I am a small town girl from Indiana – 600 people to be exact. After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Child Development, I moved to Chicago where I worked with preschool age children in the capacity as both teacher and administrator and attended Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development. In 2012, I was offered a wonderful opportunity to relocate as a preschool director which brought me out to sunny California. My passion for working with children and families started at a young age and has continued to evolve throughout my professional career. I am excited to call 10th Street my new home and am thrilled to be a part of your preschool experience!
Head Teacher, Junior Pre-K, Girl’s Club and Handwriting
I am a native from Santa Monica, CA. I have been in the teaching profession for twenty years first starting with teaching preschool. After graduating from LMU and finishing my teaching credential I taught 6th grade. I began teaching here at 10th Street Preschool 10 years ago realizing that teaching preschool children is my true passion.
Little School Teacher
I first came to 10th Street as a parent in 2011, when my oldest son and I moved to Los Angeles from my family’s small Indian Reservation in Northern California. It’s easy to see now that 10th Street was our first home away from home. The teachers and families who welcomed us into the community played a huge part in our transition to our new life here. It was in my participation as a parent-volunteer that I fell in love with teaching preschool aged children and decided to return to school myself to pursue an ECE degree. It made sense of course, to then join the wonderful team of teachers who I’d come to love and trust with the development of my own children, and I am delighted to be teaching in the wonderful environment that is 10th Street Preschool
Little School Teacher
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with the way children learn and develop. So, imagine the joy I felt when I learned that I could turn my passion into a career. My journey working with children started over 10 years ago when I began volunteering at an elementary school next door to my high school. Fast-forward 8 years later, I graduated from Cal State Northridge with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development and started working as a preschool teacher. I was lucky enough to find this gem, 10th Street Preschool, where I can continue doing what I love most as I pursue a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology.
Pre School and Boys’s Club Teacher
I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Psychology. Upon graduation, and unsure which career direction to pursue, I took my mother’s suggestion (a preschool Administrative Assistant) and began working in her preschool. After that summer, I fell in love with the profession. I returned to school to complete my Early Childhood Education training and feel fortunate to have been working in this wonderful field ever since.. and all on the Westside! I am excited to bring my enthusiasm for teaching and genuine passion to the children to 10th Street.
Pre School, PK and Confidence Club Teacher
Hello, my name is Maria and I am excited to join the 10th Street community. I am currently pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Child Development and Family Therapy. My passion for working with children began 12 years ago and has only grown with every rewarding experience. I love letting the learning happen organically and purposefully. I learn from my students as they do from me.
Pre School and Handwriting Teacher
Hello! My name is Jonathan and everyone calls me Yoni, which simply means Jon in Hebrew. I began working with children with special needs when I was 19 and soon realized I had a talent for helping children attain their full potential. I received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a specialization in Neuromuscular Science and began working as a Behavioral Therapist. My other passions are travel and food. My travels have been mainly focused on food and bringing back the specialties of each unique place I’ve been. I plan to bring my joy of cooking into the 10th Street Preschool Kitchen.
I believe that music is a basic human right of every child. Music time is rich with possibilities – It is an important modality of learning and of inspiring joy, creativity, self-expression and community. Oh, and did I mention, music time is a ton of fun!
I have a master’s degree in social work and several years of experience working with toddlers, preschoolers and their families. Music has always been a huge part of my life. I’ve been a dancer for forever and the ukulele is my current pet instrument. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share my passion for music with the children at 10th Street Preschool!
Music Specialist, honorary
I am a pre-school performer/music teacher. I have had the privilege of working with thousands of children in Los Angeles for the past 15 years. My primary intention for children ages 1 – 6 years is to provide a warm, inclusive space for fun and engaging activities that foster participation and self-esteem. If they learn a little bit about rhythm, tempo, or vocal technique, that’s the cherry on the cake! 10th Street is the perfect environment for creative musical play. We have the best time together.
Music Specialist, honorary
I acquired my Early Childhood Education certificate in 2004 from SMC and have been working with young children in one capacity or another since that time. My first passion was for children with disabilities (after a stroke in my early 50’s gave me some insight into the fragility of my own life). The lessons we learn from our own frailties can translate into teachable moments for the new souls who find their selves struggling in an increasingly complex world to somehow fit in. I have always enjoyed the tremendous joy and creativity the little ones bring to our world and have been able to use my own musical gifts in that great sharing game only teachers and dedicated parents understand. 10th Street Preschool has provided me with another wonderful year of exploring the way we help children, interact and grow into intelligent and caring beings.