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 in both first and third grade.


    Kristin is a native Arizonian who relocated to California three years ago. She is a mom to a wonderful 5 year old son who is starting kindergarten this year. 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 Site Supervisor 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 fourteen-year old and a seven-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 JESSICA - Jumpstart Teacher (Brown Room) & Lead afternoon teacher

    jessica.I@SADDLEBACKCHILDRENSCENTER.ORG


  • Miss Alicia - Jumpstart Aide (Orange Room)

    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.

  • Miss Melissa - Jumpstart aide (Brown room)

    This is Ms. Melissa’s first year working at Saddleback Children’s Center and she is thrilled to be working with the Jumpstart Program.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development at the University of California San Diego.  She has dedicated her life to working with children and families in a variety of settings.  She worked for the AmeriCorps, the Regional Center of Orange County and a several non-profits working with disabled children and their families.  She was also a swim coach and taught swimming lessons and truly loves being on, near and around the water.  She and her husband met in college, and have three kind, funny daughters who keep them busy.  When her oldest began preschool, she began volunteering in the classroom and found a passion for teaching young children.  Ms. Melissa feels that teaching young children is a gift and a blessing.  She is honored to be your children’s first teacher and so thankful that she was called to SCC!  She has worked as an Outdoor Teacher, a 3 and 4 year program teacher.  Ms. Melissa is currently taking Early Childhood Education classes to receive her AA in Child Development.


    Ms. Melissa enjoys reading and children’s literature and attending concerts and music festivals with her husband.  (Pre-covid, we miss live music so much!)  On the weekends you can find her and her family at the beach Kayaking and paddle boarding.  She and her family love camping and spend most summers camping in Mammoth, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite. 

3 - 4 Year-Old Classroom Communities

  •  - 3's Preschool teacher (blue room)


    Coming Soon!

  • 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 - Yellow room aide

    Coming soon!

  • Miss regina - Blue room aide

    Miss Regina recently graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Development. Before CSUF, she attended Saddleback college, where she received an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. This is where Miss Regina gained most of her preschool experience. During her time at Saddleback College, she was a preschool student teacher for 3-4 year olds. Miss Regina feels so blessed that she gets to be with an amazing group of 3-4 year olds at Saddleback Children’s Center.

Young 4's and Pre-Kindergarten Classroom Communities

  • miss katy - pre-k teacher (red 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 Audrey - RED Room Aide

    Miss Audrey is the assistant teacher in the Red Room! She recently graduated from the Multiple Subject Credential Program at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). Before this accomplishment, she obtained her Bachelor's of Science in Child and Adolescent Development with an emphasis on Elementary Education at CSUF. Miss Audrey has been working with children for about 7 years, and loves every second of it! Children bring so much joy to our world! 


    Miss Audrey is pleased to announce that she recently got engaged to her best friend and the love of her life! They plan to get married in May of 2023! Her wonderful fiancé brought her closer to God, and she thanks him every day! When Miss Audrey is not at school with your wonderful children, she enjoys going camping, hiking, and riding her bike on our neighboring nature trails; if you're out there, she might see you one day! Miss Audrey feels so blessed to have joined the SCC Family!

  • Miss Rhowena - AFTERNOON red ROOM AIDE

    Miss Rhowena is excited to be back another year to join SCC staff. 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 other state preschool programs 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. 


    Miss Rhowena is married with four children; three adult daughters and one teenage son. A few years ago, Miss Rhowena moved to Orange County with her family to help support her youngest daughter who was attending University of California Irvine, and is so proud to announce she has graduated as of June 2021. Outside of SCC she enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, cooking, playing board games, and visiting the beach!

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

    Cami.v@saddlebackchildrenscenter.org

    Miss Cami has been teaching Pre-K at Saddleback Children's Center for 4 years. She has 14 years of experience teaching preschool. She taught preschool here at SCC while attending college as well. Miss Cami received her Preschool Teaching Certificate and her AA in Child Development from Saddleback College. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Cal State Fullerton. 


    Miss Cami enjoys exploring in nature with her husband and children. She enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and camping.

  • Miss Mare - Purple Room Aide

    Miss Mare 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 Mare 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 Mare 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!

  • miss Marianne - afternoon aide

    Miss Marianne began studying child development at Santa Monica College and discovered her love of teaching young children. She has over 12 years experience in the field of teaching.  In 2014 she returned to school and became a licensed speech language pathology assistant. Miss Marianne went on to a career in special education and currently works in the field of autism behavior. She is so happy to get to come back to preschool in the afternoons! 


    Miss. Marianne is a long time RSM resident and has 3 “big kids ”Cayla 21, Derrick 20, and Sacha 18. She is an animal lover, enjoys holidays, likes to read by the pool, hike, bike, craft  and drink iced coffee. 

  • miss joelle - afternoon aide

    Miss Joelle (Joey) has decades of experience working with children of all ages and levels, ranging from preschool through high school. For the past 13 years she was with the district, assisting in the special needs program. After seeking a change, Miss Joelle ended up at this amazing school and she is so excited to be here! She feels truly blessed to be a part of the growth and care of your precious little ones in this special environment. 


    Miss Joelle is a long time, local resident and her three children grew up here; Madeleine-26, Margeaux-24, and Bear-21. Time seems to fly by quickly and Miss Joelle tries to make the most out of each moment. In her free time, she loves to hike trails with her dog (Tucker), do Pilates, see friends, and read. She is also working towards finishing her teaching credentials.