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Betsey Peck

Preschool Director (Interim)

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I am very thankful to be part of the preschool program at RBCPC. When I walked on the campus the first week of school, I truly felt like I was coming home! I have spent most of my career at Penasquitos Christian Preschool, a program with many similarities as RBCPC. We believed in the importance of PLAY and the intentionality to create play opportunities for children to grow emotionally, socially, cognitively and spiritually in the classroom and on the playground. The staff at RBCPC has a heart for all children and the knowledge and skills to provide a rich environment for your students to grow and to flourish. It is my privilege to come alongside this staff to support their work and passion for children and families.

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Nanci Finch

Assistant Director

Office: (858) 487-0824 x226
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I started working at RBCPC Preschool in 2005 and could not imagine my life without this amazing place. Learning, growing and supporting all children, families, and coworkers is my passion. Watching children explore their world, take risks, make friends and act on their natural curiosity warms my heart! Helping create a place where all children can do those things is my goal! I have a husband, two girls, and a dog I adore and love reading, doing crafts, and swimming. 

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Kim Vandergrift

Administrative Assistant

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I have taught children my whole life- from babysitting, to daycare worker, to preschool teacher, kindergarten teacher, mom, and back to preschool teacher and preschool administration. I'm so excited to be at RBCPC Preschool! I choose to work with young children because I enjoy their joy of life and excitement in exploring and learning. I have two amazing kids who have grown up in San Diego most of their lives. I love photography, kakuro and sudoku, watching sports, crafts, and spending time with friends and family.

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Lisa Genovese

2YO Lead Teacher, Finance & Tuition

Office: (858) 487-0811 Ext. 208
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I joined the staff at RBCPC Preschool in 2004 and have the wonderful privilege of being a teacher in our Two-Year Old and Older Two-Year Old programs. In addition, I work in the Preschool office as the tuition and finance administrator. I love having the opportunity to get to know and share time with our Preschool children and families. Engaging with children and seeing and feeling their joy and enthusiasm as they learn, create, and experience the world around them, is truly joyful -- it is an absolute pleasure and privilege to share in their Preschool adventures! I have a BA degree in Social Science and have worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for 20+ years. My husband and I have three lovely daughters—our oldest daughter is in San Francisco where she works in the tourism industry, our middle daughter is a recent college graduate, living and working in San Diego, and our youngest daughter (an RBCPC Preschool alum!) is off to New York City this fall, to pursue a BFA degree in musical theatre. Outside of Preschool, I love spending time with my family and playing with our sweet pups, hiking and exploring San Diego, watching football, playing the piano, and experiencing live music and theatre. 

Teaching Staff Member Profiles

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Ali Aguilar

Learning Together and Growing Together Lead Teacher

My first experience with RBCPC was in college when I worked at RBCPC as an aide to a student with special needs. I was immediately drawn to RBCPC’s commitment to learning through play and inclusion of all children. I’m thrilled that my children now have the opportunity to play and grow at RBCPC.

I received my MA in Special Education from San Diego State University and I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  Before having children, I taught children with autism spectrum disorders and developed curriculum for children with special needs.  It is a joy to teach Growing Together and Learning Together.  I feel blessed to be part of the beginning of the preschool adventure for many of our students.  In my free time I love spending time with my husband and my daughter and son, playing at the beach, baking, canning and being involved in church activities.

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Melinda Ashley

Substitute Teacher

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Lisa Bencivenga

2YO/3YO Lead Teacher, Lunch Bunch Teacher

Hi my name is Lisa Bencivenga and I am happy to say I am a teacher in one of the Two year old classrooms and in the Lunch Bunch Program.  I have also taught a section of Growing Together classes.  I am very passionate about teaching preschool and advocating for inclusion, which simply means to include children of all abilities in the classroom.  We all have something important to offer this world through our talents and gifts.  I’ve been teaching for over 15 years and 9 of those have been here at RBCPC.  I’m excited to have been selected to be a Mentor Teacher from the California Early Childhood Mentor Program this year.  It is an honor and I’m looking forward to help train new preschool teachers.  Our preschool and our amazing teachers and staff offer an excellent environment to support new teachers.  I love working here with the children, families and teaching staff.  I am married to my husband, Robert and we have two children and two dogs.  I love to spend time with my family and going to the beach, walking and going to the movies.  I also love to read, cook, write and garden.

