Meet the Awesome Staff of CHALK.
Kara Lewis, Director Pasadena
Hello CHALK families! My name is Kara Lewis and I am one of the Director’s of our Pasadena location. I have been a part of the CHALK family since January of 2014 and have been working with children between the ages of 6 months to 6 years old since 2010. I graduated from CSU Los Angeles with a degree in Urban Learning and have always had a passion of working with young children. Prior to my administrative position, I was a teacher in the Blue Room at our Venice location and then had the amazing opportunity to take on the role as Assistant Director at our Westwood location. I am so excited to bring the magic of CHALK to the beautiful city of Pasadena, and I look forward to meeting all of the wonderful families!
Reyna Mejia, Director Pasadena
Hello! My name is Reyna Mejia and I am one of the Director’s at CHALK preschool of Pasadena! I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Los Angeles. I graduated from the University of La Verne with a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies. After completing my degree, I continued to pursue a multiple subject credential, BCLAD (a certificate authorizing instruction to English Learners) and obtained a Master’s of Education! Throughout my education I have worked in a variety of educational settings. I have had the pleasure of being a part of the CHALK family since September of 2010, teaching Pre-K at both our Westwood and Venice locations. In Venice, I was given the opportunity to shadow our amazing Director’s as I transitioned into my administration role. It has been an unbelievable journey thus far. I look forward to continuing my journey with CHALK, and getting to know all of our wonderful families in the lovely city of Pasadena!
Alison Mahlebashian, Teacher
Hello CHALK of Pasadena families. My name is Alison Mahlebashian, and I am so excited to be joining the Orange Room. I have lived in sunny southern California my entire life. I graduated with a BA in Communicative Disorders in the summer of 2016 from California State University, Los Angeles. I previously worked as an assistant preschool teacher for two years and have experience with applied behavioral therapy with children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have also had the opportunity to provide assistance to little ones with cerebral palsy to late talkers. I believe education is extremely important and I have a strong love and passion for teaching. I adore seeing my students come to school with a smile on their face and eager to learn. I look forward to meeting all the families and providing a classroom full of imagination and creativity for your children to blossom into their greatest potential
Ria Neunuebel, Teacher
Hello all, my name is Ria Neunuebel and I was born and raised in Glendale, California. I graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a Bachelor’s in Family Life Education. I have been with CHALK for nearly 3 years now and I am very proud to be a part of the CHALK team. Over my years at CHALK of Venice I worked as a floater and an Orange Room teacher. Being at CHALK has truly been an incredible experience, from the wonderful adventures in the classroom to the great conversations with families. With our new Pasadena location opening, I will now have the pleasure of teaching the Blue Room, and it is my goal to make their experience here at CHALK an adventure they will not forget. Prior to working with CHALK I worked with low-income families at a Montessori preschool in Burbank. I am currently working on my Master’s in Library and Information Science. I am ecstatic for this opportunity to be teaching your little ones and I cannot wait to meet each and every one of them!
Nicole Rodriguez, Teacher
Hello all, my name is Nicole Rodriguez and I was born and raised in Burbank, California. I graduated from Cal State University Northridge with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and took additional courses in Early Childhood Development. I have been with CHALK for over 2 years now and I am very proud to be a part of the CHALK team. Over my 2 years at CHALK of Westwood I worked as a floater and a Purple Room teacher and then had the amazing privilege of teaching in the Blue Room. Being at CHALK has truly been an incredible experience, from the wonderful adventures in the classroom with the Kiddos to the great conversations with all of our wonderful families. With our new Pasadena location opening I will now have the treat of teaching the Yellow Room and it is my goal to make their experience here at CHALK an adventure they will not forget. Prior to working with CHALK I worked with LAUSD at the elementary school and preschool level and I am currently aspiring towards my masters in Educational Psychology. I am ecstatic for this opportunity to be teaching your little ones and I cannot wait to meet each and every one of them!
Diana Cruz, Teacher
Hello! My name is Diana Cruz, and it is with great pleasure that I join the CHALK Preschool team. I went to Cal Poly Pomona, where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. It has always been my dream to work with children, watching them flourish is most fulfilling for me as their teacher! I have taught in Early Childhood Education for four years and look forward for the many years to come in this rewarding career. My husband and I recently moved back to Los Angeles, from Kansas City. I couldn’t be happier to be back in my hometown, and to be a part of such an amazing school, it is going to be a great year in the Yellow Room!
Cindy Ly, Teacher
Hello, my name is Cindy Ly and I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from California State University, Los Angeles with a specialization in Child Life. I have been working with children of all ages since I was in high school. I started working as a tutor at a tutorial program and then became a tutor and site-coordinator at an elementary school during college. I have also volunteered at a children’s hospital where I worked with hospitalized children. After I graduated in 2012, I started working at a childcare center as a lead teacher. I am now continuing my journey at CHALK Preschool as a Green Room teacher. I am also volunteering at a hospital where I am helping the elderly and I am looking forward to going back to school to further my education. I enjoy teaching young children and helping them discover a love for learning and achieve developmental milestones.
Melissa Mitchell, Teacher
Hello CHALK Preschool Families! My name is Melissa M. Mitchell. Words cannot explain how excited I am to be a part of the CHALK family and a teacher in the Green Room. I graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and with an A.A. in Social Behavior Sciences. I have experience working with children from all ages. I have tutored children with ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. I am also trained and have experience with ABA, applied behavioral therapy with children on the autism spectrum. I have always enjoyed working with children. My goal is help your child reach the next level with confidence, as I do believe every child should have the equal opportunity to learn. I look forward to meeting all of the CHALK families, especially my Green Room kiddos!
Melissa Gamboa, Teacher
Hello families! My name is Melissa Gamboa and I am very excited to be joining CHALK Preschool! I attended California State University, Northridge and received my Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, as well as my Multi-Subject teaching credential. While I was attending college, I worked as a teacher’s assistant at an elementary school and worked with students in preschool through fifth grade. After graduating, I was a substitute teacher with LAUSD, leading me to the wonderful opportunity of teaching first and second grade. I have always enjoyed working with children of all ages, and my goal is to inspire a love of learning, providing them with the skills to become the best version of themselves. I look forward to meeting all of the CHALK families!
Racheal Townsend, Teacher
Hello my name is Racheal Townsend. I was born and raised in the lovely city of Pasadena. I graduated from California State University, Northridge with my Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development in 2014. After graduating, I worked at a preschool as an inclusion assistant with kids with autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. I worked for Pasadena Unified School District for three years working with kids with special needs and now I am excited to be here at CHALK Preschool as a floater. I look forward to working in all of our classrooms and meeting you and all of the kiddos!
Children will experience moments of awe and wonder every day at CHALK Preschool…
Shouldn’t you consider CHALK today?