OUR TEACHERS

Trained and experienced teachers are the foundation of an effective environment at Mesa Verde Preschool. Our teachers have been rigorously trained beyond their studies in the early childhood education, philosophy, principles, and method. They guide children in self-discovered learning through observation, influence, and encouragement to promote development of mind, body, and spirit. Teachers adjust to each individual child’s learning pace and needs, guiding students to explore new topics and accept new challenges. Our teachers’ firm, supportive, and kind demeanor is the key to the success of MVP. They serve as role models of warmth, kindness, peace, and respect, setting clear and consistent challenges in a positive and supportive environment.
 

At Mesa Verde Preschool, we pride ourselves on hiring a highly experienced staff. Not only are they school educated teachers, they have also had additional higher education and participate in ongoing teacher training and credentialing. Our diverse, international preschool environment is truly a great place for children to learn and grow under the guidance of experienced mentors. All teachers at MVP work together in teams to ensure each classroom environment stimulates and motivates the children’s absorbent minds.

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Director

Christina Guerrero

Christina studied at Orange Coast College and earned a certificate in Early Childhood Education. She went into teaching because she loved working with the kids at her church while growing up and wanted to continue working with them in her adult life. Now having taught for 22 years she is the Director of Mesa Verde Preschool and still loves working with children and being the start of their education. Knowing that a part of what she has taught them will stay with them forever.

Infant  Teacher
Cheree Eckman

Cheree studied at Santa Monica College and has been teaching for 8 years. She started teaching to learn more about children since having her own and loves teaching because she loves watching the kids grow.

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Toddler  Teacher
Shelby Marini

Shelby studied at Laguna Technical College and earned a certificate in Early Childhood Education. Since graduating she has been teaching for 20 years. She became a teacher because she loves watching the excitement in a child when they learn (achieving) something new and has continued to teach because she loves babies and watching them grow.

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Toddler  Teacher
Kate Foster

Kate is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Orange Coast College and is working towards her Associate Preschool Teacher Certificate. She has an AA in Liberal Arts, a Certificate in Marketing and is a licensed insurance agent in California. Before getting into the teaching field, Kate worked as a nanny and worked in insurance over a decade. Now having 3 wonderful children, she has gone into teaching because she knows how important the first 5 years are for skill development. When asked why she loves teaching, she said, "I want to foster the little minds of our future generations in a healthy, happy, and mindful environment.  Outside of the preschool setting, she is a photographer with her own photography business.

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Preschool Teacher
Alex Arreola

Alex has studied at Orange Coast College and has earned an Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education, an Associate in Science in Fashion Design and a certificate in Social Media Strategist. Teaching was something he actually fell into and immediately fell in love with. After having taught for 11 years the thing he loves most is encouraging each child to use their voice, teaching each child empathy and responsibility, helping them use their voice for the good of the community.

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Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Denise Osborne

Denise studied at Goldenwest College and California State University, Fullerton. She has earned an Associates and Bachelors in Early Childhood Education  and has been teaching for 23 years. She became a teacher because she wanted to help children find their joy in learning and challenging their abilities. She loves teaching because it fosters curiosity , encourages asking questions and there is always something new to explore .

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Substitute
Maryel Gonzalez

Maryel studied at Santa Ana College and earned an Associates in Arts degree. In her 15 years of teaching she has worked with children from infants to 8th grade. She went into teaching to inspire young minds. Her nurturing and patience has allowed her to thrive in education. 

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Floater Teacher
Gina Gasparian

Gina is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Orange Coast College. She decided to go into teaching because she wanted to make the classroom a place where children love to go and create a love of learning. Since being here at Mesa Verde Preschool she has loved getting to know the children and being there to watch them grow.