Team

Peggy

Peggy

CEO & Founder KINDER MISSION

Peggy

CEO & Founder KINDER MISSION

I was born in Sri Lanka but largely grew up in Germany. I lived there for 23 years and am very thankful to the German government for my free quality education. Of course, life was not always easy, and I had to overcome a lot of hurdles growing up in a very different culture and language. I have never forgotten my past and nowadays I try to help others with my experience and knowledge to make their life easier. I founded KINDER MISSION for my own children and their friends. I’m very exited to be a part of KINDER MISSION’s wonderful children’s life and their growth. Let our children bloom in a wonderful garden of love and care.

Julia Duke

Julia Duke

DIRECTOR OF KINDER MISSION PRESCHOOL

Julia Duke

DIRECTOR OF KINDER MISSION PRESCHOOL

I grew up in a small town called Oxford, SW of Philadelphia, PA. After graduating, I went to California on vacation and fell in love with it! I decided to stay and pursue further education and a career in Early Childhood Education. I have now been in the field happily for 27 years. Teaching has always been my passion, and I am excited to share my years of experience with KINDER MISSION Preschool! I promise to keep your children safe and constantly provide them with the tools and opportunities to explore, learn, and prepare them for the world around them.

Eva Handl

Eva Handl

Director of After School Service and Learning Center, Office Manager KINDER MISSION Preschool, PA to CEO

Eva Handl

Director of After School Service and Learning Center, Office Manager KINDER MISSION Preschool, PA to CEO

Since moving to San Diego in 2011, I’ve been working with kids of different ages. I love being around children and doing various activities with them. Getting to know them and creating a bond with the children is a key part so they can trust me. In the past years, I focused on teaching them, German. I gave them homework and reading materials so that they could practice by themselves. In Kinder Mission, I found everything that I love to do.

Kiana Thiesfeld

Kiana Thiesfeld

Assistant Director KINDER MISSION Preschool

Kiana Thiesfeld

Assistant Director KINDER MISSION Preschool

Hello, I’m Kiana! I was born and raised here in San Diego. I originally went to college for nursing and decided it wasn’t for me. I thought, what else can I do to fulfill my passion for helping others…and that’s where childcare came in. There’s no better feeling than helping a child grow and progress through their early years of life. I have been in childcare for eight years and counting! I love this field because it’s incredible to watch a  child develop from a little baby to a big 5-year-old and beyond! I myself have 2  daughters, who are 9 and 3, and it’s been the best experience. I’m excited to continue my journey here and give you the best experience with Kinder Mission! I can’t wait to watch your children take on the world and become more amazing than they already are! 

Sheneika Kidd

Sheneika Kidd

TK-Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group T-Rex

Sheneika Kidd

TK-Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group T-Rex

Hello, my name is Sheneika Kidd. I was born and raised in the beautiful Savannah, Georgia. I have an amazing husband, a bright 14-year-old son, and a 5-year-old loving dog. I am a military wife, which has granted me the opportunity to live and teach in many places (Georgia, Florida, and Virginia). I currently hold a BS in Communications Sciences and Disorders from Armstrong University of Savannah, Georgia. I am currently working on my MS in Early Childhood Education from Grand Canyon University.

At a young age, I knew I wanted to help change the world, but I just didn’t know-how. When I finished high school, I went to college in hopes of becoming a physical therapist. Then soon after, I gave birth to my son, and I found out he needed speech therapy. After working with him and his speech pathologist, I found love in working with children with speech delays. This then caused me to change my major to communication sciences and disorders in hopes of becoming a speech pathologist one day. After starting my internship, I fell in love with the classroom, and that brought me to becoming a teacher! I have taught grades preschool- 6th grade.

I have always used the classroom motto, “All The Places You’ll Go, It’s All Up To You!” I love teaching my students that they can be anything in life if they work hard. I must say there is no other job I love more than molding young minds to become our future leaders! I am so happy to join the Kinder Mission family and can’t wait to meet everyone!

