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This week's reminders from your classroom:

Butterfly Class

I am Lynese Johns-Williams and I have had the privilege of being at St. James’ Preschool for 10 years, but I have been teaching for over 20 years.  I have a A.A. degree in Early Childhood Education and, recently, earned a B.A. in Psychology. To continue my education, I have attended many conferences as well as classes to help in my knowledge of early childhood. This year I will be in the Butterfly classroom working alongside two amazing teachers and together we will continue to facilitate the children’s overall developmental growth, nurture their curiosity, encourage inquiry and ignite their curiosity.  I will join the Butterfly classroom, which will already be in progress, adding to the thoughtful and meaningful curriculum.


Hello, I am Michelle Deiotte and I am excited to begin our new school year together in the butterfly class. Although many of you are familiar with who I am, I would like to provide you with a brief overview of myself. I am a single mother of two girls, Whitney (22) and Amber (20). My interest to work with young children began at a very young age. I have been teaching preschool age children since I was seventeen years old. Over the years my personal and professional experience with children has increased my growth as a teacher and a mother.  It is a personal priority of mine to continue to be a positive presence in each child’s life. I have been fortunate to have been a part of our St. James’ family since the year 2007 and I feel truly blessed to be a part of our special team. My past experience include: preschool assistant director, pre~k camp director/camp counselor, pre~k teacher, and personal nanny. My experience at St. James’ preschool has provided an opportunity to enhance my educational skills with various ages and stages of development. As a lifelong learner with a major in Child Development I am currently continuing my education at Los Angeles City College.  I am looking forward to making this transition to our new class with all of you. I will see all of you in September, get ready for an incredible year!


Hello, I’m Rocheleen Rosel (Rochelle) and I am excited to welcome you and your family to the Butterfly Classroom. I was previously a Kindergarten Readiness Program (KRP) teacher for two years and I look forward to transitioning back to the Butterfly classroom. I have my Masters in Human Development specializing in Leadership in Education and Social Service, my Bachelors in Child and Adolescent Development specializing in Behavioral Modification, and my Associates in Child Development. I have more than 10 years experience in the Early Childhood Field and what I enjoy most about working with young children is their openness and curiosity to all things around them. I cannot wait to begin, as we anticipate a fun and exciting year.


With our introductions out of the way, let’s get to business.


Please mail the following photos as soon as possible to:

625 S. Gramercy Pl. LA CA 90005.


1.    3 (4X6) Individual Child Photos (different pictures)

2.    1 (11X14) Current Family Photo


* First Day Back to school*

Materials to Bring:

1.  1 gallon ZipLoc with 2 sets of summer clothing.

2.  Emergency Kit (XL ZipLoc Big Bags)

    1 set of extra clothing

    a letter to your child

    small (4X6) family photo

    Emergency Blanket

    1 small flashlight

    2 (8 oz) water bottles

    small stuff animals or favorite small blanket or small comforting

    material for your child

3. Beddings will be provided by the Butterfly Class, please do not

   bring your own.

4. Paperwork to look over and sign

  1. HiMama

  2. Sunscreen

  3. Allergies

  4. Adults who can pick up your child

Butterfly Classroom Schedule




8:00-9:00 AM

Arrival: Greeting Families & Outside Time

Children will practice self-expression, social/emotional, and physical development

8:15-8:45 AM

Healthy Snack & Outside Time

Children learn about the importance of nutrition and keeping their bodies energized.

8:45-9:00 AM

Clean Up & Transition to Classroom

Children will recognize the importance of caring for their space and being responsible for their environment.

9:00-10:30 AM

Circle Time and Curriculum

Children will practice communication and listening skills and are introduced to new concept of language, writing, math, science, social studies, and art.

10:30-11:15 PM

Morning Outside Time

Wed- Soccer (Coach Tony)

Thurs- Yoga (Ms. Mary)

Fri- Music (Erik)

Children will have a chance to exercise their gross motor skills, enrich their social development and cognitive growth.

11:45-12:15 PM

Transition inside with song

Lunch Time

Children will sit in Circle TIme and sing songs to dismiss them to wash their hands for lunch.

