Meet the Staff

The teachers at Woodland Hills Private School are specially selected and trained for our program. They work with both the children and the parents to assure a positive school experience. Their experience, dedication, caring ways and professional concern will nurture you child through these formative years.

Staff Qualifications

Preschool: All our preschool teachers are experienced and certified in Early Childhood Education.
Elementary: All our kindergarten through 5th grade teachers have a credential or equivalent (or are currently completing the credential program), and hold MA and/or BA degrees. Our TK lead teachers hold MA and/or BA degrees and a credential (or equivalent) or certification in Early childhood Education. Our teachers have degrees and specialized training in elementary and early childhood education from some of the finest universities.

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Administration Team

Lynn Kuo | Founding Director | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The founding director and co-owner of WHPS since 1985, Ms. Lynn holds an MA in Education from SUNY at Buffalo, N.Y. She has been in the education field since 1978 and a director since 1983. Education has always been her passion. As a lifetime member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Ms. Lynn enjoys attending educational conferences, professional workshops, and school legislative seminars. She visits other schools and always keeps current on the most updated information concerning the education of children of all ages. Her goal is to always work to keep WHPS growing and improving. Ms. Lynn always welcomes all of your comments and suggestions as she is always looking to continue to enhance the school program in order to provide the best care and educational foundation for your children.
 
Mission Statement
  • To ensure Woodland Hills Private School continues to be a unique place where all children can succeed.
  • To provide a nurturing environment where children gain love and a great foundation to become a lifelong learner who respects others and appreciates the world around them.
  • To provide a learning space where parents know their children are in good hands and believe WHPS is one of the best decisions they have made for their children.
  • To remain a school where all teachers are proud of what they are doing and recognize that they can be one of the best things in a child’s life and feel rewarded in their career.

Seth Pozzi | Head of School | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Seth has been in the education field since 2004 with past experience as an Interim Head of School, Elementary Principal, Dean of Students, and elementary/middle school teacher. Seth holds a MS in Administration and Educational Leadership from Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology and a BS in K-8 Education with a concentration in MSET (Math, Science and Educational Technology). He has been actively involved in research on social-emotional learning, resiliency, grit-building, and leadership education for elementary school students, in collaboration with several colleges and universities, including Pepperdine and The University of Pennsylvania. Seth is passionate about developing a strengths-based school community that values and leverages each child and staff member’s unique talents and strengths.
 
Mission Statement
I love to leverage my natural talents for thinking outside the box and getting others excited about the power of what could be...to accomplish meaningful goals and educational reform. In my role as Head of School, one of my greatest privileges and responsibilities is to serve as an advocate for students, parents and teachers.
 
I believe in the definition of listening, according to my favorite author, Rosalind Wiseman: "Listening means being willing to be changed by what you hear."

Jacey Dexter | Elementary Principal | Oxnard Campus | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jacey has been with the WHPS family since 2008, both as an administrator and as an elementary teacher. She has a MS in Educational Administration, a MA in Cross Cultural Education, a BA from CSUN, a Administrative Credential, a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and is a member of the Computer-Using Educators (CUE) organization. As an administrator, Jacey also serves as a member of the school’s WASC committee. Jacey strives to motivate the students and staff to reach their full potential, and her door is always open to all staff, students and parents, with the belief that every voice should be heard.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to motivate students and staff, and to build partnerships with parents. I strive for our students to feel empowered and take ownership of their learning as well as take pride in their unique contributions to our school community.  I will use my natural talents to keep perspective, work hard, and listen effectively. My life’s journey is a process of growing, learning, experiences, and loving my family.

Robin Gee | Preschool and Toddler Center Director | Collins Campus | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Robin has been in the education field since 1987. She has been a Director since 1992, including 13 years as an Executive Director and has been a Director at the Collins Campus since 2010. A fully qualified preschool director, Robin has a BA in Child Development and earned a Dedication Award for 20 years of Child Care Experience.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to motivate and inspire teachers to be the best they can be and to help develop an environment which creates love, harmony and creative experiences for young children. I want to give parents the tools and confidence to build positive relationships with their child.

Ailin Sacks | Preschool and Toddler Center Co-Director | Collins Campus | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ailin is a fully qualified preschool director with a degree in Child Development with an MA in Early Childhood Education and BS in Human Services. Ms. Ailin has been with WHPS since 2009, and has been a teacher at both the Collins and Oxnard campuses, as well as a part of the administration team at the Oxnard campus. Her breadth of knowledge, both in the classroom and in the office, is invaluable as Co-Director. Ailin is certified in  screening children for developmental delays by the Child Development Institute Early Learning Center, where she also continues to volunteer in her spare time.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to maintain positive relationships with the staff, parents and children as well as work towards a safe successful learning community. To create an environment of empathy, honesty, and integrity. I will work towards helping guide the staff to find their individual philosophies and pursue of knowledge in the field of Early Childhood Education. To inspire all the children at WHPS to reach for the stars!

