Our Staff

Our staff is required to hold credentials from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing. Staff members also participate in professional growth including continuing education, seminars and annual conferences in order to keep abreast of new developments in early childhood education and continue to provide a quality program for the children.


Our staff is carefully selected to provide a loving and nurturing Christian environment while stimulating the children academically and socially. All staff members are experienced, well-qualified, and knowledgeable in child development. Kindness and consideration are modeled in both words and behavior. Positive reinforcement is used to guide children and help them develop a strong self-esteem. 


All staff members are CPR & First Aid Certified.


Teacher/Child ratios are 1:8


Parent Teacher Conferences

We offer formal parent teacher conferences in October and May to review your child's growth and development.

Meet Our Preschool Staff Members

Administrative Team

  • Meagan Kraszewski, our Director, was born and raised in San Juan Capistrano. She attended Purdue University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Minor in Psychology. Meagan also met her husband, Kyle, at Purdue and upon graduating they moved out to Chicago where they lived for almost five years. One year before moving back to California, God surprised Meagan and Kyle with two blessings, twin girls. Meagan began her career in banking, but from the moment her children were brought into her life she has since been inspired to work with children as a profession as she is continually amazed at the world through the eyes of a child. Meagan went back to school to obtain an Associate of Science in Child Development from Saddleback College and currently holds a California Child Development Teaching Permit as a Program Director. For fun, she loves spending time with her family, being outdoors, drawing and just laughing.

  • Miss Kristin - Assistant Director

    Kristin.T@SADDLEBACKCHILDRENSCENTER.ORG

    Kristin Thomas is looking forward to a wonderful year at Saddleback Children's Center. She has always enjoyed young children, spending her teenage years babysitting children in her neighborhood and spending time in preschools during college. She received her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University. Kristin also earned her Master's degree from Northern Arizona University in Bilingual & Multicultural Education. She has taught in an elementary school setting for over ten years and is excited to rejoin the workforce after staying home with her son.


    Kristin is a native Arizonian who recently relocated to California with her wonderful husband, Brett and their young son. Their extremely affectionate puggle also came along for the ride. Together they enjoy hiking and spending time at the beach. 

  • MIss Kristina - Outdoor classroom specialist


    kristina.a@saddlebackchildrenscenter.org

    Miss Kristina is the Outdoor Classroom Specialist as well as the Fitness & Fun teacher at Saddleback Children's Center. She has been a part of the school since 2016. Kristina has been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2006, as an infant assistant at St. John's and worked her way up to become a teacher. She has her AA in Early Childhood Education, is Outdoor Classroom certified, and has her Master Teacher Permit. When she started in 2016, her love for the playground matched the love and passion for nature that the former director Carla had and together they worked hard to become an Outdoor Classroom demonstration site. Aside from being a teacher, Kristina is also a mom of two. She has a thirteen-year old and a six-year old. She is also a wife to her high school sweetheart.

Jumpstart Classroom Communities (2.5 - 3 year olds)

  • Miss Geneva - Jumpstart Teacher (OrANGE rOOM)

    Geneva.g@SADDLEBACKCHILDRENSCENTER.ORG

    Miss Geneva's journey in teaching started when she began working at Saddleback Children's Center as a volunteer and substitute. With that job, she discovered how much she enjoyed working with children.  After joining the Saddleback Children's Center as a teacher's aide, Miss Geneva began to enroll in CDE units at Saddleback College. Currently, she is working towards a Master Teacher Certificate. Miss Geneva believes that children learn best in a nurturing, child-initiated, play-based environment where they can grow mentally, emotionally, socially, and physically.


    Miss Geneva has a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona in 1996. She practiced as a landscape architect for 9 years at several firms prior to venturing into teaching while her youngest child was at SCC.


    Miss Geneva is a local resident of beautiful Rancho Santa Margarita and has lived with her husband and her two children here since 1998. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, and working out and staying healthy.

  • Miss gabby - Jumpstart Teacher (Brown Room)

    GABriena.h@SADDLEBACKCHILDRENSCENTER.ORG

    Miss Gabby is thrilled to be in the Brown Room! She has been caring for and guiding young children for much of her life, as the oldest of her parents' four children and also being older than 29 of her cousins! She began her professional early childhood career in 2015 at a YMCA afterschool care program, and also has previous preschool experience from a Montessori school. In May of 2019, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration at Purdue University Global. 


    When not at SCC, Miss Gabby enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband. Together they like to go out and explore - some favorite destinations are zoos, theme parks, the beach, lakes, and Disneyland. They also enjoy relaxing at home with their two pets: a ragdoll cat named Nifty, and a boa constrictor imperator named JoJo (YoYo). Her faith in Jesus is most important to her; Ms. Gabby s looking forward to sharing God's love and joy with SCC students. 

  • Miss Alicia - Jumpstart Aide (Orange & Brown)

    Miss Alicia studied Early Child Development at Riverside Community College and at Saddleback College. She says that working at Saddleback Children's Center for the last 4 years has been a true blessing! Words cannot express how thankful she is to be working with an amazing staff.


    Outside of SCC, Miss Alicia has 3 beautiful kids: Joshua 20, Alyssa 15 & Vanessa 14. She was blessed to be a stay-at-home mom for some time. She loves cooking and baking and enjoys running and working out at the gym.

3 - 4 Year-Old Classroom Communities

  • MISS Ligia - 3's Preschool teacher (blue room)

    ligia.g@saddlebackchildrenscenter.org

    Miss Ligia has been working at Saddleback Children's Center since 2014. She considers teaching preschool to be a great blessing and passion. Witnessing the amazing brain development that happens in early childhood always fills her with wonder and reverence. 