Children develop a positive attitude towards food and nutrition; children will enjoy conversations and create a positive environment.

12;15-12:30 PM

Transition to Rest Time

Children will receive a greater understanding of the benefits of good health and personal hygiene.

12:30-2:30 PM

Rest Time

Provides children relaxation time and re-energizes them for the afternoon.

2:30-2:45 PM

Wake Up Time

Children will slowly transition out of resting time

2:45-3:00 PM

Quiet Table Activities

Children will socialize with their peers and explore their classroom

3:00-4:00 PM

Healthy Snack, Afternoon Closing Circle Time, and Table Activities

Children learn about the importance of nutrition and keeping their bodies energized. Children will be able to reflect on their day and make choices on the tables and carpet.

4:00-5:00 PM

Outside Time (mixed ages)

Children will have a chance to exercise and socialize with different age groups during their after school time.

5:15 PM

Last Call for Pick Up Time

Teachers will be prepping for the upcoming day



Dolphin Class


Welcome to the Dolphin Class! We are so excited to start a fun and engaging year with you and your families. Our goal is to create a warm and nurturing environment for both children and parents and establish a partnership towards each child’s development. With the start of the school year on the horizon, we wanted to send a friendly email to facilitate a smooth transition into the first week of school.


We would like to start off by introducing ourselves:


Hello Dolphin Families! My name is Chitra Wiltshire and I am embarking on my third year as a teacher at St. James Preschool. When I first started at St. James, I was a Dolphin teacher, and was granted the opportunity to transition with them into the Butterfly class. This year, I have the pleasure of returning to the Dolphin class with my former co-teacher, Julie Amaya and will be joined by Linda Tellez.


I received my B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Child Development and Family Studies from California State University, Long Beach. In addition to my B.A., I have a Site Supervisor Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Child and Family Well-Being at the University of Southern California. I have a little one of my own, Rhyann (11 months old), along with over 6 years of experience in early childhood education. I extremely enjoy fostering independence in each individual child’s development. Particularly social-emotional development through language/dramatic play, as well as letter/number recognition, and creative art/writing. Every child is unique and has a special skill to offer, and I enjoy helping each child figure out what talent that may be. My favorite part about working with children is their genuine curiosity and love for learning. Their willingness to learn new ideas and creative processes inspires me to do the same. I am looking forward to starting a new year with all of you!


Hello Dolphin Families, my name is Julie Amaya, I started my journey at St. James’ a year ago as a butterfly teacher and now I’m transitioning over to the Dolphin Class. I have the pleasure to be transitioning over with my former co-teacher Chitra Wiltshire and joining us is Linda Tellez.   I’m filled with excitement going into a new journey with two amazing and knowledgeable teachers. I have eleven years of experience in the field of early childhood education, which has provided me with a greater understanding of a child’s physical, social, cognitive and emotional development.  I continue to expand my knowledge and experience through my career experiences and attending professional growth trainings on monthly basis.


I have achieved my Certificate of Achievement as a Preschool Teacher and received my Child Development Teacher Permit by The Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  I have a BA in Art from Cal State University, Los Angeles, which I’m truly passionate about. I find this experiential knowledge is a great integration to the field of child development.  Art expands a child's ability to interact with the world around them and provides a new set of skills for self-expression and communication. Children develop life skills through art activities,communication skills,problem-solving skills,social & emotional skills,fine motor/gross motor skills and self-expressionand creativity. My goal is to establish a bond of trust with the children and families I interact with. I want to foster their self-esteem by providing the confidence within themselves to have a love for learning and becoming lifelong learners. I’m excited to spend a year establishing meaningful relationships with you and creating new experiences together.

My Name is Linda Tellez I have two wonderful children, Octavio (5) and Gustavo (1). Working with children is my passion, ever since I was in Kindergarten my role in dramatic play area was being the Teacher. My Kindergarten teacher inspired me and because of her I pursued my education in teaching.   

