At Star Kids Preschool, our philosophy is to provide a variety of academic and creative learning experiences in a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment. Our developmentally appropriate classrooms will encourage each child to reach his/her full potential cognitively, emotionally, physically, and socially. Each child will have the opportunity to explore the areas of education appropriate for his/her age and stage of development, while utilizing his/her five senses, therefore enabling the child to develop a feeling of accomplishment and self-confidence.
Young children develop rapidly. In fact, more development occurs during the first five years than at any other stage of life. A balance of social, emotional, intellectual, and physical stimulation is essential for development to be optimal. In our program, we support and enrich individual development through several goal areas.
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In 2017 Star Kids Preschool was opened by Christy Avila.
As a young adult, Christy Avila worked in a variety of child development programs with young children. She began her career in early childhood education while in high school. She spent 2 years working as an instructional aide in a toddler classroom, for a private preschool. She was offered a full-time teaching position after high school graduation, as a 3-year-old teacher. After 2 years, Christy accepted a full-time position as a Lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher. Within a year, she was promoted to Assistant Director. After working in a private preschool setting for 6 years, Christy began teaching Pre-Kindergarten at a State Preschool for the Colton Joint Unified School District. She taught State Preschool for 2 years. Christy then accepted a position working for the San Bernardino City Unified School District as an R.O.P. Child Development Careers teacher. There, she spent 12 years teaching high school students the fundamentals of child development and supervised their community-based internships at local preschools and daycare centers.
Throughout her career, Christy earned several degrees, including her M.S. in Early Childhood Education, a B.A. in Child Development, a B.A. in Psychology, and an A.S. in Early Childhood Studies. She also obtained her Program Director Child Development Permit from the State of California and maintains an active membership with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
As an advocate for quality early childhood education, Christy opened Star Kids Preschool to fulfill her dream of providing the best care and early education for young children.
Ms. Andrea has always had a passion for teaching children. She began teaching children’s ministry at the age of fifteen and continues to seek opportunities to serve within her church. Ms. Andrea obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development-Child Track from California State University, San Bernardino in 2018, and is currently working on her Master of Arts in Education, Teaching and Learning, Multiple Subject Credential at the University Of Redlands. She is expected to graduate in 2021. Ms. Andrea has had the opportunity to work with children of all ages and abilities. She takes pride in her ability to adapt her teaching style to meet each child’s individual needs.
At a young age Ms. Jasmin began working hands-on with young children. She held many baby sitting jobs and was an assistant in her mother’s home day care. In 2017, Ms. Jasmin began working as a student assistant at the San Bernardino Valley College Child Development Center and attended the college full-time. While attending college, she obtained 18 units in early childhood education and two associate degrees, one in sociology, and the other in liberal arts: social and behavioral sciences. Ms. Jasmin plans to further her education at Cal State San Bernardino to earn a bachelor degree in sociology.
Cinthia Duong has over 5 years of experience working in the field of Child Development. She has obtained her B.A. in Child Development from California State University, San Bernardino. Cinthia worked as a Child Enrichment Specialist for the Science of Parenting Program at CSUSB, where she worked closely with children and their families throughout the community to provide positive child guidance strategies. In addition, Cinthia obtained her Child Development Site Supervisor Permit from the State of California and has experience working as an Assistant Manager for various child care centers. She had the pleasure of teaching the 4-year-old classroom at the private school, Rancho Heritage School, in Rancho Cucamonga. Cinthia continues to expand her learning in the field to find new ways to make children love learning in their own individual ways. Her focus is on her students and assuring they feel respected and happy to come to school.
Dorene Valdez is the cook at Star Kids Preschool. She has always had a passion for working with children. Dorene has obtained college units in Early Childhood Education. She also maintains a current Food Handlers Card, as well as CPR certification. She has previously worked as a school crossing guard and as a cook for the Etiwanda School District and Little Rascals Preschool. Dorene also has experience working with children in the city of El Monte for their after-school program. Dorene's smile and positive attitude brings joy to both the students and teachers each day at Star Kids Preschool.
Ms. Lauren has been in the child development field for three years. She currently attends and earned her units for early childhood education and infant care units at San Bernardino Valley College. Ms. Lauren has an Associate Teacher Permit. She has experience working with children from infancy to three-years-old. While working in the field of child development, Ms. Lauren also ran the youth program at a local library branch. She continues to grow her knowledge in the field and has a great passion and love for the children in her care.
Temeka Wilson has worked in the field of Child Development for 22 years. She has spent 16 of these years in Special Education, specializing in Autism and Behavior Management. Temeka has worked in a variety of educational settings, including preschool and special education programs for the Fontana, Rialto, and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. She also has experience working for Head Start and private preschool programs.
Cecilia Trujillo has spent the past 3 years working with children. She worked at an after school program called Think Together for 2 years with students in grades 2nd-5th. While working there, she received her Associate degree in Liberal Arts: Humanities & Fine Arts at San Bernardino Valley College. She continued her education at Cal State University of San Bernardino and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Cecilia’s goal is to pursue a Master of Science degree in School Counseling and continue making a positive impact in children’s lives.
