Julie Hendrickson

Preschool Director

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!

Sandy Watters

Financial Manager

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!

Linda Eldreth

Office Administrator

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 Taylor


Linda Tillotson


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!

Becky Cummings

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.

Stacie Atkinson

Teacher- Room 2

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.

Nastassia Provencio

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 10 years, currently hold a teacher permit and continue my child development education by taking extra course 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!

Mandy Mulvany

Teacher- Room 3

I am so excited to be here at LifeBridge Preschool! I’ve been a pre-K teacher for 6 years after graduating with a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from San Diego Christian College. I absolutely love this age group as they are eager to learn about the world around them. My husband and I have been married for 5 years and are blessed with a miracle daughter who is now 4! We enjoy hiking, cooking, swimming, and riding bikes together as a family.

Yuri Gonzales

Teacher- Room 3

My name is Yuri Gonzalez and I have worked in the child development field for nearly a decade. I have my BA in Early Childhood Education and currently working on my Masters Degree in Special Education. I am originally from San Francisco but have made San Diego my home. I love connecting with parents and students and making a difference in each students lives. My faith is God is an important part of my life and I am excited to share that with my students here at Life Bridge. I am a mother of two girls ages 8 and 10 and they are my world. I look forward to becoming a part of your lives as well.

Rosalie Farace

Teacher- Room 3

Hi, my Name is Rosalie Farace and I work in Room 3 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.

Amber Sanders

Teacher- Room 4

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!

Elise Clark

Teacher- Room 4
I am so happy to say that I have been at LifeBridge for two years now! I am very blessed to be here and I love watching the little ones grow and develop into beautiful and unique “big kids!” I have been working in a preschool for 5 years now, meanwhile taking classes and slowly trying to earn a degree in biology. I come from a large family and being the oldest girl, I have been taking care of kids as long as I remember! I grew up here in San Diego, and I love spending time with family and friends and exploring this beautiful city. During my free time (if I have any) I enjoy weight lifting, going to the movies, and drinking coffee! I am so excited for another year with 2 year olds and I pray that I will be able to help them grow and develop mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Haley Perez

Teacher- Room 4

Hi there! My name is Haley and I’ve been working part time with the two year olds at LifeBridge since summer of 2018. I’ve always loved working with children, and birth through four years old is my sweet spot. Its 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 I was in school 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 husband and our dog. We love roller blading, playing cards, cooking, eating, gardening, watching movies, and reading. 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!

Leila Hazery

Teacher- Room 4

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!

Michelle Jaquez

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!

Gloraena Yarrington

Teacher- Room 5

My name is Gloraena, pronounced Glo-Ray-Na. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and decided to take Early Childhood Education when I grew to love being with kids through volunteering in church. I also love music and incorporate music into my lessons to make learning more fun. Through music, children learn language without struggling. Classroom rules and directions are implemented and followed while they learn the melody and memorize the song.

“I touch the future. I teach” -Christa McAuliffe

Silah Bustos

Teacher- Room 6

My life has been dedicated to teaching for over 12 years. I graduated in the Philippines with a degree in Education with a major in science and health. My desire is to provide education and spiritual growth in the classroom and on the playground, giving ample opportunity for exploring through hands-on activities. Celebrating who God made us to be while getting “icky and sticky” through science, art, and sports is my motto. I hope to lead children to God, He is our best friend, He answers prayer, and He has each of us in the palm of His hand. Through His example, I want to teach children to be kind, love one another, and love themselves. I’m married to a wonderful man and have an amazingly sweet dog named Noba!

Sydne Acton

Teacher- Room 6

Hello everyone! I’m Sydne. I am blessed to be beginning my third year here at LifeBridge and my fourth year teaching preschool. I have an AA in Liberal Arts from Mt. San Jacinto College and my BS in Psychology/Christian Counseling from Liberty University. I love sunflowers, strong coffee, travel, playing guitar, being outdoors, and spending quality time with my friends and family. 

I believe in making learning fun by incorporating music and hands-on experiences with a smile on my face. My goal is to make each child feel at home, loved, and understood (with maybe a little silliness in between). But most of all, I want each child to walk in light, love, and true understanding of their worth to our Heavenly Father. 

“Let you light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is heaven.” Matthew 5:16