Sara Salazar first fell in love with the art and science of Early Childhood Education while she was attending her first Education couse in 1999. Later that same year she took her first steps into the field and became a Teacher’s Assistant. She instantly knew that this was her passion and she quickly became a Lead Teacher, Assistant Director and eventually a Director.
Sara now has over 16 years of experience working with young children and 5 years of experience as a Director in the Early Education setting. Sara currently holds a BA Degree in the Field of Early Childhood Education and she continuously attend conferences and trainings in the community.
Sara embrace the imperative need to create an environment that is filled with age appropriate materials and hands on activities. Sara encourages children to explore, build social skills, and develop motor skills through a curriculum that is fun and positive.
Sara is honored to be the Director and a teacher at the Temple Beth David Early Childhood Learning Center and she looks forward to the opportunity of serving your child’s social and educational needs.
April Serlin is a state certified preschool teacher and has certification for teaching young children with special needs. She’s taught young children since 1978 and has been teaching at TBD since 1991. April keeps her class environment fun and active, with lots of hands-on activities, such as cooking and art, which are her favorite aspects of her curriculum. She believes that innovative teaching captures children’s imagination and interest much more than having them passively do table work. April uses lots of teaching strategies on a daily basis so her students with disparate learning styles and levels can access the concepts and feel successful. She enjoys engaging children with movement, dance, poetry, songs and silliness to teach math, phonics, reading and science. Because April has a special needs son, she feels her strength is adapting her curriculum to meet her students’ needs. In April’s spare time, she loves to scrap- book, shop at the mall and cook for crowds of people.
Susan is a state-certified preschool teacher. She is a graduate of Orange Coast College, where she earned her teaching degree. She worked at OCC lab school for two years before joinging the TBD team in 2010. Susan has a passion for teaching and believes children learn best through play and hand-on lessons. Her daily routine includes student interaction in circle time, to keep children engaged in learning. Her curriculum meets the needs of her preschoolers in the areas of social skills, the use of small and large motor skills and academics. She creates fun thematic lessons to engage her students. Her weekly lessons include students engaging in arts, dramatic play, story telling, song, dance and body movements. Susan is the proud mother of two grown daughters and loves playtime with her four grandsons. She loves to read, walk, shop and travel to local destinations to enjoy the outdoors.
Miss Brooke has earned a BA degree in Child Development from California State University Long Beach. She worked as a preschool age gymnastic coach for 7 years before joining the TBD team in 2012. Miss Brooke has a deep passion for teaching young children and feels that literacy combined with physical education and development are her true passions. Her daily routine includes student interaction in circle time, implementation of the Handwriting without Tears program and monthly themed activities to keep children engaged in learning. Her curriculum meets the needs of her Pre-K students and prepares them academically for kindergarten. In her spare time, Miss Brookes enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and daughter.