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Stephanie Camerino

4YO Lead Teacher

I started working at RBCPC in 2007 and feel very blessed each and every day to be apart of a loving, spiritual, caring, and respectful environment. Our Mission/ Philosophy stands for exactly who we are and working in a play-based rich environment is so rewarding! I have lived in Rancho Bernardo since 1980. I have been married since 1993 to a long time resident also of Rancho Bernardo. We have 2 boys. 

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Amanda Canales

2YO/3YO Assistant Teacher

My experience at RBCPC Preschool started before I even knew it started. Meaning that I attended preschool at RBCPC. Both of my children attended RBCPC preschool and I have gone through the preschool as a student, a parent and now excited to be a going through the preschool as a teacher in my second year. I can't express my love for working with young children in two sentences. The way that the learn and explore and view the world is just super interesting and fascinating to me. The way that one child does not learn the same way as the other child is one reason that i love working with young children. I look forward to going to work and working with children, because I can't wait to see what they will teach me, as opposed to what I will teach them. I have two young children, Everett and  Olivia. We love to go on new adventures and explore new things, go to Sea World and spend the whole day there, and pretty much do anything that keeps us busy and moving!

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Samantha Castillo

3YO/4YO Lead Teacher

I first came to RBCPC Preschool in the fall of 2014 as a student teacher in the 2 year old drop-off program. I have been working with young children since 2003. I have a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Child Development and Family Studies and am always interested in learning more as the Child Development field grows. When I came to RBCPC Preschool it felt like home to me and I just fell in love with the warm, supportive, inclusive environment here. I was fortunate enough to have been brought aboard this stellar staff team and am currently working with 3 and 4 year olds!  Learning is so much fun and I love sharing my passion to learn with the children in creative ways! I believe that supporting children and families of all different backgrounds and abilities will lead to a strong community. My husband, Ricardo, and I reside in Escondido and have two chihuahua's named Angel and Petey. Some of my hobbies are sharing laughs with my family, listening to music, and reading. I feel honored to be a part of your child's preschool experience!

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Kristine DeMatteo

4YO Lead Teacher

RBCPC Preschool has been a part of my family since 2007. Both of my boys attended preschool here. We have made many friends through the preschool that we have maintained all these years later. I love supporting the preschool at Women's Night and the Craft Fair, as the school holds a special place in my heart. I have been teaching since 2000, starting with Kindergarten, then 5th grade after I took a break to raise my boys. I even taught 3rd grade in South Korea for a summer! I'm thrilled to be back with four year olds now though, and my favorite part of teaching is watching children light up when they learn a new skill or idea.  I have been married to my husband Steve for fourteen years. We have two awesome boys, Nicholas and Dylan. When I am not carpooling my boys to their many activities or teaching, you can find me in my garden. I love my rose garden and am trying my best to grow vegetables.

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Nancy Engstrom

4YO Assistant Teacher

My history at RBCPC Preschool started as a parent, progressed to a lunch bunch teacher, and continues as an assistant teacher; All with a group of people who share, respect and love the life of our Preschool. My last 3 children had the opportunity to attend RBCPC and now it's a joy to welcome my grandchildren here, as well!  

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Pat Fuller

Substitute Teacher

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Lisa Genovese

2YO Lead Teacher, Finance & Tuition

Office: (858) 487-0811 Ext. 208

I joined the staff at RBCPC Preschool in 2004 and have the wonderful privilege of being a teacher in our Two-Year Old and Older Two-Year Old programs. In addition, I work in the Preschool office as the tuition and finance administrator. I love having the opportunity to get to know and share time with our Preschool children and families. Engaging with children and seeing and feeling their joy and enthusiasm as they learn, create, and experience the world around them, is truly joyful -- it is an absolute pleasure and privilege to share in their Preschool adventures! I have a BA degree in Social Science and have worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for 20+ years. My husband and I have three lovely daughters—our oldest daughter is in San Francisco where she works in the tourism industry, our middle daughter is a recent college graduate, living and working in San Diego, and our youngest daughter (an RBCPC Preschool alum!) is off to New York City this fall, to pursue a BFA degree in musical theatre. Outside of Preschool, I love spending time with my family and playing with our sweet pups, hiking and exploring San Diego, watching football, playing the piano, and experiencing live music and theatre. 

