Ryan Gleeson, Director
I started my career in Early Childhood Education at Sunshine over 20 years ago. I have worked as an After School Counselor, Lead Teacher, Director and Regional Director. I have been the Director of Sunshine North Valencia for the last 10 years.
I met my wife at Sunshine almost 20 years ago and have three children who are now all Sunshine graduates! I live and breathe Sunshine and I am so proud of what we have accomplished in the lives of young children over the last two decades in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Jackie Major, Assistant Director
Hi there! My name is Miss Jackie. I am the Preschool Assistant Director here at Sunshine. I have a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies from Cal State Bakersfield. In 2012, I started in Sunshine’s After School program and shortly after, became a Preschool Assistant Teacher and made the transition to Preschool Teacher. I taught preschool for 5 years before stepping into the role of Assistant Director. I absolutely love welcoming new families into our Sunshine Family!
Denton Novick, After School Director
My name is Denton Novick and I have worked in early childhood education for 8 years. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and hope to start on my master's in the near future. I started at Sunshine as an After School Counselor and then became a driver shortly after. I worked my way up to Lead Counselor and now I am the Director of the After School Program.
I met my wife 14 years ago and have been married for 7. We have two beautiful children who both currently go to Sunshine. My wife also works in the field of early childhood education and has a master's in the subject. We both love working with children as it is our passion and maybe one day we can pass it on to our children.
Keelan Pratt, Administrative Assistant
My name is Miss Keelan and I am the Administrative Assistant here at Sunshine. I attended Sunshine as a child and knew from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher and work with kids. In 2004, I started working in Sunshine’s After School program while completing classes in Early Childhood Education. Shortly after I joined the preschool staff and taught both preschool and Pre-k for 14 years before transitioning into the role as the school's Administrative Assistant. I love working with children and making the preschool years a positive experience for them and their families.
My husband and I bought our first home here in Valencia and love all that the community has to offer. We enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends.