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, 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 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