Mi Escuelita Maya Preschool Teachers

Maestra Maria

Maestra MariaOur Licensee, Owner, and Program Director is Maria Trenda. Maestra Maria is a college-educated businesswoman originally from Mexico. Maestra 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. Maestra Maria taught Spanish for several years at “Blue Oak Charter School”, our local Waldorf approach school. In addition Maestra 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. Maestra Maria is one of our Lead Teachers as well as one of the Performing Arts instructors.

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, and one of our Lead Teachers as well as one of the Performing Arts instructors. 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 Blanca

Maestra BlancaMaestra Blanca Reyes 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. Maestra Blanca is a much loved teacher, she loves working with children, is very artistic and loves to cook. It has been wonderful to have Maestra Blanca grow with us at MEM.

Maestra Melissa

Hi everyone, my name is Maestra Meli. I have the pleasure to be part of MEM for over 9 years now. I have been working with children since I was 18 years old. I have an AS degree in Social and Behavioral Studies and Child Development and Families Certification. I’m a also a mother to two boys, Benjamin and Roberto. I’m bilingual in English and Spanish. I’m originally from Watsonville,  but have lived in Paradise and Chico for over 15 years now. I love being part of the MEM family and look forward to meeting your little ones this school year.

Maestra Jazmen

Hello! My name is Jazmen. I am from the Bay Area and come from a family of 6 siblings. I am the second youngest in my family and the first to graduate college. My current hobbies are reading, mainly romance, and I also enjoy reading manga, which are Japanese comics. Additionally, I play dungeons & dragons with my friends. I picked up crocheting last year and although I am still a beginner, I enjoy making stuffed animals or pot holders. Last year, my boyfriend and I decided to elope in Las Vegas. We have two cats who are siblings that we adopted last year. 

As for my education, I graduated in 2017 with my AA in child development from my community college. During my time there, I took some infant courses and became infant qualified. I also worked at my community college’s infant room for a year. I decided to pursue higher education and graduated from Chico State in 2019 with my bachelors degree in Child Development. During my time there I gained a lot of work experience, I interned at various preschools and gained experience working with various age groups, I worked at the Chico Children’s Museum in downtown Chico and most recently I have worked at Little Discoveries Preschool for 3 years, working closely with children whose ages range from 3-4 year olds.

I am excited to join the family at Mi Escuelita Maya.

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