Mi Escuelita Maya Preschool Teachers

Maestra Maria


Maestra MariaOur Licensee, Owner, and Program Director Maria Trenda is a college-educated businesswoman originally from Mexico. Maria’s passion for early childhood education started from watching her mother teach young children at their family owned Kindergarten named “AMALIMOGAJC” in Mexico. Her family ran their school for 27 years! Maria was one of the Assistant Teachers for several years until she moved to California. Once re-located to this area she became a nanny and eventually a Spanish translator, an elementary school instructor, and a multicultural educator. Maria taught Spanish for several years at “Blue Oak Charter School”, our local Waldorf approach school. In addition Maria is a Performing Arts teacher and has been a dancer for most of her life acquiring her skills from trained professionals both in Mexico and U.S.A. She has taught world dance styles and general performing arts to students of different age groups. During her classes she embraces a multicultural approach to the dance and artistry components of our school; in addition she uses the application of Spanish enrichment while teaching. Maria is our Lead Teacher during the afternoon program as well as the Performing Arts instructor during the morning and afternoon sessions.

Maestra Maria is professionally participating as a member of the Butte County Local Child Care Planning Council (Butte County Office of Education) and at the Butte College Child Development Advisory Committee because of her love and passion for early childhood education. She is an advocate of equal opportunities for high standards of preschool education to all the children of our diverse community.

Maestra Peggy

Maestra PeggyMaestra Peggy Dev is our Head Teacher, Morning Lead Teacher and the Mariquitas/Ladybugs Teacher. She earned her B.A. from CSU, Chico in Religious Studies with extensive studies in biological science and cultural studies. She received her Early Education Certificate at the Childcare Education Institute. Maestra Peggy has taught many subjects over the last 30 years to a wide age range, and has worked in child care centers and as a Nanny. She also maintained a 20 year career in fitness education and graphic design. Additionally, she has a background in dance and has traveled to many places around the world. All the diverse experiences have helped her to be a better teacher.  Realizing the preschool setting provided the perfect opportunity for her to bring all her knowledge and passions into one place, she joined our team at Mi Escuelita Maya Preschool. She loves dance, art, science, math, nature, the environment, and playing music. She feels blessed to be able to share her knowledge and passion with the children.

Maestra Shenlyn


Maestra Shenlyn Svec is our Morning Lead Teacher and the Mariquitas/Ladybugs Teacher. She has been a part of Mi Escuelita Maya since Spring 2010. Maestra Shenlyn received her Bachelor's degree in Child Development from CSU Chico in 2012 and fell passionately in love with teaching. From the moment Shenlyn joined our team of Maestras, she has shared her joy for teaching young children and expressed herself through the visual arts at our school. She is a loving, patient, artistic, and incredibly creative teacher, as well as a naturally gifted early childhood educator.

Maestro Victor

Maestro VictorMaestro Victor is our Afternoon Mariposa Teacher and one of our bilingual teachers. He is graduating in May 2017 with a B.A. Degree in Child Development. Maestro Victor has always had a passion for kids. Through his multicultural fraternity (Epsilon Sigma Rho), he has had the opportunity to work with children at events like trunk or treat, children’s carnivals, and as a volunteer at Rosedale Elementary School. Maestro Victor started at Mi Escuelita Maya in Spring of 2015. He has a positive attitude, an amazing connection with the children, showing great passion while working and interacting with children.

Maestra Eleanor

Maestra EleanorMaestra Eleanor Adams is Mi Escuelita Maya's Teacher Assistant and one of our bilingual teachers. Maestra Eleanor has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 35 years! She worked at Head Start Programs in the Chico area for 28 years, she worked at a Migrant Head Start Program for 3 years in Hamilton City, and was a part of The Touch Stone Program funded by Enloe Hospital for 4 years. Her professional performance ranged from Assistant Teacher to Teacher Supervisor. She enjoys working with children and families from diverse cultures. We feel honored having her as one of our amazing Maestras at MEM.

Maestra Yovanna

Maestra YovannaMaestra Yovanna Rivera is our Afternoon Abeja/Bumblebee Teacher and one of our bilingual teachers. She started being a part of MEM as a volunteer several years ago; her natural and wonderful skills in working with young children were quickly evident. Maestra Yovanna is graduating in May 2017 with her B.A. at C.S.U. Chico in Liberal studies with a minor in Child Development & Spanish. Yovanna’s love for children started since growing up, she was always surrounded by a lot of kids! She is a fun, caring and feels happy to be a part of MEM’s growing family.

Maestra Blanca

Maestra BlancaMaestra Blanca Reyes is Mi Escuelita Maya’s Mariposas/Butterflies Morning and Afternoon Teacher. She is also one of our bilingual teachers. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico and is one of our bilingual Maestras! Maestra Blanca has lived in Los Angeles, Yuba City and Chico, the latter for over 20 years. She completed her Child Development classes through Butte College. It has been wonderful to see Maestra Blanca grow with us from Teacher Assistant to our Mariposas teachers in 2016.

Maestra Jovanna


Maestra Jovanna Garcia  is our Morning Abeja/Bumblebee Teacher and our afternoon Teacher Assistant. She is also one of our bilingual teachers. Maestra Jovanna received her Bachelor's degree in Child Development from CSU Chico in 2016. Maestra Jovanna comes from a big family. One of her passions, is to work with children and families from different cultures. She was a volunteer at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church as a teacher assistant for the last five years. She also was part of the cave program at Chico State and has done multiple internships in pursuit of her B.A.

Maestra Alfa

Maestra Alfa Villaflor is our After-School Program Teacher and one of our bilingual teachers. She received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from C.S.U. Chico and her K-12 Multiple Subjects. CLAD Credential. Maestra Alfa taught 3rd and 5th grade in Orange County. She has also taught at The American School of Quito in Ecuador, where she became fluent in Spanish. Additionally, she taught English as a second language in Puerto Rico. In these settings, Maestra Alfa was fortunate to have been surrounded by an incredibly supportive and diverse group of leaders, learners, parents, and school personnel. She joined Mi Escuelita Maya in January 2016 as the After-School program coordinator.

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