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

6 years Teaching Preschool at Monarch

Private Tutor

Why do you love working at Monarch?

Working with children is very rewarding.  Children are very curious and eager to learn.  They make sure every day is different and meaningful.  To see the kids in my class grow and become independent is what it's all about.   

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 Marisa

Teacher

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Educational Background-

A.A. Liberal Studies

Associate Teacher Permit

B.A. in Educational Studies (in progress)

Experiences with Early Childhood Education-

5 years experience with the Saugus Union School District Child Development Program

1 year substitute teaching with Monarch, and now working full time in a Monarch classroom.

Why do you love working with preschool-aged children?

I love how happy the children make me! I always leave Monarch with a smile on my face. I also love how they teach me something new every day.

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

Spending time with my family and friends, watching the Dodgers, and going to Disneyland.


Miss Shelley

Substitute 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.  I have been here for 3 years. 

Why do you love working with preschool aged children?

I love working with preschoolers because I get to celebrate the little things every single day!  Each day brings new excitements--a new pair of shoes, a walk around the building, a treasure found on the play yard--and I get to be a part of all of it.  I am a partner in crime, sifting through blocks and building towers.  I celebrate these little moments, as each one brightens both the child's and my life. 

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

The majority of my spare time is spent at the gym.  I love being active.  I am a competitive obstacle course racer and American Ninja Warrior.    I also love to cuddle with my dog and watch movies. 

 


Miss Melissa

Teacher

Educational Background-

AA-Early Childhood Education

BA-Fine Arts and Children's Art Education

Experiences with Early Childhood Education

This is my 9th school year at Monarch!   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 have two children.  Shyler is 11 nad Roman is 4.  We love to be outside, at the beach, or hiking.  I love concerts, painting, and make-up.  I am a certified makeup and special effects makeup artist.


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, and I have been teaching at Monarch for 2 years.

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 with family and friends.


Miss Ellie

Teacher

Educational Background-

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B.A. Early Childhood Education with a minor in Early Childhood Administration

Experiences with Early Childhood-

9 years Private Teacher on the West Side of LA

7 years creating curriculum

6 years educating parents about separation

6 years leading a group of associate teachers

Why do you love working in Early Childhood Education?

I get to foster curious and creative young minds…and there is never a dull moment!

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

Traveling with my husband! Current favorite destination: Santorini, Greece


Miss Yesenia

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Educational Background-

A.S. Early Childhood Education

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

Experinces with Early Childhood-

I have 6 years of childcare experince. This is my first year teaching at Monarch, and I am beyond excited.

Why do you love working in Early Childhood Education?

I love working with children because they bring out the best in me. I am intrigued by the way young children think and how they process information. I love to shape little minds!

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

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy traveling and exploring new places with the people I love. I am a very adventurous person!


Miss Estefania (Miss Stef)

Substitute Teacher

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Educational Background-

Early childhood Education Courses

Experiences with Early Childhood-

I have a 5 year old son, and younger brothers that gave me most of my experinces with kids in this age group. I love to hang out with them at home or when I am volunteering in their classrooms.

Why do you love working in Early childhood Education?

Kids this age are so funny and sweet! I think they teach me as much as I teach them, and I love being a part of the learning every day I am here.

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

I love to play around with make-up, going to the gym and volunteering for activities with my son.


Miss Amy

Assistant Director

Educational Background-

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A.A. Social Sciences

B.A. Psychology

Experiences with Early Childhood Education-

Assistant Director at Monarch for 10 years, Preschool teacher, mother

Why do you love working at Monarch?

I appreciate the feeling of family amongst the staff, the fun work environment, and how much the teachers love my kids!

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

I like to cook and spend time with friends and family. 


Miss Hanna

Director

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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.  

Mr. 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.