Jackie Phipps

Jackie Phipps

Co-Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group Dinos

Jackie Phipps

Co-Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group Dinos

I was born and raised in the LA area but have lived in San Diego for almost five years now. I love reading, writing, hiking, going camping, and going to the beach! I have been teaching preschool-aged children for almost nine years now, and I love it more and more every day! I am passionate about helping children discover the world around them and navigate through life. I believe that learning is both academic and fun, so in my class, we will be learning to write numbers and letters, as well as doing important, hard work through play.

This will be a fun, challenging, rewarding school year, and I look forward to working with and getting to know each of you!

Marguerite Wallis

Marguerite Wallis

Site-Supervisor / Co-Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group Dinos

Marguerite Wallis

Site-Supervisor / Co-Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group Dinos

Hello! I’m Marguerite Wallis, and I was born in Palm Desert, CA. I recently moved to San Diego to pursue a career in early childhood education. I love working with children, and it has always been a passion of mine to teach! I am currently going to college online to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education! This will be my second year teaching preschool, and I am so excited to create an environment that promotes creativity, independence, and confidence for all of your children!

I can’t wait to start working in the Dino’s classroom this school year. I promise to ensure safety and compassion when working with your children! I’m excited to meet you all!

Jocelyn Spindler

Jocelyn Spindler

Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group Kangaroos / Spanish Teacher

Jocelyn Spindler

Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group Kangaroos / Spanish Teacher

Hello families!

My name is Ms. Jocelyn, and I’m so excited to be the new teacher in the Bunnies classroom! I have been working as a fully qualified preschool teacher for four years. I have experience working with infants to 5 years of age and many settings and philosophies such as play-based learning, curriculum, and Reggio Emilia.

I studied Child Development at San Diego Mesa College and plan to continue my education in the field.

When I’m not planning fun activities and lessons for your little ones, I enjoy going to the beach, reading, and playing with my boa constrictor named Wu-tang!

I look forward to meeting you all!

 

Ms. Jocelyn

Rocio Ayala

Rocio Ayala

ASSISTANT TEACHER KINDER MISSION PRESCHOOL GROUP KANGAROOS

Rocio Ayala

ASSISTANT TEACHER KINDER MISSION PRESCHOOL GROUP KANGAROOS

Hi!

My name is Rocio. I am thrilled to start my journey as a preschool teacher here at Kinder Mission! I completed elementary/child development courses at San Diego City College/Mesa College in 2018. Since then, I’ve been working with children under the age of 5 as a tutor and behavior therapist for children on the autism spectrum. I know for a fact that I love to work with children because I enjoy seeing them grow, learn new skills, and develop their own unique personalities. Outside of work, I like to spend time with my pets; a Guinea pig, two Betta fishes, and dogs. I LOVE to travel whenever I have the chance because I like to meet new people, see new places, and try a variety of food. My two favorite things in life right now are coffee and reading a good book. I am looking forward to starting this school year with a positive attitude/energy!!

Rebecca Kirk

Rebecca Kirk

Co-Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group Bunnies

Rebecca Kirk

Co-Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group Bunnies

Hi everyone!

My name is Rebecca (AKA Becca); I was born and raised in San Diego. Some of my hobbies include painting, crocheting, sewing, and roller-skating! I am so very excited to be joining the KINDER MISSION team! I absolutely adore and encourage all children’s curiosity, kindness, bravery, and creativity!

In my younger school years, I had some amazing teachers that greatly shaped me into the person I am today, and I strive to produce the same positive experience for your little ones! I can’t wait to meet you all!

