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 25 years. Teaching has always been a passion of mine and I am very excited to join the KINDER MISSION team! I promise to keep your children safe, constantly providing them with the tools and opportunities to explore and learn, and to better prepare your children 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 I’ve been working with kids different ages. I love being around children and doing various activities with them. Getting to know and creating a bond with the kids 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 they could practice by themselves. In Kinder Mission I found everything what 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, bright 14-year-old son, and 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 a love with working with children with speech delays. This then caused me to change my major to communication sciences and disorders in hopes to 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, then 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 have a passion for 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

Co-Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group Dinos

Marguerite Wallis

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

Amy Munoz

Amy Munoz

Co-Teacher Preschool KINDER MISSION Group Bunnies / Spanish Teacher

Amy Munoz

Co-Teacher Preschool KINDER MISSION Group Bunnies / Spanish Teacher

Hello, my name is Amy. I’m excited to be part of the Kinder Mission team! Over the past 7 years, I have worked with children of all ages, starting from 3 months to 8 years old. I recently received my degree in Child Development and will be going back to school to get my teaching credentials. In 2019 I got married to my husband, gained an awesome son, and rescued our furry dog name lightbulb! I love to do arts and crafts, and I also like to paint during my free time. My favorite thing to do is go hiking and enjoy the outdoors.

Briana Gonzalez

Briana Gonzalez

Co-Teacher Preschool KINDER MISSION Group Bunnies / Spanish Teacher

Briana Gonzalez

Co-Teacher Preschool KINDER MISSION Group Bunnies / Spanish Teacher

Hello, my name is Briana Gonzalez. I was raised in San Diego and currently studying child development to becoming a kindergarten teacher. I enjoy working with children. They just bring so much joy into my life. I have worked with kids from ages 12 months to 16 years old as a gymnastics coach. I am so excited to be part of Kinder Mission.

Tram Bui

Tram Bui

Co-Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group Ducklings / German Teacher

Tram Bui

Co-Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Group Ducklings / German Teacher

I was born in Vietnam and grew up in Germany. After having moved to the U.S., I lived in Santa Barbara for five years, and I have also lived in Los Angeles for the past two years for school. I studied Criminal Justice at Santa Barbara City College and received my BA in Criminology and Justice from California State University, Northridge. I also attained 15 credits in Early Childhood Education. My work experience with children includes my internship and substitute teaching at the St. Vincent’s Early Childhood Education Center, Montessori preschools, and an after school childcare. My hobbies are going to the gym, spending time with my family and my cats, watching romantic comedies, and reading. I am excited to be the teacher of the Ducklings’ class and a part of the Kinder Mission Preschool.

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!

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 in protecting children’s rights and protecting their emotional well-being. Working with children has been a wonderful and 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

German teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Groups Bunnies, Dinos and T-Rex / Site-Supervisor

Nura Sabah

German teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool Groups Bunnies, Dinos and T-Rex / Site-Supervisor

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 its so much fun to combine my favorite skills. I’ m so exited to work as a support teacher because I love to being with children around 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. Its 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. I have 18 years experience. I Hold a Teacher license credential. Taught special education. Worked at UCSD for 2 years. I’ve learned so much through out 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.

Alexa Paige

Alexa Paige

Yoga Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool

Alexa Paige

Yoga Teacher KINDER MISSION Preschool

My name is Alexa, I am 22 years old & I am passionate about fitness, nutrition, & spreading love and light to those around me. I am a certified as a 200-hour registered yoga teacher, so I teach yoga on days that I am not working with the children. I love being able to spend my days with the children & I am happy to be able to help them in these difficult times!

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.

Claudia Harre

Claudia Harre

Ass. Manager / Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

Claudia Harre

Ass. Manager / Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

Hi, I’m Claudia. I’m from Berlin, Germany. I’ve always been interested in youth development and counseling.

 

My graduate degree is in Cognitive Neuroscience and for the past 6 years I have been working as a social worker in both Germany and the US. I’m still a kid at heart, and I love exploring San Diego, yoga, running, plants and the beach.

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.

Shannon Matsch

Shannon Matsch

Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

Shannon Matsch

Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

My name is Shannon and I am an AEA Alumni. I began working at Kinder Mission in 2019 because I was interested in giving back to my community and inspiring children to learn in a diverse classroom environment.

Esteban Sabedra

Esteban Sabedra

Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

Esteban Sabedra

Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

My name is Esteban born and raised in San Diego. Besides German and English i also speak Spanish. Currently studying to become a video game designer at the Art Institute of California- San Diego. In my spare time i compete in Muay Thai. Also i enjoy learning about People‘s culture‘s and background. It just amazes me on how people live so much differently from us.

Daniela Lewis

Daniela Lewis

Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

Daniela Lewis

Instructor Kinder Mission After School Program

I work for KINDER MISSION and I love it! I went to Albert Einstein Academy so I understand the whole homework rundown. Since I speak German fluently, speaking German to the children comes naturally. I enjoy helping them with their homework but I especially love getting to know each child and to watch their German skills grow. We have a lot of fun together.

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 =)