Our Staff

More than facilities or even philosophy, a school is created by it's staff.  As a Christian non-profit organization, our values demand that we provide the best salaries and benefits we possibly can.  This has allowed us to recruit talented teachers and to retain them for exceptionally long periods of time.  Our staff meets all the applicable requirements for the State of California, Community Care Licensing Division and the Department of Social Services. All teacher's have completed the required classes in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Emergency Preparedness, and Prevention of Infectious Diseases. On a yearly basis, our staff is trained and certified in Adult/Infant/Child CPR and Pediatric First Aid.

Hazael Era

The Preschool Director maintains standards of child care and education according to the approval and consent of the Day Care Board, supervises the staff, and interacts with the community.

Hazael loves working with children and it gives her great joy. She admires children, families and educators that take the time to recognize the importance of togetherness; in a home, on a playground and in a classroom. Hazael has worked with children for more than 5 years in a classroom setting. It is her goal to allow  an inviting, safe and healthy environment for children to grow a sense of belonging.

Cathy Kirkpatrick

Ten years with our school and 20+ years in the business means Cathy is one of the most experienced teachers in the Bay Area.  When not teaching, Cathy enjoys going to tennis tournaments and swimming.

Lisa Neynaber

Lisa has worked in the preschool industry for two decades, and still brings enthusiasm to the job every day.  In her free time she enjoys time with her family and kids.  She also likes to paint.

Keani Dominguez

Maribel Garcia 

Yesenia Sarabia

Maribel graduated from Half Moon Bay high school. She enjoys cooking, hiking, sports and traveling. Maribel has worked with kids since she was really young. Maribel loves watching kids and their different behaviors. Maribel loves 

helping children form into awesome human beings. Maribel is very proud to be part of the Terra Nova Christian preschool family.

Keani earned a BA degree in Liberal Studies with a minor degree in education at San Francisco State University. Keani has worked with children for almost 5 years and loves every second of it! Outside of work, Keani loves to spend time with her husband, play with her puppy, visit family, and the Tahitian dance.

Yesenia has taken care of the young ones for a long time. Yesenia was born and raised in the Bay Area (Half Moon Bay to be exact). She's a wife with an amazing husband and a mother of two perfect children. In her free time, She enjoys spending time with her family and going shopping. Yesenia is very excited about the new school year and she hopes you are too.

Meet our Teacher Aides!!!

Ms. Mykala & Ms. Stephanie love helping out as teacher aide's in each of the classrooms. The teachers are focused on creating a healthy loving environment for each of our children. 

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