The Shining Stars Christian Preschool Staff

Stacy Williams

The heart and soul of our Preschool is our wonderful director Stacy Williams. Stacy has been involved in preschools for nearly 20 years. This is the third school she has directed, each of them becoming successful and impacting to the community. She has a heart of gold and loves every single child in the school. She sets an atmosphere of safety, love and affection. She has a strong commitment to helping the children become school-ready. Stacy lives with her husband of 25 years and three children here in Orange County.

Pamela Mammen

I am the mom of two great kids that have both attended SSCP.   I am a Cal State Fullerton graduate, and I love event planning.

Cherie Koehler

I have enjoyed working with children for over 10 years now. Most of my career I have worked with 2 and 3-year-olds. I love seeing their eyes light up whenever they get a new concept. At this stage they are still exploring themselves and the environment around them. Some of my favorite things to do with the kids are science and art activities because they inspire creativity, their five senses, and learning new vocabulary.
Recently I have taken on a new role as supervisor at the preschool. I have gained a new perspective of how a preschool is run and all the work that goes into it. I find that it is very different than having my own classroom. I have worked at Shining Stars for 4 years now and love that I have an opportunity to make a difference here.

Yami Moran

I grew up in Orange County I love working here at Shining Stars full time as the lead teacher for the toddlers. I’ve taken childhood development classes at both OCC and Saddleback college. I’ve enjoyed the conferences I’ve been able to attend for additional training as well.

I have so many parts of my day that I appreciate is Circle Time as well as when the children get to go outside and play. They have so much energy and enthusiasm when they get free play time. I am bilingual and my husband and I have a teenage son; they really grow up fast! I enjoy music and going to concerts in my classroom will frequently have music in the background.  One thing I really look forward to is taking road trips — anywhere!

I want the children I teach to know how loved they truly are.  I am the one posting photos of what we are up to on Facebook… it is so fun!

Clementina Mier

Hola! My name is Clementina Mier and I grew up in the prettiest town in México where I attended school for Buisness Administration.  Once I came to CA I took many units in childhood development.  I have 5 beautiful kids; and have served on the PTA for many years.  I have been working with children for over 20 years and am so grateful to be able to be doing so.  I love movies, hanging out with my adult kids, gardening and I collect tea pots 🙂

I’ve had so much fun being a preschool teacher at Shining Stars Christian Preschool teaching full time  since 2011 and love being a part of this family. I currently work with the 2-year-olds and have so much fun! My favorite thing to do with the kids is art because I don’t know what the outcome will be and I get to see the creativity of the children. It’s amazing to see the talent of each child. I also love to teach because of the purity of their hearts and their ability to love, give and learn.

Kelly Hadduck

I have always wanted to teach children as long as I can remember. I received my BA degree in early childhood development. When I first started teaching at Shining Stars I taught the pre-K class and have since had the pleasure of teaching in the 3 year old room. Working with preschoolers and seeing that moment when they figure something out on their own for the first time is a sweet moment. They always keep me learning and growing as much as I help them. The best is when I say to them, “you are so smart”, and they respond back with “you are smart Miss Kelly”. My favorite part of the day is story time. I love reading books and sharing the enjoyment with them and seeing their faces light up. I believe children can be and do anything they put their minds to. These children grow and learn when they are loved and shown kindness and joy- each child is wonderfully made.

Jeri Gregory

Hello Parents, my name is Jeri Gregory. I’m a mother to a wonderful three year old and I’ve been teaching since 2002 and I absolutely love it! I have obtained a Master Teacher Permit under the Teachers Commission Board of California and I’m a member of NAEYC. Shining Stars has been my home since 2015. I believe learning should be fun, creative and out the box. My classroom’s set-up and structure is based off the rating scale built by ECERS. I am trained in the Waldorf, Reggio, and High Scope curricula and I incorporate all three in my lesson plans, circle time and large group learning activities. Music and Christ are always flowing in my classroom. I look forward to educating and exploring with your child soon.

Nicole Rash

I have been working with children for over 20 years and love them. I have 3 children of my own and one grandson (who actually attends here at Shining Stars). I’ve taken some classes in childhood development and it has helped me to appreciate the excitement the children show when they learn something new or master a new task. The children grow so much in what they learn when they are here. I do enjoy nap time! They are so adorable on their own little beds and they are so peaceful while they rest.

Teri Tredway

I am a 45 year old mother of a fifth grade son and a 13 year old daughter. My husband teachers High School at a local public school. At Shining Stars, I am the lead teacher for the transitional Kindergarten class. I have my Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Cal State Fullerton and an elementary teaching credential from Cal State Long Beach. I have been teaching on varying levels of preschool for 21 years and really enjoy young children.

Maria Montes

I have been helping with the 3 year old class at Shining Stars for the past three years and love it! I am a college student at Cal State Fullerton majoring in Health Science with a minor in Child and Adolescent Development. I have interned at another preschool and a public health non-profit organization. I really love working with children.

Stephany Gomez

I was offered a position working with children and have never looked back… and that was 16 years ago. Family is very important to me. Having the kids come in and feel loved right away is my goal. Hugs can be so encouraging and I make sure to give them everyday when they arrive to make them feel welcomed. I think a meal is when family gets to come together, so I take delight in cooking! I’ve even been able to cook for the SSCP staff. I am bilingual and really love working at Shining Stars.

Olivia Reyes

I currently  have 12 units in Early Childhood Development.  I love working at Shining Stars Christian Preschool full time as a teacher to the 3 year olds.   I am grateful to have been able to work with children for the past 6 years (I taught at a preschool in Riverside before joining the family here). Being a part of a child’s early development has always been my desire. I look forward to being with the children everyday and continuing my education. Being apart of a child’s early development has always been my desire.  My favorite part of the day is circle time when I get to share and teach with a very direct focus.

The beach is my happy place!  I am very self motivated and energetic.   I smile at the world with no fear trying to make every day fun.  It I could communicate anything to the children, it would be to not let the fear of striking out, keep them from playing the game!

Daisy Garcia

I graduated with an associates of arts in Elementary Education from Santa Ana College. I’m currently attending Cal State Fullerton studying Child Development. I started working at Shining stars in 2016 and I love how happy and full of life the kids are! I enjoy watching movies and reading a good book. I want to connect my love for kids and my passion for literature and publish children books.

Maggie Flores

I have been working with preschool children since 1990. I took my childhood development classes in Long Beach. I have two grown children and two grandchildren. I really want the children here at SSCP to feel loved and important. I enjoy circle time every day when we are able to have specific interactions with each of the children in the class. You can see them improving, learning, and changing every single month.

Lauren Fields

I recently finished up my bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton!  I received my AA in Child Development in 2015 and my bachelor’s in psychology.  I love being a Shining Stars Christian Preschool as a Preschool Teachers Assistant as a part-time floater.

I grew up in Pasadena as an only child and really have had a dream to make a difference in this world. I know the children I work with may not remember me, but I know we are helping to form them in how they learn, grow, and feel secure. With children, there is never a dull moment and they make our lives full. Watching them experience outdoor play where they are free to choose from any number activities is fun to watch; they are so creative.  Personally I enjoy reading and always learning.   I want the children I work with to know that they are capable of anything they set their minds to.

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