Dr. Tracy Ewing | Preschool Director | Oxnard Campus | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Ewing joined WHPS in 2016 and holds her PhD and MA in Child and Adolescent Development from UC Santa Barbara, specializing in Early Childhood Education, and has a BA in Psychology. Tracy has been in the Early Childhood Education field since 2005, and prior to joining WHPS, had 6 years of experience as a child care owner/operator, 2 years as a center director and 8 years as a preschool teacher. She also currently teaches Child and Adolescent Development at CSUN, which keeps her connected to the most current research and trends in Early Childhood Education.

Mission Statement
Young children are active learners absorbing and constructing knowledge with every experience. When developing and guiding early childhood programs my mission is to cultivate an environment that will foster the development of the whole child through healthy attachments with adults and peers while allowing for the discovery of the wonder of learning. My philosophy of teaching young children is grounded in the belief that young children need a teacher who recognizes and inspires their desire to learn, allowing each child to experience joy in mastering the classroom environment. As a preschool director it is my mission to recognize and inspire each teacher’s desire to teach, so they too can experience joy each day in the classroom. Since parents are a child’s primary teacher I also wish to serve as a supportive foundation for families as they navigate the challenges of parenting during the early childhood years. Children (and adults) learn best when they feel respected and valued and are given opportunities to express themselves. It is essential for teachers to truly connect with each child in such a way that the children feel known, heard and understood. My mission is to ensure that each child that attends WHPS feels known and that every family feels a sense of belonging.


Christine Chiché | Preschool Co-Director | Oxnard Campus | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Christine started with WHPS in 1999 and is a fully qualified preschool teacher and director with a BA in Liberal Studies and 24+ ECE units. Christine was a teacher at the Collins Campus for 10 years and the Camp Director for 5 years. Christine has been the Co-Director at the Oxnard Campus since 2013.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to motivate and inspire creativity in all children. I want to support children's ideas and show them their thoughts matter in and out of the classroom. I want children to appreciate their natural surroundings because there is always a lesson to be learned.

Sheila Rudow | Office Manager | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sheila joined the WHPS team in 2016. Sheila has been in the customer service industry since 2010 and in the education field since 2014.

Mission Statement
My mission is to use my creativity and positivity to better the lives of those around me and inspire others through a quiet and inner strength.  

Sarah Johnson | Business Manager | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sarah joined the WHPS team in 2017. Sarah has a BS in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Finance from Loyola Marymount University.  She  has served as an educational leader and school administrator since 2002, with experience as a Business Office Manager, VP of Student Affairs & Human Resources, Campus Director/Principal, and Middle School Dean.

Mission Statement
My mission in my life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style."
- Maya Angelou   

Serena Koegler | Chief Operating Officer | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As an alumna of WHPS, Serena was happy to return as a staff member in 2013. Serena has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BS in Business Administration from USC. Her work experience includes consulting and product management for companies such as Navigant Consulting, Ernst & Young, and Target, as well as involvement in WHPS operations since 1985. Serena is involved in all aspects of the schools' operations, including daily operations, human resources, finance, facilities management, marketing, and accreditation.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to pursue continual growth through all the unique experiences, ideas, and interactions encountered through life. I hope to create a community of diverse individuals working together to create something far more extraordinary than we could imagine independently.

Wentar Kuo | Owner | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As the owner of WHPS, Wentar plays an active role in the general operation of the school. Wentar has an MS in Computer Engineering from SUNY in Buffalo, N.Y. and was the Vice President of a high tech company before becoming involved in the daily operations of WHPS in the year 2000. Wentar oversees the direction of maintenance and repair, the upgrading of playgrounds and the facilities, and is our liaison with the community. Wentar is very hands-on with the daily activities of WHPS, and you will often see him directing traffic or talking with teachers and parents all around the school.

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2018-2019 Preschool - Collins Street Campus
 
Erica Ochoa | Young Toddler Program | Room 1
Ms. Erica joined WHPS in 2016 and is a fully qualified infant/toddler teacher who has been working in the education field since 2008. She has 30 ECE units from Valley College.
 
Mission Statement
My mission as an emergent educator is to inspire children to discover their strengths in lifelong learning, While shaping each  individual child to grow in social, emotional, physical, and cognitive experiences at their own developmental pace by responding to each child's interest.
 
Malvida "Miley" Mardon | Young Toddler Program | Room 1
Ms. Miley has been with WHPS since 2013. She has been teaching since 2013 and is a fully qualified preschool and toddler teacher with preschool teaching experience and an AA in Early Child Education.
 
