Our Team

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Kathy Yanez

Director and Educator

Dear families,

Welcome to Nuestra Casita Nursery. Nuestra Casita is Spanish for "Our Small Home". I have created the program with the children's best interest in mind. As a native speaker and a parent of a Spanish Immersion Middle school graduate, I understand first hand the many benefits of a second language. A second language can help develop the growing brain into a robust and skillful problem solver, develops confidence in children, strengthen decision making, deepen connections to other cultures and empathy toward others.

 I am proud of my program and its simplicity. Through its simplicity and low ratio, there is plenty of time for our children to reach their full potential, and for the educators to genuinely nourish our children's' social-emotional, cognitive, physical, and language growth.

In my 21 years as an Early Childhood Educator, I have worked in wonderful centers that have equipped me with a strong foundation and vast knowledge of Early Childhood. My vast education in ECE, Special needs, and the Outdoor Classroom Project have prepared me with the right tools to support children's developmental growth.

Bienvenidos!

Kathy Yanez

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Gabriela Melara

Educator

With a nurturing personality and hands-on approach towards learning, we are thrilled to have Gabriela Melara as a part of our team. 

Gabriela is a passionate Spanish Early Childhood Educator with many years of experience. During her time in the classroom, Gabriela enjoys facilitating children in co-learning and collaborative skill-building activities. She is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and curriculum. Gabriela is also an experienced yoga instructor and loves to apply yoga principals in the daily curriculum.  

*Yoga increases children’s body awareness and mindfulness. Going through a variety of yoga poses helps children learn about their bodies and the movements they’re capable of doing.

 She enjoys reading, painting, and riding her bike. Gabriela is pursuing her life long dream of becoming an international teacher.  One last thing about Miss Gabriela; she is refreshing her memory in playing her guitar again.

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Indira Aceves

Preschool Educator

My name is Indira Aveces and I was born in Nicaragua. My native language is Spanish. I am a wife and a mother to two wonderful high school children and a dog named Bruno. Before Covid 19 I was a preschool teacher’s assistant at Siminski Park in the city of Inglewood. I enjoy teaching children their numbers, letters, and helping them get ready for Kindergarten. I am excited to be working with preschoolers. 

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Karen Molina

Toddler Educator

I have grown up in a bilingual home, learning alongside the women in my home, the care and nurturing of young children. I am currently pursuing an AA in Early Childhood Education, with an AA in Liberal Arts. My teaching philosophy aligns with the Montessori approach. I enjoy photography, art, and crocheting. In addition to focusing on children, my future goal is to pursue a career in child psychology.

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Ruth Armas

Infant Educator

My name is Ruth Armas, I am 48 years old. I am originally from Mexico City. I am married and have 2 teenager daughters. My experience with childcare started with my niece almost 20 years ago, and then when I had my first child who is now 18 years of age. With my second daughter l had already gotten some great experience. During my daughter's time at preschool, I volunteered as much as possible and learned more about children’s behavior, eating habits, and their different backgrounds. I gained the organization skills needed to manage a preschool classroom. I was in charge of gardening, teaching children how to grow veggies, and how they could grow their own healthy foods. I also taught children yoga that helped improve posture. I have always enjoyed working with young children and therefor pursued a career in Childhood Education. In 2020 I completed my schooling at Venice Skill Center in the L.A district. In the infant program at NCN we are inspired by the RIE and Montessori approaches. This program brings me a lot of joy. 

I am very excited to become a part of Nuestra Casita Nursery and work with the infants.
With Kind regards,
Ruth Arma