Additional Resources

Staff

Lacie

Assistant Director

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!


Jean

Head Teacher, Junior Pre-K & Handwriting

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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. In addition to the Preschool, I teach Little School and assist Cindy with the Parent-Toddler Groups.


Tamding

Lead Teacher Little School and Pre-K, Senior Teacher Pre-School & Girls Club

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As a Tibetan refugee, born and raised in Tibet, education has always been a great factor in my life. When I was about seven years old, my mother and I fled to Nepal in hopes of finding a better educational system for me. Before I migrated to New York City, I went to boarding schools in India and Nepal. I came to the States during my early teen years with little knowledge of the English language. Now I am very proud to say that I am multi-bingual in Tibetan, Nepal, Hindi and English. In 2012, I earned my B.A in Social Sciences and Minor in Art History from Bard College. My teaching career started while working for The Museum of Tolerance as a tour guide and a facilitator. I realized how important early childhood development is if we want to live in a more tolerant society.

In 2014, I started volunteering for 10th Street Preschool while I was working as a child caregiver and accruing teaching credentials from UCLA Extension. I knew I wanted to be part of 10th Street Preschool community after experiencing how the teachers, parents and children were caring and nurturing to one another. I wanted to be part of a community where children can learn to communicate and acknowledge peers emotions with respect and awareness; hence, that is why I chose 10th Street Preschool to start my career in teacher.


Lea

Senior Teacher

Lea

I am a Los Angeles native and have worked with children since I was old enough to babysit! I have my ECE degree and extensive teaching experience, preschool through 3rd grade, including children with special needs. My passion has always been in educating children, it is where I feel the most comfortable and at home. I was a teacher at 10th Street many years ago and am excited to belong to the 10th Street family again.


 

Samantha

Teacher, Preschool and PreK

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I was born and raised in Santa Monica, CA. I received a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Psychology. After an early retirement from dance, I received an Interior Design Certificate and worked in the field for a few years. Throughout my life I have taught both dance and theater classes to children. Between my psychology studies and my time spent teaching the arts to young children, I finally realized that my passion is working with preschool age children. This special time in a child’s life is the most important time. I am pursuing my ECE degree at UCLA and am excited to join 10th Street Preschool.


Heather

Little School Teacher

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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. It¹s 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 I¹d 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.


Ronna

Music Specialist

Ronna

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.


Orville

Music Specialist

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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 pre-school has provided me with another wonderful year of exploring the way we help children, interact and grow into intelligent and caring beings.


Anthony Byrnes

Teacher

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Anthony Byrnes’ son Dylan graduated from 10th Street last year. Among the many hats that Anthony wears, besides the daddy hat: he’s the theater critic for KCRW and taught  for the last decade at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He’s also done guest teaching gigs at Crossroads, Harvard­Westlake, and the Mayfield Senior School.