Our Staff

We believe that one of the keys to a successful center is a strong team of teachers.  All of our staff have a love for children, are committed Christians and are experienced Early Childhood Educators.

 

Each of our staff members meet, and in many ways exceed, the requirements set by the State Licensing Department.  In addition, all staff members are certified in CPR, First Aid, and Health and Safety.

 

We sincerely believe it is both a privilege and responsibility to care for and nurture your child.  With complete assurance and peace of mind, parents can entrust their children to our strong team.

Ms. Holly - Director
Welcome to our Carmel Valley Preschool family! I am thrilled to be here! I have worked with preschool age children for over 20 years as a volunteer, teacher, assistant director and director.  I am a member of the NAEYC and San Diego Child Care & Development Planning Council.  I was born on the east coast but grew up here in San Diego.  I live in North County with my husband, our two amazing kids and our puppy.  I love spending time together as a family, taking frequent trips to Disneyland, reading, cooking and baking and expanding my knowledge of early childhood education.
Ms. Sheena - Assistant Director

Welcome to CVPS! My name is Ms. Sheena and I have worked at Carmel Valley Preschool since 2007 and teach a Pre-K Class as well as assisting our Director in the office! I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, but it wasn't until after I completed Bible School I found my true passion in teaching! I am currently completing my CHDV classes and enrolled at Palomar College and Theoria College!  I am married and have two sweet and silly children, Cameron and Aria who both attended CVPS when they were little ones! When I am not at school I love spending time with my family, going to Disneyland and volunteering at my church with the music and creative arts ministry. I have been blessed with the opportunity to watch every child learn and grow each day.

CARMEL VALLEY PRESCHOOL TEACHERS & STAFF

MS. TREZ
MS. GINA
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I was born in Hawaii and been living in San Diego for over 25 years. I’ve been happily married for over 20 years. I’ve been working with children for the past 16 years; ages ranging from infant to school-age and see myself surrounded by children for the rest of my life. 

 

I have received an AS degree in Child Development and am working on my B.S. degree in Human Development. I am truly grateful to be given the opportunity to work with such priceless little ones and being able to see their smiling faces.

MS. MADISON
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MS. IRMA
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Hello families! I am so grateful that you have opened your hearts to me as a teacher at Carmel Valley Preschool. I have worked with children of all ages, ranging from infant to sixth grade, for over six years. In 2019, I graduated from California State University of Fullerton with my Bachelor in Child and Adolescent Development. One of my goals as an educator is to pursue my multiple subject credential and work with children and families in a K-6 program. I recently moved from Orange County to San Diego with my darling of six years and I enjoy eating Vietnamese food, spend time with loved ones, and reading new novels! I can’t wait to see the amazing growth of your littles ones as the year continues! 

MS. ERICA
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I have been teaching at Carmel Valley Preschool since 2011, and I teach a full day Pre-K Class.. Prior to working at Carmel Valley Preschool, I taught ceramics to Kindergarten thru 5th grade at Creekside Elementary for 7 years.

My passion for teaching academics to young children is inspired by the amazing developmental stages and growth that take place within a school year. So many accomplishments to celebrate in little hearts and minds! I have been blessed to have an amazing husband whom I love to spend my free time with, along with 4 incredible boys and 2 girls.

MRS. DANA
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My name is Mrs. Dana and I am new to the CVPS team. I am married with three children (2 boys and a girl). We moved to San Diego from Jacksonville, FL in 2019. I graduated from the University of North Florida with a BA in Education in 2009. Since then, I have taught both preschool 3's and 4's and pre-kindergarten. I have worked with children since I was 15 years old, including working in a children's museum. When I am not teaching I love spending time with my family. We are still discovering all the fun things to do around San Diego. 

MS. NEDA
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My name is Ms. Neda and I have been a photographer for 8 years and I am new to the CVPS team. I am married and have one daughter. I love spending my time with my family and friends and I love traveling. We recently immigrated to the US and I am very happy with my career choice as a teacher. I am excited to be team teaching with the 3's classroom with Ms. Renee. 

MS. NIKIA
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MS. RENEE
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I’ve been a teacher with Carmel Valley Preschool since 2010, and I’ve taught in every classroom here, and enjoy working with all of the teachers and staff. I currently teach a 3 year old class.  I have a degree in ECE and interned at the preschool in the Pre-k classroom at Miramar College. I have also taught 4 years at a private preschool in Tucson, AZ and took additional early childhood education classes at Pima College. 

 

In my spare time I enjoy writing everything from blogs to children’s literature. I also spend time doing  volunteer work with a family shelter in Oceanside helping in their women’s housing project and various auxiliary projects.

MS. MICHELLE
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Hello! My name is Ms. Michelle and I recently joined CVPS in 2021. I attended Miramar college in SD, where I studied Family and Child Development. I have worked with preschool-aged children for 7 years as a director and Sunday school teacher in kids ministry at my church. I have passion in teaching in young children and truly enjoy spending time with them. I have been married for 14 years and have two boys. Both of my children happily attended and graduated from CVPS, and we have wonderful memories. 
It is such a blessing to be back as a teacher! I believe in learning through play philosophy and will support the children experience new challenges that will help build their confidence while they play. I will endeavor to build a loving environment where children will learn and grow kind-hearted and strong-minded. I enjoy photography, art, foods, travel, music, dance, and spend time with my family and friends!

MS. SONGJU
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Hello! I'm Ms. Songju and I am excited to be teaching TK this year! I have been working at CVPS since 2018.I graduated with a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and worked as a preschool teacher in Korea for 10 years. I obtained a child development certificate from San Diego Mesa College. I have been married for 14 years and have a 12 year old daughter. She is in her first year of middle school and a huge fan of BTS. She was also in TK during her time at CVPS so this class holds a special place for me and all it's memories. 

I like cooking, baking and traveling with my family. 

MS. KAYLA
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Hi! My name is Ms. Kayla and I love teaching children! I have worked at CVPS since 2021 and will be teaching TK this year! I have received my Associates Degree and I am currently working on my Bachelor's at Cal State San Marcos.

When I am not in the classroom I am hiking with my dog . I love exploring and traveling the world. I haven been teaching preschoolers for 4 years and majoring in Child Development to keep current on the topic. I love my job and the kids! 

MS. BRIANNA

I have been working with children for 20 years, and have been on staff at Carmel Valley Preschool since 2004. I have worked at Carmel Valley Preschool in a variety of positions.  It is amazing to watch them grow both physically and academically over the year.  I love seeing how proud our students are as their speech expands and they accomplish potty training! 

 

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from San Diego State University.  In my free time I enjoy going on walks, seeing a movies, and spending time with my family.

MS. ARIELLE
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Hi! My name is Ms. Arielle and I have been part of the CVPS team since 2019! I taught in a 3's class as well as our TK class. I realized my passion to work with kids after volunteering at my local church for several years in the Kids Ministry, which lead to pursuing a degree in Child Development. I completed my Associates Degree at Grossmont College and I recently graduated earning my Bachelor's Degree at San Diego State University. When I am not at school, I like taking care of my plants, creating content for Kids Ministry and spending time with my friends and family! 

MR. MARK
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Hi! My name is Mr. Mark and I have been working at Carmel Valley Preschool since 2018. I have graduated from Point Loma Nazerene University and one of my goals is to become a Child Development Professor in the future. I have many years of experience working with children as the Children's Director at People's Church San Diego. 

I enjoy art, photography, foods and traveling. When I am not at school I like to explore different places, go hiking and play volleyball.