I have worked for St. James Preschool for 11 years. I have 15 years of teaching experience and I currently have my Associates Degree in Child Development. I will also be obtaining my BA degree within the next two years and I’m in the process in applying for my Teacher’s Permit. My earliest experiences at St. James’ was teaching in the Tiger classroom, however, the Dolphin Class has became my home for the last 5 years.  I’m happy to be in the Dolphin classroom along side with Julie and Chitra.


Important dates to remember are:

First Day of School September 5, 2018 from 8 to 12 PM

Back to School Night September 12, 2018 from 7 to 8:30 PM


As the school year approaches, there are a few items that will help provide a smooth transition to the Dolphin Classroom.


Please mail the following photos as soon as possible to:

625 S. Gramercy Pl. Los Angeles, CA 90005


First Day of School

Items to bring:

  1.  Sets of Clothing

  • 2 pairs of underwear and socks

  • 2 pairs of pants and shirts

  • An extra pair of shoes (closed toe)

  1. Diapers or Pull-Ups (if Necessary)

  2. Emergency Kit (XL ZipLoc Big Bags)

  • Mini Flashlight with batteries

  • Full set of pajamas or extra clothes

  • Underwear (or diaper/pull-up if needed)

  • Family Photo/Letter to your child

  • Comfort item

  • Mini bottle of water

  • Non-Perishable food item (ex: crackers, granola bar, etc)

    4. Naptime

  • Bedding will be provided by the Dolphin Class, please do not bring your own.

  • Your child may bring one small plush toy for rest time.

    5. Paperwork to view and sign

  • HiMama

  • Sunscreen

  • Allergies

  • Adults who pick up your child

    6. Photos

  • Family 5X7

  • Individual 4X6



Dinosaur Class

Erica Alvarado

Preschool Teacher – KR5 (Dinosaurs)

  213-382-2315 ext. 3

B.A., Child Development — Mount St. Mary’s Univ. 
Child Development Program Supervisor & Master Teacher Permit — California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Kerry Leikin

Preschool Teacher – KR5 (Dinosaurs)

  213-382-2315 ext. 3

B.S., Early Childhood Education — Ohio University
Generalist Endorsement in 4th and 5th Grade
Ohio Early Childhood Teaching License for PK–3rd Grade

Tiger Class

Yesi Urrea

Preschool Teacher – KR4 (Tigers)

  213-382-2315 ext. 274

B.A., History with Classical Studies minor — Cal State - Long Beach

Lynese Williams

Preschool Teacher – KR4 (Tigers)

  213-382-2315 ext. 4

A.A., Early Childhood Development — El Camino College 

Rocheleen Rosel

Preschool Teacher – KR4 (Tigers)

  213-382-2315 ext. 4

A.A., Child Development — Los Angeles Valley Community College 
B.A., Child and Adolescent Development — CSUN
M.A., Human Development with specialization in Leadership in Education and Social Service — Pacific Oaks College 

Butterfly Class

David Flores

Preschool Teacher - Butterflies

  213-382-2315 ext. 111

B.A., English Education - University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona)
Arizona Secondary English Education Teaching Certificate (Grade 6-12))
Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Children - Columbia University Teachers College (New York, New York)

Chitra Wiltshire

Preschool Teacher – Butterflies

  213-382-2315 ext. 2

B.A., Psychology with minor in Child Development and Family Studies — Cal State - Long Beach

Julie Amaya

Preschool Teacher - Butterflies

  213-382-2315 ext. 111

B.A., Studio Arts – California State University, Los Angeles
Child Development Teacher Permit - Commission on Teacher Credentialing          
Certificate of Achievement in Preschool Associate Teacher - L.A. Trade Technical Community College

Dolphin Class

Michelle Deiotte

Preschool Teacher – Dolphins

  213-382-2315 ext. 2

Child Development — Pasadena City College

Alenoosh Hartouni

Preschool Classroom Assistant – Dolphins

  213-382-2315 ext. 2

A.S. Child Development, Glendale Community College

Linda Tellez

Preschool Classroom Assistant - Dolphins

  213-382-2315 ext. 3

A.A., Early Childhood Development — East Los Angeles College