My hearts deepest desire is to share and show the love of Christ with the children and families at LifeBridge Preschool. I believe that by laying a solid foundation of security and significance at a young age, children can move through this life with confidence knowing that they are of great worth. My journey in the field of early education started at Palomar College then moved on to California State University Fullerton where I graduated with a BS in Child Development. Over the past 26 years I have been blessed to teach in several different preschools, manage a construction office while raising my daughter, and lead the Sunday School Ministry at my church in Aguanga. My life is full and my joy overflows as the Lord has graced me with an amazing daughter, the sweetest grandson, incredible friends, and a crazy love for long distance running! As the Director of LifeBridge Preschool I invite you to visit our school…it’s a wonderful, warm place!
Hi, I am Sandy and I have enjoyed working at LifeBridge Preschool for over 15 years, partnering with the Director to make our school run smooth and be the best. My husband and son are avid golfers, it has been amazing to travel to Hong Kong and Germany with each of them and my beautiful daughter in law. At home I enjoy time with my grandson Nash, my grand-dogs Baiden and Hadley, and spending time with family. A gift for song and strong family blesses my heart. You may hear me from the office singing out my duties and filling the room with belly laughs. Stop in anytime!
Hello! My name is Linda Eldreth, but I am affectionately known at the preschool as “Little Linda.” I have had the privilege of working at this amazing school for the past 14 years. It has been such a blessing to serve and get to know so many of the awesome families and staff. I have been married for the past 30 years and we have two beautiful grown children whom I love spending time with. Worshiping with church family, running and other sports bring even more excitement to my life. I also enjoy playing Fantasy Football in a family league where I am the reigning champ! I absolutely love working with children and feel so blessed that God has placed me where I am today!
Whitney is our beautiful and talented cook! She carefully plans each fun and nutritious meal for our students, orders our food and supplies, prepares and cooks snack and lunch, and even does all the dishes! We are so blessed to have her on our team. She is known around here for her sweet and gentle spirit, her beautiful smile that lights up a room, and of course, her delicious food. When she’s not here loving and feeding our staff and students she is likely spending time with her beautiful family and cheering her kids on in sports!
Each morning when I wake, I thank God for another day of life; another day to be with God’s beautiful children at LifeBridge Preschool to share His love for one another. My position at LifeBridge is the playground coordinator, teacher, and teacher’s aide. I set-up activities for the children to play and explore for their physical development during outside time including t-ball, soccer, jump rope, and balance beam. I was born and raised here in San Diego, California, am a mother of four children, and eight beautiful grandchildren. I like going to the beach, hiking, Dixon Lake, mountains; enjoying God’s beautiful world. Reading, cooking, knitting, visiting my family near and far. The Lord is my joy!
Hi, my Name is Rosalie Farace and I work in the afternoons. I have 20 years experience in Early Childhood Education. Most of my day is spent in a critical skills Special Education classroom (Poway Unified) where I assist with special needs students to help enrich their world. I love teaching young minds and watching them grow and learn. God is the center anchor of my life, which I love to pour out into people. I have been married for 21 years and have 2 beautiful teenage girls. Life Bridge is my home away from home, I have a fond respect for this place and the foundation of its philosophy and purpose.
Hi, I am Flora Marie Gonzales, Ms Marie to my students. I work in the afternoon. I am a mother to three children, married for 31 years. I have had various work experiences, having worked as a government employee in the Philippines for 20 years before I migrated to the US to work as a teacher for students with special needs. I have been working with children of various ages for 13 years and I also work with the elderly on the weekends. These experiences I have had have shaped me to become the person that I am today. While I am still working on humility 🙂 I believe I have improved tremendously in many areas, especially patience and compassion. I learn each day and will continue to learn. Each day of our journey brings us new things and becoming part of LifeBridge Preschool will definitely make a difference. It is such a sweet blessing to be surrounded by amiable coworkers and lovable kids.
Lead Teacher- Room 1
I have enjoyed working in early childhood education for over 18 years! As a teacher I love sharing about God and His creation with children, emphasizing bugs and “creepy crawlies”. You may hear me referred to as the bug lady by my co-workers. I love to bring lessons to life through songs and hands-on lessons. When I am not working I can be found sewing, reading, gardening, or baking. As a mother of four, I love seeing and being a part of the growth and development of children. My student’s year begins with a lesson on each child’s name and why each name begins with a capital letter. By the end of the year my students know with confidence that the reason for the capital letter is because it is special and important, just like them! When children leave my class I want them to hold this lesson close to their heart so they move forward with confidence in themselves and hope for the future.