Mission Statement
Every child has a different style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding.
- Robert John Meehan
 
Batool Hussain | 2-3 Year Old Program | Room 2 
Ms. Batool joined WHPS in 2018 and is a fully qualified preschool teacher who has been working in the education field since 2012. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education.
 
Mission Statement
It is my goal to be a compassionate educator who creates space for children to stretch their imaginations, test their ideas, and build their social skills through play.
"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."
-Fred Rogers
 
Madelyn Moncada | 2-3 Year Old Program | Room 2 
Ms. Madelyn joined WHPS in 2016 and is a fully qualified preschool teacher who has been working in the education field since 2011. She has a BA in Child and Adolescent Behavior.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to provide a comfortable and safe environment for children by giving them love, which will lead them to unfold their talents and have more security in themselves. To help teach parents that every child is different and always remember that love never fails (1Cor. 13:8) because they might forget what you said but will not forget how you made them feel. Even though they may be small, we always have to remember that we are their
R-espectful
O-utstanding
L-oving
E-ducators
M-odel
If we want children to be successful in life, we have to start by believing in them and learning important lessons through/with them.    
 
Corina Estevane | Toddler Program | Room 3
Ms. Corina joined WHPS in 2017 and is a fully qualified preschool and infant/toddler teacher, with 33 ECE units, who has been working in the education field since 2015.
 
Mission Statement
“Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth. For, what they believe is what they will become."
-Brooke Hampton
 
Debbie Espinosa | Toddler Program | Room 3
Ms. Debbie joined WHPS in 2017 and is a fully qualified preschool and infant/toddler teacher who has been working in the education field since 2009. She has 21 ECE units and is completing her AA.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to provide a nurturing and safe environment that allows your child to feel comfortable to play, explore and learn freely.
 
Evelyn Cueva 2-3 Year Old Program | Room 4
Ms. Evelyn started with WHPS in 2014 and is a fully qualified preschool and toddler teacher who has been working in the child care field since 2003. She has 32 ECE units from Santa Monica College, and she is also working towards her BA in Early Childhood Education.
 
Mission Statement
As an Early Childhood Educator, it is my mission to provide children with a safe, nurturing, child-centered, stimulating environment to fulfill their social-emotional, physical and cognitive development. My focus is to instill the love for learning in each child and to develop lifelong learners.
 
Kathy Soria 2-3 Year Old Program | Room 4
Ms. Kathy started with WHPS in 2018 and is a fully qualified preschool teacher who has been working in the child care field since 2011. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education.
 
Krystine Riley | 3-4 Year Old Program | Room 5
A fully qualified preschool teacher with 24 ECE units, Ms. Krystine has been with WHPS since 2012 and has worked with children since 2004.
 
Mission Statement
My mission as a preschool teacher is to provide an environment where the children feel safe, loved, and supported. I want to encourage them to feel secure to be themselves and motivate them to be explorers of the world.
 
Jessica Monjes | 3-4 Year Old Program Room 5
Ms. Jessica has been with WHPS since 2014. A fully qualified preschool teacher with 32 ECE units, Ms. Jessica also has a Kinder Intervention Program certificate.
 
Mission Statement
I believe a loving and cooperative environment promotes cultural values and positive relationships as well as respectful interactions. My priority is for children to learn by doing and experiencing hands-on, which will help them reach their fullest potential socially, emotionally and intellectually.
 
Brianna Goodie 3-4 Year Old Program | Room 6
Ms. Brianna is a fully qualified teacher with 24 ECE units that has been in the education field since 2005, has been with WHPS since 2008, and is trained in the Reggio Emilia approach.
 
Mission Statement
It is my mission to defend and promote the potential of all children by providing them with a developmentally appropriate and caring environment that supports children’s emotional, social, cognitive and physical development. With a child-initiated and inquiry-based education, the children and I will construct their learning experience through observation, intentional planning, creative environments, and an active exploration of materials. Through the use of documentation, I will learn from the children as well as enhance their learning. My goal is for every child to emerge as socially capable, creative citizens who love learning.
 
Lily Aguilar 3-4 Year Old Program | Room 6
Ms. Lily joined WHPS in 2017 and is a fully qualified preschool teacher who has been working in the education field since 2016. She has 36 ECE units.
 
Mission Statement
"When you teach what you love and you share what you know, you open eyes, minds, hearts and souls to unexplored worlds."
-author unknown
 
Pam Cohen | Pre-Kindergarten Program | Room 7
Pam is a fully qualified preschool teacher that has been in the field of early childhood education since 1975 and with WHPS since 1985.
 
