SOPHIE ROBERTSON

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Hello! I arrived at Westwood Presbyterian Church Preschool as director seven years ago and came via a private preschool in Venice. I have worked in education for 20 years, teaching preschool to high school, working as an administrator of arts education programs in public schools with a period time in arts marketing and promotion at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and UCLA. It is a great privilege to be guiding WPC Preschool as we continue to serve the families on the Westside and honor the mission of the church. I love what I do every day, working with the children, teachers, parents, church staff and the extended community. I passionately believe that every child deserves an excellent preschool experience and make including children of all backgrounds, faiths, cultures and abilities a priority for our school. Having diversity and embracing our differences is what brings us closer as a community and will ensure that our children grow into responsible, thoughtful, compassionate citizens. 

LYNDA PARK

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Hi, my name is Lynda and I’ve been working in early childhood education for over 15 years. I have my Associate's Degree from SMC and Preschool Director certificate from UCLA. I love to continue to expand my education at UCLA Extension Program. I recently got married and I have a 12-year-old daughter. She will be starting 6th grade at Village School in Pacific Palisades. We have our wonderful dog named Bailey. She will be 3 in October. We enjoy family time at the movies, fishing, and traveling. I’m so blessed to be part of this wonderful school and I look forward to a great year.

Room 1

  • Lulu

    My name is Lourdes Ramirez but my friends call me Lulu. I am married and have been blessed with two wonderful children. My daughter Marissa is 17 and my son Johnathon is 18. I have been working in early education for over twenty years. Teaching is my passion. I feel very fortunate to have experience in working with infants through school-aged children. I have a Child Development Certificate, Pre-School Teacher Associate Certificate, Commission on Teacher Credentialing Permit, and thirty-five child development units through Santa Monica College. My interests include bike riding, hiking, gardening and spending time with my family. I am excited and looking forward to having the opportunity to watch the children grow and learn in the upcoming year. This is my fourth year here at WPC Preschool and I feel very thankful to have found such an amazing place to teach and to be part of this community!

  • tina

    Hi I’m Tina, born in Iran raised in Los Angeles, I was only 3 years old when my family moved to America. I am forever grateful to my parents for braving a 15+hour flight with a toddler! I received my undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles. I have dedicated the past 6 years to the field of early childhood education; with previous experience as an Applied Behavior Analyst working one-on-one supporting children with autism and related developmental delays. I continue to live my passion every day assisting children in reaching their full potential and believe all children have gifts and choose to open them at their own pace. 

     

  • zeke

    Hi, my name is Zeke and I’ve been working in early childhood education for over twelve years. I have Certificates of Achievement as a Preschool Teacher, as well as a Preschool Director from Pierce College. I am excited to be continuing my educational experience at Pacific Oaks College. This is my third year teaching at WPCP. My wife and I have two children. Our daughter Lucy is in her second year at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and our son Cole is in 10th grade at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). We also have a third “child” who is an important part of our family: an eleven year old labradoodle named Daisy. We love our time together as a family and count each day as a blessing. Thank you for the opportunity to be your child’s teacher. I look forward to our upcoming school year together!

     

Room 2

  • bertha

    Hello everyone! My name is Bertha Juarez. I was born in Veracruz, Mexico and have been living in Los Angeles for about 18 years. I am happily married and I am also a new mom. My husband and I feel beyond blessed to venture into parenthood and enjoy our daughter Mila, who, by the way, is a super busy toddler. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends but especially learning alongside my baby girl.This will be my sixth year teaching at Westwood Pres. I've obtained an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as an Associates in Social and Behavioral Sciences. I began as a student teacher and was beyond ecstatic to join the teaching team. I've been fortunate to co-teach along side several experienced teachers and with different age groups. I will be a Room 2 teacher as well as part of the extended day program. I am very excited for a new school year and for all the wonderful children with whom I will get to learn and grow. 

     

  • irma

    Hello, my name is Irma. I am a native of El Salvador and have been living in Los Angeles since 1980. I have been a preschool teacher at WPC Preschool since 1991 having received my AA degree in Child Development at Los Angeles City College. In my free time I enjoy going to the movies, reading, taking long walks and hiking.

  • genesis

    Hello everyone! My name is Genesis and this is my third year at WPCP. I obtained my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Development in 2016 and have continued my education towards obtaining my bachelors degree. Children have always brought me so much joy and I look forward to exploring the world with them. During my free time I like to spend time studying, working out, and bike riding alongside my dog, Baby.

     

Room 3

  • Kiara

    My name is Kiara Echeverria. I’ve been working with children for about 6 years. I have one Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a second in Liberal Arts. I am working hard to obtain my Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and will fulfill my goal this year. I enjoy the outdoors and what nature has to offer. I am mother to a dog named Hazel that I adore. Her enthusiasm towards hiking keeps me grounded. Oh boy, it’s not easy keeping up with her! I have been passionate about teaching since I was just a little girl. I knew at a young age that caring for, nurturing, and educating young children was my dream. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with the various age groups at WPCP and continue to enhance, explore, and create an environment suitable for all children that come into the school. 

     

  • Kimberly

    Hello everyone, my name is Kimberly Mejia and this will be my 2nd year at Westwood Presbyterian Church Preschool. I obtained my Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Child and Family Development at San Diego State University. I've been in the field of Education for 11 years now, with experience ranging from infants up to teen years. I love working with children, it is my passion; the idea of creating a positive impact on children at such a young age is what I value most. I also love spending quality time with my husband and 2-year-old son. We especially enjoy traveling and getting to know this beautiful city we live in.

