San Marino Congregational Preschool

Our Staff

The director of the San Marino Congregational Preschool, Janet BeaulieuThe director of our school is Ms. Janet Beaulieu. She holds a national directors credential from Nation-Louis University. She was an experienced director of preschool programs before joining our school. She has been a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children since 1994     and currently serves as President of the Church Related Early Childhood Education Fellowship.

Avelinda StewartThe Assistant Director and Lead Preschool Teacher in the PreK class is Ms. Avelinda Stewart. Ms. Stewart has been teaching at SMCCPS for thirty years. She has her Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and is a much sought after mentor teacher to students at the various community colleges.

Ms. Phyllis Meacham leads our 3 yr. old class and Ms Vanessa Gallardo leads our 2 yr. old class.  Their assistants are also teacher qualified.

Our entire staff exceed the minimum requirements set by the state of California. Each one has CPR and first aid certification for adults, infants and children and are fingerprinted as required by law.

Our staff are also regular attendees at various workshops, conferences and seminars to keep current on all child development information.

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We are writing to describe our experience as part of the San Marino Congregational Church Preschool for the past three years. Our son started at the school when he was less than three years old. He is now almost six, as well as prepared and ready for kindergarten.

The school is a friendly, small preschool where the teaching staff knows everyone of the students. It has a dedicated and experienced group of teachers. Our pre-K teacher is Ms. Avelinda. We would simply summarize the experience for our son in one word – fun. He really wants to go to school everyday – to meet caring teachers, to participate in various activities, to play with other kids and to have fun.

We believe that the school has created a fun environment for our son to play and discover through daily and normal activities – indoors, outdoors and field trips. Its teaching focuses on hands-on exploration and allowing curiosity to be the essence of the student’s development. It also emphasizes a high level of involvement by the parents. We have been “summoned” to participate in many activities arranged by the school.

A small school/class environment, a dedicated and experience group of teachers, a strong involvement from the parents and a learning environment that is fun and age-appropriate have helped our son to develop and grow well, socially and emotionally.

Our entire family has enjoyed being part of the San Marino Congregational Church Preschool. And we also have a lot of fun. Lastly, we will miss Ms. Avelinda for her great teaching.” - Sophie King


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