Sugar Pine

Ellen Loza

I am a lead preschool teacher with Step by Step. I have been teaching preschool since 2017 with Step by Step and have moved up from a teacher’s aide to the lead teacher. I absolutely love my job and I have learned so much as a teacher and as a person from my students.

 

Education

 

I graduated high school in South Lake Tahoe and immediately started my education in Early Childhood Education. Since then, I have graduated with my Associate’s degree in ECE and have my Teacher permit. The accomplishments I am most proud of are that I am a first-generation college graduate in my family, and I achieved securing the job of lead teacher at the age of 19.

 

Teaching Philosophy

 

All children are different. I have learned through my experience and education how to adjust my lesson for all types of learners. I have some students that learn auditorily and others kinesthetically. I make sure I adjust my lessons to fit all their learning styles. I believe that we are raising and educating future adults, not children. With that in mind I strive to include their individual needs regarding their education, treat them with respect, and teach them the skills they will need in the future. Talking to kids at their level but with respect allows them to feel like they matter to me and that they are their own person. To the kids I’m not just their teacher. I’m their teacher, nurse, doctor, hero, cook, etc. They make me feel important and loved and knowing that I am supporting them fulfills me.

 

How I Spend My Time

 

In my free time I enjoy shopping, going to the gym, and spending time with my family.

Amber Osorio Acevedo

I am a Teachers Assistant in our preschool classroom. I started my early childhood education career at Step by Step in 2019 and have worked in all age groups here. Currently I work with the 3- and 4-year-old children in our program.

 

Education

 

I am working on getting my Associate teacher’s permit and will eventually obtain my Teacher’s permit and an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education.

 

Teaching Philosophy

 

I believe that kids learn best when they learn from their mistakes. As teachers we facilitate their learning and allow them to make mistakes and learn from their experiences. Not every child comprehends the world the same way which is why learning from experiences is so important. As teachers we need to learn how each child comprehends and behaves in different situations. This gives us a foundation to provide tailored educational experiences so they can learn skills that will help them through their life. I love watching the children grow and develop while meeting important milestones in their life. I find it rewarding when I see children start at our center a few months old and develop through their preschool years until they leave for kindergarten.

 

How I Spend My Time

 

I enjoy spending time with my son who was born in 2019 and family. In the summer especially we enjoy neighborhood walks, hiking, bike riding, and spending time at the beach.