Room 4

  • joy

    I am a southern California native, grew up in Chino and have been living in LA for 5 years. I have 18 years of experience working in a preschool setting. I have an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and I also have plans to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I am an avid learner and strongly believe in the importance of professional development. I spend my free time exploring Los Angeles with friends.

  • vanessa

    I have been working with children in a preschool setting since 2002. I attended La Verne University and my major is child development. Preschoolers remind me of the beauty of the simple things in life because they are so fascinated by the simple things. Something as small as blowing bubbles fills them with delight. 

     

Spanish Immersion

  • Genesis

    Hello everyone! My name is Genesis and this is my third year at WPCP. I obtained my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Development in 2016 and have continued my education towards obtaining my bachelors degree. Children have always brought me so much joy and I look forward to exploring the world with them. 

    During my free time I like to spend time studying, working out, and bike riding alongside my dog, Baby.

  • nadia

    Hello! My name is Nadia Voukitchevitch, and I’m excited to be joining Westwood Pres Preschool as a Spanish and extended day teacher. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for the past 18 years, and have been teaching now for about 6 years in both private and public schools. I was born in New York and attended Sarah Lawrence College, where I received my Bachelor of Arts. I lived in Spain for 8 years, which is why I’m completely bilingual in Spanish, and Haiti for five, which is why I speak several languages including French, Creole and two regional languages in Spain; Valenciano and Catalán. Last year I completed my Masters at Pacific Oaks College with a concentration in Leadership in Education and Human Services. I have a 10-year old son, Charles, who thinks he’s going on 20, and two dogs; a mini Schnauzer, Estrella, and a mixed Husky, Fearless, who are both like sisters to him. My partner, Robb, and I have been together now co-parenting my son for 7 years.

Auxiliary Teachers

  • angela

    My name is Angela Maldonado and I'm looking forward to another amazing year here at WPC Preschool! This will be my fourth year at WPCP. I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue nurturing and guiding your children through this important phase of their lives

     

  • hortencia

    I have been working with the children of WPC Preschool for 17 years. I graduated from East L.A College with an Associate’s Degree in Child Development. I am married and have three children and a granddaughter. I love going on walks and enjoying nature.

  • jeeva

    My name is Jeeva Paxgren. I got my Montessori Diploma from back home in Sri Lanka. Then I got all my child development units from UCLA. I love working with children. I have been in the teaching field for the last twenty-eight years and have been at WPC Preschool for 20 years. I was a Room 1 teacher for 16 years, but for the past couple years have been floating in all the classrooms, and working in the extended day program. I love reading, nature walks, hiking with friends and traveling internationally to see family and friends.

  • maira

    Hi Everyone! My name is Maira Soto. I am currently taking Child Development courses at SMC. Working with children is one of my main passions. Children help me see things from a different perspective. During my free time I enjoy couponing and Pilates. I’m excited to be part of the staff at WPC Preschool. I’m looking forward to a great first year! 

Additional Staff

  • Monik

    MOVEMENT EDUCATION SPECIALIST

    Monik C. Jones is an artistic director, choreographer, dancer, and teacher. She joined WPC Preschool in 2000, after graduating from UCLA with a BA in World Arts and Culture, concentrating in dance, with a minor in Education. It was at UCLA where she first started studying dance education with Arts Bridge America. She believes that arts (dance especially) played a significant role in developing valuable means of communication with others through self-expression. Monik felt that children of all ages should be exposed to the wonderful world of arts education through qualified teachers, manageable class sizes, available resources, and a safe, non-competitive environment, so she founded Monik’s Creative Movement Education Program. Her work in dance education has provided her the opportunity to be the movement education specialist at WPC Preschool. Her program has taken her all over the world from places like Washington D.C. to Ghana, West Africa. 

  • javier

    Maintenance/Handyman

    Hi my name is Javier Torres. I’ve been at WPC Preschool for 19 years and do everything from maintaining the preschool and the church, managing security, and general handyman tasks. My favorite part of the job is interacting and having fun with the children while I work. I have a beautiful wife and two grown sons. When I’m not working I like to relax at home with my family.

     

Office Staff

  • heidi

    office manager

    My name is Heidi Rudd and I have found the best job in the world. It was quite a journey to find it. I received my BA in Theater, TV & Film Production and after working at CBS and Sony I became an international travel agent which led to an Operations Manager position at a Meetings & Incentives firm. Although that was fun, I longed for something more. Once I found Early Childhood Education I was hooked. I spent many years at the Goldwyn Children’s Center before coming to WPCP. As the Office Manager here at WPCP for over ten years, I have the best of two worlds: organizing an office and spending time with parents and children. I have a busy household with five cats, one dog, two children and one husband. Brennen is starting USC as an Aerospace Engineering major and Gwendolyn is in10th at LACES and my husband works at USC near where we live.

  • priscilla

    office assistant

    My name is Priscilla Glaza and this is my fifth year here at WPCP. I have an Associate’s of Science in Early Childhood Education and just graduated with my B.A in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College. I have wanted to be a teacher and work with children for as long as I can remember. Along with working in the office, I also get to work in the classrooms with all the wonderful children. I am so lucky to have found a job that I absolutely love. My husband and I have one son, Theodore, who is an extremely silly and adventurous toddler now. He definitely keeps us busy. When I’m not working I’m soaking up as much family time as possible. We love being outdoors at the beach, in the mountains, bike riding, hiking, or just at the park. I also coach volleyball at a near by high school, which is another passion of mine.