Our Staff

Christ Lutheran Day School 2020-2021 Staff

Christ Lutheran Day School has created a curriculum that looks at each child’s individual needs and goals to help scaffold him/her to his/her fullest learning potential, and these are the wonderful staff and teachers that strive to meet these goals daily.


Hi. I am Dana Ferraro, the director of Christ Lutheran Day School. I am also the mom of three amazing boys.  They are all graduates of CLDS.  I have been working with CLDS since January of 2000.  I have loved being able to be a part of this wonderful community for over 20 years.  During my time here I have pursued my education at Concordia University where I graduated with my Master’s Degree in education.  I am thrilled to be starting my fourth year as director of CLDS.  It is such a joy to be able to serve such amazing teachers, families, and students.  This is truly my home away from home.  When I am home, I enjoy taking time to be with my family and relaxing.  We love to go for walks, build with Legos, and swim whenever we can.  I am looking forward to a great year of learning and fun!

Office Administrator

Hi!  My name is Ainslee Ford and I am the office administrator at Christ Lutheran Day School.  This is my fourth year working at the school.  I grew up in a small town south of Houston, Lake Jackson, and moved to San Antonio when I was 12. I graduated from MacArthur High School here in SA and continued on to play softball at Temple College for two years. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in biology from UTSA.  I am the mom to two wonderful children, Zayne (15) and Brycen (6). They both graduated from CLDS. We have a goldendoodle puppy named Huck who keeps us on our toes. Most of my free time is spent taking the boys to their different extracurricular activities. I enjoy riding bikes, running, and spending time with my family during my spare time.

Music & Motor

Skills Teacher

​Hi! My name is Clarice Ford. I attended Brazosport College and San Antonio College. I have been with Christ Lutheran Day School for over 25 years. I enjoy reading a good novel, biographies and mysteries. My interests include music, gardening, cooking, writing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. I am the proud Gigi to two Christ Lutheran alumni, Zayne and Brycen, and mom to Ainslee, who is the office administrator here at CLDS.

Our Teachers’ Objectives

Christ Lutheran Day School takes great pride in its teachers, all of whom bring valuable expertise, dedication, and a love of children each day to our school.Their mission is to implement a quality early childhood education program that is developmentally appropriate and fun, in a loving, caring, nurturing Christian environment. Their focus is to nurture the spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual, and physical growth of each child. Christ Lutheran Day School teachers view themselves as part of a Christian learning community, dedicated to sharing the love of our Lord Jesus Christ with the children, their families, and the community.


Pre-K Teacher

My name is Missy Harris and I have had the privilege of teaching in the Pre-K program at CLDS since 2012.  I hold a BS degree in Early Childhood Studies and have been hanging out with Pre-K kids for more years than I can count! I can’t imagine doing anything else!  I have been married to my sweet husband Wade for 29 years and we have two grown children, Colin and Brenna.  Colin is in his senior year at Lubbock Christian University studying to be a history teacher and football coach.  Brenna is studying here in SA to become a Veterinarian Assistant. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy quilting, reading, baking, gardening, and crafting.

Pre-K Teacher

Hello! My name is Mariah Peissner. This is my first year working at CLDS and it has been a blast! I graduated from Ohio University with a B.A. in music therapy and minor in psychology. In music therapy my favorite populations to work with are kids and the elderly, especially hospice. This year I moved down to San Antonio from Kansas City and it has been a big adjustment. I never thought I’d live in Texas but it’s been growing on me. I really enjoy going to coffee shops, learning new languages, and traveling both near and far. You could say I’ve caught the traveling bug. Anything adventurous or lively and I’m there!

2's and 3's Teacher

My name is Donah Crowley.  I have been working with Christ Lutheran Day School for the last 27 years in our 2’s program.  I have a BA in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University.  I am also a graduate of Christ Lutheran Day School and I have lived in San Antonio my entire life. I have three cats, two dogs, two turtles and a hamster.  I enjoy photography, art and reading.

Assistant Teacher

Hello! My name is Krista Ortiz. This is my first year being an assistant teacher at CLDS! I am so excited to be working with your children and to start my journey here at Christ Lutheran. I have received my A.A.S. in Early Childhood Studies from San Antonio College, and plan to continue my education at UTSA for my B.A. I’ve worked in this field for 5 years and absolutely love it! The first 5 years of a child’s life are so important because we are assisting how children will set the foundations of their domains, that they will continue building throughout their lives. I was born and raised here in San Antonio. In my free time I enjoy being with family, traveling, baking/ cooking, anything creative arts and being in my backyard! I look forward to learning from others and building relationships with everyone!

Assistant Teacher

Hi! I’m Kate Satel and I’m so delighted to be joining Miss Yordy in the extended Pre-K program again this year. I grew up here in Alamo Heights and have had the privilege to experience some of our best traditions. I even got to watch my younger brother and many cousins attend CLDS and am super excited to see a lot of the teachers are still here. I attended college at Southwestern and have goals set for myself which include a master’s degree in early child development. I love music and art and love to encourage creative problem solving amongst our young ones. I have been working with young children for almost a decade and consider myself blessed to be able to continue that journey here at Christ Lutheran. I look forward to this new school year as well as growing together with our students.

Assistant Teacher

My name is Dallas Tigerina. This is my first year as an assistant teacher at CLDS. I previously worked as an after-care teacher and have 4 years of childcare experience. I am a senior at Texas A&M – San Antonio working on my Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology – exercise science. In my free time, I enjoy the company of my friends and family and going to the gym. I am so excited to help teach, motivate, and build relationships with the students here at CLDS!