Mission Statement
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”
-John F. Kennedy
 
Juliana Castro | Pre-Kindergarten Program | Room 7
Joining the WHPS team in 2015, Ms. Juliana is a fully qualified preschool teacher with a Preschool Teacher Certificate and over 30 units in Child Development. She has worked with children from 2-4 years old since 2012.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to make every day a teachable moment by nursing self-esteem, creativity, emotional and physical growth for their foundation with a lifelong commitment to learning for every student.
 
Shelley DeVito 3-4 Year Old Program | Room 8
Teaching children at WHPS since 1985, Ms. Shelley is a fully qualified preschool teacher with an AA in Child Development, and a member of NAEYC (National Association of Education for Young Children) and CAEYC (California Association for the Education of Young Children).
 
Mission Statement
In my classroom...
You are Amazing
You are Important
You are Leaders
You are Creators
You are Explorers
You are Friends
You are Unique
You are Respected
You are Loved
You are The future
You are the reason I'm here.
 
Dora Mowry | Pre-Kindergarten Program | Room 9
Ms. Dora is a fully qualified preschool teacher with over 24 ECE units, working with children since 1981 and at WHPS since 1992.
 
Mission Statement
I will use my knowledge and kind heart to encourage positive behavior for others to see how very easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love on a daily basis.
 
Karen Ortez Pre-Kindergarten Program | Room 9
A fully qualified and experienced preschool teacher, who has been in the education field since 1991, Ms. Karen has been with WHPS since 2000.
 
Mission Statement
Start each day with a smile…
The warmth it brings others will help strengthen yourself.
Teach respect for nature and become a part of it too.
Role model positive thoughts and behaviors.
Good vibes can be contagious!
 
Angie Martir Pre-Kindergarten Program | Room 10
Ms. Angie has an AA in Child Development from Mission College, joined WHPS in 2001 and has a wide range of experience with children of many ages.
 
Mission Statement
I thrive on enriching children's minds with meaningful learning experiences. I am passionate about encouraging children's confidence and teaching them how to be compassionate, respectful, and loving individuals.
 
Anna Sera Pre-Kindergarten Program | Room 10
Ms. Anna is a fully qualified preschool teacher, working with children since 1995 and at WHPS since 2004.  She attended Los Angeles Valley College, majored in Child Development, and is a member of NAEYC (National Association of Education for Young Children).
 
Mission Statement
I am passionate about teaching children to love nature, care for the environment, and respect all living things.
 

2018-2019 Preschool - Oxnard Street Campus
 
Lizzy Lemus | 2-3 Year Old Program | Room 1
Ms. Lizzy is a fully qualified preschool teacher who started at WHPS in 2017 and has been in the education field since 2014. Ms. Lizzy has a BA in Child and Adolescent Development from CSUN.
 
Mission Statement
Childhood is a journey, not a race. My mission is to provide a safe and loving environment where children will discover the world through play and at their own pace.
 
Roxana Robledo 2-3 Year Old Program | Room 1
Ms. Roxana is a fully qualified preschool teacher who started at WHPS in 2018 with a BA in Early Childhood Education.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to lay a foundation for the love of learning, by scaffolding each child's interest to become curious learners and thinkers. Children's Learning will be shaped socially, emotionally, and cognitively building onto their foundation year after year.
   
Stephanie Garcia 2-3 Year Old Program | Room 2
Starting at WHPS in 2015, Ms. Stephanie entered the education field in 2006 and is a fully qualified preschool teacher with 28 ECE units and a 12 unit PITC Certification (Program for Infant Toddler Care) from Pacific Oaks College.
 
Mission Statement
Teaching children is my passion. As a preschool teacher, my mission is to provide children with positive learning experiences. I believe learning is happening all the time. My goal is to make it an on going experience that is safe, positive and fun. I strive to guide them with confidence and excitement into their next developmental stage. 
 
Chelsey Holland 2-3 Year Old Program | Room 2
Ms. Chelsey is a fully qualified preschool teacher who started at WHPS in 2018. Ms. Chelsey has been teaching since 2015 and has 18 ECE units.
 
Maryam SeyedHosseini2-3 Year Old Program | Room 11
Ms. Maryam is a fully qualified preschool teacher who started at WHPS in 2014 and has been in the education field since 2007. Ms. Maryam has an AA in Child Development from Pierce College and a BA in Child Development from CSUN.
 
Mission Statement
I want to make a difference in a child's life, I will always look at each child as an individual and I will make them feel unique. I want to touch their lives and make my classroom a great life experience for them.
 
Ellen Navarro 2-3 Year Old Program | Room 11
A fully qualified preschool teacher that has been in the education field since 1995, Ms. Ellen joined WHPS in 2003 with 28 ECE units from Mission College.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to create a comfortable environment for the children so they feel safe. I want them to feel they are home away from home!
 
