Our diverse Preschool staff bring a wealth of experience in Early Childhood Education, play-based learning, and are all CPR/First Aid certified.
Preschool Director Ms. Ann Kim Leong
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Classroom Teacher Ms. Theresa Mohn
Theresa has been with the SMLC Children’s Center for 9 years, and has been teaching for 30. She has been married to her husband Mike for 38 years, and together they have two sons, Christopher (34) and Andrew (30). In her spare time she and her husband love riding motorcycles and have had the pleasure of going across America at least 7 times. They take joy in being able to serve the Lord together in many places. Theresa also enjoys the summer and going to the beach, and loves chocolate!
Classroom Teacher Ms. Leilani Duran
Leilani has been with the Children’s Center for 9 years; working as an aide, then assistant, lead assistant, and then classroom teacher for the last three years. One of her favorite moments in teaching is seeing one of her kids write their name on their own after practicing for months. Leilani has a 15 year old son who is a sophomore at Escondido High School, and she enjoys watching him play football. She also has two pitfalls names Kaya and Asia who are a big part of the family as well. In her free time she loves going on hikes and to the beach.
Classroom Teacher Ms. Brittney Gibbs
Brittney has been with the Children’s Center for two years, but working in early childhood education for a total of 9. Brittney is a MiraCosta College graduate, and is continuing her education at Cal State San Marcos with the plan to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Business. She has a 4 year old son, Keyan, who attends our school. She started out as the outdoor teacher, but now loves being the teacher of our 3 year old class. Brittney enjoys kayaking and paddle boarding in her free time.
Outdoor Education Teacher Mrs. Diane Jones
Diane has been working at the SMLC Children’s Center for 7 years, and teaching for a total of 15. She especially loves teaching Bible Stories; showing the children that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday, or that Easter is about Jesus’ resurrection. Diane is a mom to 2 daughters and has 3 grandchildren. She and her husband live on a ranch in Fallbrook with a donkey and a goat, and when she can, Diane loves to go camping.
Teacher Aide Mrs. Marit Greunke
Marit has been with the Children’s Center for 3 years. She has been assisting at preschools on and off for 19 years, and previously taught 1st grade at a Lutheran elementary school for 7 years. She loves every time she gets to see the spark of interest and understanding in a child’s face. Marit has been married to her husband Dave for 25 years and together they have 2 sons, Jordan (21) and Stephen (16). Marit loves to paint every chance she can get, as well as enjoys singing and Scrabble.