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Melissa Heinemann

Preschool Director

Office: (858) 487-0824 x215
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My History at RBCPC Preschool

I am the Director of RBCPC Preschool. I have worked at the preschool since 1997. Prior to this position, I was a teacher for our 4′s, 3’s, Lunch Bunch and Parent Education. It is a pleasure to work among amazing women with strengths in so many areas.

About Me

I married my high school sweetheart in 1983. We have 2 “children" who are now creating their own families. This is an exciting time in our lives.
Some of my hobbies include: Photography, going to the beach and reading!!

What do you love about working with kids?

I feel truly blessed to come to "work" every day. Our unique environment allows us to welcome ALL children and families to our program. RBCPC is amazing at fostering a strong sense of community. I look forward to serving and supporting your child and family. Please stop by the preschool office on your way to class and say hello.

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Nanci Finch

Assistant Director

Office: (858) 487-0824 x226
E-Mail:

My History at RBCPC Preschool

I started working at RBCPC in 2005 and could not imagine my life without this amazing place. Learning, growing and supporting all children, families, and coworkers is my passion.

About Me

I have a husband, two girls and a dog I adore! I love reading, doing crafts and swimming.

What do you love about working with kids?

Watching children explore their world, take risks, make friends and act on their natural curiosity warms my heart! Helping create a place where all children can do those things is my goal!

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Sherri Garbarini

Preschool Assistant

Office: (858) 487-0811 Ext. 208
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My History at RBCPC Preschool

I started working at RBCPC Preschool in 2000. I have been an Assistant, Teacher, and Administrative Assistant.

About Me

I have been married to my best friend for 30 years, and have a daughter who attends NYC and son who will be graduating high school soon. They are both alumni of our Preschool family! I love family time, eating out, walking our dogs at the beach :)

What do you love about working with kids?

I love our Preschool and philosophy, like many in our staff I have been ever since my own kids attended. I love our staff, families, & children and enjoy being here everyday!!!

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Lisa Genovese

Finance & Tuition

Office: (858) 487-0811 Ext. 208
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My History at RBCPC Preschool

I joined the staff at RBCPC Preschool in 2004 and have the wonderful privilege of being a teacher in our Two-Year Old and Older Two-Year Old programs. In addition, I work in the Preschool office as the tuition and finance administrator. I have a BA degree in Social Science and have worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for 20+ years.

About Me

My husband and I have three lovely daughters—our oldest daughter is in San Francisco where she works in the tourism industry, our middle daughter is a recent college graduate, living and working in San Diego, and our youngest daughter (an RBCPC Preschool alum!) is off to New York City this fall, to pursue a BFA degree in musical theatre. Outside of Preschool, I love spending time with my family and playing with our sweet pups, hiking and exploring San Diego, watching football, playing the piano, and experiencing live music and theatre.

What do you love about working with kids?

I love having the opportunity to get to know and share time with our Preschool children and families. Engaging with children and seeing and feeling their joy and enthusiasm as they learn, create, and experience the world around them, is truly joyful -- it is an absolute pleasure and privilege to share in their Preschool adventures!

Teaching Staff Member Profiles

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Ali Aguilar

Teacher

My first experience with RBCPC was in college when I worked at RBCPC as an aide to a student with special needs. I was immediately drawn to RBCPC’s commitment to learning through play and inclusion of all children. I’m thrilled that my children now have the opportunity to play and grow at RBCPC.

I received my MA in Special Education from San Diego State University and I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  Before having children, I taught children with autism spectrum disorders and developed curriculum for children with special needs.  It is a joy to teach Growing Together and Learning Together.  I feel blessed to be part of the beginning of the preschool adventure for many of our students.  In my free time I love spending time with my husband and my daughter and son, playing at the beach, baking, canning and being involved in church activities.

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Melinda Ashley

Teacher

I am a teacher with the HOPE Infant Program and have had the pleasure to work with RBCPC Preschool since 1999. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings I get to work/play in the the 2 year old classes. I am excited this year to also have an opportunity to participate in Learning Together on Monday mornings. RBCPC Preschool is an amazing place for children and families and I feel very fortunate to the have to opportunity to be here. When I am not working I like to hike, make pottery and travel.

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Seri Aubain

Teacher

My History at RBCPC Preschool

I began working at the preschool in 2011 and really like the learning experiences that happen here . I really enjoy spending time with all the wonderful children that attend preschool here at RBCPC. There are always opportunities for us to advance our learning through classes and seminars too.

