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Preschool

Tracy Larson
Interim Preschool Director

Tracy Larson has been teaching preschool students for over 25 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of California at Santa Barbara. 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. and to begin her career in preschool education. Both of her daughters were El Montecito School graduates and she is grateful for how the school helped shape their hearts and minds. Sharing the love of Jesus with the preschool children at Providence is her joy.


Christine Hale
Preschool Teacher

Christine Hale graduated from Westmont College with a bachelor of arts degree in kinesiology.  She then pursued early childhood education at Santa Barbara City College while teaching physical education at El Montecito Early School. She also directed the K–5 physical education program at Crane Country Day School in Montecito. Christine recently served as preschool director of Preschool for a large church in Fresno. She loves partnering with families and pointing children to Jesus during their early years.


Jenny Lyutko
Preschool Teacher

Jenny Lyutko, a Santa Barbara native, graduated from San Marcos High School and Santa Barbara City College, where she earned an associate’s degree in early childhood education. She holds multiple certificates in early childhood education subject areas. Miss Jenny worked at another local preschool for over eight years before joining Providence School in 2019. She has experience working with age groups ranging from two to five years old. She is honored and excited to be a part of Providence School and looks forward to building amazing relationships with her students and their families.


Catheleene Ooley
Preschool Teacher

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 is an El Montecito School alum.


Ana Rosa Rodriguez
Preschool Teacher

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. After earning an early childhood education credential through Santa Barbara City College she joined the El Montecito School faculty. She enjoys providing a warm, caring, and fun environment for children. The San Roque campus location is both in her neighborhood and is her church home.


Carolina Taylor
Preschool Teacher

Carolina Chavez discovered her love for teaching and working with children while working at summer camps and volunteering at Girls Inc. during her high school years. She took early childhood education classes at Santa Barbara City College and taught in their NAEYC-accredited laboratory school. Ms. Chavez is now attending Antioch University Santa Barbara where she is working on a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, child development, and education. She joined the El Montecito School preschool faculty in 2017.


Olivia Avery
Preschool Assistant Teacher

Miss Olivia began her educational journey in our preschool and was in Mrs. Larson’s PreK class. She recently graduated from The University Of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and is thrilled to be teaching back where it all began. Olivia has worked as a nanny and tutor for children ages 1–6 and feels incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to work with the Providence Preschool children.


April Lagunas
Preschool Assistant Teacher

Miss April is an experienced caregiver for both children and senior citizens. She loves to plan activities and to see little ones learn and grow. She joined the Providence Preschool staff in 2019.


Nancy Noell
Preschool Assistant Teacher

Nancy Noell was kindergarten teacher for El Montecito School for many years. We are happy to have her back on the San Roque campus on a part-time basis to help in the PreK class.


Julie Sommers
San Roque Campus 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.