Kathleen Ovando

Kathleen Ovando

Co-Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group Bunnies / Spanish Teacher

Kathleen Ovando

Co-Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group Bunnies / Spanish Teacher

Hello Everyone,

My name is Kathleen, but I like to go by Kathy. I grew up in southern California and was born in Long beach. I moved to San Diego three months ago, and I love it. I started working with children in 2015. Since I can remember, I have always wanted to be a Preschool teacher, and I now have the opportunity to start my career here at Kinder Mission. I am very excited to be joining the Kinder Mission team! I worked with general education children for about a year and then slowly transitioned to working with children that have special needs. I am also a student but graduating this fall with an A.A. in sociology and Early Childhood Development, and I plan on transferring to San Diego State. My goal is to eventually teach third graders one day. I am a parent of three grown children. As a parent, I know how important children’s education is, and I will do everything I can to ensure a successful school year! I will work alongside your child to maximize their learning potential. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my children, hiking, going to theme parks, and the beach. I also like to travel to new hiking spots when I get a chance. My favorite places that I have been to are Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. I am excited to be here and meet everyone! Thank you

Ms. Kathy

Micaela Cole

Micaela Cole

Co-Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group Ducklings / Spanish Teacher

Micaela Cole

Co-Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group Ducklings / Spanish Teacher

Hello, I am Micaela! I am a 23-year-old former foster youth who is passionate about the happiness, well-being, & self-esteem of children! My positive experiences with teachers & social workers are the reason I became interested in the childcare field. My teachers were often the people who helped me feel safe & loved; they helped me grow into who I am today! I have my Associates degree in Child Development & have been teaching for about three years now. I am the oldest of 6 siblings and hope to foster and adopt my own children one day soon!

Meymuna Gado

Meymuna Gado

Co-Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group Ducklings

Meymuna Gado

Co-Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group Ducklings

Hello everyone,

My name is Meymuna; many of you may know me as Ms. May. I am originally from Ethiopia but have lived in Seattle, Washington, for most of my life. I recently moved to San Diego, California. I graduated from SDSU majoring in child development with the hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher. In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors, such as horseback riding, kayaking, or hiking.

Nilda Martinez

Nilda Martinez

Floater Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool

Nilda Martinez

Floater Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool

Hello, my name is Nilda; many call me Ms. Nina. I was born and raised in San Diego. I love Dogs, Indian Food, Nature, Art, Reading books, and going out to dinner with friends. Currently, I am attending Cuyamaca College to obtain an Associates’ Degree in Child Development and Social Science. I decided to enter into the early education field in 2019, and I found my passion in helping children to learn and express themselves in healthy ways. For me, education is very important. I like to encourage children to view education as an important aspect of their journey. I’m also a firm advocate of protecting children’s rights and protecting their emotional well-being. Working with children has been a wonderful learning experience for me as well. Extremely Happy to join The Kinder Mission Family.

Frances Foley

Frances Foley

Nutritionist / Gardenette KINDER MISSION Preschool

Frances Foley

Nutritionist / Gardenette KINDER MISSION Preschool

Hi! I’m Frankie. I was born & raised in Oakland, CA, and moved here to San Diego in 2017 to attend UCSD, where I attained my bachelor’s in Sociology with a minor in Education Studies. In my free time, I like to bake, go to the beach, color, tend to my plants, and use my sewing machine. I started working with children at 14 and have loved every minute of their infectious energy and creative minds. My love for cooking & baking came from me watching my mom when I was little. I now have the pleasure of cooking for Kinder Mission children and can’t wait to experiment & create healthy new recipes that are kid-friendly.

Nura Sabah

Nura Sabah

Site-Supervisor / German Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool

Nura Sabah

Site-Supervisor / German Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool

My name is Nura; I am from Germany. I moved to the United States 5 years ago, and now I’m very happy to have the opportunity to work here for KINDER MISSION with children, and it’s so much fun to combine my favorite skills. I’m so excited to work as a support teacher because I love being around children to give them some German language skills. My job as a nutritionist to provide healthy food for the children and the responsibility to keep our school safe and clean makes my day complete. It’s a wonderful journey with KINDER MISSION for me.

Lucy Valencia

Lucy Valencia

Substitute Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool / Spanish Teacher

Lucy Valencia

Substitute Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool / Spanish Teacher

Hi, my name is Lucy Valencia.