Traci Maki-Brandonisio3-4 Year Old Program | Room 3
A member of the NAEYC (National Association of Education for Young Children), and in the education field since 2000, Ms. Traci joined WHPS in 2015. Ms. Traci has an AA in Child Development and holds certificates in Special Education and Infants and Toddlers.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to.....help our future generations to love the themselves and the world around them. To always be passionate about their dreams and to NEVER give up. To have to confidence in themselves and know that it’s okay to make mistakes and that "boo boos" will only make us stronger. I hope to inspire them to always be creative, inquisitive and courageous. Most important I wish for them to have an open mind, a smile on their face, love in their heart and know that they are treasured!
 
Syra Siddiqui3-4 Year Old Program | Room 3
Ms. Syra joined in WHPS 2016 and is a fully qualified preschool teacher with a BA in English Literature & Sociology and 24 ECE units.  Ms. Syra has been in the education field since 2014.
 
Mission Statement
I'm at my best when I'm challenged I'm at my best when I provide comfort to a child and make a difference in his/her day I'm at my best when I see the world through my little friends' eyes I'm at my best when I give my best to each of them It's children, without a doubt, who bring out the best in me!
 
Yohaira Lopez 3-4 Year Old Program | Room 4
Ms. Yohaira has been teaching at WHPS since 2018. A fully qualified preschool teacher with 24 ECE units, she has been working in the education field since 2014.
 
Mission Statement
Dear little one,
I promise to create an inviting and warm environment for you each and every day. I promise to comfort you on your rough days and be adventurous with you on your best days! I promise to guide you as best as I can so you can meet your fullest potential and be here to remind you that you CAN do amazing things you didn’t think you could! Know that you can trust me, you can count on me, and together we will reach for the moon!
-Ms. Yohaira
 
Alissa Turney 3-4 Year Old Program | Room 4
Ms. Alissa has been teaching since 2010 and joined WHPS in 2018.  She is a fully qualified preschool teacher with 39 ECE units.
 
Mission Statement
My mission as a preschool teacher is helping provide a safe, secure, and nurturing environment for children and to educate them socially, emotionally, and cognitively, so they can continue to build a foundation for lifelong learning. I want to help all children believe in themselves and strive to reach to their full-potential.
 
Valerie De La Torre 3-4 Year Old Program Room 5
Ms. Valerie joined WHPS in 2016 and is a fully qualified teacher with 28 ECE units and experience in the education field since 2015.
 
Mission Statement
My mission as a teacher is to show all the children I am around how much I love them equally. I want them to trust me and feel how much I care about them. I want to make coming to school fun because they are still very young. I don’t want them to hate school early on. I want them to remember me years into the future and wish me happy thoughts. I also want to grow and learn from my fellow co-workers. I can already tell there is a lot for me to learn here.
 
Judith Bracamonthes | 3-4 Year Old Program | Room 5
Ms. Judith is a fully qualified preschool teacher with an BA in Early Childhood Education.  She joined the WHPS team in 2018 and has been teaching since 2017.
 
Mission Statement
I want to create a loving and nurturing environment so the children can grow and learn in a safe space. 
  
Elizabeth Santana3-4 Year Old Program | Room 6
Ms. Elizabeth joined WHPS in 2015 and is a fully qualified preschool teacher with a BA in Child and Adolescent Development from CSUN and has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2007.
 
Mission Statement
My mission as a preschool teacher is to use creative, engaging and hands-on lessons that will motivate my students to express their own creative abilities, by providing a loving and secure environment were they feel comfortable learning.
 
Kirsten Wetzel | 3-4 Year Old Program | Room 7
Ms. Kirsten joined WHPS in 2011 and is a fully qualified preschool teacher with 24 ECE units and experience in the education field since 2004.
 
Mission Statement
My Mission is to create a loving and trusting learning environment where the children grow as a whole. I want to provide a space that is both comforting and challenging for the children. I hope in doing this, I can learn and be inspired from the children as well.
 
Jessica Kennedy 3-4 Year Old Program | Room 7
Ms. Jessica is a fully qualified preschool teacher who started at WHPS in 2018 and has been in the education field since 1998. Ms. Jessica has 30 units in Child Development.
 
Mission Statement
I will encourage and inspire you.
I will celebrate accomplishments with you.
I care about you and will keep you safe.
I believe in you.
Love,
-Ms. Jessica
 
Nicky Koyrakh 3-4 Year Old Program | Room 12
Ms. Nicky is a fully qualified preschool teacher who started at WHPS in 2017 and has been in the education field since 2015. Ms. Nicky has 18 units in Child Development.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to be a positive role model, to motivate and inspire creativity in all children. To have an impact on the future. My goal is to support children's ideas and validate their thoughts and feelings always. I want to take part in building their confidence enabling their full potential to pursue lifelong learning, through that I am touching the future.
 
