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.
Nicole Brozka, Director Westwood
Hello families of CHALK Westwood! My name is Nicole Brozka, and I am the Director of CHALK Preschool of Westwood. I may be a familiar face to some of you because I have been with CHALK for over 5 years now, and I helped open the Venice school in September 2011. My journey with CHALK actually began in March 2010 in Chicago; I started as a Green Room teacher at Clybourn. After a year of teaching with the 2 year olds I was offered the position as Assistant Director of Venice! I couldn’t have been more excited to move to California and open a new school. After a year and a half I was asked to transfer to Westwood as the Assistant Director, then I moved back to Venice to be the Director! Now I am back at Westwood as the Director, and I hope to make this an easy transition for everyone! If you have any questions for me please do not hesitate to ask! Thank you and I look forward to meeting you!
Jen Shpall, Assistant Director Westwood
Hello! My name is Jen Shpall and I am proud to be an Assistant Director at CHALK of Westwood! Before administration, I was teaching in the Yellow and Orange Rooms here at Westwood, and for nearly 3 years I also taught at CHALK of Venice, in the Purple Room; I have loved every minute of it! I am an L.A. native, but I received a Masters Degree in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. I am looking forward to bringing both my pedagogical knowledge and my classroom experience to the Administration Team to continue to create consistent, creative and fun learning environments for the children in every classroom. I look forward to meeting all of the families here at CHALK!
Eleanor Beale, Teacher
Hello CHALK families! My name is Eleanor Beale, and I am so excited to be joining the Orange Room at Westwood! I moved to Los Angeles from London, England. I am a qualified teacher with early years’ specialism and have a Bachelors and Masters in Psychology. After graduating I taught in a school in Swaziland, and then spent a year working in a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders; it was these two experiences that led me to undertake my teacher training degree in 2011. I started working in a large inner city school in London in 2012 and left to move to LA. I love teaching and seeing the progress the students make! The smiles on their faces when they have worked hard and are proud of themselves, are priceless! I love getting to know each child and their family and seeing each student reach their full potential. I look forward to getting to know every family here at Westwood!
Shea Gasbarri, Teacher
Hello families! My name is Shea Gasbarri and I am so happy to have the opportunity to work with you and your children at CHALK. I am a Southern California native and have spent most of my life moving between the city and the beach. I have settled here in Los Angeles after living in Ventura where I worked as a Lead Teacher and Assistant Director at a private preschool. In 2013, I received my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Studies from CSU Channel Islands. Initially I majored in photography and I continue to photograph as a hobby. It wasn’t until I spontaneously took an education class that I realized my true calling. The class I took on a whim has taken me on a wonderful journey ever since. I can no longer envision a career doing anything else but teaching. I love teaching because it gives me the opportunity to meet and understand different personalities. It brings me joy to have a positive impact in each child’s development. I enjoy working with kids because they have such happy souls. Their thoughtfulness and desire to learn teaches me lessons, as we
Megan Emerson, Teacher
Hello CHALK families of Westwood! I am Megan Emerson, and I am currently the Purple Room teacher and floater. I have a bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Northridge. Throughout my high school and college years I volunteered as an after school attendant for 10 years at a private school. Then, with my passion for dance, I worked as a high school dance team coach and instructor to grades kinder-8th for 2 years. From there, I volunteered at Mattel’s Children Hospital UCLA. As hospitals can be confusing and frightening for children, in their Child Life program I helped ease fears by familiarizing young children, adolescents and their families with the hospital experience. From there I moved to Illinois for a year working at a daycare, starting my career as a Lead Preschool teacher. Now I am at CHALK Preschool, excited to incorporate all the knowledge I have gained and ready to guide the children of CHALK to their highest potential.
Jenna Kleinberg, Teacher
Hello CHALK Westwood families! I am Jenna Kleinberg, and I am so excited to be here as a teacher in the Yellow Room. Working with children has always been a passion of mine. Throughout my high school and college years I have worked with children ages 2-10 as an assistant teacher, a camp counselor, a nanny, and a student teacher. I received my Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Studies from CSU Channel Islands. Initially, I was a Psychology major, but when I enrolled in an Intro to Child Development course I quickly realized my true career path. I fell in love with learning about children and the beauty behind their first years of development. I look forward to learning more about each child and their family, as well as helping each child reach their full potential. I am excited for this next opportunity to learn and grow with all of you!
Jacqueline Nuno, Teacher
Hi CHALK families! My name is Jacqueline Nuno, and I am very excited to be a part of CHALK Preschool. I have lived in Los Angeles for most of my life. I moved back shortly after graduating from UC Santa Cruz in 2014 with a BA in English Language Literature. I taught high school Spanish for about a year when I realized preschool was my true calling. I have worked in a preschool setting for 4 years now and I am very excited to bring smiles and fun learning experiences into your children’s lives!
Stephanie Gateklum, Teacher
I am very excited to be a part of the Blue Room family. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California where I attended the University of California at Irvine and received my B.A. in Spanish with a Minor in Education. For the last year, I have been a floater at the Westwood location where I have come to know and love your children. Prior to CHALK, I worked with children ages 3-5 as well as youth through various non-profits. My passion is working with young children, because I strongly believe in the power of early education. I am excited to embark on this journey of watching your children grow day-to-day, together.
Keisha Brison, Teacher
Hi CHALK families, my name is Keisha Brison and I am so excited to be joining CHALK of Westwood. I recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Kennesaw State University in Georgia, and I am currently pursing a master’s degree in early childhood education, with an endorsement in teacher leadership. I’m originally from Los Angeles CA, so it’s great to be back home and near family. I have four years of experience working as a preschool teacher and nanny. I look forward to building lasting relationships and watching your children learn and grow!
Kimberly Rodriguez, Teacher
Hello CHALK families, my name is Kimberly Rodriguez, and I was born and raised in Los Angeles. It has been such a pleasure meeting some of the current families and I look forward to meeting all future families! My journey in early education began in 2013, when I started working at the university child development center. I instantly fell in love with teaching and was amazed at how intelligent these little ones are, if given a chance and are provided with the right tools! It is then that I decided to change my major from criminal justice to child development, and I never looked back. I received my Bachelors Degree in Child Development, with a concentration in Management and Administration from Cal State, Dominguez Hills. Prior to CHALK, I worked with infants and toddlers in a non-profit setting. I was also part of an intervention program that tutored children in grades K-3 in South LA, in hopes to raise reading scores throughout the district. I am SO excited to be part of the CHALK family and I look forward to helping your child further develop and grow!
Kanoe Holomalia, Teacher
Hello Chalk Families! My name is Ms. Kanoe and I just recently moved from Hawaii to Los Angeles and definitely have been loving every moment here! I am so excited to be joining the CHALK Westwood Staff and look forward to working with all of you! Upon my move to LA, I was working in a preschool setting for the last 4 years, but working with children for the last 6+ years! I graduated with my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of Hawaii, where I student taught in a kindergarten classroom for my last 2 years in college. Soon after graduation, I tried my luck in a 5th grade classroom, but quickly found out that my true passion definitely lies in Early Childhood Education. For the last 2 years and before my move to Los Angeles, I took on a dual role as the assistant director and teacher at a preschool in Hawaii. My love and passion for working with this age group, has led me to pursue my masters in Child development, where I will be able to continue my education and learning to better myself as an early childhood educator! My main goal here at CHALK is to ensure that I am able to nourish and strengthen the minds and hearts of all of your children!
Children will experience moments of awe and wonder every day at CHALK Preschool…
Shouldn’t you consider CHALK today?