About Me

I am married and have three adult children. My family loves to hike and take part in many outside activities. I enjoy walking with friends, sewing, card making and other crafts as well as reading.

What do you love about working with kids?

Watching children explore their world, take risks, make friends and act on their natural curiosity warms my heart! Helping create a place where all children can do those things is my goal!

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Lisa Bencivenga

Teacher

Hi my name is Lisa Bencivenga and I am happy to say I am a teacher in one of the Two year old classrooms and in the Lunch Bunch Program.  I have also taught a section of Growing Together classes.  I am very passionate about teaching preschool and advocating for inclusion, which simply means to include children of all abilities in the classroom.  We all have something important to offer this world through our talents and gifts.  I’ve been teaching for over 15 years and 9 of those have been here at RBCPC.  I’m excited to have been selected to be a Mentor Teacher from the California Early Childhood Mentor Program this year.  It is an honor and I’m looking forward to help train new preschool teachers.  Our preschool and our amazing teachers and staff offer an excellent environment to support new teachers.  I love working here with the children, families and teaching staff.  I am married to my husband, Robert and we have two children and two dogs.  I love to spend time with my family and going to the beach, walking and going to the movies.  I also love to read, cook, write and garden.

Tracey Buzo

Teacher

My History at RBCPC Preschool

I have been working at the RBCPC Preschool since 2012.

About Me

I have been married to my husband since 1998. We have two daughters and a son. When I'm not at preschool I love spending quality time with my family.

What do you love about working with kids?

I love seeing the joy and wonder in each child’s eyes when they are at preschool. I’m truly blessed to be part of your child’s preschool journey.

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Stephanie Camerino

Teacher

My History at RBCPC Preschool

I started working at RBCPC in 2007. I feel very blessed each and every day to be apart of a loving, spiritual, caring, and respectful environment. Our Mission/ Philosophy stands for exactly who we are!

About Me

I have lived in Rancho Bernardo since 1980. I have been married since 1993 to a long time resident also of Rancho Bernardo. We have 2 boys. I enjoy working out and spending time with my family!

What do you love about working with kids?

Working in a play based rich environment is so rewarding. I enjoy working with all ages. Daily I see new discoveries taking place, new friendships being formed, and new learning milestones being accomplished.

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Nancy Engstrom

Teacher

My History at RBCPC Preschool

I have shared my time at RBCPC as a parent,a lunch bunch teacher, and an
assistant teacher all with a group of people who share, respect and love the life of our preschool.

About Me

Our last 3 children had the opportunity to attend RBCPC and now our grandchildren! What a joy to relive that time ! Needless to say my time is spent with those active family members!

What do you love about working with kids?

There is something amazing about human growth! Our preschool shares in that development with a staff that loves and respects each other. This respect then enhances our care for our preschool families . To be able to savor this growth is a wonderful part of my life at Ranch Bernardo Communty Presbyterian Church Preschool.

Joanie Fraher

Teacher

My History at RBCPC Preschool

I have enjoyed working in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1988. I started working at RBCPC in 2015.

About Me

In 1979 I married Dennis and we are blessed with two children. Cooking, sewing, gardening, reading, hiking and travel are some of the ways I like to spend leisure time.

What do you love about working with kids?

Working in the field of education with young children is always exciting. The mind of a child is always curious and eager to learn. I thoroughly enjoy being engaged with these enthusiastic learners!

 

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Stephanie Haskins

Teacher

I began working at RBCPC in 2006 and have worked in the classrooms with the 2s, 3s and 4s! This year will be my third year as a head teacher for the 3s and I am so excited! Prior to working at RBCPC full time, I worked for Poway Unified School District as an Assistant to my Supervisor at a local elementary school at their before/after school program called ESS. Did you know when we play here at preschool it is “purposeful play”! Our play based philosophy demonstrates that learning is fun! Children are able to explore and discover in a ‘hands on’ way that allows them to be fully engaged and actively participate in their learning. When I am not at RBCPC, I am busy continuing my education to eventually receive my Master’s Degree. I also am very close with my family and spend as much time as I can with them. I am an Aunt for the very first time to two incredible little twin boys! Photography is also something that I enjoy doing in my spare time!

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Sheri Lieber

Teacher

My History at RBCPC Preschool

I have been at RBCPC for 12 years now, mostly as a 3 year old teacher. I love that we are an inclusion school, where every child is welcome! This is a positive and nurturing environment for all!

About Me

I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Glen for 35 years! We have three grown children (two are married) and three darling grandsons! I love to read, cook, garden, and walk my dog on trails.

