Meet Our Teachers
Annette Blake (AM/PM) Teacher
I have been teaching preschool for over 20 years. I obtained my Early Childhood education at OCC. I also have a Bachelors degree in Psychology from CSULB.
My experience and education also allowed me to be an ABA Therapist with Autistic children.
My favorite color is red.
My favorite children’s book even as a child is “Going on a Bear Hunt” by Helen Oxenbury.
During my free time I enjoy writing children’s books, which I’m currently having illustrated. I also enjoy time with family and friends!
Miss Juli (AM) Teacher Assistant
I have been working for the Fountain Valley School District for 14 years. This is my first year working at the State Preschool program as an Instructional Assistant. I was previously an Instructor in the Child Development Program at Oka.
I have nearly completed my AA degree in General Education and an AS degree in Early Childhood Education. I hold a Teacher permit.
I am the mother of three adult daughters and I am the grandmother of six wonderful grandchildren.
My favorite color is blue. My favorite children's book author is Kevin Henkes.
During my free time I like to read books or binge on Netflix.
Susan Mendez (AM/PM) Teacher
I have been teaching preschool for 17 years and working with children for 19 years. I hold a Master Teacher permit.
I received an Associate degree in Child Development from Santa Ana College and a Bachelor degree in Spanish from California State University Fullerton.
I am married and have 3 children. I have a 12 year old daughter and twins who are 10 years old.
My favorite color is blue and I love music.
My favorite children's book
is "Big Pumpkin" by Erica Silverman.
During my free time I enjoy playing with my children, gardening and going to the movies.
Miss Wendy (PM) Teacher Assistant
I have been teaching preschool for 4 years. I have an AA degree from Goldenwest College and obtained my Early Childhood education at Orange Coast College.
I am working towards my BA in Communications from Cal State Long Beach.
I have two children, a 13 year old boy and a 9 year old girl.
My favorite color is purple and I love reading.
My favorite children's book is "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn.
During my free time I enjoy playing board games with my children, yoga, and long beach walks.