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.


Vida W.

Executive Director

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!

Leslie C.

Assistant Director

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!

Viviana S.

Curriculum Director

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!


Amber S.

Hello beautiful families! My name is Amber, and I am so happy to be your new CHALK teacher in Tarzana! I grew up in Salem, Oregon in a big family with six children. After studying early education and psychology and earning my bachelor’s degree, I traveled and worked with children all around the world. I was lucky enough to teach and run events for children in Australia, Italy, Cambodia, Costa Rica, and India. I absolutely love working with children and have about 10 years of experience in a range of settings including camp counselor, swim instructor, treatment specialist, and teacher. I just received my Master of Science degree from USC and am so excited to start teaching again. I am looking forward to meeting all of you!

Iris Z.

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!


Ms. Ambre

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. 

Gabriela M.

Hello CHALK Families! I am thrilled to be a part of the CHALK Team. My name is Gabriela and I just graduated from UC Berkeley at the end of 2021. I am excited to be moving back to the Valley, where I originally grew up! While in school, I worked at a preschool where my love for being an educator flourished! Watching little minds progress and grasp new concepts and ideas is truly amazing. My passion is working with the younger age range of preschool. They are so sweet, funny and there is never a dull moment! I look forward to meeting and building lasting relationships with each of you!



Ms. Clarissa

Hello Yellow Room, my name is Ms. Clarissa. I’m so excited to be a part of CHALK Preschool, but more importantly, I am thrilled to be your child’s teacher! I graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. I specialized in elementary education but my heart belongs to preschool. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy spending quality time with family & friends, completing DIY projects, and playing with my little fur baby. I look forward to not only teaching but also learning from this amazing group of children, as I proactively assist in setting a solid foundation for their future schooling and growth. Feel free to contact me if there are any questions, feedback, or concerns!


Deriana H.

Hello, my name is Deriana and I am one of the teachers in the Yellow Room. I love working with young children, an attribute that to my choice of career. I am so excited to be in the Yellow room. I have worked in childcare throughout my life from being a nanny, floater, and now a lead teacher. I completed my Associates Degree at College of The Canyons in Early Childhood Education. I have also completed my Bachelor’s Degree at Cal State Northridge in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Sociology. I can’t wait to share my love of education with my students.  My favorite thing about working in the education field is the ‘light bulb moment’ when a child finally understands or completes a task they have been working on. My goal at CHALK is to develop strong relationships that tap into students’ passions and provide relevance to students and allow them to make connections with the curriculum. I look forward to working with you and your children. I am super excited to work with this amazing team and all the children here at CHALK Preschool of Tarzana.  



Sara A.

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.


Ms. Sandra

My name is Sandra Garcia and I am so excited to join the CHALK Preschool family and to have the opportunity to work with your precious children! I believe that teachers are one of the biggest motivators of success in a child’s life and can significantly impact their future. For this reason, I am so humbled and honored to be able to be part of a team of educators that will strive to nurture the unique personalities of your little ones while helping them to grow to their potential. My past employment experience has primarily been within special education and behavioral therapy (6+ years) The opportunity to work with children of all ages and abilities within special education has provided me with the appropriate knowledge to be able to understand and effectively deal with various behaviors, while still respecting a child’s individual needs and wants.  In addition, I have my own little one, a 4-year-old boy. Rest assured, I understand and share the experiences that parents face when raising toddlers in today’s society. Most importantly, your child’s safety and happiness will always be my #1 priority, so please feel free to reach out to me whenever.  I strongly believe in transparency between parents and teachers and will do my best to accommodate the needs of every child in my classroom. Lastly, I can’t wait to meet your little angels and to have a great year!.



Ms. Irma

Hello everyone! My name is Irma A. and I’m the floater teacher at CHALK Preschool of Tarzana. I’m from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and moved to the San Fernando Valley where I raised my family. I graduated from Cal State Northridge with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Child and Adolescent Development. As a bilingual speaker, fluent in Spanish, I’ve worked with children for many years as a daycare assistant. In my free time, I like to read and enjoy nature. Working with children has always been my passion, so I’m so excited to start this adventure with the students here at CHALK!


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.

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