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Cathy Rempe
Preschool Director

Cathy Rempe holds a bachelor’s degree in education with a math major. She was going to be a high school teacher, but began working at the El Montecito Presbyterian Nursery School in 1974 and discovered her passion for early childhood education. Through the years and with the school name changes since she has loved every day with her preschoolers. “It’s a wonderful feeling to see them grow, not only in size, but in their relationships with friends, their connections with the teachers, and most of all, their love for Jesus,” she says. “That love just grows in them every day as they learn and sing songs about Jesus, God’s love, and the fruits of the Spirit.” Cathy and her husband have two grown children and two grandchildren. Her children attended El Montecito Nursery School in the early ’70s.


Carolina Chavez
Preschool Teacher, PreK

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.


Tracy Larson
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.


Jenny Lyutko
Preschool Teacher, Room 1

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, 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 Rosa Rodriguez
Preschool Teacher, Room 2

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.


Melody Schloss
Preschool 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.


Alicia Adams
Preschool Assistant Teacher, PreK

Alicia Adams holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood studies. She is experienced in working with children of various ages and considers early childhood her favorite age with which to work. Mrs. Adams says: “For me there is nothing better than to partner alongside families and participate in their child’s lifelong journey of learning and discovery about the world that God has created.”


April Lagunas
Preschool Assistant Teacher, Room 1

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.


Heidi Ludwick
Preschool Assistant Teacher, PreK

Bio forthcoming


Rylee Schofield
Preschool Assistant Teacher, Room 1

Rylee Schofield is currently studying child development at Santa Barbara City College. She discovered her love for teaching children while working with her mother in her preschool classroom and through volunteering in the children’s ministry at her church. She joined Providence School in 2019 and is very excited about helping preschool students learn and grow.


Melinda Holm
Preschool Music Teacher

Melinda Holm’s two greatest passions are a love for music and a love for teaching children. She taught elementary school music for 14 years in the Bay Area, in both public and private schools. She also was the children’s ministry/worship director for preschool children at her church. In 2017 she joined the El Montecito School faculty. She has a bachelor’s degree in child development from Cal Poly with a minor in music. She also is certified as an Orff teacher. Melinda and her husband Kurt, a chaplain at The Samarkand Retirement Community, have two grown sons.


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.