Meet the Awesome Staff of CHALK.
Angela Johnson, Executive Director CHALK
My name is Angela Johnson, I am the Executive Director of CHALK Preschools. I was born and raised in Chicago. I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and took additional Master’s level classes in Early Childhood. I have worked in the childcare field since 1994 as both a teacher and a director. I am proud to have been with CHALK since its inception in 2004. Everyday I look forward to more wonderful experiences with the families and the staff at CHALK Preschool.
Hannah Weinstock, Director Venice
Hello CHALK families! My name is Hannah Weinstock and I am the Director here at CHALK Preschool of Venice. My journey with CHALK began in February, 2010 as a Green Room teacher! Since then I have taught the little ones in the Green Room at both the Westwood and Venice CHALK locations. In January, 2013 I became the Assistant Director at our Venice location, and then the Director in August, 2014. I am a true Texan at heart and graduated from the University of Texas in 2009 –Hook ‘Em! Since college, I have worked with children in various settings in both Texas and California. Through both my experience and education, I have found a true passion for working with children. I am thrilled to be a part of the Venice administrative team and have the opportunity to work with such wonderful children and families!
Katie Seifert, Assistant Director Venice
Hello there! My name is Katie Seifert and I am the Assistant Director here at CHALK of Venice. Several years ago I started off at our Westwood location teaching in the Blue Room. From there, I moved on to teaching Pre-K in the Orange Room, where I helped the children get prepared for kindergarten! I was then given the opportunity to take on an administrative position at our Venice location and I have been here ever since! I graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with my degree in liberal studies, where I also received my multiple subject teaching credential. I have always had a passion for working with children and love hearing the insights they have to share. Each day brings something new and exciting and I am thankful to work with such amazing students and their wonderful families!
Julie Sachs, Teacher
Hello CHALK families! My name is Julie Sachs and I am excited to be teaching in the Orange Room this year. I was born in Chicago and raised in sunny California. I have been a musician since 5 years old and graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Film Scoring. Since high school, I have had the privilege of working with children of all ages in various settings, allowing me to discover my passion for teaching. I returned to school to pursue my Early Childhood Education credential from Pierce College and have been teaching since 2012. By connecting every day with my students through teachable moments, I enjoy finding something unique and special about them. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, writing music, and spending time with my family. I am excited to join the CHALK team and am looking forward to the journey we will have together this year!
Hannah Tuttle, Teacher
Hi, CHALK families! My name is Hannah Tuttle and I am a teacher in the Orange Room! I am originally from Chicago and attended the University of Wisconsin, where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and a certificate in Educational Policy Studies. Before moving to Los Angeles, I taught English at the high school and middle school levels. I love language arts, but my love for the little ones led me here to CHALK Preschool! In my free time, I enjoy reading, running and knitting. I am so excited to join the Venice team at CHALK Preschool! I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you and helping your children learn and grow!
Becky Regoli, Teacher
Ciao, CHALK families! My name is Rebecca but everyone calls me Becky! I am thrilled to be a Purple Room teacher at CHALK-Venice! I was born and raised Turin, Italy as a bilingual and bi-cultural child. After graduating high school, I moved to the United States to attend Hendrix College in Conway, Arizona, where I earned my BA in English Literary Studies with a minor in French. I then moved to Sonoma, CA, where I worked as a head teacher in the 3-year-old classroom at a local preschool. A year later I decided to move down to LA to work as a teacher at CHALK Venice and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be here! I look forward to getting to know all the wonderful Purple Room families and kiddos!
Cindy Salaues, Teacher
Hello families of CHALK! My name is Cindy Salaues and I am so excited to be a teacher in the Purple Room! I am originally from Santa Clarita, CA. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Northridge and have been working with children for many years now! I worked in the Saugus Union School District for 8 years and then transitioned to the Santa Monica Malibu School District in 2014. I love to laugh, go to the beach, and hang out with friends and family. I am thrilled to be a part of the CHALK Venice team and I can’t wait to get to know all of you and your fabulous children in the Purple Room!
Sandy Lopez, Teacher
Hello! My name is Sandy Lopez and I am a Yellow Room teacher! I was born and raised in beautiful Los Angeles, CA. I graduated from UCLA where I obtained a Bachelor’s in Anthropology. My concentration was cultural and biological anthropology, which focused on different cultures and human behaviors. Throughout college I volunteered with 826LA and UCLA Unicamp. After college, I began working in after school programs and tutored children at the elementary level. I studied Early Childhood Education at West Los Angeles College and decided I wanted to teach preschool! I am beyond grateful to have this opportunity at CHALK and I look forward to working with all my wonderful Yellow Room students!
Kambria Jackson, Teacher
Hi there! My name is Kambria Jackson and I am proud to be a part of the CHALK Preschool- Venice team! I was born in Hesperia, CA and attended California State University Northridge where I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development in 2010. I have been teaching ever since! As an early educator, with a background in special education, I am committed to providing the highest quality preschool experience for all the wonderful children here at CHALK. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, going to carnivals and fairs, and most of all… teaching children! I look forward to getting to know all the wonderful Yellow Room families!
Zoe Rudnick, Teacher
Hello! My name is Zoe Rudnick and I am a teacher in the Green Room! I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and graduated from University of Denver where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, with a major of Hotel, Restaurant Management. I worked in the hospitality industry for 5 years. Soon after, I started volunteering at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where I discovered my passion for working with children! After studying Early Childhood Education at Santa Monica Community College, I spent some time at Mar Vista Montessori in the infant/toddler classroom. I am so excited to be joining the CHALK Venice team in the Green Room, and I can’t wait to meet all of you!
Karen Chazanovsky, Teacher
Hello! My name is Karen Chazanovsky and I am so excited to be a Green Room teacher! I graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development. My mother was the owner of a daycare center for 20 years, which gave me the opportunity to work in a preschool setting starting at a young age. I have always had a passion for working with children and have spent several years teaching toddlers at various preschools in the Greater Los Angeles area! My favorite part about with children is that each day brings something new and exciting! I look forward to learning and growing with your children and can’t wait for all the adventures we will go on together!
Reyna Mejia, Teacher
Hello! My name is Reyna Mejia and I am teacher in the Orange Room! 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 of Education! Throughout my education I have had the pleasure of working in a variety of educational settings. I have been teaching the Pre-Kindergarten classroom at CHALK Preschool since September of 2010. I enjoy teaching because it brings out the best in me, and my hope is that I bring out the best in my students. I enjoy spending my free time with my family and catching up on sports; I am an avid sports fanatic! I look forward to getting to know all of our wonderful families at CHALK!
Ria Neunebel, Teacher
Hello Orange Room families! My name is Ria Neunuebel and I am an Orange Room Teacher! I have been with CHALK Preschool since September, 2014. I was the Classroom Floater for a year, and spent time in all of the classrooms here at Venice! I was born and raised in Glendale, CA and obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Family Life Education from California State University, Long Beach. Since college, I have worked with children in various settings. I have always enjoyed working with children and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of your child’s education here at CHALK Preschool. I am thrilled to be teaching the Pre-K class and I look forward to getting to know all our Orange Room families!
Children will experience moments of awe and wonder every day at CHALK Preschool…
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