Preschool Staff: Cross and Crown Lutheran School 
Preschool Director: Mandy McCarthy  
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, as well as a dog, named Molly. In 2019, we added to our family with my daughter getting a puppy named Scout, and my son and daughter-in-law having our first grandchild named Lauren. 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.

Mrs. Jenny Brokaw, Preschool Teacher
Years of experience: 20 years
Years at CCLS: 5 plus years

Education: Associates degree, Child Development, College of the Canyons, CA.
                   Bachelors Degree, Sociology, Sonoma State, CA. 
Experience: I have a wide variety of teaching experience with different age groups. For the past 7 years I was a substitute teacher for Rohnert Park Cotati Unified School district teaching grades K - 5th grade. I also subbed for Cross and Crown during those years. Before subbing I taught kindergarten for two years and preschool for several years.
Personal Information: I live in Rohnert Park with my husband John and our three kids, Nathan, Ella and Owen. When I am not busy with the kids sports and theater activities, I enjoy reading, hiking with my dog Skittles, traveling and spending time with friends. As a family we enjoy camping, playing cards and taking walks.

Reflection: I am so happy to be back at Cross and Crown where I started on my path to teaching. I truly love and feel blessed by being a part of each child’s learning experience. I am passionate about fostering a child’s curiosity about the world around them by creating a nurturing, loving environment in which they can explore, learn and grow.  I am looking forward to a great school year.  

Miss Lissete Martin Preciado, Preschool Teacher
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Years of experience: 1 year

Years at CCLS: 1 year

Education: I am currently attending Sonoma State University to pursue my Bachelors Degree in Human Development, with an emphasis on Child Development. I will be graduating in the fall 2021.

Experience:  Through my college courses I have been able to explore many methods of teaching, as well as the various stages of development. I have also taken many psychology courses as well as EDEC courses. I plan to keep expanding my knowledge!

Personal Information: I am 22 years old. Born and raised in Santa Rosa, California. I am very family oriented and have been raised by two loving parents. I am bilingual (Spanish and English). When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my Family, boyfriend and two puppies! I also enjoy crafting and exploring new places.

Reflection: Children have always played a very important role in my life. I have become fascinated by child development and all of the amazing things that we can accomplish from the moment we are born. My primary aim is to ensure that every child receives the best introduction to education and learning. I strive to create a safe, effective, and enriching child care that will prepare young children for their future endeavors.

Miss Mackenzie Lowe, Preschool Teacher 
Years of experience: 5 years
Years at Cross and Crown: 1 year
Education: Third-year Early Childhood Education Major at Sonoma State University
Certification: CPR and First - Aid Certified - Infant, Child & Adult
Experience: Three years working as an Assistant Teacher for the Santa Monica Toddler Art Program, CA. Four years experience as a Summer Vacation Bible School Leader at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, CA.
Personal Information: I was born and raised in Santa Monica, CA, and moved to Rohnert Park permanently to attend school at Sonoma State. Growing up in Santa Monica, I was extremely involved with my church, First Presbyterian Church of Santa
Monica, and volunteered my time as a Sunday School teacher and a Vacation Bible School Leader. Other than being a full-time student at Sonoma State and working at CCLS, I enjoy spending my free time with close friends, cooking - I’m a big reader and
love to learn new recipes to make for my roommates! And, weather permitting, I love to take day trips to the Russian River for some swimming and sun!
Reflection: I’ve had a passion for working with young children for as long as I can remember. My mother worked as a preschool director for 27 years, and growing up I watched her interact with children and their families. Her ability to connect and guide kids through her teaching has inspired me to follow the same path through Early Childhood Education. I am fairly new to CCLS, yet I already feel as though this community is like family.

Miss Jilly Mirkin, Preschool Teacher

Years of experience

Years at Cross and Crown

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

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