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!


Ms. Iris

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. 

Ms. Mariela

Hello CHALK Families! My name is Mariela. I was born and raised here in the San Fernando Valley. I attended California State University Northridge where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Child Development. I love working with children and I have had the pleasure of working with preschool age children for 8 years. As an educator I have come to appreciate the many ways children gather information to form their own ideas. I also love how resourceful children can be when given the opportunity to inquire and explore. I believe children can turn the smallest observations into the biggest learning experiences. During my free time I enjoy reading, drawing, hiking with friends, and camping with my husband and 16 month old son. I am very excited to be joining the CHALK community this school year and cannot wait to meet all of you!



Ms. Sara

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. Irma

Hello everyone! My name is Irma and I’m the Yellow Room 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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