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Carolyn Keltner

4YO Assistant Teacher

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Sheri Lieber

3YO Lead Teacher

I have been at RBCPC for 12 years now, mostly as a 3 year old teacher. I love that we are an inclusion school, where every child is welcome! I absolutely love getting to know each and every child and family. To guide and encourage these little ones as they grow and learn is a joy and a privilege. I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Glen, for 35 years! We have three grown children (two are married) and three darling grandsons. I love to read, cook, garden, and walk my dog on trails. 

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Lori Lowder

3YO Lead Teacher

I began working at RBCPC Preschool in the fall of 2013. Preschoolers bring me joy!! It's such a blessing to love, listen, encourage, care, teach, laugh, and simply be with children as they learn and grow in our wonderful RBCPC Preschool environment. My husband Bruce and and I have been married since 1983 and have a son, Michael, and a daughter, Kelly. I enjoy walking, traveling, crafting and am involved in many church activities at RBCPC.

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Kelly Mansfield

3YO Assistant Teacher

Both of my children are alumni of RBCPC Preschool. The warm and inviting environment led me to start working here in 2005.  You can feel it when you walk in the gate!  I have worked in 3 year old and 4 year old classes.  I love working here at RBCPC Preschool.  When I’m not at Preschool I enjoy traveling and reading.

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Nicole Mansour

3YO Lead Teacher, 2YO & 4YO Assistant Teacher

I have been working at RBCPC since 2013. I have assisted in every age group's class offered here and have enjoyed them all. This school is a special place and every new class is a new learning experience for me. I love working with each age for different reasons because they all offer such a wide range of opportunities to experience with each child the revelations and milestones unique to that stage of development, as well as to that individual child. I was born in San Diego. I'm the oldest of four children and I love music, art, reading, and the outdoors.

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Diana McCarroll

3YO Assistant Teacher

I came to RBCPC in 2013 as a substitute and then a teaching assistant. I have worked in teaching at various grade levels before finding my way to the wonderful age of preschool. I thoroughly love coming to our preschool and working and guiding the children with their learning. My husband , Bill, and I have been married since 1976 and have three children; Kelly, Kevin, and Sean. We were a family on the move until Bill retired from the Air Force. We have lived all around the USA and even in the Netherlands! Poway has been home since 1998 and is the only place I have ever lived past ten years! I speak German as my parents and all my relatives are German. 

Debbie Nordstrom

Substitute Teacher

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Madi Perry

Lunch Bunch Teacher

My experience at RBCPC has been nothing but amazing. The preschool has provided me many opportunities to grow and learn more about myself and what I want to do in the future. I’m so thankful that I get to work in an amazing community not only with staff but also the children. I officially have an AA in general studies emphasis in social behavioral sciences and am working on Early Childhood Intervention or inclusion now. I’ve wanted to be a teacher since elementary school because I loved working with young children or infants. It’s kind of funny because you never realize how much you can learn from young children about things you never would of thought about. And as I learned here at preschool, they love to explore and take you on that journey with them. My mom is a hairdresser at a salon for families, mostly children, and my dad owns his own business as a pilot.

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Beth Roehrig

2YO/3YO Lead Teacher, Lunch Bunch Teacher

I began here at RBCPC Preschool as a parent of a three year old and I loved it so much I never left! All three of my children attended RBCPC Preschool and I have been working here since 2002. I love to see the wonder in a child's eyes, the excitement in them when they discover something new or achieve a skill they have been working on. I enjoy connecting with families to ensure they have a great preschool experience. I believe RBCPC Preschool is such a special place where all of that happens! I got married in 1992 to my husband, Tom. We have three children, Haylie, Evan, and Matt. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, running and enjoying friends.

