Administration & Support Staff

ADMINISTRATION

JESSICA STANLEY

DIRECTOR

Jessica Stanley has been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1997. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Education from the University of California, Riverside. After graduating from college, she worked for a short stint at a preschool in Orange County before stumbling upon Newport Coast Child Development Preschool. At the time of her hire in 1998, the campus was just a dirt lot, but the idea of being a part of something from its conception was too exciting to pass up. During the school’s first years she worked as an Assistant Teacher, Break Teacher and Lead Teacher before becoming the Assistant Director in 2002; she stepped into her current role as Director in 2004. Mrs. Jessica believes strongly that a high quality preschool is made of the industry’s best teachers, rich curriculum that engages curious and active learners in a clean and safe environment. She continues to actively collaborate with the founder to ensure the school’s direction aligns with Mrs. Jarrett’s vision. Mrs. Jessica resides in San Clemente with her husband and two boys. She enjoys crafting and spends a lot of time at the beach with her family. She is an avid sailor who lived/ traveled on a boat for over four years.

KATSYA CHERNISHOV

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Katsya Chernishov started teaching preschool in 1998, and it was love at first sight! She came to Newport Coast Preschool in 2002 as an Assistant Teacher. Later that same year, she became a Lead Teacher and continued to teach in Rooms 2, 5, & 6 until 2008, when she joined the administrative team as the Assistant Director. Miss Katsya earned her degree in Early Childhood Education at Fullerton College; she holds a Preschool Administration certification and is a longstanding member of NAEYC. A native Southern Californian, Miss Katsya lives next door to her childhood home in Whittier. She remains geographically and socially close to her large family, which includes her parents, two brothers, three sisters and three in-laws! Her hobbies include cookie decorating, graphic design and Pinterest.

SUPPORT STAFF

KATHY JOHANNSEN

OUTSIDE ENRICHMENT

Kathy Johannsen has been at Newport Coast Preschool since the schools inception in 2000. She has taught preschool in Newport Beach since 1991, when she completed the Early Childhood Educator requirements. At NCCDP, she held positions as an Assistant Teacher in several classrooms before transitioning to her ‘dream job’ as the Outside Enrichment Teacher in 2011. Mrs. J (as most families affectionately call her) is responsible for the playground environment and setting up dynamic daily activities for outdoor play. She also spends time in each classroom daily, giving teachers a chance to take their employee breaks. A favorite among all students, Mrs. J considers herself the Campus Grandma.

JEANNE GARNELLO

OUTSIDE ENRICHMENT

Jeanne Garnello joined Newport Coast in 2018 as the Outside Enrichment Teacher. Over the previous ten years she had worked with children of all ages and her love for teaching blossomed. Miss Jeanne achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Illinois Institute of Art, then Early Childhood Education at Santa Monica College. She found the preschool age to be her favorite, and most important in a child’s development. Miss Jeanne is originally from Chicago and moved out to Orange County for the beautiful California weather and to be near her cousins. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends at the beach!

CHERI RAHMANI

ADMIN ASSISTANT & SUBSTITUTE TEACHER

Cheri Rahmani has been working in Early Child Education since 2008, following her childhood dream of working in Education. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of California, Riverside and her Master’s Degree in Education specializing in Teacher Leadership. After teaching preschool for several years, she moved into administration and was a Director for four years. She has loved being part of the school support staff and excitedly joined Newport Coast Preschool in 2018 as the Administrative Assistant and Enrichment Coordinator. She also loves her role as substitute teacher, allowing her to spend time in the classroom and on the playground getting to know all the students. Miss Cheri lives in Tustin with her dog, Daisy and spends her free time reading, singing, and attempting to pet all the dogs.

AMANDA HOOD

PARENT/TODDLER TEACHER

NATURE PLAY

STACY KLASE

NATURALIST TEACHER

Stacy Klase graduated from UCLA with a BA in history in 2001. She decided to pursue a career in teaching and graduated from UCI in 2003 with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master of Arts in Teaching, then taught grades K-5 and was a science specialist in the Newport Mesa Unified School District from 2003-2016. Mrs. Stacy’s involvement at NCCDP began in 2012 when her oldest daughter began school in Room 1! In addition to teaching elementary school, her role at the time was that of mother to three young children, devoted wife, Room Parent and Parent Council Member. When NCCDP built The Orchard, our natural playground, in 2017, Stacy transitioned from involved mother and volunteer to our very own Naturalist Teacher. She is now able to nurture her love for teaching children and the outdoors by planning and implementing nature-based science, art and engineering activities with our students in her outdoor classroom. You will find Mrs. Stacy in The Orchard with her hands in the mud, exploring nature on Wednesdays and Thursdays. In her spare time she actively volunteers at her children’s schools, loves to entertain, and spend time with family and friends.

ART

CATHERINE LAMBERT

ART TEACHER

Catherine Lambert was born and raised in the UK and attended Leeds University where she studied Textile Design, after which she worked as a garment technologist in London. In 1997, she moved to the US with her husband; together they now have two daughters. She volunteered at the girls’ elementary school in the Art Masters program, and then her love of art led her to Newport Coast Preschool! Mrs. Cath joined NCCDP in 2009 as the Art Teacher where her goal is for the children to express themselves through their artwork, have fun and experiment using different mediums and subjects as their guide. Mrs. Cath is hoping to exhibit her own artwork in local shows; she has shown in artwalks and hopes to continue in the future. She is also an avid runner and participates in races with her family.

MUSIC

GARIXE CANCINOS

MUSIC TEACHER

Garixe Cancinos is our Music Teacher since Fall 2015, when NCCDP affiliated with Young Music Company, an organization which has brought Music Education to schools across southern California for over 20 years, to conduct the Music Program. Mr. Garixe learned to play the piano at the age of five, and now plays a variety of instruments and has performed in many churches. He believes “music is important in Early Childhood Education because music helps you discover yourself and it’s a platform for self-expression.” Mr. Garixe is currently studying at Cerritos College, with the goal to transfer to Cal State Dominguez Hills to major in Music or Business, and the hope to one-day open a music school to educate children, teens and people of all ages.