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It is such a joy for me to bring smiles to young children’s faces! I have been a teacher at LifeBridge for over 11 years, which has enriched my life. One of my greatest rewards is helping children to love their school experience. My students are family to me and I love greeting them each morning with open arms for a big hug. Children are so fantastic, each with a bright and unique personality and I hope to celebrate that individuality through my teaching. God has blessed me through my students, strong connections with families, and my staff family here at LifeBridge; I am very thankful! I love telling the kids everyday about how much God loves them and it makes me happy that I am able to minster to the kids and their families on a daily basis. Outside of work I’m very active with my church family, enjoy spending time with my family and friends, enjoy cheering on the Padres (I consider myself one of their biggest fans), watching the Chargers and USC Trojans, and watching NASCAR.
Lead Teacher- Room 2
I’m excited and blessed to be a part of this wonderful school family and equally as blessed to be a part of your child’s educational journey! I have been teaching for over 12 years, currently hold a teacher permit and continue my child development education by taking extra courses and attending workshops. My goal is to work with children in developing and cultivating a desire to learn academically and grow spiritually. I’m a wife and mother of three beautiful children who keep me busy by spending most of my days at an ice rink where we all play hockey!
Lead Teacher- Room 3
Howka! (“hello” in my language) I am super excited to be serving your children at LifeBridge. I was born and raised on my Reservation of San Pasqual and have two wonderful kiddos that I am super proud of. I currently attend Word of Life Worship Center. I love Jesus, leading worship, journaling, being in nature, photography, poetry, art, fitness, and Disney!
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Hi there! My name is Haley and I’ve been working part time at LifeBridge since summer of 2018. I’ve always loved working with children, and birth through four years old is my sweet spot. It’s so fun to help them grow and watch them discover something new every day. I love how curious, trusting, and imaginative children are. My interest in working with children began in high school when I started taking Child Development classes and babysat almost every weekend. I completed the Preschool Teaching Program at Palomar and received an AA in Child Development. I then transferred to CSU San Marcos and earned a BA in Human Development. While in college I worked part time for the Children’s Ministries Department of my church and then full time as a nanny after I graduated and got married. When I’m not with the kiddos I’m most likely at home spending time with my wonderful husband and our adorable dog. I love cooking, eating, gardening, reading, and bird watching. It’s an honor and a joy to spend time with your little ones and teach them about loving Jesus and loving each other. Thank you for trusting us with your precious children!
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My name is Elizabeth and I go by Liz for short! I am 25 years old and have worked with children for 5 years. My personal experiences have led me to my truest passion: teaching. Loving, caring for, nurturing, and molding young hearts and minds is of the utmost importance to me. I’ve been blessed with a teaching position here at LifeBridge where I hope to continue pursuing my passion. In my spare time I love singing and writing songs. I am the biggest book worm, history junkie, and a huge Disney enthusiast.
Lead Teacher- Room 4
Hi everyone! My name is Ashley and I grew up here in San Diego. I love working with children and have been doing so for the past nine years. I began in an after school program with the YMCA and then transitioned to a preschool. I love dogs, swimming, and the color yellow!
Afternoon Teacher- Room 4
Hi, my name is Antonina! I work in the afternoons in room 4. I am a freshmen at Palomar College studying to be a Special Education Instructor. I love Working with children, they bring such joy to my days!! I am grateful that I landed at LifeBridge as my very first job. I use to come to this wonderful school to volunteer my time, and now I have been given this opportunity to serve my community and help children learn and grow. During my free time you will find me hanging out with family and friends. Everyone here at LifeBridge is family to me, my hope is that you feel the same when you enter through our doors.
Lead Teacher- Room 5
Hello, I’m Mrs. Michelle and I’m a teacher in room 5. I’ve been working with children for over 10 years and I am very grateful that I have been blessed with the privilege of laying the foundation down for our future leaders. I have been with my husband for almost 17 years and married for 14 years. Together we have 2 beautiful children ages 6 and 4 and recently adopted an adorable little dog named Lenny. I love the ocean, coffee and a good book!
Lead Teacher- Room 5
I’m a mother of three and married to an outstanding man! We love to go to the beach and the movies, and spend time making food together as a family. I’ve been teaching for over five years, starting in El Paso, then in Albuquerque, and now here in San Diego. I enjoy working at LifeBridge Preschool. My number one goal is to follow the Lord, and to have the opportunity to teach children about our Heavenly Father is a reward all its own!
Lead Teacher- Room 6
Lead Teacher- Room 6
Hello! 🙂 My name is Leila Hazery and I am so excited to be joining the amazing LifeBridge Preschool family! I have always had a deep love and passion for working with children, and I feel so blessed to be at this incredible school. I received my B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from UC Irvine in 2014, and have since worked in many different childcare/education settings over the past 5 years. From volunteering at Rady Children’s Hospital and working as a summer camp counselor for several years, to working as an after school care teacher, I have met so many wonderful people and learned so many essential skills. I know God has been guiding me on my career path and He has graciously allowed me to work with kids from all different age groups and backgrounds 🙂 I am so thankful to be here with all of you, and to learn even more!