Our Staff

Renee Cruz
Renee Cruz

Hi! My name is Renee Cruz and I am the director as well as the lead teacher for the 3-5 year old class.  I have been with the school since we opened in 2013 and I absolutely love it!  I am very passionate about our unique program here at SVK and am incredibly proud to be part of something that can truly make a difference in the lives of our children.  I believe in strong family-school relations and always strive to involve families as much as possible in the education process.  There is nothing more rewarding than watching young minds learn and grow!

Kendra Cruz

Hi! My name is Kendra Cruz.  I am the lead teacher of the 2 and 3 year olds at SVK.  I live here in Swepsonville with my husband and two sons.  I started at SVK in June of 2014 but have had the pleasure of working with children for over 8 years.  As a teacher I work to individualize learning activities to meet the unique needs of each child.  I am excited to see what the future holds for our SVK family!

Janett Reyes

My name is Janett Reyes and I am an assistant here at SVK.  I am originally from El Salvador but grew up here in North Carolina.  I have over 15 years of experience with children.  I love being able to work with young children.  It is so much fun teaching them and learning from them as well.

Angie Minch

Hi my name is Angie.  I am a teacher's assistant here at SVK. I love working with children and have 3 children of my own.  I'm very active in the community which has become my home away from home. I'm proud to be a part of Saxapahaw where we are more than just friends, we are family.

Karen Meade

My name is Karen Meade and I am very excited to join SVK preschool. I have worked with young children for more than 15 years. I love exploring nature with children, walking in the woods, exploring the creek and climbing trees.  My favorite author is Robert Munsch. I love that he combines silliness with relatable characters. My favorite book is Mortimer, I am sure I read that book daily.  I believe that children are great leaders.  I have learned much from watching them explore their environments. They have much to teach.


My daughter and I live in Burlington. We love trips to the beach, geocaching, horseback riding and walks with our dog Daisy.  I’m looking forward to many new journeys at SVK!

Lauran Lamberty

Hi! My name is Lauran Lamberty. I was born and raised in Mebane, NC. I'm 21 years old and have almost completed my Associates Degree. I am married and have two German Shepherds. My husband is getting out of the military so we are moving from Fort Bragg to the Mebane area.  I enjoy outdoor activities and riding horses on my free time. Crocheting is my go to when I'm wanting to relax. I have worked with kids as long as I can remember! From babysitting to being a nanny and working in a Nursery before coming to SVK. I love children and learning from their curiosity. I'm excited for this journey at SVK and watching the children grow as they go through our program!


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