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Our Teachers

All are CPR/First Aid certified and have at least 12 ECE’s with all holding or working toward a CDE Permit.

Ms. Deidre

Ms. Deidre has been in preschools since 2006. She has a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Development from the University of Phoenix and holds a Child Development Program Director Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  She is dedicated to providing an opportunity for all children to build a good foundation on which they can build a successful educational career and move on to be
successful, productive adults. 

Ms. Cecilia

Ms. Cecilia holds a BA in Sociology from USC and a Master Teacher/ Site Supervisor Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Cecilia spent the last seven years working in the field of Early Childhood Development as a Pre-K teacher with private schools and the Redondo Beach Union School District. She is passionate about creating a fun, nurturing environment for children to learn. She firmly believes that all children can enter kindergarten with a love for learning and a readiness to thrive if given the right environment and curriculum in Preschool.

Ms. Stacie

Ms. Stacie is the lead teacher in the State Preschool Program (Butterflies) as well as our back up Site Supervisor. Her “passion is to teach young children something new so they will become future leaders.” She has been working in the childcare field for over 15 years and has been with Fun Ship since June 2015. She has an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and holds a Site Supervisor Permit from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. She is a single mom of a 22 year old and likes to shop, watch movies, and go to San Diego on the weekends

Ms. Martha 

Ms. Martha is the lead teacher in the Caterpillar room and holds an Associate Teacher Permit from the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Her primary responsibility is with the three year olds but she oversees the workings of the entire classroom to make sure that everyone is learning and progressing. 

Before she came to Fun Ship in early 2016, she was at another preschool in Harbor City for 20 years where she was the head teacher for the entire school. When that school closed down, Fun Ship was lucky to get her! She is a wonderful teacher and has a kind, calming demeanor which children love. Ms. Martha was born in Cuba and immigrated with her family to the US in 1972. She has lived in Hawthorne with her husband since 1983 and they have three grown children and are legal guardians for two nieces. In her spare time she likes to go hiking with the family.

Ms. Anna

Ms. Anna started working for Fun Ship in February 2012 and is our amazing two year old teacher! Ms. Anna holds a Teacher permit from the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing and has 30 units of Early Childhood Education as well as other general education credits. She has two children and is originally from Belize although she has been in the US since she was a baby. When she’s not at Fun Ship, she is driving her children to their various activities including her son’s marching band events.

Ms. M (Martha)

Ms. M (Martha) teaches the four year olds in the Caterpillar room and has been with Fun Ship since October 2016. She holds a Certificate of Course Completion in Child Care from SCROC and has 24 units of Early Childhood Education, including psychology courses. She has been working in the field of education since 2001 and most recently was substituting for the Lennox School District.

Ms. Marilyn

Ms. Marilyn has been with Fun Ship since April 2016 and helps whomever and wherever she is needed. Her responsibilities are mostly in the office, making sure that all of the paperwork is in order and taking care of the daily menus. When she isn’t in the office, helps in the classroom and makes sure teachers get their breaks. 

 She has an Associates of Arts degree from El Camino College in Early Childhood Education and an Associate Teacher Permit. She has 33 Early Childhood Education units and 62 overall. When not at Fun Ship, Ms. Marilyn cares for her parents, has three grown children, four grandchildren, and likes to read good books and shop in her spare time.

Ms. Shanti 

Ms. Shanti was born in the Fiji islands and won the lottery for a work visa in this country; she has been here since March 2017. She has worked in early childhood education for 18 years and loves to watch how children at an early stage are learning new things at such a rapid pace. “As teachers, we help them adapt and grow into responsible, respectful, and intellectually curious human beings.” She wants to help all children develop in all key learning areas of abilities with their own unique personality. 

Ms. Stephanie

Ms. Stephanie has been teaching preschoolers for 8 years. This is her first year at Fun Ship and she is excited to make this her best year ever! “I am thankful for the opportunity to work in a nurturing, loving environment where children can learn and experience new challenges that will help build their confidence. 

"I look forward to continued success and new discoveries with the amazing team of teachers at Fun Ship.”

Ms. Carol

Ms. Carol is our substitute teacher and helps out in every classroom when the regular teachers are absent. She is retired from a full career of teaching preschool and is filling her retirement with helping us whenever she can. She is an active member of a Luau dance group and regularly performs in the area as well as at competitions in Las Vegas.
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