I enjoy working with children and have been in the field for twenty years. I hold a Teacher License credential and have taught special education. In addition, I worked at UCSD for two years. I’ve learned so much throughout my career. My achievements are to continue to strive and make a difference in young children’s lives. My hobbies are hiking, traveling, cooking, going to the beach, playing tennis, reading, and spending time with my family.

Surya McGarry

Surya McGarry

Manager / Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

Surya McGarry

Manager / Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

Hello my name is Surya, I grew up in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

I moved to San Diego 15 years ago and have 2 children.

I am very happy to be part of the Kinder Mission Team to support children during their exciting educational journey, to see them thrive and be successful.

Fernanda Ballesteros

Fernanda Ballesteros

Manager / Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

Fernanda Ballesteros

Manager / Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

I’m Fernanda, I was born and raised in Mexico City came to live in San Diego 15 year ago. I love helping children grow to be the best that they can be and also be happy in the process.

Nurten Kuscu

Nurten Kuscu

Ass. Manager / Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

Nurten Kuscu

Ass. Manager / Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

My name is Nurten. I was born in Turkey, raised in Munich, Germany. Growing up trilingual I developed a passion for language. After working in an ESL school and volunteering in a German school here in SD I realized how much I enjoy being around children and hopefully passing along my passion for language. I am very into fitness, especially Yoga and running (marathon, several half marathons).

I am very excited to be part of Kinder Mission.

Lynn Molina

Lynn Molina

Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

Lynn Molina

Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

Hi, I’m Lynn.

While attending SDSU, I was an elementary school teacher’s aide and ran After School Daycare and Summer Camp Programs for the YMCA.

I taught Art and Phys. Ed. at St. Vincent De Paul School, as well as coached girls Volleyball and Basketball teams.

I have recently worked closely with a special needs child during on line Zoom classes during the pandemic, and love using creative techniques to studying, and doing homework.

Henni Colberg

Henni Colberg

Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program / Online Tutor

Henni Colberg

Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program / Online Tutor

Born in Vienna, Austria, I have taught German to many children throughout my career and it still amazes me how children, with their inquisitive attitude, can stimulate an interesting learning experience. I thoroughly enjoy helping them to complet their “must do” homework and reinforcing the meaning of German words. I love hearing their laughter at the playground and educating them toward being a good and caring “buddy” citizen. I am proud to participate in in the Kinder Mission’s after school program and intent to keep utilizing my previous knowledge to benefit the children at Kinder Mission.

Annika Rawers

Annika Rawers

Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

Annika Rawers

Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

Hi, my name is Annika. I am a recent graduate from the University of California Santa Barbara with a major in Psychology & Brain Sciences and a German minor. My passion for childcare and child development grew through working with the Santa Barbara YMCA as a camp counsellor and teacher’s aide for over 3 years.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, Yoga, painting, being outdoors and trying out new places to eat in San Diego.

Eileen Quezada

Eileen Quezada

Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

Eileen Quezada

Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

Hi, my name is Eileen Q. I’m from Tucson, Arizona and was stationed in San Diego with the U.S Navy and decided to stay here after my time in the military. After being around kids my whole life and volunteering in an after school program back home, my interest in working with elementary students grew over time. The kids are our future and I love being apart of that and making a difference in their life no matter the grade. Outside of Kinder Mission, I plan to enroll into esthetician school and start doing eyelash extensions and ombré shading for eyebrows.

Silvie Plesin

Silvie Plesin

Volunteer Kinder Mission After School Program

Silvie Plesin

Volunteer Kinder Mission After School Program

My name is Silvie. Since retiring from the airline industry, I have served as a volunteer for child, nature and sports organizations. I love being involved in creating educational environments. As a native German speaker, I take special pride in teaching the German language. At Kinder Mission I support students with their language homework, and practice speaking and reading on a daily basis. It its beautiful seeing them improve and grow. Kinder Mission is a wonderful place to teach and learn. I am very happy being part of the instructor team. Please feel free to say hello when you see me on campus =)