandler Teacher

Hello! My name is Lisa Hoverson and I love being a part of the Wee Blessings’ family.  I am married to an amazing man, Yuri, and we have fabulous twins, Emma & Dalton, who are 14 years old and in the 9th grade - freshmen at Basha High School.  I am originally from Morgan Hill, California. I graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in early childhood, and from Northern Arizona University with a Masters in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in reading.  I previously taught 1st grade for 10 years, and stayed at home for bit when my children were younger. I am beginning my 8th year of teaching preschool (7th here at Wee Blessings). During my time at home I tutored students K – 8th grade, served as a MOPS coordinator and Council Coordinator. I have also served in the early childhood, elementary and junior high ministries at church.  The early childhood years are a favorite, and I can’t wait for the learning adventure to begin with each child this year!  I look forward to creating a partnership with you & in making your child’s educational experience a blessing!

Charlotte McCarthy

(Certified & Credentialed)
Chandler Teacher

Hello, my name is Charlotte and I am so blessed to be a part of the Wee Blessings family. I grew up in Denmark and lived in Russia and Germany before coming to the United States where my family finally settled in a northern suburb of Chicago. I attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan where I earned a B.A. in Dance and Elementary Education with a minor in the Humanities. I have taught in Illinois, Texas, and Arizona collectively for about 20 years (Preschool through 3rd grade). My husband, Chuck, and I have been married for 26 years and we have four incredible children-Sofia (21), Cormac (19), Seamus (16), and Molly (14). We are very involved in our childrens' lives and love spending time with them. Being a mother and a teacher are my passions and I believe in being a facilitator in a child's learning and life. I have always been a kinesthetic learner and I believe in involving the 'whole child' in their explorations and always embolden higher level thinking. I am so excited to meet all the families of Wee Blessings and be a part of your child's preschool adventure.

Hollie Gorden

Chandler Teacher

Hi! My name is Hollie Gorden and I am so excited to be a part of the Wee Blessings family. I am from Fort Myers, Florida and have lived in Arizona 13 years now. I received my B.S. in Business Management. My husband, Jeff and I have 3 awesome children, Charlie (8), Sidney (6) and Jase (3). Through my children’s preschool years I had an amazing opportunity to volunteer in their classrooms and that inspired me to work at Wee Blessings. I am so excited to start this new journey and look forward to working with the sweet children who attend the preschool.

Alex Buck

Chandler Teacher

Hello, my name is Alex Buck and I am thrilled to be your child’s preschool teacher at Wee Blessing!  I’ve lived in Arizona with my husband and 2 children for 4 years now. Prior to joining Wee Blessings, I was a busy certified group fitness instructor teaching Zumba, water aerobics, and youth fitness classes.  I taught 8-10 classes a week but had to stop due to a hip issue that prevented me to teach any longer.  I then focused my time being a parent volunteer on a regular basis at both my children’s schools for the past 4 years.  My daughter graduated from Wee Blessings in May and because of the nurturing teachers and high academic standards Wee Blessings provided her, she is now more than ready for her next chapter…Kindergarten.   At the beginning of her second year at WB I was given a teacher’s aide position which made me really appreciate early childhood education.  This year I am unbelievably excited to have my own class where I will strive and commit myself to develop your child’s academic growth with a nurturing and fun environment.  I’m truly blessed to be able to work and still be highly involved in my children’s academics and juggle their busy schedules.  I look forward to continuing my journey with Wee Blessing’s and getting to know you and your amazing children.

Amy Lorg

(Certified & Credentialed)
Chandler Teacher

I am so excited to join the Wee Blessing family this year! I am a native of the valley and have been married to my wonderful husband for 12 years.  We have 2 daughters that are currently 8 and 6 years old. I earned my undergraduate degree in Iowa at Morningside College. Upon graduation I retuned to Arizona for My master’s in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction from Ottawa University.   I taught Pre-K and Kindergarten for 10 years before I decided to stay home with our girls. I am looking forward to this school year and many more to come! 

