Anna has been the Director at MHCP since 2006, and has worked with young children for 29 years. She has an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry from Pacific University, a BA in Studio Art from UC Santa Cruz and completed 60 units of graduate coursework in Child and Family Studies at SDSU. Anna has two daughters, 18 and 16 years old, who attended MHCP. Her older daughter will be starting at Cal Poly SLO in the fall of 2018.
What Anna enjoys most about working with young children is their honesty, enthusiasm, and openness to trying new things and thinking about things in different ways. She is constantly amazed by their curiosity and creativity, and loves to share music, storytelling, and art with them. She feels fortunate to get to work with such amazing families each year.
Stacey (Asst. Director/Teacher)
Stacey began working at MHCP in 2009, and has been working with young children for 13 years now. She holds a BA in Child Development with a minor in Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University, and a Master's degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College, with a specialization in Early Childhood Education.
Stacey feels that a positive early childhood experience centers around children's interests and explorations She values free-play, child-directed experimentation, (appropriate) risk-taking, reflection, collaboration, problem-solving, and conflict resolution. Her favorite part of teaching is discovering with the children what it means to be a caring friend, kind person, and engaged learner.
Lynn began teaching at MHCP in 2002, and has been working with young children for 25 years now. She holds an Associate’s Degree from Southwestern College as well as a Children’s Center Teacher Permit.
Lynn believes that children learn best through play in a warm and nurturing environment. What she enjoys most about teaching is the curiosity and energy that children bring to the classroom. She also appreciates having the opportunity to work closely and build strong relationships with the preschool families.
Janie began her career in Early Childhood Education in 1996. She has an AA in Child Development from Central Arizona College, and is working toward her Master Teacher Certification through Mesa Community College ECE Program.
What Janie enjoys most about working with young children is watching their wonder in nature, seeing them begin to build friendships with each other, marveling at their creativity and hard work, and simply enjoying their play. Janie enjoys helping children become independent, confident, and caring members of society.
Deanna (Pre-K Teacher)
Deanna has worked at MHCP since 2007. She studied child development through San Diego Community Colleges.
What Deanna enjoys most about working with young children is exploring with and watching them learn new things. She also enjoys helping children with conflict resolution, and watching them feel empowered when they realize they have the language to resolve their own problems. She is grateful to get to, as her daughter puts it, get to “play” at work. Deanna feels that teaching young children in positive and peaceful ways will help to make our world (and their world) a better place to be.
Sarah (Pre-K Teacher)
Sarah has worked at MHCP since 2006, and has worked with young children for 46 years. She began as a Kindergarten teacher in Massachusetts, where she worked for 18 years. She holds a BS in Elementary Ed with a minor in Early Childhood.
What Sarah enjoys most about children is watching their eyes light up when they realize they are able to do something they had tried before and not been able to do. She enjoys helping to create a safe environment in which children are able to express themselves with confidence. She also enjoys sharing her love of reading with the children, and watching them grow into young readers.
Emily started at MHCP in the fall of 2016 as a substitute in all three classes. This year, she will be teaching the M/W/F and T/Th classes in the Little House.
Emily has a degree in Sociology from San Diego State University. In addition, she has taken courses on Growth Mindset as well as Redirecting Children's Behavior. She has two children, ages 16 and 13.
Emily enjoys being a part of this important time in children's lives. She believes that by providing an environment full of encouragement to explore, their natural curiosity will promote a lifetime love of learning. Emily enjoys watching children's curiosity grow as they learn from new experiences with their peers, and in the preschool environment.