Tanya Colligan | Pre-Kindergarten Program | Room 8
A part of WHPS since 1996, Ms. Tanya is a fully qualified preschool and pre-kindergarten teacher that has been in the education field since 1993. Ms. Tanya has a BA in Liberal Studies from CSUN and is also a member of NAEYC (National Association of Education for Young Children) and CAEYC (California Association of Education for Young Children).
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to be kind, be positive, be inspired, be creative, and be present in the moment. To know every student can learn just not on the same day or in the same way.
 
Nicole Dow Pre-Kindergarten Program | Room 8
Ms. Nicole joined WHPS in 2016 and is a fully qualified preschool teacher with experience in the education field since 2001.
 
Mission Statement
My mission as a Pre-K teacher is to encourage and motivate my students to embrace their curiosity and creativity. I want to inspire in them a love of learning by building a foundation of trust, respect and love.
 
Shilpa Patel | Pre-Kindergarten Program | Room 9
Ms. Shilpa is a fully qualified preschool and pre-kindergarten teacher with a BA in Child Development. Ms. Shilpa has been in the education field since 1996, is a member of NAEYC (National Association for Education of Young Children) and CAEYC (California Association for Education of Young Children), and has been at WHPS since 2002.
 
Mission Statement
Saucy
Hands-on
Imaginative
Loving
Patient
Adventurous
 
Stuart Silverman Pre-Kindergarten Program | Room 9
Mr. Stuart joined WHPS in 2018 and is a fully qualified preschool and pre-kindergarten teacher with an MS in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten in other high quality early childhood programs such as the Sony Child Development Center and Polytechnic School in Pasadena since 1986.
 
Mission Statement
Part 1: to see every child as a truly special individual; to support each child in the areas that need help developing and challenge them in the areas where they excel.
Part 2: to incorporate drama, songs and rhymes into all aspects of my classroom curriculum, from reading and writing to social studies and math.
 
Cindy Valeri | Pre-Kindergarten Program | Room 10
Ms. Cindy has been at WHPS since 2007. Ms. Cindy is a fully qualified preschool and pre-kindergarten teacher with an AA in Early Childhood Education and has experience in the education field since 1988. She is also a member of NAEYC (National Association of Education for Young Children) and CAEYC (California Association of Education for Young Children).
 
Mission Statement
I want to provide an environment where all children can achieve success to their fullest potential and have fun doing it.
 
Annette Zaduri Pre-Kindergarten Program Room 10
Ms. Annette joined WHPS in 2007 and is a fully qualified preschool teacher, with a BA in Liberal Studies from CSUN and experience in the education field since 2001.
 
Mission Statement
Acknowledge
Noble
Nice
Empower
Thankful
Thoughtful
Excited

2018-2019 Elementary - Oxnard Street Campus
 
Firuza Karwa | Transitional Kindergarten Teacher | Room 14
Joining WHPS in 2000, Ms. Firuza is a fully qualified preschool and transitional kindergarten teacher and holds a BS in Biochemistry , Environmental Sciences and Botany, as well as a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential.
 
Mission Statement
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”
- Albert Einstein
 
My mission as a Transitional Kindergarten teacher is...
To motivate and support students by providing them a safe, secure, and loving environment.
To encourage creativity, exploration, and a curious nature.
To encourage students to attempt new activities without fear of mistakes.
To have them know that every error is a learning opportunity.
To educate students cognitively, emotionally, and socially so they may build a strong foundation, and develop a love for life-long learning.
 
I believe in the quote: “Every child is Gifted. They choose to unwrap the package at different times.”
 
Coach” Albert Albino | Transitional Kindergarten Teacher / Elementary Physical Education Teacher | Room 14
With an AA in Child Development, Coach has a solid understanding of the needs of the elementary age students. Coach joined WHPS in 1996.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to work hard, stay consistent, and keep all student safe throughout the whole year.
 
Maxie Barnett | Transitional Kindergarten Teacher / Extended Care | Room 14
Ms. Maxie joined WHPS in 2014 with experience in the education field since 2007. Ms. Maxie has an AA from Los Angeles Valley College and she is working towards obtaining her BA from CSUN. She has worked with all elementary grades and has served as an extended care supervisor. She has also been working with our summer program, Camp Woodland Hills, as our cooking instructor and counselor. In March 2015, Ms. Maxie became certified for tennis instruction for children ages 10 and under.
 
