Meet the Staff

Meet the staff


Miss Darlene

Teacher

Darlene

Educational Background-

B.A. Liberal Studies

Experiences with Early Childhood Education-

Teacher's Aide in an Early Intervention Program

Preschool Teacher

Why do you love working in Early Childhood Education?

I love being a part of a child's first learning experiences.  Working in the Early Preschool class allows me to help children reach many of their developmental goals.  

Fun Fact:  What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love to hike!


Miss Amanda

Teacher

Educational Background-

Amanda

A.A. Child and Family Education (In Progress)

Plans to Transfer and obtain a degree in Child Psychology

Experiences with Early Childhood Education

Private Nanny for 7 years

Preschool Teacher

Why do you love working in Early Childhood Education?

I find it extremely rewarding to help guide and teach young children.  Children are our future, and they deserve to be cared for, loved, nurtured, and treated with respect.  Here at Monarch, I am able to accomplish all of that!  

Fun Fact:  What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love to read, go to the movies, knit, and spend time with my family.  I have a 4 year old whom I gladly let take up my spare time.  


Miss Lucy

Teacher

Educational Background-

A.A. Early Childhood Education

Lucy

CA Commission of Teachers Associate Teacher Permit

Experiences with Early Childhood Education

5 years Teaching Preschool

Private Tutor

Why do you love working at Monarch?

I love helping children to grow and reach their full potential.  

I love working at Monarch because the directors, teachers and parents are great.  The environment in the classroom and the communication between teachers and parents is amazing.   

Fun Fact:  What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I truly enjoy being outdoors, camping, hiking and backpacking.  I am very family oriented, and love to go on new adventures.  


Miss Shelley

Teacher

Miss Shelley

Educational Background-

A.A. Early Childhood Education, Santa Barbara City College

B.A. (In Progress) Child Development, CSUN

Experiences with Early Childhood-

I have been teaching preschool for several years at Pinecrest and Monarch Academy.

Why do you love working at Monarch?

There is no better job than one where I get to help mold and teach preschoolers.  I get such satisfaction from watching their growth as the year progresses. I have been at Monarch since the very beginning (both as a parent and a teacher) and it is truly different.  We are all family.  I feel so blessed to be able to teach at such an amazing school.  

Fun Fact: What do you teach doing in your spare time?

I like to spend time with my boys.  I enjoy working out, biking and traveling. 

 

Miss Kelsey

Teacher

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Educational Background-

B.A. Early Childhood Education in progress

Experiences with Early Childhood Education

I have been working with children since I was one myself.  I have worked at a horseback therapy ranch, an occupational therapy gym, and Monarch is my second preschool.  

Why do you love working with preschool aged children?

I love being a part of this super-important developmental part of a child's life. 

Fun Fact: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being active, or just curling up and watching a good movie.  

 


 

Miss Lindsay

Teacher

Educational Background-

A.A. Early Childhood Education

Experiences with Early Childhood Education

I taught 2 and 3 year olds for over three years before I cam to Monarch.

Why do you love working with preschool aged children?

I really love when I can see when a child has grasped a new concept.  I love knowing that when that lightbulb goes on, I had a part in that learning.  

Fun Fact: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I like to go camping, off-roading or on random trips to Disneylan or the beach.  Basically, anything outside! 


Miss Alyssa

Teacher/ Front Desk 

Educational Background-

Alyssa

A.A.- Early Childhood Education

B.A.-Early Childhood Education (In Progress)

Experiences with Early Childhood Education

Preschool/Pre-K/K Teacher at Monarch since 2011

Early Childhood Special Education experience

Private Childcare

Why do you love working in Early Childhood Education?

What I love most about working in ECE is having the ability to help children grow and celebrate their accomplishments along the way

Fun Fact:  What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love being outdoors, fishing at the lake and spending time with my family. 


Miss Melissa

Teacher

Educational Background-

BA-Fine Arts and Children's Art Education

Experiences with Early Childhood Education

This is my 6th school year at Monarch!  I spent a lot of time in the Early Preschool class, and I am loving the pre-k kids this year.  I also have 2 young children.  

Why do you love working in Early Childhood Education?

I love how uncomplicated it is to work with young children.  I love seeing the way they think about things, the way they absorb new learning, and the way that all interaction with  little ones is based around love.  Kids simplify things in such a way that is so enjoyable and fulfilling.

Fun Fact:  What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I am a certified makeup and special effects makeup artist.  I love taking fun makeup projects and I love being with my children! 


Miss Nicole

Teacher

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Educational Background-

B.A. Child and Adolescent Development

M.A and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in progress

Experiences with Early Childhood-

I have been in the field for many years!  I worked at a preschool for 10 years, as well as the YMCA as a director of the summer camp and preschool program.

Why do you love working in Early Childhood Education?

I love working with kids this age because they are so much fun!  The stories they tell are always entertaining and there is NEVER a dull moment!

Fun Fact- What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love to watch movies, go camping, and spend time at the beach.


Miss Jurnee

Teacher

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Educational Background-

A.A. Early Childhood Education

B.A. Special Education (in progress)

Experiences with Early childhood Education-

I have 3 years experience as a preschool teacher and lots of younger siblings! 

Why do you love working with preschool aged children?

My 6 eyar old sister in spired me to work with preschool aged children.  I love the things they come up with!  They melt my heart and make it all worth it. 

Fun Fact: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

When I have spare time, I love to watch little league soccer and hang out with my family.  


Miss Hanna

Owner/Director

Hanna

Educational Background-

A.A. Early Childhood Education

B.S. Child & Adolescent Development/Early Childhood Development Administration

Experiences with Early Childhood Education

Has worked in field of Child Development since 1994

Teacher for Headstart Homeless Demonstration Project (A 3 year grant)

Teacher/COC Lab School

CSUN Teaching Intern infant/preschool

Child Development Policy Advisory Committee intern for Southern CA

Editor for CA State Department of Education Policy Advisory Committee Grant and Foundation Directory

Private Nanny

Why do you love working in Early Childhood Education?

I love working with children because they have no pretense.  They are sincere and capable of living in the moment, which is something we as adults forget to do all too often.  

Fun Fact:  What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love spending time with my family, going to the beach, running with my dogs, playing tennis and soccer, reading and gardening.  


Miss Amy

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Assistant Director

Educational Background-

A.A. Social Science

B.A. Psychology

Experiences with Early Childhood Education-

Background experiences in Childcare, Preschool and Special Education dating back to 2000

Why do you love working working at Monarch?

"I love the family feel at Monarch and the fact that I can bring my kids with me when I come to work.  How lucky am I?!

Fun Fact:  What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Spare time??  I love hanging out with my kids.  


Mr. Shawn

Shawn

Owner

Educational Background-

B.A.- Social Sciences

M.B.A.-Marketing/Entrepreneurship

Background Experience

Southern CA Project Manager for reinforced concrete structures and bridges.

Why do you love working at Monarch?

When I was building bridges, there was always a rush to stand on it, beside it, or in front of it just to look at the structure and take in the accomplishment.  However, that pales in comparison to helping make a positive difference in so many young lives.  

Fun Fact-What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love spending the day at the beach with family and friends, soccer with the family, hiking, volleyball, tennis, boogie-boarding and ping-pong.