Early Kinder Teacher

Hi! My name is Deanne Yordy and I am the proud teacher of a wonderful class of Extended Pre-K students here at Christ Lutheran. I am a native of San Antonio, and after receiving a teaching degree from the University of the Incarnate Word, began an adventure with preschool students that has lasted over thirty years. I have been married to my amazing husband, Mark, for thirty years and we have a daughter and son, Devon and Derek. I absolutely love gardening in my yard and traveling to faraway places!

3's Teacher

Hi, I am Arianna Lerette, a 3’s teacher at Christ Lutheran Day School. I am excited to be in my 4th year at CLDS. I was born and raised here, in San Antonio, where I completed my A.A.S. in Early Childhood Studies at San Antonio College. My husband and I have a son in Kinder and a daughter who attends the toddler program here. We also have two cats; Elvira and Cat. I enjoy spending free time with my family, but also love antiquing and crafting when I need some me time. I am excited for another fun year with your sweet children as we learn and play together.

2's Teacher

My name is Dara Carney.  I have a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and I have been working primarily in early childhood education for the last couple of years.  I am the mother of one child in high school and one in college, practice yoga in my spare time, and I am a super foodie who loves to cook with my husband.  I recognize the unique potential in every child and encourage their growth and development through creativity and exploration.  I am thrilled to be a part of Christ Lutheran Day School.

Assistant Teacher

My name is Brittany Barron, I am a mother of three boys. I have an Associate’s Degree from Alamo Colleges and am currently a full-time student at Texas A&M San Antonio where I will obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in 2021 in early education as well as a dual certification in special education. I have had many experiences working with children. I am excited to be here at Christ Lutheran to work with your children and have fun learning.

Assistant Teacher

Hello!  My name is Destiny Gartmond.  I moved to San Antonio, Texas 3 years ago from the great state of Alabama.  I am currently a student at San Antonio College, majoring in Education to become a teacher.  I was a volunteer and staff member for five years at the Boys and Girls Club and I spent two years at Basis North Central as a school monitor. I joined Christ Lutheran Day School in October 2019.  I enjoy reading, shopping, attending church, and spending time with my wonderful younger brother Jay and my phenomenal mother Dr. Reed.  I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful organization and look forward to growing and learning with Christ Lutheran Day School.

Assistant Teacher

Hello! My name is Abigail Johnson, and I am so excited to be a part of the Christ Lutheran Day School family!  I grew up in San Antonio, and currently reside in Alamo Heights, where I have great family connections and memories.  I am in school at San Antonio College and am working towards a college degree in English.  My hope is to lead my life in the exploration of education and expression, and to share that experience and endeavor with the communities I meet along the way.  Christ Lutheran is a wonderful teaching experience and environment to be in, and I find joy in meeting, teaching and guiding the children I encounter every day.

Pre-K Teacher

Hello! I am AnaLisa Hernandez and this will be my 3rd year at Christ Lutheran Day School! I graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. I was born and raised in San Antonio, but I lived in southern California for 2 1/2 years, where I worked as a preschool teacher to 3-4 years olds, as well as in the Entertainment Department of Disneyland!  Aside from teaching, I love spending time with my two dogs, performing in musicals part-time over at the Woodlawn Theatre, and traveling with my husband on the weekends.

3's Teacher

My name is Leslie Viera and I am starting my fifth year at Christ Lutheran Day School. I grew up in the very small town of San Diego, Texas. I moved to San Antonio to attend UTSA, where I received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. I loved the city so much that I decided to make it my new home. I am engaged to my high school sweetheart, of 12 wonderful years. I love to travel to new places, bake, organize, and spend time with my family. I can’t wait to see what the year will bring.

Toddler Teacher

My name is Kelsey Shaw. I am thrilled to be working with your children this year. Throughout my career I have worked with young children in several different educational settings. The past ten years, I have been a cribs and one teacher at University Christian Church in Fort Worth, Texas. I have also previously been a teacher at Texas Tech University’s Child Development Research Center, a nanny, and a mother. I have a bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Texas Tech. I have been employed in early childhood education since obtaining my degree nearly 20 years ago. This is my second year and I will be the toddler teacher at Christ Lutheran; I was an assistant last year. I am married and have an incredible ten-year-old son named Harper who is attending San Antonio Christian School and an amazing four-year-old named Weldon who attends CLDS. Children are amazing human beings and are constantly awing me with their discoveries. I am looking forward to exploring, creating, and discovering life with your children.

Assistant Teacher

Hello!  My name is Ashley Bruce, and I am incredibly excited for my first year as a teacher’s assistant here at CLDS!  Currently I’m a student at Northwest Vista College pursuing my Associate’s degree in Early Education.  I am very passionate about the positive development of children especially in their younger years. As for me, I am happily married to my husband and share 5 fur babies.  I love animals, traveling, and all things DISNEY!  In my free time I love making the “Three C’s” candles, cookies, and cakes!  I am looking forward to meeting everyone and excited to share this new adventure.

Assistant Teacher

My name is Melanie Molina. I am a 3rd year college student at A&M -San Antonio. I am majoring in education to become an elementary school teacher. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with family, going out to eat, and fishing! This is my first year with CLDS and I’m very excited to be here!