 

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Kim Rohde

4YO Assistant Teacher

RBCPC is a delightful preschool that understands how to meet the needs of children in a safe and creative environment. Teachers are loving and consistent, and incorporate academic learning with lots of experiential fun! I am blessed to have been involved in preschool work since I was 17 years old because I love it. Being a part of the lives of these precious little ones, as they discover so much in these early years, is so much fun! I am married to my husband, Scott, and we have two wonderful grown sons. Some of my favorite things to do are getting out in nature for a long hike and spending time talking with my friends.

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Taylor Ruiz

Substitute Teacher

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Bella Sessions

3YO Assistant Teacher

I have worked at RBCPC Preschool since 1995 and both of my kids are alumni of this great preschool. Working with young children helps me learn something new each day that I'm with them. Plus it always keeps me smiling. I have been married for 26 years, and I have two wonderful children; a daughter that has graduated from San Francisco State University, and a son who is graduating from the University of Colorado. 

Elizabeth Siemens

Lunch Bunch Teacher

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Carol Stewart

3YO Assistant Teacher

I started here at RBCPC Preschool as a parent. My youngest  was in both the 3 year old and the 4 year old program. She is now in 1st grade and continues to talk about each past teacher with such love. I started here at RBCPC Preschool substituting  in all classes. I feel very blessed to have had a chance  to work and play with each teacher. It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know all the children. Lucky me!!   Currently I am assisting with our 3 year olds . I have been married for 24 years. I also have a daughter  22, and a son 15. My children are my greatest treasures. I love to bake, watch basketball and spend every minute I can with my kids.

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Shannon Teeter

2YO Assistant Teacher

This is my first year working with the RBCPC Preschool and I am so excited for my new adventure. I love watching how much information these young children learn in just a year, they impress me each and every day. I also love watching them find joy in the smallest things, it reminds me to constantly look for the good in whatever situation I am put into. I want to become an elementary school teacher and I am currently finishing up my last year of my undergraduate degree. I can't wait to get more and more time in the classroom and to share new information with my future students. 

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Maureen Valley

2YO Assistant Teacher, Lunch Bunch Teacher

I moved from northern California in 2014 In order to be near my grandson, who attends school at RBCPC Preschool. Last year, I had the opportunity to accompany him in the parent participation classes. I was very impressed with the school and the staff and fortunately I was able to fill the position of a sub. I love working with young children and seeing the world through their eyes. I am delighted by their imagination and individuality. It brings joy to my life just to observe the many ways in which they learn and play. I have two daughters who have each blessed me with grandsons. Three of them reside in northern California, and my youngest are near me in San Diego, where I get to be part of their lives. My hobbies are walking, yoga, reading, attending the produce markets and healthy cooking. 

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Stephanie Whittaker

3YO Lead Teacher

I have been lucky enough to work at RBCPC Preschool since 2006! I began my time here as a college student needing observation hours in the Early Childhood Education field. After completing my college courses, I was then hired as an assistant, and am now currently working as a lead teacher. My favorite thing about working with young children is their natural curiosity they have for the world around them - seeing the wonder in their eyes and watching them explore and experience things for the first time is pure joy! There are no bad days at preschool! I love spending my days with my family and making memories every chance we get! My husband and I welcomed a little baby girl to our family in August 2018 and she has been brightening our days ever since!

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Linda Wildberger

2YO/3YO Lead Teacher, Lunch Bunch Teacher

RBCPC Preschool is an amazing place to be a preschooler and ALSO to be a staff member. It is very much like a big, happy family. I began teaching at RBCPC Preschool in 2007 after my youngest child moved on from RBCPC Preschool to kindergarten. I love watching friendships blossom between our preschoolers. The inquisitive nature of a child is so special and seen at RBCPC Preschool every single day. Playing is learning. It's great to be a preschooler AND a preschool teacher too! Mr. Wildberger and I have been married since 1981. We have three adult children, one teenager and three grandsons. I'm a big roller coaster fanatic. I enjoy family picnics, hiking and kayaking.

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Dede Yetman

Substitute Teacher