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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.
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.
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.
Miranda Contreras was a student for the Regional Occupational Program, specializing in Child Development Careers. She spent 2 years studying Child Development. Miranda completed an internship at the Cajon Infant Center, working with children ages 6 weeks to 3-years-old. Miranda is currently a student at Valley College, working toward a degree in Early Childhood Studies.
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!
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.