Meet the Awesome Staff of CHALK.
HANNAH WEINSTOCK, DIRECTOR
Hello! My name is Hannah Weinstock, and I am the Director of CHALK Preschool in Tarzana. I have been with CHALK since 2010, and I have worked at both our Venice and Westwood locations. I am originally from Arlington, Texas and attended University of Texas in Austin, where I received my bachelor’s degree in Child Development. I am always excited to meet the new families joining CHALK, and I love getting to know the children that spend their days here! I hope to make CHALK an amazing experience for you and your little ones! Thank you and I look forward to meeting all the families here in Tarzana!
MEGAN EMERSON, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Hello CHALK Preschool families! My name is Megan Emerson and I am the Assistant Director here in Tarzana. I was born and raised in the Valley and attended California State University, Northridge where I received my B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development. I have worked as a high school dance coach for 2 years, preschool teacher for 4 years, and volunteer at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. My CHALK journey began in Westwood where I was the Yellow Room teacher for 2 1/2 years. Working with children is my passion and I am excited to brighten these young minds in a fun and nurturing way!
ANN MCGRATH, LEAD TEACHER
Hi Chalk families! I’m Ann McGrath and I am so incredibly excited to be a teacher for the new Chalk Preschool in Tarzana. I grew up in the Bay Area before moving to Northridge to attend college. I graduated California State University, Northridge in 2013 with a BA in Child and Adolescent Development and a BA in Deaf Studies with a concentration in Pre Deaf Education. Since graduating CSUN, I was the assistant director and head three-year-old teacher at a preschool in Chatsworth for five years before nannying full time for some amazing families. As I transition back to the world of teaching, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be making my debut with such a wonderful program and amazing new staff here at CHALK. I am passionate about being a positive influence and inspiring our future generations and I cannot wait to meet and work with all the new families here at CHALK Preschool Tarzana.
AMIE SOFFER, LEAD TEACHER
Hello! My name is Amie Soffer and I’m thrilled to be a part of the CHALK Preschool team in Tarzana! I am originally from Los Angeles and grew up in Beverly Hills. I attended Menlo College in Atherton where I received my B.A. in Mass Communications, and then attended Marymount College in Palos Verdes, where I received my AA in Child Development. This is where my love for teaching began. I worked for Creative Children’s Learning Center for 10 years with preschool to school-aged children. I more recently worked at the CHALK Preschool in Westwood, and am very excited to be a part of the new school in Tarzana!
RUBI GARCIA, LEAD TEACHER
Hello families! My name is Rubi Garcia and I am very excited to begin this new adventure with CHALK Preschool in Tarzana. I am from San Diego, California and moved to the San Fernando Valley to attend California State University Northridge, where I earned my bachelor’s in Child and Adolescent Development in 2017. I have worked with all ages, but working with children is my passion! I cannot wait to meet all the new families here in Tarzana.
ISABELLE HERZ, LEAD TEACHER
Hello! My name is Isabelle Herz, and I am so excited to be a teacher at the new CHALK Preschool in Tarzana! I was born and raised in Boulder Colorado. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Sociology. I have always been very passionate about working with children and cannot wait to start my adventure with them at CHALK Preschool. I look forward to meeting all the new families here in Tarzana!