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 Site Supervisor. 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. 

Jumpstart Classroom Communities (21/2 - 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 Ligia - Jumpstart Teacher (Brown Room)

    Ligia.G@SADDLEBACKCHILDRENSCENTER.ORG

    Miss Ligia considers it a great blessing and honor to be part of the education process and care of precious children. This is her passion and she is always looking forward to a fun time supporting children to discover their talents and interests through play and engaging activities. One thing that always fills her with wonder and reverence is the amazing amount of growth that the little ones are experiencing in front of her eyes. Also, not in the least, she finds it an incredible blessing to share God's message of love and grace with them! 


    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 her 92 year old mom. She has a wonderful daughter, Diana, who lives in Phoenix, AZ and recently got married. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and travelling. She loves nature, animals, and science.

  • 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 19, Alyssa 15, and 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 KRISTINA - Young 3's TEACHER (BLUE ROOM)

    & OUTDOOR CLASSROOM SPECIALIST

    kristina.A@saddlebackchildrenscenter.org

    Miss Kristina began working with children in 2006 in an after school program. She began taking Child Development classes at Santa Ana College. In 2007 she had her first child, Alyssa, and began working as an assistant in the infant class. She later received her Associate of Arts in Child Development and became an infant teacher. In 2013 she had her son Levi. She later realized that she wanted to get experience working with other ages and decided to work at Saddleback Children's Center. 


    Aside from being a mom, wife, and teacher's aide, Miss Kristina loves being outdoors running. She loves being able to watch children grow and know that she is able to make a different in their lives.

  • Miss Kailey - Blue room aide

    Miss Kailey is looking forward to this school year and is very excited to be with everyone in the blue room. She has been working with children since high school, starting with afterschool care, interning at preschools, and nannying. Working with children is her passion. She is also passionate about Disney and Disneyland. Miss Kailey just celebrated her one year wedding anniversary with her high school sweetheart and they live together with their three cats; Marie, Serafina, and Yui. She believes in living each day with childhood wonder.  

  • 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 eleventh 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 Gabby - Yellow Room Aide/Afternoon Staff

    Miss Gabby is thrilled to be joining Ms. Linda in the Yellow 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 is looking forward to sharing God's love and joy with SCC students. 

Young 4's and Pre-Kindergarten Classroom Communities

  • Miss Valerie - Young 4's Teacher (Red Room)

    Miss Valerie was born and raised in the OC. She has always wanted to teach since she was a little girl, as she grew up across the street from an elementary school. She received her Bachelor's in Child Development from CSUF and has been teaching for 27 years. Miss Valerie is so excited to join SCC and be a part of a great team. As her Dad told her growing up, "If you love your job, you will never work a day in your life." That has followed her all through her career.


    Miss Valerie has four grown children and three grandbabies. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, camping, days at the beach, and country music. She loves anything and everything outside in nature. Miss Valerie loves what she does and everyday is a blessed one. God is good.  

  • Miss Michelle - Red Room Aide

    Ms. Michelle began working with children when she was in high school, discovered what a joy it is, and has never looked back. She got an AA degree from Orange Coast College and then received her Bachelor's degree from Cal State Long Beach in Human Development with an emphasis in Child Development and Family Studies. Ms. Michelle also has a California Child Development Permit. She feels very thankful and blessed to be a part of SCC!


    Ms. Michelle has been married to her wonderful husband, Paul, for almost ten years and they have two young children, Ryan and Zoey. In her free time, Ms. Michelle enjoys reading, kayaking, going to the beach, and spending quality time with her family. 

  • Miss Cami - Pre-K Teacher (Purple Room) & Extended Day Staff

    Cami.v@saddlebackchildrenscenter.org

    Miss Cami has been teaching preschool for ten 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 Room Aide & 

    Extended Day Staff

    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.  

  • Miss Dana - Pre-K Teacher (TUrquoise Room)

    dana.g@saddlebackchildrenscenter.org

    Miss Dana is so excited to be working at this amazing school. She has been in the early childhood field for 25+ years, working primarily in the public school system. Happily, she is back to her favorite place, in the classroom with little people each day and she feels blessed beyond measure. 


    Miss Dana was born and raised in Kansas and still calls it "home." She has been married for 28 years and has two boys. Kyle is 26 and is a LA Co. firefighter. Nathan is 21, works for Vans Shoes and goes to Saddleback College. Miss Dana has two little dogs, Molly and Chloe, added to the mix. God has blessed her greatly with this motley crew! They have lived in Mission Viejo for 25 years. 


    Miss Dana considers being a teacher to young children a huge honor, and thanks you. She knows that they grow up fast and that each day is important.

  • Miss Rachel - Turquoise Room Aide & 

    Morning Floating AIde

    Miss Rachel is from Trabuco Canyon and currently resides in Rancho Santa Margarita with her husband and two children. She is currently going to school for a degree in Early Childhood Education. She feels so blessed to be a part of Saddleback Children’s Center and to be able to get to know and work with all of your children!


    Outside of work she loves to spend time with her family doing anything outdoors or going to Disneyland!

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 DIANE - FULL DAY PROGRAM Lead TEACHER &

    Green Room Aide

    Miss Diane is extremely excited to be a part of Saddleback Children's Center and it's remarkable staff. She works with Ms. Marie in the Junior Kindergarten class and as the Lead Teacher in the afternoon for the Full Day Program. She has been at Saddleback Children's Center for 11 years and she absolutely loves it.


    Outside of school, Miss Diane loves to work out every chance she gets. She also loves going to dinner with family and friends. She has an awesome son, Ryan who recently graduated from college in San Francisco. She is looking forward to another exciting and fun year!

Afternoon Staff

  • Miss Lisa - Afternoon Assistant Teacher

    Lisa was born and raised in Pasadena, California. She and her husband and two children moved to Orange County in 2001. Her son is starting his senior year at Chapman University and her daughter just graduated from high school. Lisa received her Associate of Science in Child Development and spent many years volunteering for her children’s school. She works at a special education preschool in the morning and the afternoon at Saddleback Children’s Center. She loves helping the children learn and enjoys watching them grow as they navigate their world. Lisa loves travel, reading, going to the beach, music, coffee and spending time with family and friends. 

  • Miss Tayler - Afternoon Assistant Teacher

    Miss Tayler recently graduated from California State University Fullerton this year with her Bachelor's Degree in Child and Adolescent Development. She is excited to be a part of the SCC family. She also looks forward to assisting the children and teachers in the Outdoor Classroom during the afternoon. 


    During her free time, Miss Tayler loves to go frequently to Disneyland and travel with her friends and family. If Miss Tayler could not be found at home, she could also be found shopping.