TEACHERS & STAFF AT LCFCC PRESCHOOL
Director: Danielle Caputo
Danielle Caputo started at the LCFCC Preschool in September 1996 as the Assistant Director under the direction of Pam Stephens. When Pam retired in 2004, Danielle excitedly stepped in as the Preschool Director. She graduated from California State University, Northridge, in 1988, where she received her degree in Child Development. Danielle grew up in Glendale, where she attended Glendale High School. She has two sons, William & Zane, who started at the preschool and are now students in Eagle Rock. Danielle is also the proud step-mom of four adult children and grandmother to six. She considers her family her proudest accomplishment.
Albina Allen has been with the LCFCC Preschool since the fall of 2002. She loves working with preschool-age children, especially 3-year-olds because they are so genuine and sweet. She earned her Early Childhood Development credits through UCLA Extension classes. Albina has two sons, Aaron & Kevin, and she loves working in her yard.
Alison McQuay joined the preschool in 2014 as a floater. She has a B.A. in Spanish from Colorado College, and an MBA from USC. Alison has spent many hours volunteering in the classrooms at Palm Creast Elementary over the past several years. Her husband and two teenage daughters keep her very busy.
Born in El Salvador, Aracely Orellana comes from a hard-working family and is the only daughter with five brothers. Aracely took ESL classes and earned her high school diploma from EVANS Community Adult School. She then took Child Development classes at Pasadena City College. She loves teaching and has been working with preschoolers most of her life, starting with Sunday School at her church. Aracely has been with the LCFCC Preschool since 2003. She also enjoys traveling, gardening, baking, and spending time with her family and dogs Diego & Flaky.
Cheryl Fazzi joined LCFCC Preschool in 2008. She graduated from Pacific Oaks College with a B.A. in Human Development, specializing in the early years. Cheryl brings her passion for cooking, science, literature and expressive art to class on a daily basis. Her philosophy is to honor each unique child as she fosters community building and individual learning, while weaving love and laughter throughout the preschool experience. Cheryl enjoys spending time with her three children, baking, cake decorating, reading, yoga, and relaxing with friends.
Jane Shirk joined LCFCC Preschool in 2007. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in English Literature and completed her child development units at UCLA. Jane loves teaching, volunteering with the "Reading to Kids" organization, hiking, movies, and spending time with her family.
Kelly Cook received her degree in Child Development from California State University, Northridge. She grew up in La Crescenta and attended Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. She resides in South Pasadena with her husband and daughter. Kelly's grandmother Ida Glynn was honored for her service to the Community Center with a memorial plaque at the flagpole. Kelly enjoys traveling to Hawaii with her family, going to the beach, and working out.
Kristin Nagasawa has been working with children for over 17 years. She has a bachelor's degree in Child Development from California State University, Northridge and began teaching preschool in 2003. She took a short break after having her daughter and is so excited to be back in the classroom again. She fell in love with LCFCC Preschool when her own daughter attended the school a few years ago. Her favorite part of teaching is watching the children grow and blossom into healthy, happy, and confident learners! In her spare time she likes to volunteer in her daughter's classroom, learn to speak Japanese, watch movies, and spend time with her family and friends.
Miriam Allcroft is starting her fifth year at the LCFCC Preschool. She has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and is near completion on her Master's in Education. Miriam loves every minute of her day as a preschool teacher, especially getting messy! In her free time, she enjoys long-distance running, singing, and hiking with her husband.
Nicole Collier has been working in a preschool setting since 2011. Nicole grew up in Costa Mesa, CA. She attended Orange Coast College where she did her Early Childhood units. She has lived in La Crescenta since 2000. She is the mother of five great kids, Bryce, Isaac, Mikie, Morgan, and Christian. Her family is the greatest joy in her life!
Since August 2008, Susan Rendina has worn many hats at the LCFCC Preschool, including assistant teacher, teacher, substitute and floater. She simply loves kids and families. She has a Master's Degree in Social Work with a child-welfare specialization from Arizona State University. Susan stays busy with her husband Ron, very social teenage twin daughters, and her beloved scruffy mutt Bella.
Valerie has been with the LCFCC Preschool since 2009. She completed her child development units at Glendale Community College. In her free time, Valerie likes to play softball, go hiking with her husband and dog, ride her bike, and read.