With just three classrooms, each one of our staff members plays an important role for all the children at Discovery Preschool school. Our teachers have varied backgrounds which makes a rich teaching environment, but the one thing they have in common is their love of teaching.
Director of Discovery Preschool
Roxy Menendez started at Discovery Preschool as a teacher's assistant in 2008, and over the years became a substitute teacher, then the teacher of the Blue Room. She left the preschool in 2016 to be the lead teacher at the largest Head Start program in South Los Angeles. After completing all of her education requirements, Roxy returned as Director in the fall of 2018. Discovery Preschool is where her heart is.
Roxy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University, Long Beach and is a credentialed Site Supervisor and Master Teacher. She is Mexican and Salvadoran-American; also bilingual in Spanish.
Teacher, Yellow Room
Miss Laura has taught at Discovery Preschool since 2008, but her teaching career began in 1996 as an elementary school teacher. She has a B.A. in English and her M.Ed. in Educational Counseling. She received her teaching credential from Whittier College in 1995.
Prior to teaching preschool, she was a stay-at-home mom to daughters Katherine and Amy, who both attended Discovery. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, books and movies. Twice a year the family travels to rural New Jersey, where she and her husband were raised.
Teacher, Blue Room
Miss Sumer began her career at Discovery as a teacher's aide and is now a teacher. She is very dedicated to early childhood and thrilled to have the chance to shape the future of so many preschoolers. She studied early childhood education at Golden West College and plans on taking more classes as time allows.
Sumer is also a member of the Los Altos United Church of Christ and works with the youth in addition to teaching preschool. She is married and has two children. The youngest, Sidney, attended Discovery Preschool and her son is in elementary school.
Teacher's Aide , Yellow room
Miss Susan comes to us after being a grandparent at our school. She was a family volunteer helping in the classroom while her two grandsons attended our school. She loved our school and students so much, she went back to school and began working on her early childhood certificate. She is now an assistant in the Yellow Room.
Teacher, Red Room
Hannah Campano graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a B.A. in Child Development and Family Studies and a B.A. in Family Life Education. She is currently provisionally certified as a Family Life educator and working towards receiving her full certification. Miss Hannah started off at Discovery Preschool as a long term substitute teacher. Over the weekends, she volunteers at Miller’s Children Hospital in the child life department and has been since 2016. She is fluent in Tagalog/Filipino.
Teacher's Aide, Red Room
Miss Cathie has been working at Discovery Preschool since September 2004. She is an assistant in the Red Room and dedicated to our school.
She has lived in Los Altos her whole life. She went to Tincher, Hill Middle school, and Wilson High School. She also attended Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach. Before she started her family, she worked for the Long Beach Unified School District in both kindergarten and special needs fourth grade.
She has been married to her husband for 35 years and has three children; a son, 34, and two daughters, 30 and 27. In her free time, she feeds the homeless with her church, fast walks with friends, and makes quilts with her 85-year-old mother-in-law.
Teacher's Aide, Blue Room
Miss Breanna joined our staff in September 2018. She is currently a full time student at California State University, Long Beach working on her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education.
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