Meet Our Staff

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Mrs. Thalia Duran – Director

Welcome!My name is Thalia Duran and I have worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for 16 years. I have been given the amazing opportunity to be the Director here at Loving Savior Preschool. I have the best job in the world because I get to be part of, what I believe to be, one of the most important developmental stages of a child’s life. Seeing the excitement of a child when they can do something for the first time like building a tower, writing the first letter in their name or being able to ride a tricycle all by themselves is simply put, priceless. I am looking forward to working with the Staff at Loving Savior where we will continue to strive for excellence, respect one another, and embrace diversity as we continue to build a foundation where Jesus Christ is the center off all life’s accomplishments.

“All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace.”
– Isaiah 54:13

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MicheleMrs. Michele Cavazos – Office Administrator
Hello, my name is Michele Cavazos. I have been the preschool secretary at Loving Savior since 2011, but I have been working with children and their families in the early childhood education field for the past 28 years. I enjoy working here at Loving Savior Preschool with the staff & the children. I believe family is one of the most important part of our lives and I am blessed to be working here helping mommies & daddies with their most precious gifts from God. If you have questions or need help with anything, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

 

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JessicaMs. Jessica Chou – Administrative Assistant
Hello, I am Miss Jessica and I have been serving at Loving Savior since 2009. I like to think of myself as the gypsy of Loving Savior; I go where I am needed. You can find me in the office, classroom, kitchen and playground. I attended Cal State Fullerton and have a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Studies. I enjoy watching our students grow intellectually and spiritually every day. I am blessed to be part of a close and loving family which includes my parents, my brother and my grandma. I enjoy expressing myself creatively, so I enjoy doing crafts. (Check out the bulletin board in our office.) I also enjoy traveling to new places, experiencing new cultures and trying different cuisines. The guiding principle of my life is, always be grateful, kind, humble and loving.

 

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HelenMs. Helen Ramirez – Teacher – Elephant Class (2 yr. olds)
Hi, my name is Helen Ramirez. I have worked at Loving Savior since 2013. I am currently attending college and pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. I love getting to know all the children and helping them grow as they learn new things. I am excited to be working with our littlest ones. Having grown up with four brothers and four sisters, I realize how important a supportive family is to a child’s development. When I am not working or studying, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and attending church.

 

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LisaMs. Lisa Ramirez – Teacher – Caterpillar Class (Young 3 yr. olds)
My name is Lisa Ramirez. I have been teaching at Loving Savior since 2007 and have been blessed to work with all different ages of children. I have an A.S degree in Early Childhood Education from Mount San Antonio College and a Teacher’s Permit from the State of California. My favorite part of teaching is watching young minds learn by experiencing new things. It is very exciting to see my students grow and develop throughout the year and help coach them along the way. On a personal level, I am blessed to be the mother of my beautiful 13 year old daughter who attends Loving Savior. I enjoy spending my spare time reading and enjoying time with my family.

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TerryMrs. Terry Garton – Teacher – Butterfly Class (3/4 yr. olds)
Hi! My name is Terry Garton and I am blessed to be teaching in the three year old class known as the “Butterfly” class. I received my education in the early childhood field from Citrus College, Mount San Antonio College and Cal State Fullerton. I have been teaching at Loving Savior since 2006, but have been working in the early childhood education field for 30 years. I love the challenge of each day and the new learning experiences I am able to share with my students. Most importantly, I love sharing God’s word with all of the wonderful children and families I have met over the years. On a personal note, my husband and I have been married for 40 years; have three beautiful daughters and six adorable grandchildren. In my free time I enjoy reading and relaxing with my family.

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TerryMrs. Lauren Ramos – Teacher – Butterfly Class (3/4 yr. olds)
Hello, my name is Lauren Ramos and I’m very excited to be returning to Loving Savior as a teacher in the Butterfly class this year. This will be my third year at Loving Savior, with a year in between to stay home and care for my youngest child. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Studies from Cal State Fullerton. I’m looking forward to a fun year of teaching and guiding our 3/4 year olds, and watching them grow intellectually, socially, and spiritually. I have been married to my husband, Ricky, for eleven years. We are extremely blessed to have three beautiful children, Nicholas, Joseph, and Lucy. My spare time is spent soaking in every moment I can with each one of them.

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LoriMrs. Lori Kunzi – Teacher – Jaguar Class (Pre-Kindergarten)
Hi, my name is Mrs. Lori and I am a teacher in the Pre-Kindergarten room known as the “Jaguar” class. I have been teaching at Loving Savior since 2002 and love helping to prepare children for their transition into kindergarten. The Lord has amazing plans for each of our students and I love watching them develop and grow throughout the year. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona, but discovered after many years in corporate management that working with children is my God-given mission and much more fun than working with grown-ups!! I have lived in Chino Hills since 1990 with my husband, Ron and my daughter, Megan. When I am not at work, I love hanging out with my family and attending all types of sporting events.

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AmandaMrs. Amanda De Ville – Teacher – Jaguar Class (Pre-Kindergarten)
My name is Amanda De Ville and I am blessed to be a teacher in the “Jaguar” Pre-Kindergarten class. I have been at Loving Savior since 2007. Teaching is my passion and I especially enjoy preschool age children. Helping them adapt to school and develop a love of learning is exciting. My husband Eddie and I became the proud parents of our son Payton in 2013, and we are awaiting the birth of our second child in April of 2016. My family and I love everything Disney, ice hockey, soccer and spending time together as a family.