Jacqueline Gottlieb | Kindergarten Teacher | Room 15
Mrs. Gottlieb joined WHPS in 2017 and has been in the education field since 1995.  Mrs. Gottlieb holds a MA in Education from Pepperdine University, a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential with Crosscultural, Language & Academic Development emphasis, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Southern California.
 
Mission Statement
My mission as a Kindergarten teacher is to motivate, inspire, encourage, and support students by providing a safe, nurturing, and creative environment to educate them socially, emotionally, and cognitively, so they can continue to build a foundation for lifelong learning. With that, I believe learning should be meaningful and should build connections to prior knowledge or experiences.

Two quotes we use as mottos in our classroom are:
“Practice makes progress, not perfect.” and
“Listening is Learning! If you listen, you may learn something new.”
 
Jennifer Baker | Kindergarten Teacher | Room 15
Mrs. Baker joined WHPS in 2016 and has been in the education field since 2010.  Mrs. Baker holds a BA in Liberal Studies from CSUN and a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to make sure my students get the most out of their time with me. I will do my very best to ensure they know how much I care about each and every one of them. My hope is that years from now they will think of me and smile.
 
Marcy Ancrum | Kindergarten / First Grade Teacher | Room 16
Ms. Ancrum has a BA in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis in education, and a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from San Diego State University. Ms. Ancrum joined the WHPS team in 2014, has taught in a dual language school and is a member of ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development).
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to create a safe, loving environment in which my students feel important and respected. I want to help my students practice empathy and realize the power they have to affect the world around them. I want to instill a love of learning in my students and I want them to know that their best is always enough.
 
Jennifer Donaldson | Kindergarten / First Grade Teacher | Room 16
Ms. Donaldson joined WHPS in 2017 and is a fully qualified preschool and elementary teacher who has been working in the education field since 2012. She has a BS in Elementary Education and Early Education and Care (EEC) certificate. 
 
Mission Statement
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
-Albus Dumbledore
 
Gilea Hurley | Second Grade Teacher | Room 17
Ms. Hurley is a credentialed teacher holding a BA in Elementary Education from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and an MA in Educational Therapy from CSUN. Starting at WHPS in 1998, and with experience in the field of education since 1995, Ms. Hurley was chosen as “Best Teacher,” as listed in the Daily News in 2000.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to…
*motivate and inspire my students
*teach my students to embrace their weaknesses and strengths and use them to thrive in their lives
*to deeply understand and listen to others ideas, inventions, and solutions
*inspire in my students positivity, compassion, and respect for themselves and others
*elevate a love of life and learning in my students
*have an open heart and mind
*overcome difficult challenges with unstoppable perseverance
*stimulate a curiosity and adoration for nature in others
 
Melissa Pero Second Grade Teacher | Room 17
Ms. Pero joined WHPS in 2015 and has experience teaching in grades K-8 since 2006. She also holds a California Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential and BA in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Earth Science and Astronomy.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to help students build a love for lifelong learning and approach the challenges of learning with a positive attitude. I want to encourage all my students to do their best and achieve success.
 
Navelle Molina Third/Fourth Grade Teacher | Room 18
Ms. Molina joined WHPS in 2016 and has been in the education field since 2004. Ms. Molina has a BS from Kean University and the State of New Jersey Certificate for Elementary Education K-5. From 2010 until 2016, when she joined WHPS, her classroom was selected as the model classroom.
 
Mission Statement
My mission as an educator is to inspire my students and to help awaken abilities and capabilities within themselves that they never dreamed possible. I will create a loving, caring and supportive, learning environment where taking risks and meeting challenges head-on  become choices that students welcome and tackle to the best of their ability. My hope is to help prepare my students socially, emotionally, and academically for their future.
 
Tamar Soultanian |Third / Fourth Grade Teacher | Room 18
Ms. Soultanian came to WHPS in 2014 with experience in both private and public education since 2009. She received her BA in Sociology from CSUN, and her MA in Education and teaching credential from National University.
 
Mission Statement
My mission in life is to always be the best version of myself, an eternal explorer, and a creative self-challenger who inspires those around me in infinite ways.
   
Melanie Henson | Fourth/Fifth Grade Teacher | Room 19
Ms. Henson has a BS in Zoology from UCSB and a multiple subject teaching credential from CSUN. She has been working with children since 2005—first as a gymnastics teacher, then as a preschool teacher at WHPS starting in 2006, and finally in the elementary division since 2010.
 
Mission Statement
My mission as a teacher is to inspire young minds to think deeply and question often, to be courageous and explore the world around them, to gain confidence in themselves and their own special abilities, to gain a love of all living things, and to trust in the student-teacher relationship.
 