What do you love about working with kids?

I absolutely love getting to know each and every child and family. To guide and encourage these little ones as they grow and learn is a joy and a privilege!

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Lori Lowder

Teacher

My History at RBCPC Preschool

I began working at RBCPC Preschool in the fall of 2013.

About Me

Bruce and I've been married since 1983 and have a son, Michael, and a daughter, Kelly. I enjoy walking, traveling, crafting and am involved in many church activities at RBCPC.

What do you love about working with kids?

Preschoolers bring me joy!! It's such a blessing to love, listen, encourage, care, teach, laugh, and simply be with children as they learn and grow in our wonderful RBCPC Preschool environment.

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Kelly Mansfield

Teacher

Both of my children are alumni of RBCPC Preschool. The warm and inviting environment led me to start working here in 2005.  You can feel it when you walk in the gate!  I have worked in 3 year old and 4 year old classes.  I love working here at RBCPC Preschool.  When I’m not at Preschool I enjoy traveling and reading.

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Nicole Mansour

Teacher

My History at RBCPC Preschool

I have been working at RBCPC since 2013. I have assisted in every age group's class offered here and have enjoyed them all. This school is a special place and every new class is a new learning experience for me.

About Me

I was born in San Diego. I'm the oldest of four children and I love music, art, reading, and the outdoors.

What do you love about working with kids?

I love working with each age for different reasons because they all offer such a wide range of opportunities to experience with each child the revelations and milestones unique to that stage of development, as well as to that individual child.

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Mary Ellen Martinez

Teacher

I am a speech therapist who has worked with children with special needs for over 30 years.  I work at the HOPE Infant Family Support Program and it is my passion and my pleasure to work with families as together we find the supports and activities that optimize their child’s learning and well being.  I love the time I spend in the toddler class at RBCPC Preschool, and feel very lucky to be a part of this amazing community.

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Diana McCarroll

Teacher

I came to RBCPC about 4 years ago as a substitute and then a teaching assistant. I have worked in teaching at various grade levels before dropping down into the wonderful age of preschool. My husband , Bill, and I have been married since 1976! We have three children,

Kelly, age 30, married with three boys, Kevin age 28, and Sean age 26. We were a family on the move until Bill retired from the Air Force. We have lived all around the USA and even in the Netherlands! Poway has been home since 1998, the only place I have ever lived past ten years!

I speak German as my parents and all my relatives are German. I thoroughly love coming to our preschool and working and guiding the children with their learning.

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Carolyn Naylor

Teacher

I am Carolyn Naylor and I have had the pleasure of working with wonderful Preschool staff and families for many years. This year I am working in the 4-day a week classroom all day. I especially love helping children explore Art and displaying their artwork. Additionally, my history over the year includes a lot of cleaning and reorganizing and a bit of classroom rearranging. Fortunately, I have had the support of staff and they have indulged me in these pursuits.

My husband Joe and I have been married 37 years. We have three children and recently added a wonderful daughter in-law. All are in artistic fields. Jocelyn and David are alumni of RBCPC Preschool and Paul is married to Kristin. All live locally and we enjoy most Sunday family dinners together.

Debbie Nordstrom

Teacher

My History at RBCPC Preschool

I've been a member of RBCPC for over 20 years. My youngest daughter attended preschool here. Currently I am on the prayer team and part of a marriage mentoring group.

About Me

I enjoy hiking and reading. My friends and I can "solve" all problems on our weekly hikes. On Christmas morning you can find my family and me hiking Iron Mountain. I am so blessed to live in such a wonderful hiking area!

What do you love about working with kids?

I love the way children think. I learn something new all the time. I love their expressions and their sense of wonder.

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Beth Roehrig

Teacher

My History at RBCPC Preschool

I began here at RBCPC Preschool as a parent of a three year old and I loved it so much I never left! All three of my children attended RBCPC Preschool and I have been working here since 2002.

About Me

I got married in 1992 to my husband Tom. We have three children, Haylie, Evan and Matt. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, running and enjoying friends.

What do you love about working with kids?

I love to see the wonder in a child's eyes, the excitement in them when they discover something new or achieve a skill they have been working on. I enjoy connecting with families to ensure they have a great preschool experience. I believe RBCPC Preschool is such a special place where all of that happens!

 

Taylor Ruiz

Teacher

My History at RBCPC Preschool

I've been working at RBCPC Preschool for 2 years. I've had the pleasure of working with in 2, 3, and 4's programs.

About Me

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and doing anything outdoors. I also like to cook new meals and read.