    Miss Ligia believes that children discover their talents and interests and learn best when they are engaged in rich play. Her goal is to create a loving learning environment and to involve young children in activities that increase their language development, cognitive skills, and love of school. Also, not in the least, she finds it an incredible blessing to be able to share God's message of love and grace with the children!


    Miss Ligia has an Early Childhood Teacher Certificate from Saddleback Community College and a California Child Development Teacher Permit. She also has a BS in Computer Science earned in Romania. Miss Ligia lives in Laguna Niguel with her husband and mom. She has a wonderful grown daughter who lives in Phoenix. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling. She loves nature, animals, and science. 

  • MISS LINDA - 3's PRESCHOOL TEACHER (Yellow Room)

    Linda.B@saddlebackchildrenscenter.org

    Miss Linda is currently a teacher in the Yellow Room with the 3-4 year-olds. First and foremost, her passion is truly teaching and she looks forward to every day she gets to spend at Saddleback Children's Center. This will be her fourteenth year at this school and she has worked with four-year-olds, three-year-olds, and two-year-olds! She has an Associate of Arts degree and has completed the Early Childhood Development courses at Irvine Valley College to receive her teaching credential. She has also taught Sunday School for over thirteen years with two-year-olds, so you can see where her heart lies! Prior to working at the school, she and her husband had their own business for 35 years.


    Miss Linda has been married for 51 years and is the proud Mother of two beautiful daughters, and has six wonderful grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, reading, drawing, sewing, cross-stitching, playing the piano, gardening, going to the beach, and spending time with her grandchildren. She believes that teaching is an incredibly important profession and feels very blessed to be a part of it.

  • Miss MAry - blue & Yellow room floating aide

    Coming soon!

Young 4's and Pre-Kindergarten Classroom Communities

  • miss katy - pre-k teacher (big Room)

    katy.b@saddlebackchildrenscenter.org

    Miss Katy is the teacher in the 4 year old pre-k class. She has been teaching for 17 years and has her degree in Early Childhood Education. 


    After growing up in Washington state and living overseas, Miss Katy moved to California 9 years ago and met her husband here. They moved to Aliso Viejo last year and love living close to the ocean with  their dog.


    Miss Katy feels so fortunate to be learning alongside your children, at a school that embraces the outdoors and encourages a love for life long learning!

  • Miss caylie - big Room Aide

    Miss Caylie is a full time student studying to be an elementary school teacher and is currently in the process of studying to get her preschool teaching certificate as well! Miss Caylie volunteers at her church weekly in the twos and threes class and loves the early preschool age!


    When Miss Caylie is not at SCC or studying, she enjoys going to the beach, camping, fishing, hiking, road-trips and traveling, and hanging out with her pup!

  • Miss Rhowena - AFTERNOON BIG ROOM AIDE

    Miss Rhowena is excited to be in the Big room! She started her journey as an early childhood educator as a family childcare provider when her youngest daughter started kindergarten to help serve families. Over the years, she worked with Riverside County of Education as a substitute instructional aide in the Head Start and Early Head Start programs and also the state preschools at other sites. She has a bachelor's degree in Child Development from Ashford University in San Diego and obtained her child development Teacher's Permit. 


    A few years ago, Miss Rhowena moved to Orange County with her family to help support her daughter who is attending University of California Irvine, and outside of SCC she enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, cooking, and visiting the beach. Miss Rhowena has four kids: daughters, Magenta 26, Sienna 24, Miranda 22, and son, Jayden 12.

  • Miss Cami - Pre-K Teacher (Purple Room) 

    Cami.v@saddlebackchildrenscenter.org

    Miss Cami has been teaching preschool for 11 years. She taught Pre-K while attending Saddleback College, where she received her Preschool Teaching Certificate and her AA in Child Development. She also attended Cal State Fullerton, where she received her Bachelor's. Miss Cami is excited to be back at SCC teaching Pre-K after being home with her children. 


    When not in the classroom, Miss Cami enjoys exploring new places and museums with her husband and children, going to the beach, camping, and reading. 

  • Miss Marianne - Purple & Green Room Floating Aide

    Miss Marianne is a wife and mother of two teenagers. Her family is involved in 4H and has LOTS of animals; goats, rabbits, chickens, and dogs. In the summer of 2018, Miss Marianne received an email looking for a preschool teacher at a Christian school, and thought "That's my dream job!" She didn't have any ECE credits, so she promptly enrolled at Saddleback College so that she could be here!


    Miss Marianne is the Children's Ministry Leader at her church and has taught Sunday School, mid-week studies and VBS. She has been a girl scout leader and has run summer camp at her Equestrian Vaulting Club. She loves helping children grow into kind followers of Jesus.  

Junior Kindergarten Classroom Community

  • Miss Marie - JK Teacher (Green Room)

    Marie.P@saddlebackchildrenscenter.org

    Ms. Marie feels blessed to be the Junior Kindergarten teacher at Saddleback Children’s Center. She has been in early education for 13 years and has her Associate of Science Degree in Child Development from Saddleback College and a California Child Development Master Teacher Permit. Ms. Marie lives with her wonderful husband and their beautiful daughter, Kiersten.  


    She spends her free time with her family, but she also enjoys refurbishing old furniture, garage sale shopping, eating, running and reading. Ms. Marie feels honored and very excited to be part of your child’s learning journey!

  • AFTERNOON Green Room Aide

    Coming soon!