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 been director since 2014. She holds Site Supervisor & Master Teacher permits with the Cal. Dept of Ed. and majored in English at CSUF. She has Child Development & Computer Science certificates from Saddleback College. Prior to the early childhood education field, Marci worked in information technology (database programming), web design, advertising & publishing. She has also owned 2 successful small businesses. Marci fell in love with preschool while volunteering in her youngest son's classroom. Preschool is her passion and she truly believes the effects of an excellent early childhood education set a child up for a lifetime love of earning! Marci lives in Orange with her husband, two son's and dogs Ruby and Benjie. She LOVES live music, nature, art and writing.
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 (a FPS alumni!), Simba, a rescued Cockapoo and Mamba, a hairless guinea pig. She loves watching her boys' soccer games, taking walks at the beach and chatting with her girlfriends at local cafes.
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.
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.
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
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 of 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. Mariah enjoy's teaching preschool because she loves to see the excitement each child experiences when they make a new discovery. Previously she worked at Irvine Montessori school and Piazza Premier. Mariah enjoys going to the beach, spending time with family and running.
Alondra RojasPacheco - Teacher
Alondra joined Foothills preschool in 2020. Prior to joining FPS, Alondra volunteered at the Irvine Valley College child development center and successfully completed a mentorship under the tutelage of Jennifer Pak, Mentor Teacher, at Foothills preschool. At FPS, Alondra gained gained experience and insight and soon proved herself to be a fit for Foothills Preschool. Alondra loves teaching preschool because she loves encouraging kids, watching them grow and develop skills. She received her AS from Irvine Valley College in Early Childhood Education. In her spare time she loves watching movies, drawing, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and spending time with family.