We look for a special type of person when we hire at Foothills Preschool. All of our teachers must prove their love for young children through demonstrating their ability to be kind, warm, loving and consistent. Communication skills are paramount, not only with the children, but with the families. A belief in our core principle that children learn through play is a must. We are truly a family of teachers, students and families. Teachers need to be a "fit" in all those areas to ensure success at FPS. All of our teachers have completed their necessary education required by the State of California per Title 22. They all have their designated immunizations, CPR, AED and First Aid certification, EMSA and Hazardous Materials training. All staff have passed an intensive background check by the Department of Justice and are legally identified Mandated Reporters. They attend at least 2 professional development programs per year to stay current and relevant in the early childhood education field.
Marci Carey - Director
Marci has been with FPS since 2011 and has served as director since 2014. She holds Site Supervisor & Master Teacher permits with the Cal. Dept of Ed. and majored in English at CSUF. Prior to the early childhood education field, she worked in information technology, advertising & publishing. She has many years of experience successfully managing large and small businesses. She lives in Orange with her husband Paul & two sons, Cole & Cash (who is an FPS alumni!) and Ruby the puggle dog. She enjoys live music, nature, art and writing.
Melissa Borboa - Asst. Director/Teacher
Melissa has been with FPS since 2015 and has served as assistant director since 2016. Miss Melissa has been an early childhood educator since 2003 and her experience has been a great asset to FPS. Melissa attained her education in child development at Norco College and completed her administrative ECE classes at Santa Ana College. She lives in Corona with her husband Ken, sons Kobe and Logan, daughter Kaylee and Oreo the teacup pomeranian. Melissa enjoys movies and spending time with her family.
Jennifer Pak - Asst. Director/Mentor Teacher
Jennifer started her career in the field of Early Childhood in the fall of 2013 at Foothills Preschool. She has a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley and practiced in the field before starting a family. She became a teacher when she realized young children and education are her two passions. Jennifer holds a Site Supervisor Permit and is one of 13 California Mentor Teachers in the OC region. She lives in Fullerton with her husband, Christopher, her three awesome sons, Tobey, Tylo, and Tayton (an FPS alumni!), 2 bunnies, Bilbo and Gandalf, a rescued Cockapoo named Simba, and a tree frog named Kermit. She loves watching her boys soccer games, walks at the beach, chatting with her girlfriends at local cafes, and morning runs.
Ann Vitarella - Lead Teacher
Ann has been teaching at Foothills Preschool since 2014 and taught at several local Tustin area schools prior to joining us. She has a B.A. in English with additional coursework in early childhood education. Miss Ann previously worked in the field of publishing but volunteering in her children’s schools helped her to realize that the preschool classroom was her true calling. Miss Ann believes that the early childhood classroom should be a place of joy where children have the freedom to play and explore through hands-on learning and are appreciated for their unique gifts and talents. She feels it's a privilege to guide children in their cognitive, emotional, and physical growth during the early childhood years. She lives in Tustin with her husband and is the proud mom of three children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, doing Tae Kwon Do, and enjoying the great outdoors here in beautiful Orange County.
Monet Granillo - Lead Teacher
Miss Monet has been teaching since 2011. Before coming to Foothills Preschool she was employed by the Norwalk/La Mirada Unified School District, Cerritos Community College Child Development Center and St. John of God elementary school. Miss Monet completed her Early Childhood Education units at Cerritos college. Miss Monet loves teaching preschool because she can share her artistic and creative talents with the children. She enjoys watching them grow throughout the year. In her spare time she likes to draw, listen to music and spend time with family
Yohairy (Heidi) Macedo - Lead Teacher
Miss Heidi joined the Foothills Preschool teaching staff at the beginning of 2018. She has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember! She is a graduate of El Modena High School's Pathways to Teaching program, in which she excelled. Heidi also completed several internships at various elementary and preschool's as part of that program. She is currently taking classes at Santiago Canyon College with the goal of completing her teaching credential. Miss Heidi loves teaching preschool because she is surrounded by many creative and unique children, and works alongside amazing teachers. She lives in Orange with her parents, sister and brother. In her spare time Heidi like to dine out, spend time with family, go to Knotts Berry Farm, watch movies, shop, go on adventures with friends, listen to music, draw, and go on walks.
Debra Stetson - Teacher
Miss Debra started teaching preschool in 1984. She taught for 10 years, took a hiatus when her son was born, then returned to teaching. She has her B.A. from Cal State Fullerton in Child Development. Debra teaches preschool for the love ot the kids. She loves to see their growth throughout the year, socially, emotionally, and with how much knowledge they learn and teach her! Debra lives in Corona with her husband Dennis, son Daniel who graduated from Cal State Fullerton and daughter Devin, who graduated from the University of California San Diego. She has a dog Cali, and a cat, Punkin. She enjoys spending time with her family at the river, camping, hiking and reading.
Mariah Baldwin - Teacher
Mariah joined Foothills Preschool in 2019. Mariah received her BA from California State University Long Beach in Psychology with a Minor in Child Development. Previously she worked at Irvine Montessori school and Piazza Premier. Mariah enjoys going to the beach, spending time with family and running.