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BelindaMrs. Belinda Clark Miller – Teacher – Tiger Class (Pre-Kindergarten)
My name is Belinda Miller and I have been blessed to teach at Loving Savior since 1995. I have worked with children at all age levels and enjoy watching them reach each of their developmental milestones. I am currently a teacher in our Pre-Kindergarten class known as the, “Tiger Class.” I enjoy teaching children new concepts by helping them see the world around them in new ways. I am blessed every time I see the “lightbulb” come on as my students make new connections and expand their knowledge. My family is an important part of my life. I am blessed to share my life with my husband LaMarrr, our four sons, one daughter and three grandchildren. In my free time I enjoy going to the movies, walking, watching football and basketball, and spending time with my family.

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VeronicaMrs. Veronica Moore – Teacher – Tiger Class (Pre-Kindergarten)
My name is Veronica Moore and I am excited to be teaching in the Tiger class this year. I have been at Loving Savior since 2002 and have been blessed to work with all the age groups of children we serve. I love watching children grow and enjoy cheering them on as they reach each new milestone in their lives. I am currently finishing classes for my degree in child development. In addition to teaching, I also own and operate a cake decorating business and am a Pampered Chef consultant. I am blessed to be part of a very loving and supportive family which includes my amazing husband, our five beautiful girls and my sweet grandbaby girl. I look forward to a great year with my students.

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NoraMrs. Nora Reyes – Teacher – Dolphin Class (Pre-Kindergarten)
My name is Nora Reyes and I am blessed to serve in the Pre-Kindergarten class known as the “Dolphin Class.” I have been teaching at Loving Savior since 2001. It gives me great pleasure to help my students get ready for kindergarten by helping them grow academically and socially, as well as, teaching them about Jesus and His great love for them. I am also involved in my own church and enjoy teaching Sunday school and Bible study classes. I have been married to my husband Ernie for 31 years. We have a wonderful daughter, Mariaelena who is married to our great son-in-law and they have given us three beautiful grandsons: Daniel, Adam and Caleb. I count my family and my faith as my greatest blessings in life.

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SusieMrs. Susie Roth – Teacher – Dolphin Class (Pre-Kindergarten)
My name is Susie Roth and I have had the pleasure of teaching at Loving Savior since 2006. Currently, I am a teacher in the Pre-Kindergarten class known as the “Dolphin Class.” I enjoy helping children learn new skills that will help them on their educational journey. I love living in the local community where I am blessed to stay in contact with my previous students. I have been married to my husband Karl for 22 years and am the mother to 2 grown children, Kyle and Kelly. In my free time I enjoy, knitting, crocheting, reading, scrapbooking, spending time with my family and taking weekend trips.

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JenniferMrs. Jennifer Avellaneda – Teacher- Owl Class (Transitional Kindergarten)
Hello! My name is Jennifer Avellaneda. I have had the pleasure of teaching at Loving Savior since 2001. Prior to my time at Loving Savior, I studied Child Development and Liberal Arts. I believe every child needs structure to learn and develop while still enjoying classroom activities. My goal is to prepare your child for the transition to kindergarten. I enjoy being the mom to two lovely boys! I look forward to a great year and welcome you to the TK family. God’s Blessings!

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EileenMrs. Eileen Keller – Teacher – Owl Class (Transitional Kindergarten))
Hello! My name is Eileen Keller. I have been blessed to have been teaching at Loving Savior since August 2005. My experience in education includes being an Assistant Director, ESL tutor, and educator as well as teaching catechism to those preparing for first communion or confirmation. I hold a California Master Teacher Permit and am continuing my education to pursue a degree in Sociology, BSW. I believe that if you teach with loving guidance, patience, and a bit of laughter, children learn to love school and grow to be successful and independent individuals. I look forward to our year in Transitional Kindergarten and the special memories I will share with my Loving Savior families. May the Lord bless you one and all.

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Melissa

Mrs. Melissa Winans – Assistant Teacher/Afternoon Daycare

 

 

 

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Mrs. Natalie Gaglio – Substitute Teacher
Hello. My name is Natalie and I am the teacher assistant working with children in our afternoon program. I graduated from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa with an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood. I have been working with children for over 9 years with 4 of those years at Loving Savior Preschool. I’ve been married for 15 years and have a 12-year old daughter. I feel blessed being able to work at Loving Savior with all of the wonderful children in our afternoon program.

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LoidaMrs. Loida Iraheta – Assistant Teacher
Hello, my name is Loida Iraheta. I joined the staff at Loving Savior in 2015, but prior to that I worked in the early childhood field for over 10 years. Young children need to be loved and nurtured as we help guide them on what is often their first school experience. By teaching them positive social skills as young children, they will grow up to be caring and committed citizens as adults. I also want to plant a love for the Lord in the hearts of my students so they may experience His love and grace in their lives. I have been married for 23 years. My husband and I are the proud parents of our 21 year old daughter who is living in Texas after graduating from college. Gardening and cooking are activities I enjoy doing when I am not at work.

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Mrs. Esther Holzmeister – Substitute Teacher

Meet Our Classes

Click on the picture of the class to see a schedule of what a regular day looks like. 

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 Elephants

Room B13

Ms. Helen

Ms. Melissa

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Caterpillars

Caterpillars

Room B13

Ms. Lisa

Ms. Melissa

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Butterflies

Room A15

Mrs. Terry

Mrs. Lauren

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Room A14

Mrs. Lori

Mrs. Amanda

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Room A16

Mrs. Belinda

Mrs. Veronica
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Room A18

Mrs. Nora

Mrs. Susie

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Room A17

Mrs. Avellaneda

Mrs. Keller