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Preschool

Cathy Rempe
Director of Preschool / Preschool Lead Teacher, Room 1

Bio forthcoming


Tracy Larson
Lead Preschool Teacher

Tracy Larson has been teaching preschool students for over 20 years. She also finds joy in sharing the love of Jesus with her Sunday School kids at Calvary Chapel. She has a BA in French from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and after a career in retail/fashion merchandising, she was led to further her training in early childhood education at Santa Barbara City College and in a sensory processing summer camp in Washington, D.C.  Both of her daughters, Jamie (a high school physics teacher in Los Angeles) and Niki, (a ballerina and model in New York City) were El Montecito School graduates and she is grateful for how the school helped shape their hearts and minds. 


Carolina Chavez
Preschool Lead Teacher, PreK

Bio forthcoming


Nina Graybill
Preschool Lead Teacher, Room 1

Nina Graybill discovered her purpose of teaching young children through serving in the children’s ministry at her church. She earned early childhood education credentials through Santa Barbara City College, where she spent a year learning hands-on at their NAEYC-accredited laboratory school. She considers herself a lifelong learner and continues to take courses in early childhood education. 


Hannah Salerno
Preschool Teacher, Room 1; Extended Day Program

Hannah Salerno has a B.S. degree in zoology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and she earned her early childhood education credentials from UCSB and Ventura College. Hannah previously taught preschool-age children how to swim at the Wendy Fereday Swim School and she has worked as a behavioral therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She joined the Providence team in August of 2017. Hannah is passionate about showing children the love of Jesus Christ and providing a joyful, creative, and fun preschool environment.


Catheleene Ooley
Preschool Lead Teacher, Room 2

Catheleene Ooley has been teaching preschool students since 1981. After operating a daycare in Carpinteria, where she grew up, she joined the staff of El Montecito School in 1988. She holds early childhood education credentials and an Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education degree from Santa Barbara City College. She is passionate about providing an enriching environment for learning and exploring God’s creation. Catheleene’s son lives in Australia and is an El Montecito School alum.


Ana Rose Rodriguez
Preschool Teacher, Room 2; Extended Day Program

Ana Rodriguez’s career began at Star King Parent-Child Workshop in Santa Barbara. She then followed her three sons to Peabody School and eventually worked at Hope School, also in her native city of Santa Barbara. Ana eventually discovered preschool education is her passion, she took early childhood education lasses, and joined the El Montecito School faculty. The San Roque campus location is both in her neighborhood and is her church home. She loves her work with young children.


Melody Schloss
Preschool Lead Teacher, PreK

Melody Schloss has over 30 years of experience in the early childhood education field. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Wheaton College, with an emphasis in the lower primary grades. Before coming to Santa Barbara in 1981, she taught first grade and served as a vice-principal at Gateway Christian School in St Louis, Missouri. After taking a break to stay at home with her three boys, she returned to teaching in 1989, taking a position as a PreK teacher at the then El Montecito Early School. She has been happily teaching four- and five-year-old students ever since.

Melody and her husband, Jeff, a biology professor at Westmont College, have three sons and four grandchildren.


Shannon Zamora
Preschool Lead Teacher, PreK; Extended Day Program

Shannon Zamora joined the Providence Preschool faculty in 2015. She has been teaching preschool classes since 2008, serving previously at El Montecito Early School (2011-2015) and Trinity Preschool (2008-2011). In addition to teaching preschool, Shannon taught art at UCSB’s Summer Day Camp from 2011-2015. Shannon earned her Early Childhood Education credentials at Santa Barbara City College. She is a dynamic teacher who has a passion for teaching children about the love of Jesus and enjoys providing a fun, creative learning environment for her class.


Melinda Holm
Preschool Music Teacher

Bio forthcoming


Mary Hurt
Preschool Worship Leader

Bio and photo forthcoming


Rebecca Purdy
Extended Day Program Director / Preschool Aide, Room 1

Bio forthcoming


Debbie Corazza
Librarian

Rhonda and her husband, Josh Yager, have three children, all of whom attended ELMO from Preschool Room One through sixth grade. 


Julie SommersJulie Sommers
San Roque Campus (PS-6) Office Manager

Julie Sommers has worked as a Christian educator for many years in churches and for the past 16 years in administration at El Montecito School. She holds a master’s degree in Christian Education from Union Presbyterian Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Westmont College. She and her husband Dave are the parents of three grown children, including Hannah, the 2012 Providence valedictorian. 


Annette Hildago
Receptionist

Annette came to El Montecito School in 2015 after serving the Buellton School district for 16 years as office manager. She is the warm and cheerful greeting for almost everyone who walks through the reception office on the San Roque campus. Annette’s dedication to serving wherever she is needed has led her to a variety of campus jobs where she has enjoyed getting to know faculty and students alike.