Kids Town Staff
Alondra Meza, Aspen Classroom Assistant Teacher
Alondra has worked at KYCC for three years. She took care of her many nieces and nephews when she was a teenager, which inspired her to have a career teaching young children.
Ana Arvizu, Floater Teacher
Ana has worked at KYCC since 2006. She previously worked at Immanuel Presbyterian School and has a degree in Child Development. Born in Sonora, Mexico, she understands children from diverse backgrounds. She is dedicated to helping every child develop with a healthy body and a positive attitude. She brings childcare experience that she gained from raising seven children of her own. Ana enjoys feeling that she is growing as a teacher every day.
Anabel Torres, Willow Classroom Head Teacher
Anabel started working in KYCC’s academic programs in 2000 as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Her passion for working with children began when she was 16, when she taught one summer at a private preschool. She went on to earn a degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to becoming a Kids Town teacher, she tutored elementary- and middle-school children, and worked as a teacher’s assistant. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, biking and hiking.
Hyosun “Bella” Baek, Maple Classroom Assistant Teacher/Family Advocate
As an Assistant Teacher and the Korean-speaking Family Advocate, Bella works very closely with Kids Town children and their families. Before joining Kids Town, Bella worked at KYCC as a Lead Instructor and Family Advocate for the Elementary Tutorial Program (ETP) at the Wilton Center. In 2009, Bella graduated from Chung-Ang University in South Korea, with degrees in philosophy and business administration. She will be taking courses in Early Childhood Education in the spring of 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities with her son and husband.
Hisu Chung, Aspen Classroom Head Teacher
Hisu loves being with children as an educator and as a caregiver. Children are the inspiration for her creativity and personal development. A South Korea native, she grew up in various countries and returned to South Korea for college. She studied Early Childhood Education there and in the United States. She has also taught young children in both countries. When Hisu is not at Kids Town, she enjoys traveling and spending time in the children’s section at bookstores. She is inspired by her family.
K. Dunlap, Kids Town Director
K. has over eight years experience in managing education programs, and 16 years in the child development field. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, Associates of Arts in Early Childhood Studies, and Masters of Science in Human Services. She has worked with various programs supervising 10-100 employees. As a director she has experience in staff management and recruitment, budgeting, conducting monthly staff meetings, planning staff development trainings, implementing policies and procedures, and creating quality programs.
Luz Favela, Willow Classroom Assistant Teacher
Luz has loved every minute of her 10 years caring for young children. Helping children learn and grow has been like a great gift. Not only has Luz gotten to teach children, she feels she has learned from them as well. She was born in Durango, Mexico, and came to the United States at the age of 15. The oldest of seven children, she was a second mother to her younger brothers and sisters. That is what sparked her interest in caring for children. Luz overcame language barriers when she first moved to the United States, and is now bilingual. Eventually, she realized that it was her calling to work with children. She is married and has three children: a 22-year-old daughter, a 16-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son.
Maricela Muratalla, Maple Classroom Head Teacher
Growing up in a big family kindled Maricela’s passion for helping people who need help. When she was just 14, she tutored her brothers and cousins in math and other subjects. In 2001, she began working with young children as a teacher’s assistant in an early education center. She graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Learning and began tutoring elementary-school children. She began working at Kids Town in 2007 as an infant/toddler Head Teacher. She has been working with preschoolers since 2008. Working at Kids Town, Maricela has enjoyed seeing children grow up to become unique individuals. She believes that Kids Town is a magical place that encourages their growth.
Nely Rojo, Maple Classroom Teacher/Family Advocate
Nely has been working at Kids Town for eight years. Each year has offered an exciting challenge, because every child is different and unique to her. She takes time to familiarize herself with the children and their needs and wants. As a parent of two, she knows that a preschool teacher needs patience and an open mind. She feels that teachers who are open to their students can learn important things from them.
Sung Bok Lee, Willow Classroom Teacher
The most important thing to Sung, as a teacher, is that she engages, motivates and inspires students to learn. She always encourages students to strive for greatness. She tries to make lessons exciting so that children learn as they’re having fun. Sung was born in South Korea. She graduated from California State University, Northridge, where she majored in Education and Asian American Studies. She also took Early Childhood Education classes at Pasadena City College and has earned a Site Supervisor Permit. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and going to the opera.