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  • Developmentally appropriate outdoor playgrounds
  • Fresh and healthy meals provided
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  • Virtual BEAM indoor playground

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  • Vandna Desai, Director of Education

    Vandna Desai’s passion and caring personality make her a favorite among her students and colleagues. After earning a Bachelor of Science in...   Read More

    Vandna Desai, Director of Education

    Vandna Desai’s passion and caring personality make her a favorite among her students and colleagues. After earning a Bachelor of Science in liberal studies from California State University, Long Beach, in 2005 she launched her career in early childhood education (ECE) as an aide in a special needs program. Since then, she has steadily progressed through the teaching and supervisory ranks while earning her California ECE Site Supervisor Permit and working toward her state ECE Program Director Permit. As a teacher, Vandna prides herself on providing the resources and guidance to create a high-quality, nurturing environment where students can learn and thrive. As a leader, she has distinguished herself as a top-notch recruiter and trainer, building a team-based culture where employees can professionally grow and develop.

  • Mini Walia, Marketing & Finance

    Mini Walia has achieved a reputation as a successful business executive, advocate for working women and mother. After graduating magna cum laude...   Read More

    Mini Walia, Marketing & Finance

    Mini Walia has achieved a reputation as a successful business executive, advocate for working women and mother. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Arizona with a focus in business management and marketing, she spent 15 years rising through sales leadership ranks in the consumer packaged goods industry with nationally recognized companies that include Altria, Dannon USA, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Stater Bros. While building an impressive professional resume that includes training and managing regional sales and cross-functional teams, she found time along the way to give birth to two sons and attain her MBA from Pepperdine University. Mini is also passionate about many social issues, particularly advancing professional growth opportunities for women. She was one of five officers leading the Southern California Chapter of Network of Executive Women.

  • Karina Morales, 4 year old & Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Karina has wanted to be not just a teacher but a preschool teacher ever since she was a child herself. She...   Read More

    Karina Morales, 4 year old & Kindergarten Teacher

    Ms. Karina has wanted to be not just a teacher but a preschool teacher ever since she was a child herself. She grew up around a lot of kids and being one of the oldest cousins in a huge family she has always been very nurturing. Karina is currently going to Fullerton College to get her ECE degree and pursue a degree to be a Special Needs Educator. She has been a preschool teacher for four years. Karina has taught in the twos, threes, and eventually became a pre-k teacher. Karina believes in creating a balanced academic and a nurturing environment, so the parents and children feel comfortable. Some of her favorite sports teams are the Angels and the Anaheim Ducks. She loves to spend her free time at DisneyLand or at the beach.

  • Nikki Valenzuela, 2 Year Old Teacher

    Ms. Nikki has a drive for teaching and nurturing her students. She recently earned her Associate Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences...   Read More

    Nikki Valenzuela, 2 Year Old Teacher

    Ms. Nikki has a drive for teaching and nurturing her students. She recently earned her Associate Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences at Mt. San Antonio College and will be obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in the Fall 2020. During her education at Mt. San Antonio College, she worked with young children and while she was getting her general education, she also managed to complete Early Childhood Education (ECE) classes. She is starting her third year in teaching and wants to continue to create an exciting, safe, and learning environment for her students

  • Jet'aime Abeyta, 3 year old teacher

    Mr. Jt has been working with Youth for the past 12 years. He is passionate about helping young minds develop and mature....   Read More

    Jet'aime Abeyta, 3 year old teacher

    Mr. Jt has been working with Youth for the past 12 years. He is passionate about helping young minds develop and mature. He has worked hard over the past 12 years to learn, grow and refine himself into a Teacher he wanted to become. He has a wealth of experience as he has worked across many fields of work in Parks and Recreation, YMCA, Headstart and Private School Education. He continues to build on his experience and skills outside of work to better mentor and teach children. He graduated from NOCC College with his ECE Certification and followed his heart to become a pre-school teacher. He is focused on teaching young minds as well as giving back to the community.

  • Jennifer Sandoval, Toddler Teacher

    Ms Jenn studied at Citrus College in Glendora. She have been teaching child education for over 10 years and have had the...   Read More

    Jennifer Sandoval, Toddler Teacher

    Ms Jenn studied at Citrus College in Glendora. She have been teaching child education for over 10 years and have had the privilege to work with every age group. She always had a passion for educating young children and helping them achieve their goals. She has previously worked for Kiddie Academy of La Verne for two years. Ms Jenn worked in toddler and infant room at La Verne. She enjoys spending time and playing with her eight month old daughter.

  • Sareena Desai, Administrative Assistant

    Ms. Sareena Desai is a recent Bachelor's of Science in Marketing graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has always...   Read More

    Sareena Desai, Administrative Assistant

    Ms. Sareena Desai is a recent Bachelor's of Science in Marketing graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has always had a passion for working with kids and strives every day to be a positive impact on the social and emotional development of each child. She hopes to bring her previous skills of administration, communication, and organization to the job. Ms. Desai has always showed enthusiasm in her work ethic as a leader in the Marketing Field.

  • Lexi Lopez, 3 year old Teacher

    Ms. Lopez always knew she wanted to be a teacher. Her inspiration came from her Kindergarten teacher, who inspired her to read...   Read More

    Lexi Lopez, 3 year old Teacher

    Ms. Lopez always knew she wanted to be a teacher. Her inspiration came from her Kindergarten teacher, who inspired her to read in the classroom. She continued to volunteer and help with her time outside the classroom. She went on to study English and received AA in Liberal Arts. While working on her BA for English, it became apparent that teaching young children was her passion. She had always enjoyed babysitting and found that one of her favorite parts was helping kids with homework and difficult concepts. She decided to take steps to pursue her passion as a teacher by taking child development (CDES) courses. She loves watching her kids learn and grow each day.

  • Janet Sanchez, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Janet is a full-time student at Fullerton College where she majoring in psychology and child development. She aspires to transfer to...   Read More

    Janet Sanchez, Infant Teacher

    Ms. Janet is a full-time student at Fullerton College where she majoring in psychology and child development. She aspires to transfer to Cal State Fullerton where she will continue on with her studies to receive her Master's degree for both Psychology and Child development. She has experience working as an infant and toddler teacher. She is very passionate about working with children. She supervises the children while maintaining a clean, safe, loving and productive environment for her students. As a Teacher she takes on any challenge because she believes her students' learning and well-being is her top priority.

Hear from our parents

Very professional and caring staff. I always feel welcomed and the classrooms are very child centered. Very clean and friendly facility and staff.
Kelli M., Klein-Gleannloch

I love how the curriculum is tied to standards and activities are age-appropriate. I know that my children will be ready and well prepared for kindergarten because of the skills and activities that they are participating in while at Kiddie Academy.
Sara H., Elkhorn

I feel like the staff is committed to my child\'s learning growth, along with health and safety on a daily basis. They are very understandable and very agreeable..
Abigail H., Montgomeryville

The staff are very attentive to the children’s needs and responsive to parents. My kids are very happy there.
Sabrina D., Montgomeryville

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