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Our Team

Preschool Director

Nicole Partaka

Mrs. Nicole studied at Central Michigan University. She received her Bachelors Degree in early childhood development and her Master's degree in administration. She has been in the childcare field for over 15 years. She is married and has two adorable children. Her amazing husband David, is a soldier for the United States Army.

Junior Kindergarten Teacher

Margaret Neagu

Margaret has been an early childhood educator for 24 years. She believes the purpose of education is to engage all students intellectually, ethically, physically and socially in the pursuit of knowledge. Margaret believes her job is to facilitate the pursuit of learning by creating and maintaining a safe learning environment in which risk taking is encouraged, problem solving is developed and successes are celebrated. It is her passion to help students reach their full potential. She achieves this through differentiated instruction, scaffold learning and building upon prior knowledge to encourage each student's success and enthusiasm for learning. Margaret holds a BA in Liberal Studies and is fluent in Spanish. She has been married for 32 years and has two adult children.

3's & 4's Teacher

Kim Kowatch

This is Kim's 32nd year of teaching at Adventures In Learning. Her philosophy is to ensure that the classroom is welcoming and that the children in her care feel safe and loved. Kim believes that children learn best when the material presented is developmentally appropriate and meets the child's specific needs. She is constantly building on the knowledge and skills that students bring to the classroom and partners with parents in the education process. Her goal is to build self-esteem and allow each child to be as independent as they can be. Kim is heading back to college this academic year to get even more early childhood qualifications.

3's Teacher

Ms. Taylor

Ms. Taylor is 24 years old, and has been working with children for about 12 years now. She has worked with many different age groups ranging from infants to teenagers. I am currently finishing up school at Cal State Eastbay, to get my degree in human development. She grew up in Pleasanton, and is the oldest of 3. She love's to do art, and plan activities for the kids and is very passionate about kids with different learning abilities, and trying to find the most effective way of helping individuals learn. Some of her hobbies are gardening, art, sailing, and hiking.

she is also a huge fan of animals. She strives to help every child be the best they can be. She is a very loving, high energy, and fun person.

Extracurricular Teacher: Spanish, Sparks & Art

Anna Santiago

Anna has been an early childhood educator for more than 25 years with experience as a lead teacher, assistant director as well as working with infants, todlers and school aged children.

She is often asked what brought her to this center. Her church gave her the opportunity to obtain the necessary credentials to be an early childhood educator. Being an educator gives her joy and hope for our young citizens. It is a great honor for her to reach your students, it allows her to make a difference one child at a time.

She is still passionate about her work. she celebrates students' successes and milestones. Watching them succeed makes her happy. In her classroom she uses Conscious Discipline.

2's Teacher

Jessica Fischer

I was originally a Nursing major, which quickly changed when I realized my passion and love for children. I have my Liberal Arts degree in Social Science and I am currently taking classes at Las Positas for both my Associates Teacher Certificate and my AA in Early Childhood Development. As a child care provider and teacher, I want to always strive to make sure each child’s needs are met and that the material is always developmentally appropriate. I’m very loving and enjoy hands on activities and art projects with the children. I am excited to both watch the children grow and for them to help me grow as a teacher.

2's Teacher

Ms. Breanna Lamere

Ms. Briana has been in the childcare field over 12 years and teaching for the past three. She found her passion for teaching in the fourth grade and when he graduated from Turlock Christian High School in 2009 she has been pursuing her education in child development to expand and build on her knowledge on how to a better teaching. “Children need guidance, love, understanding, fun, adventure, kindness and firmness. I want to give my students the best experience in learning not just about shapes, colors, numbers and the alphabet but also learn about being kind to others, how to break out of their safe zone and enjoy what and who are around them. Give them the tools to make good decisions and how to be successful as they grow older and not only have the word of God on their side but how to act on them.”

Adventure Club Coordinator

Emile Wallace

Emile has been an Early Childhood Educator for 16 years, and this is her 5th year teaching at Adventures In Learning. She loves being a part of the Celebrate Recovery Ministry and serving the families here at Harvest Valley Church. Her passion is to share the love of Jesus with the children and to help them grow in the knowledge that God has a plan for their lives. Emile has two grown daughters.

Music and Movement

Rebecka French

Martial Arts

Ed Untalan

Ed has been in the martial arts for decades, and is acknowledged by the BBFI and CMA Association as a senior eighth level black belt instructor. Ed has a passion to teach martial arts to children at an early age and believes it will develop their spiritual growth and spiritual maturity, strengthen character development, enhance behavior, and develop proper attitudes toward physical fitness and self defense. Ed believes when a child is physically fit, the child feels better about themselves. Addtionally, Ed believes martial arts training will keep our kids healthy and physically fit and will improve the childs behavior and improve attention span, respect for others, obedience to parents and other authority structures.

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