Preschool Staff: Cross and Crown Lutheran School 
  
 
Preschool Director: Mandy McCarthy  
Email: mmccarthy@cclsrp.org 
 
Years of experience: Over 20 years
 
Years at Cross and Crown: Over 15 years
 
Education: AA degree in Early Childhood, Santa Rosa Junior College, CA
                   BA in Early Childhood Studies, Sonoma State University, CA
 
Certification: Child Development Teacher Certificate
                       CA State Associate Teacher Permit
                       Site Supervisor Permit; CA Director Permit
                       CPR and First-Aid Certified - Infant, Child & Adult
 
Experience: I owned and operated a home childcare center for many years. I continue to take classes, attend conferences, and seminars. At every event, I learn new ideas that bring new classroom experiences for the children and me.
 
Personal Information: I am married to Brian, and we have two grown children, Kelsey and Jack, daughter-in-law, Jessie, and two granddaughters, Lauren and Zoey (who we love to see as often as possible). In my spare time, I plan on creating wonderful memories with my family. Hopefully, I will still find some quiet time and time to read.    
 
Reflection: As a teacher I believe that each child who enters my classroom is an individual. It is my job to create an environment that will help that child expand his/her world. Assessing the individual and global needs of the children in the classroom takes me to the next step--developing an environment. As I reflect on teaching and my professional growth, I am drawn to the personal side of my life. I need to take time to read a book, or just sit outside in nature in order to recharge my batteries. My philosophy is to reset the personal side of my life so that I can be the best I can be in my teaching environment and in my professional growth.
 

 
Keylee Peterson, Preschool Teacher
 
Years of experience:  3 years
 
Years at CCLS:  new at CCLS this year

Education:  Obtaining my AA degree in child development at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Certification: CPR and First-Aid certified - Infant, Child & Adult
 
Experience: I started babysitting for family and close friends at age 14 when I landed my first nanny job right out of high school. I have been nannying children and working with their families for six years and former teacher at Small Miracles Preschool for the last three years.

Miss Katie Taylor, Preschool Teacher 
Email:ktaylor@cclsrp.org 
 
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Certification: CPR and First - Aid Certified - Infant, Child & Adult
 
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Allison Klein, Preschool Teacher
Email: aklein@cclsrp.org
 
Years of experience: 5 years experience
 
Years at Cross and Crown: new to Cross and Crown this year
 
Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree in  Early Childhood Development from Sonoma State University
 
Certification: CPR and First-Aid certified - Infant, Child & Adult
 
Experience:  I started babysitting at a young age for my neighbors and my family. I have also worked at multiple kid camps in my hometown of Santa Monica. I have been babysitting for families in Sonoma County all through college.
 
Personal Information:  I am 22 years old, I was born and raised in Santa Monica. I love hanging out with my family and friends. I also love to play soccer and travel.
 
Reflection:  Ever since I was a kid, I always loved children. I’m so excited to become a teacher and help these children grow and flourish. I hope to help children see their full potential in and outside of the classroom. I can’t wait to start this school year and introduce myself to the CCLS community.
 

 
  
Miss Jilly Mirkin, Preschool Teacher
Email: jmirkin@cclsrp.org

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Education: Third-year Early Childhood Education Major at Sonoma State University

Certification: CPR and First - Aid Certified - Infant, Child & Adult

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