What do you love about working with kids?

What I love about working with young children is to help facilitate their learning, play, and social skills. I love watching them grow over the course of the year, and I really enjoy seeing the children excited to come to school and ready for what the day will bring.

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Isabella Sessions

Teacher

My History at RBCPC Preschool

I have worked at the church since 1995. Both my kids are alumni of RBCPC.

About Me

I have been married for 26 years, and I have two wonderful children; a daughter that has graduated from San Francisco State University, and a son who is graduating from the University of Colorado. They both attended Rancho Bernardo Community Preschool.

What do you love about working with kids?

Working with young children helps me learn something new each day that I'm with them. Plus it always keeps me smiling.

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Carol Stewart

Teacher

I started here at RBCPC as a parent. My youngest  was in the both the 3 year old and the 4 year old program. She is now in 1st grade and continues to talk about each past teacher with such love. I started here at RBCPC substituting  in all classes. I feel very blessed to have had a chance  to work and play with each teacher. It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know all the children. Lucky me!!   Currently I am assisting with our 3 year olds . I have been married for 24 years. I also have a daughter  22, and a son 15. My children are my greatest treasures. I love to bake, watch basketball and spend every minute I can with my kids.

Vicky Valdes

Teacher

My History at RBCPC Preschool

I have worked at RBCPC Preschool since 2001. It is a blessing and truly a joy to work here; and we have a terrific staff. As a former Chemist, I am able to share and explore my knowledge in science with the children through discovery, exploration, play and more.

About Me

My husband and I have two grown boys. When I am not teaching, I love to travel with my family. I also enjoy gardening and going to the plant nursery, I love photography, reading, and spending time with my dogs.

What do you love about working with kids?

I am happy to be a teacher; and I treasure every meaningful and teachable moment with children, and I enjoy every day with them. To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

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Linda Wildberger

Teacher

My History at RBCPC Preschool

RBCPC is an amazing place to be a preschooler and ALSO to be a staff member. It is very much like a big, happy family. I began teaching at RBCPC in 2007 after my youngest child moved on from RBCPC to kindergarten.

About Me

Mr. Wildberger and I have been married since 1981. We have three adult children, one teenager and three grandsons.
I'm a big roller coaster fanatic. I enjoy family picnics, hiking and kayaking.

What do you love about working with kids?

I love watching friendships blossom between our preschoolers. The inquisitive nature of a child is so special and seen at RBCPC every single day. Playing is learning. It's great to be a preschooler AND a preschool teacher too!

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Karla Wilderotter

Teacher

My History at RBCPC Preschool

I started at RBCPC as a parent and fell in love with everything that my son experienced and learned through play!

About Me

My husband and I have been married for 17 years and we have 2 active young boys, 7 and 4. They keep us grounded and filled with love. I enjoy spending time with my family, movies, running and listening to bedtime stories.

What do you love about working with kids?

I love the joy, fun, passion and excitement each child brings to the classroom. It is amazing to witness the discoveries the children make everyday!

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Mona Williams

Teacher

My History at RBCPC Preschool

I achieved my Childhood Development Teacher Permit from Mira Costa College in 2007 and continue to grow in the field of ECE through professional growth opportunities.

I have been connected to this amazing preschool in two different ways. First, as a Parent of a preschooler, in 1992 and then in 2006, when I chose a second career as an Early Childhood Educator and became part of the amazing RBCPC Teaching staff.

I have experience teaching in our 2, 3 and 4 year old programs, as well as, Growing Together and our Lunch Bunch Program.

About Me

My husband and I are both native Californians and have been married for 33 years. Our daughter, Ashley, graduated from CalPoly/San Luis Obispo with a degree in Business and has an awesome career in Social Media. Our family enjoys spending time together at our mountain home in Idyllwild, CA.

What do you love about working with kids?

I am a true advocate of Early Childhood Education. I love teaching children to recognize how wonderfully capable they are and feel blessed to have the opportunity to watch them grow and learn during their early years!

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Dede Yetman

Teacher

My History at RBCPC Preschool

I have been privileged to be part of RBCPC Preschool for the last 12 years.

About Me

I have been married to my husband, Ray, for 30 years. We have 2 adult children that we enjoy spending time with on the weekends and one affectionate, rambunctious Goldendoodle. In my free time, I enjoy exploring hiking trails, aqua aerobics, gardening and reading.

What do you love about working with kids?

I love being part of a caring, nurturing staff that is dedicated to helping each child grow at his/ her own pace. We learn through play. Preschoolers are so much fun!