Jennifer Foster | Fourth/Fifth Grade Teacher | Room 19
Mrs. Foster began teaching in the elementary classroom in 2009 and at WHPS in 2014. She has a BA in Liberal Studies/Elementary Education with a focus in science, is currently in the credential program, and is Responsive Classroom Certified.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to support my students in their hopes and dreams. I hope to challenge them in ways they have not been challenged before. I believe, trust, and care about each of my students and hope they will find a love for learning. 

Specialists & Support Staff
The staff members listed below are our support staff, along with our specialists, who specialize in a particular enrichment area and help to expand and enhance the quality of the program you find at WHPS.
 
"Coach" Albert Albino | Elementary Physical Education Teacher
Coach wears several hats at WHPS. In addition to his duties in the Transitional Kindergarten classroom each morning, Coach teaches a wonderful physical education program at WHPS. With an AA in Child Development, and courses on coaching and athletics for children, Coach has a unique understanding of the needs of our Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and elementary age students. His physical education program strives to help develop coordination and physical fitness skills, teach the rules and form for various sports and playground games, as well as encourage teamwork and good sportsmanship. Coach’s students are eager to participate and there are always smiles and cheering when Coach arrives.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to work hard, stay consistent, and keep all student safe throughout the whole year.
 
Nathalie Haller | Music Teacher
Ms. Nathalie received a BA from UCLA. Her experience in the education field dates back to 1997 and she started with WHPS in 2006. She has an extensive background teaching music both privately and in the public school system. In addition to songs and musical expression, Ms. Nathalie introduces her elementary students to basic music theory, the works of the great composers, and rhythm. She also conducts a special preschool program at the Collins Campus. Ms. Nathalie is dedicated to the enhancement of each student’s own musical talents. She teaches the recorder to our second and third graders and keyboarding to our fourth and fifth grade students.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to help my students discover joy, work together as a team, and learn things they never thought they were capable of, through music.
 
Jill Miller Technology Integration Specialist
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to not only develop good digital citizens, but to also be an advocate for every student and to encourage, motivate and inspire.
 
Alyse Rubinich | Elementary Art Specialist
Ms. Rubi has a BA in Art and Art Education from Cal State University and over 16 years of experience as an art instructor. She is a dedicated teacher who has a strong passion for introducing children and their families to the world of ART! 
 
Patty Rebulard | Elementary Spanish Specialist
Patty came to WHPS in 2015 with a BA in Spanish and French and an MA in Recreation Management. Patty is fluently trilingual in Spanish, French, and English. Working in the education field since 2012, Patty is passionate about teaching our elementary students how to read, speak, and write in Spanish.
 
Mission Statement
As a Spanish teacher, my mission is to expand the horizons of my students by exposing them to a diversity of language and culture.
  
 
Mojgan Sanei | Preschool Floater
 
Mission Statement
My mission is to:
* Speak kind words
* Set an example
* Be a dedicated and a caring teacher
* Teach them how to be respectful and love one another
* Teach them through the play
* Provide a loving, safe, and secure environment
I am passionate and enjoy working with children
 
Lidia Perez Floater
Ms. Lidia is a fully qualified preschool teacher who has worked with young children since 1998 and at WHPS since 2003. She has a calm and caring personality that really helps our little ones settle into their new classroom. Ms. Lidia has a positive attitude and a great rapport with our children and their parents. She is very organized, responsible, compassionate and nurturing.
 
Mission Statement
My mission is:
Be a conscious model of moral and ethical behavior.
Be fair and impartial when student behavior is in question.
 
Matthew Fike | Animal & Nature Specialist
Matthew oversees the WHPS Science & Nature Center. He joined WHPS in 2015 and has over 10 years of experience working with all kinds of animals. Matthew graduated from the EATM (Exotic Animal Training and Management) program at Moorpark College. He's especially excited to launch our enhanced animal and nature studies curriculum this year, aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.
 
Tanja Wolfmeyer Animal Keeper
Tanja joined WHPS in 2016 and previously worked as veterinary technician and has been in the animal husbandry field since 1995.
 
Steve Ignacio | IT Support
Holding a BS in Information Technology and an MA in Educational Technology, Steve is our go-to guy for any technological issues. Since 2007, Steve has been on campus helping to keep WHPS current with 21st century technology. 
 
Mardon Yasen | Maintenance Supervisor
Mardon is our right and left hand maintenance man! He has been with WHPS since 2005. He can do anything, and he often does. We always call on him to repair, improve and remove! His responsibilities include the maintenance of both the Oxnard and Collins campuses. He never gets frazzled with all of our requests and we are so very grateful for his support.
 
Santos Arrieta | Maintenance
Mr. Santos has been with WHPS since 2002 and also divides his time working at our two campuses. He is responsible for keeping the school clean and safe. His duties include general maintenance and repair and also include set up for special school events and activities.
 
 
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