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Our teachers are certified and experienced in the field of Early Childhood Education. We believe that the most important qualification of a staff member is a genuine and visible love for children.

Director Ladybug 2/3 yrs Bumblebee 3/4 yrs Butterfly 4/5 yrs

Director

Mary Lopez

My name is Mary Lopez and I have been the Director of Little Angels Preschool since its opening in September 2002. I graduated from the Early Childhood Education Program at Santa Barbara City College and am First Aid and CPR certified.

I worked as a teacher/director for 13 years at another local preschool that closed and many years teaching preschool before that. I am one of the founding staff members of Little Angels and so proud of it! I have worked with many of the teachers for years, even before Little Angels. I feel so blessed to have been able to stay together all these years.

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Ladybug 2/3 yrs

Cindy Ornelas

My name is Cindy Ornelas and I am the Lead Teacher in the Ladybug Room. I graduated from the Early Childhood Education Program at Santa Barbara City College. I am also First Aid and CPR certified.

I have worked with Mary Lopez and many of the other teachers for over 20 years.

I started the Ladybug Room many years ago at another preschool and when the school closed, helped open Little Angels and continued the Ladybug Class here. I am proud to be working with children for so many years, in a career that I truly love.
 

Katy

My name is Katy and I am a teacher in the Ladybug class. I've worked in a school setting since 2006 with preschool aged children up to second grade. I've enjoyed working with the different ages but enjoy the preschool years the most. I am so blessed to be part of LAPS and always look forward to being a part of a child's learning experience and growth. I am also First Aid and CPR certified.
 

Eileen

My name is Eileen and I am the assistant in the Ladybug Class. I was born and raised in Santa Barbara. I worked in the banking industry for many years until my children began preschool. Once they started preschool I changed careers and worked at their preschool as an assistant for 9 years. I have been at Little Angels since it’s opening in 2002. I am also First Aid and CPR certified.
 

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Bumblebee 3/4 yrs

Lisa Szymovicz

My name is Lisa Szymovicz and I am the Lead Teacher in the Bumblebee Class. I graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education from Santa Barbara City College. I am also First Aid and CPR certified. In 1991 Mary Lopez and I opened a Preschool in Santa Barbara for a private elementary school. After it’s closing in 2002 I helped found Little Angels a few months later. We are all so proud of and love our school!
 

Rosa

My name is Rosa and I am one of the teachers in the Bumblebee Class. I have been at Little Angels since 2009 and love it! I graduated with an AS Degree in Early Childhood Education from Santa Barbara City College and I have an AA degree in Liberal Arts as well. I am also First Aid and CPR certified.
 

Emma

My name is Emma and I am the assistant in the Bumblebee class. I am originally from Santa Cruz California but moved here for college in 2011. I first attended Santa Barbara City College and studied Early Childhood Education and then moved on to Antioch University. There I am also studying Child Education and Development. Through my education, I have had the opportunity to volunteer locally with different ages but the preschool age is my favorite! I am also First Aid and CPR certified. I’m so happy to be at LAPS!
 

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Butterfly 4/5 yrs

Dolores Soto

My name is Dolores Soto and I am the Lead Teacher in the Pre-Kindergarten Class (the Butterflies). Teaching at Little Angels is a dream come true. I attended the Early Childhood Education Program at Santa Barbara City College and I am First Aid and CPR certified.

I taught at another local preschool for eight years. I knew Mary Lopez for many years and was thrilled when I was able to join the LAPS team in 2003 and take over the Butterfly Class.
 

ROSALIE

My name is Rosalie and I am one of the teachers in the Butterfly Class. This is my 21st year teaching preschool. I started teaching with Dolores Soto in 1998 as an assistant at another local preschool, then started teaching here at Little Angels in 2003. I spent the last 4 years teaching at a different local preschool. I am happy to be back once again, at LAPS. I took Early Childhood courses at SBCC and received my Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of La Verne. I am CPR and First aid certified.
 

SAVANNAH

My name is Savannah and I am the assistant in the Butterfly Class (Pre-K). I am from the Bay Area and have been living in Santa Barbara for four years. I graduated from UCSB with a BA in linguistics and a minor in education. I am currently enrolled in an online MAT/elementary credential program through Brandman University, as well as ECE courses at SBCC. I have been working with children of all ages and backgrounds for four years and am excited for another school year at LAPS! I am also CPR and First Aid Certified.

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