Abby Perkins

(Certified & Credentialed)
Chandler Teacher

Hi my name is Abby Perkins and I am so excited to be a part of the Wee Blessings family! I'm an Arizonan transplant, having moved here from Ft. Myers Florida 9 months ago. I'm grateful to be residing in another sunny state! My husband Jason and I have 5 wonderful children ~Chandler (20), Elizabeth (13), Grant (11), Joshua (9), and Emma (6). We also have a dog, Niko, and two cats, Joey and Bruce. I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. I have classroom teaching experience primarily in Pre-K, Kindergarten and First grade. However, I have subbed in every grade through Fifth. The Early Childhood grades are my passion! I love seeing the students learn new concepts and grow! I am very involved in my children's school and love to volunteer wherever needed. My family and I are excited for this new Arizona adventure! I am thrilled and honored to be your child's teacher and am looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

Amy Lee

Chandler Aide / Aftercare

My name is Amy Lee and I am so proud to be part of the Wee Blessings family.  I am a New York girl that relocated to the Valley in 2012 with my husband Michael, daughter Alexandra (14) and my mom.
Prior to that, I have been a stay at home mom since 2003 up until 2012 and before that I owned an upscale baby furniture boutique on Long Island for 10 years.  I feel very privileged  to be returning for another year of clubhouse and aiding in the 3's classroom on MWF.  I look forward to getting to know all of the families and children at the school.

Shelby Cohrs

Chandler Teacher's Aide

I look forward to getting to know the kids and families of Wee Blessings!

Michelle Coill

Hello, my name is Michelle and I am so happy to join the Wee Blessings Family.  I grew up in what many call the "Irish Riviera " in Massachusetts.  I lived in Rhode Island during my high school years. After college I was blessed with a year of volunteering in Baltimore,  MD. I moved to Arizona in 2007 and have been enjoying the desert life for 11 years. 

I am married to an amazing man,  Rich.  We are blessed with twins Shane and Aryanna age 3 and our oldest boy Dylan who is 5. Rich and I enjoy every moment we have watching our children grow.  Most of our time is spent enjoying nature, the libraries, museums and any other kid friendly event. 

I graduated with a BS in Sociology from Emmanuel College  in Boston and Masters in Health Administration from University of Phoenix.  I have worked as a Social Worker,  volunteered in transitional homes, soup kitchens and read books to children in an elementary school in Phoenix. I been truly happy with the opportunity to be a stay at home mom and then be able to volunteer in my children's preschool-Wee Blessings. 

I am looking forward to meeting all of the little ones and their families at Wee Blessings. 

Laurie Burke

Queen Creek Teacher

Hi!  I'm Laurie Burke and I'm excited to be starting another year at Wee Blessings.  My two boys, Logan (11) and Lincoln (7) are both Wee Blessings alumni!  Through the last 7 years I have worn many hats at the school, including mom, volunteer, classroom aide, 3's teacher and now 4/5s teacher.  I have also had the pleasure of working at both the Chandler and Queen Creek locations.  I have lived in Arizona since 1994 (by way of Kansas and Pennsylvania).  I attended Arizona State for my BA in Journalism and The New York Institute of Photography for a Certificate of Photography.  I have worked with children for 18 years in the family portrait industry, including my own business, which has served the photography needs of the preschool for the last 4 years.  When I'm not behind the camera or in the classroom, you can probably find me reading, cooking, scrapbooking and relaxing with my family... preferably at Disneyland!  I am looking forward to another exciting year of adventures with our students!

Queen Creek Teacher

Katie Kendrex

Hi!  I'm Katie Kendrex and I'm very excited to be returning to the Wee Blessings family, not only as a parent, but as a staff member! My husband of 7 years and our children - ages 6, 4 and 3 - have proudly been with the Queen Creek Wee Blessings since the day it opened.  Prior to having kids, I spent a couple of years working as an aide in a first grade classroom, so I am now looking forward to returning to the classroom.  I've enjoyed the past few years as a stay-at-home mom and as my children got older, hosting a monthly kiddie craft club in my home.  My academic backgrounds in Culinary Arts, specifically baking.  I have a love for traveling, staying active, gardening, animals and children's literacy.  I'm looking forward to watching all of the kids grow and lean and have the opportunity to be hands on and be a part of their wonderful school memories.



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1751 E Queen Creek Rd, Chandler, AZ 85286
22048 S Ellsworth Rd, Queen Creek AZ 85142

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