The quality of care & education your child will receive from our passionate CHALK educators is unparalleled. Each one of our teachers have chosen to make Early Childhood Development their priority!
Every CHALK teacher is a lead teacher. This means they all have, at minimum, a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field. CHALK administrators ALL began as CHALK teachers & progressed to assistant directors, curriculum coordinators and/or directors. Their knowledge & understanding of a child’s developmental stages are the building blocks for the most successful, loving & nurturing environment.
We celebrate and encourage our faculty to continue growing and exploring within CHALK Preschool. Our faculty and staff are continually First Aid and CPR certified. We value diversity and inclusion in our work culture and are proud that our team of college graduates is comprised mainly of women representing many ethnicities.
Hi! My name is Vida Wessel and I am the Executive Director of CHALK Preschool. My journey with CHALK started in 2012 as a teacher. From there, I have had the privilege of exploring roles as a Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Director and my last role as a Director for the past 7 years. As a child, my dream was to be a teacher, and as I navigated through college, there was never a doubt in my mind that I wanted to work with children in some capacity. I received my Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Development with a focus in Infant/Toddler and Preschool. I am always told how rare it is to have always known what path you wanted to take… but for me, there was never a doubt. Preschool is such an amazing stage in a child’s development. Everyday these little humans leave you in awe, put a smile on your face, challenge you and leave you laughing. There is truly nothing better. I am so happy I followed my childhood dream, I know I wouldn’t have made it here without the amazing teachers and experiences I’ve had along the way, which is why I strive to create an environment where not only children, but families and teachers can grow!
Hello CHALK families! My name is Leslie. I attended UC Irvine where I received my BA in Psychology and Social Behavior. I’m so excited to have transferred to the CHALK in Tarzana from CHALK in Manhattan Beach! I’ve been working with children for the past 14 years and grew my love for teaching through private tutoring and working as a preschool & school-age teacher. I am excited to help guide your children to reach their highest potential by providing a positive learning experience and working through challenges together. I love to see their curiosity flourish in the classroom through learning and exploration. In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband and our daughter, family, and friends, traveling, and trying new and interesting foods/restaurants. I absolutely love food and love to expand my taste palate. I truly look forward to meeting all the amazing children and their families here at CHALK Preschool in Tarzana!
Hello! My name is Viviana, I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University where I received my bachelor’s degree in Child Development. I have been an educator for eleven years and have spent the last 5 years as a teacher at CHALK of Manhattan Beach. I enjoy teaching because it gives me the opportunity to guide children through their early development and spark their love for learning! Outside of my love for the classroom, I love spending time with my husband and two-year-old son. I look forward to meeting you all!
Hello CHALK Families! My name is Iris and I am a teacher in Orange Room. I am very excited for this new journey with CHALK. I was raised in Los Angeles and have lived in Sherman Oaks my whole life. I have 15 years of teaching experience, and the past 12 years have been at Woodcrest. I adore teaching children and I am passionate about their education and growth. I look forward to new adventures with your children in the Orange Room!
Hello! My name is Ambre (although I go by Amber) and I have been working with children for over ten years. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development from California State University, Northridge. I have experience working with all ages from Preschool to Elementary. I am fluent in French as well as a little bit of Spanish. I love to incorporate these languages into my lessons. I am so excited to be a part of your child’s educational journey here at CHALK Preschool.
Hello, my name is Sara. I am very excited to begin a new adventure with CHALK Preschool! I grew up here in the San Fernando Valley, and currently live in Simi Valley where I like to go on nature hikes with my family. I have a B.A. in Liberal Studies from CSUN and have worked with all ages, from infants and toddlers to PreK kids for 10+ years. I am looking forward to meeting and working with all the new families here at CHALK Preschool.
Hello CHALK families! My name is Alysa, and I am a teacher in the blue room. I am very excited to join the CHALK team. I have been working with children for more than 10 years. I have my AA in elementary education and I am finishing up my BA in elementary education at Azusa Pacific University. I have experience with ages 6 weeks old to 6 years old. I enjoy watching the children develop, grow, and learn throughout the year and I can’t wait to be a part of your child’s educational journey at CHALK!
Hello CHALK Families! My name is Tugce (pronounced Too-Cheh), and I have been working with children for the past 11 years from newborn babies to 16-year old teenagers. I’m excited to join the CHALK Team. I moved to California in 2013 and quickly began my educational journey. I earned two AA degrees, one in Liberal Arts and one in American Sign Language (ASL). Since, I have also earned my BA degree in pre-Deaf Education in Fall 2021, and I am currently working on my Master’s Degree in Educational Therapy at CSU Northridge. I am fluent in Turkish as well as ASL. I love learning, teaching and speaking foreign languages. I’m very excited to be a part of your child’s educational journey here at CHALK Preschool. I look forward to building beautiful memories with your children and families.
Director of Operations
Hi! My name is Madison Sanello. I have been a part of the world of preschool for over a decade. I began my journey with CHALK Preschool December 2012, back in my hometown of Chicago, and made my way to sunny LA in 2015 to continue my CHALK journey at the Manhattan Beach location. I have always had an affinity towards working with children, so I love to be able to say I truly have the best job! I believe that the formative preschool years are some of the most important years for children to develop social skills, a foundation of learning, and a zest for life as they grow. I look forward to meeting all the CHALK of Tarzana families! If you see me in the hallway, please don’t hesitate to say hello!
ENERGIZED BY MY GYM
The “My Gym Healthy Lifestyle Preschool Curriculum” introduces such important life values as goal-setting & tracking and self-motivation. In addition to introducing My Gym’s gold standard physical fitness program for children, the My Gym/CHALK program also features a rounded wellness curriculum that includes nutrition and hygiene for youngsters along with the development of healthful lifestyle habits. My Gym, as the fitness professionals, has formally trained the CHALK directors and key staff to implement the curriculum to the highest of standards.