Bianca Camacho has gained a passion for child development and education, throughout the years. At the age of 18, she applied for a job at a company called Rocket Learning. She became a tutor for Kindergarten-6th grade students. During those 2 years of working as a tutor, she received her Associate degree in Administration and Information Systems, an Associate degree in Social and Behavioral Science, and gained certification as an Early Education Assistant at Riverside City College. Her passion for teaching and child development did not stop there. Bianca decided to attend CSUSB to obtain her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development - Child Track. She participated in internships at KinderCare and Teddy Bear Tymes Preschool, where she became an active observer. In December of 2018, Bianca received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development. She knew she had to put everything she learned into practice. Bianca decided to apply at Star Kids Preschool. She is now actively assisting in a classroom setting, learning from amazing teachers. As Bianca learns and gains more knowledge, her passion and excitement grows for education and child development. She will soon pursue a Master degree in Education, with a specialization in Child Development.
Carmelita Windom began working with young children at an early age. She volunteered and worked as a Camp Counselor for Parks and Recreation of Pasadena every summer, while attending middle and high school. During college, Carmelita volunteered at Lake Avenue Preschool in Pasadena. She earned an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Pasadena City College, specializing in Infant and Toddler Care. She gained teaching experience working at a Montessori school in Denver, Colorado. Carmelita also worked for KinderCare for 8 years. She has taught children of different ages, ranging from Infants through Prekindergarten.
Araceli Hernandez developed an interest in Early Childhood Education as a profession when she took her child development class in 2014. She is currently pursuing admission into La Verne University’s Child Development Program to obtain her bachelor’s degree. For 3 years, Araceli assisted her community church with their childcare program. It was these experiences that motivated her to further her education in Child Development. Araceli believes that children are an essential part of our nation’s future. Therefore, she believes it is important to work closely with the families of the children here at Star Kids Preschool, to ensure a strong beginning foundation for the students. Araceli strives to provide the best quality care for all the children she works with. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Star Kids staff and looks forward to helping students achieve their developmental goals.
Kassandra began her journey in Early Childhood 6 years ago. She enrolled in ROP Child Development Careers and completed her field work at a nonprofit child care center. Kassandra fell in love with the career path and chose to further her education in Early Childhood. She attended SBVC to complete the necessary units to become a fully qualified Infant/Toddler Teacher. She rejoices in having the opportunity to help children grow and develop in their early stages of life.
Shanae Harris has always maintained a passion for working with children of all ages. Shanae's career began at San Bernardino Valley College, where she gained experience as a student worker in their child development center. Shanae then worked as an Academic Case Manager for the Youth Action Project, at San Bernardino High School. She gained further experience in the field of Early Childhood Education as a School-Aged Teacher for Helping Hands Child Development Center. Shanae now happily resides here at Star Kids Preschool, as one of our phenomenal teachers!
Ms. Karla has been working with children for many years. In her high school days, she started gaining experience by babysitting after school throughout her neighborhood. After high school, Ms. Karla began volunteer teaching at her church’s Sunday school. This experience prompted her to pursue teaching as a profession. Ms. Karla earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts Education at California State University, San Bernardino. From there, she went to Riverside Community College, where she received her associate degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Karla has been teaching in the early education field for 8 years. She is excited to be working at Star Kids Preschool with the wonderful staff and students and looks forward to making a difference in the lives of the children she works with.
Ms. Gema’s love for teaching children came from coaching recreational/competitive gymnastics for children ages 18 months to 18-years-old. She started coaching at the age of 15. It was at Riverside Community College, where Ms. Gema fell in love with the Early Childhood Education program and teaching tiny humans. She completed her AS degree in Social and Behavioral Science in 2019. Currently, Ms. Gema is obtaining her BA in Human Development and Psychology. She plans on furthering her education and pursuing a master’s degree. As an infant/toddler teacher, her mission is to facilitate growth and learning through positive interactions, and to help her babies grow to their fullest potential! Ms. Gema absolutely loves being a light in a child’s life, and being able to have an opportunity to be an enriching soul for others is her life’s mission.
Ms. Diana’s passion for early childhood education began in 2016, after she took her first child development course at Chaffey College. In 2017, she began working for Mountain View Preschool, where she gained experience working with children ages 2 to 4-years-old. Ms. Diana also began tutoring school-age students. Ms. Diana currently has 24 units in child development and is working on obtaining her associate degree. She plans to transfer to Cal State San Bernardino, where she can further her education in child development and earn a bachelor’s degree. Ms. Diana always knew she wanted a career that would allow her to make a difference; teaching is the perfect way for her to do just that. Every day she is honored to influence and change the lives of students. Ms. Diana enjoys opening their minds to new possibilities and experiences.
Ms. Anabel has had a passion for working with children from a young age, thanks to the many teachers in her family. She first began tutoring while attending California State University, San Bernardino. where she received her bachelors in English Literature. She also spent some time tutoring and teaching English in South Korea, while studying abroad. Her love of working with children was strengthened while working as a librarian for the San Bernardino City Unified School District, where she worked with children in grades 1st through 6th. Ms. Anabel furthered her education at California Baptist University, where she received her master’s degree in Education, with a focus on Early Childhood Education. She believes working with children is a rewarding career that allows her to experience the wonders and dreams of her students, while helping them build and grow a love for learning that will stay with them throughout their lives.
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