Director – Orange Presbyterian Preschool & Infant Care Center
Teresa Bernal

Hi, my name is Teresa Bernal, and I am the director of the Orange Presbyterian Preschool and Infant Care Center. I have been with OPPS since 2011. I knew from an early age that I wanted to work with children. I am First Aid and CPR certified and have 26 years of experience teaching and working with children.

“A person is a person no matter how small” – Dr. Seuss

Site Supervisor
Brittaney Munoz

Hello, my name is Brittaney, and I am the Site Supervisor at the Orange Presbyterian Preschool. I am a fully qualified teacher by the state of California. I feel enriched to be working with students who will eventually become the leaders in our community. I have been in the Early Child Development field and at Orange Presbyterian Preschool for a total of 9 years. Before being hired at Orange Presbyterian I volunteered for 5 years. I am certified in both CPR and First Aid. I love music, animals and relaxing over a good cup of coffee.

“Children allowed to develop at their own speed will usually win the race of life.” – Fred O. Gosman

Floating Teacher (Preschool & Infant Care) 
Mary Kennedy

Hello, my name is Mary, and I am the Floating Teacher here at the Orange Presbyterian Preschool and Infant Care Center. I began working here as a Teacher’s Aide and have taught in every classroom. I have been working here for 5 years and I am CPR and First Aid certified. I love having the opportunity to work with children of different ages.

 

Wild Cats Teacher (4 1/2 – 5 yrs)
Ariel Snyder

Hello! My name is Ariel, and I am the Pre-K Wild Cats teacher here at the Orange Presbyterian Preschool, and loving every minute of it! I attended Santiago Canyon College where I received my Associated Arts Degree with an emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as my Early Childhood Certificate. I am 27 years old and was born and raised here in Orange, CA. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else!

Dolphins Teacher (3 – 3 1/2 yr olds)
Crystal Martinez

Hi my name is Crystal Martinez and I am the Dolphins Teacher here at the Orange Presbyterian Preschool. I have been a teacher for 3 years. I attended North Orange County Community College where I received my certification in Early Childhood Development. I am also First Aid and CPR certified and a proud parent of a handsome 7-year-old boy, who I adore. I have also volunteered over the years, assisting teachers with students ranging from preschool to high school. I find great joy in helping children expand their knowledge through teaching and positive reinforcement. I am excited to meet with you and your child soon!

 

Monkeys Teacher (2 1/2 – 3 yrs)
Wendy Castellanos

Hi, I’m Wendy, and I am the Monkeys teacher here at the Orange Presbyterian Preschool. I have over 15 years’ experience working with children. I am First Aid and CPR certified with both children and adults. I enjoy working and learning with children. I am an OC girl who loves to work out, go hiking and spend time with my “Fur Baby” (dog) named Toby.

Caterpillars Teacher (2 yrs)
Brianna Castellanos

Hello, my name is Brianna. I began working here at the Orange Presbyterian Preschool three years ago, as a Teacher’s Aide, and have worked my way up to become the teacher for the Caterpillars class. I completed my Early Childhood Certification at North Orange County Community College and was born and raised in Anaheim, CA. My hobbies include working out at the gym and going to concerts!

Infant Care Lead Teacher (6 wks – 2 yrs) 
Maria Borges

Hello, my name is Maria, and I am the lead teacher at the Orange Presbyterian Infant Care Center. I am fully qualified and have met the educational requirements of the State of California Title 22. I am certified in CPR and first Aid and have been working with children for 13 years. I am married and have three girls. My hobbies include spending time with my family and shopping with my girls. I have been at the Orange Presbyterian Infant Care Center for 5 years.

Infant Care Teacher (6 wks – 2 yrs)
Sarai Maquicito

Hi, I am Sarai, and I am a fully qualified infant and preschool teacher here at Orange Presbyterian Preschool. I have been working in the Early Childhood Field for 3 years and am First Aid and CPR certified. I find working with children very rewarding and enjoyable.

Infant Care Teacher (6 wks – 2 yrs)
Colleen Norton

Hello, my name is Colleen, and I am a fully qualified teacher here at the Orange Presbyterian Infant Care Center. I have been working with infants and preschoolers since 1999. I am First Aid and CPR certified and enjoy observing little ones grow and thrive.

Infant Care Teacher (6 wks – 2 yrs)
Kelsey Joseph

Hello, my name is Kelsey! I am certified in both First Aid and CPR for adults and children. I joined the Preschool as an Infant Care Teacher in 2017, and have been working with children and infants for five years. During my free time, I like to spend time with my 2 girls and go to the movies.

Volunteer School Librarian
Edith ‘Ms. Dee’ Friend

Hi, my name is Dee, and I am the school’s volunteer librarian. I have the wonderful opportunity to share my love for children and reading in this remarkable school and library. I have been a life long reader and Mother to four children, and a Grandmother and Great-grandmother. As a participating co-op preschool parent in a Montessori preschool, I learned many of their “Preparation for Reading” techniques that are still relevant today. More recently, I was a volunteer “Reading Pal” in the Ocala, Florida school system. This program is designed to help “at risk” children entering Kindergarten unprepared. We were there to simply introduce them to the wonder of books and  share our love for reading. This is the first step for them to “Learn to read, so they can read to learn”.