Owner/ Director

My name is Suzette Reyes. I have 2 wonderful children and a wonderful husband whom I have been married to for 11 years. I have lived in Yuma for the last 20 years. I graduated from Yuma High School, have my Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and my Master’s Degree in Education. I love working with children and watching the look on their face when they realize they have learned something new I think is the best feeling. I have a large family who support me in all my endeavors and who are all involved in the community. I am looking forward to watching all of your children grow and learn in this great environment we have put together.

 Owner/ Director

My name is Sandra Escalante I am the proud mother of two beautiful girls Faith and Grace. They are my pride and joy and my inspiration behind this adventure. I am happily married to my best friend Paul for five years now and we couldn’t be more excited about our future. I have lived in Yuma most of my life and so has my family. I have strong community connections and I believe this town is special. My husband works here with me at the BRB and plays in a local band Downtime. My mother Jenny Umphress is currently a Municipal Court Judge and my sister Tammy Porter and her Husband Mike both have very successful local businesses and two boys Mason and Maverick that I adore. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from University of Phoenix. I have recently finished my coursework for my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education for NAU and am looking forward to finishing up my degree with student teaching soon. I worked as a pre school teacher for six years and knew then that education was exactly what I was meant to do. I have extensive knowledge in animal care from my many years in FFA raising animals and participating as an FFA officer. Children, animals, agriculture and this school is what I am passionate about and I can’t wait to share it with your family.


We have truly the best staff any parent could ask for. All of the teachers are CPR & First Aide certified,  have fingerprint clearance cards and food handler cards. Our goal is to provide a clean, loving educational environment for your children. The staff's main concern is taking care of the most important thing in your life and we take that job very seriously. Our teachers do yearly educational training, have experience or coursework in education and all truly love children.

Each class has at least two teachers and they are as follows:

Dazzling Donkeys: Mrs. Harlee & Mrs. Madison

Playful Pups: Mrs. Mya & Mrs. Stephanie

Grateful Goats: Mrs. Allisson

Incredible Insects:  Mrs. Elba 

Kitchen: Mrs. Beana

Library & Music: Ms. Penny

Plants & Animals: Mrs. Hailee 

Animal Care: Mr. Gabe

Finance: Mrs. Liz

Office: Mrs. Kali

Owners/Directors: Mrs. Sandy & Mrs. Suzette


Meet Ms. Beana, the Big Red Barn Cook. Beana was born and raised in Yuma and has a daughter and a grandson. She has four furry children (dogs) along with cockatiels, love birds, chickens and fish. So her role here at the Big Red Barn is not... only as the most amazing cook ever but also as a huge help with the animals. Beana loves to cook, play games with the kids, grow her own vegetables and do all types of crafts. She is a truly caring and thoughtful cook who wants the very best for all the children here at the Big Red Barn.


Meet Ms. Liz, the finance and office manager. She has extensive experience in finance from her many years as a financial analyst. She has recently moved to Yuma to be closer to family and help build this school into something truly amazing. Ms. Liz will be one of many faces you see at the BRB that is always ready to help. Her unique style and personality is a true asset to all of us here and we couldn't be happier to have her as part of our family!

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