Kids Town Staff
Alondra Meza, Maple Classroom, Head Teacher
Alondra has been serving as the head teacher in the Maple classroom for the past two years. Alondra has a certificate in child development and is working on obtaining an associate’s degree in child development. She took care of her many nieces and nephews as a teenager, which inspired her to have a career teaching young children. She believes that children learn through a play based environment. She is also bilingual in English and Spanish.
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, Associate Teacher/Family Advocate/Admin Specialist
Anabel is currently an associate teacher, lead family advocate and admin specialist for the Kids Town. 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 and son, biking and hiking.
Chan Mi P. Hwang, Family Advocate
Chan Mi is a family advocate at Kids Town, She was born in South Korea and immigrated with her family to El Salvador at 12 years old. She spent her teenage years attending International School, providing her the opportunity to experience, learn and accept various cultures. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University, Michigan. She also has a Master’s degree in Educational Ministry. She has worked in a variety of fields including customer service, maintenance, religious education and administrative support. She hopes she can apply her knowledge into practice by supporting immigrant families and serving their children at Kids Town.
Hailey Chaeyoon Kim, Maple Classroom, Teacher
Hailey is a teacher in Maple classroom. She graduated from Los Angeles City College with a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and obtained certificates for Infant & Toddler Studies and Children with Special Needs. Hailey is bilingual in both Korean and English. She has years of experience as a preschool teacher. Hailey considers her career working with children as one of the most important parts of her life. As a teacher, she has a strong belief that she should be a guide to children on the road of their growth and development. She is happily married, living with her husband and a puppy named Leo.
Jenny Park, Aspen Classroom, Interim Head Teacher
Jenny has been at Kids Town for almost two years and is currently serving as interim head teacher in Aspen classroom. She graduated from National University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She currently has a Site Supervisor permit. Jenny is also CPR and First Aid certified and is bilingual in Korean and English. Jenny has been working with children at children’s centers and language schools since her high school years. She believes that early childhood is the most important developmental stage for consistent growth and success in both education and social skills. In her spare time, Jenny likes to looking for must-stop restaurants and trying different tastes of food.
Jin Rhee, Headteacher/Assistant Director
Jin is a head teacher and assistant director at Kids Town. She graduated from CSU, Northridge with a master’s degree in Public Sector Leadership and Management with distinction. She previously worked as a lead teacher/adjunct faculty with low income at risk families and children from multicultural backgrounds. Jin’s passion for teaching comes from wanting to make a difference in a child’s life while facilitating meaningful experiences for the development of the whole child.
Lisa Kim, Director
Lisa has been the director at Kids Town since 2007. She received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development from UCSD and continued studying Early Childhood Education at West LA College. She has a Site Supervisor Permit from the State of California and is certified to conduct quality assessment of preschools through the Los Angeles Universal Preschool program. Lisa’s work is inspired by the talented teachers she works with everyday as well as the families who continue to trust and support Kids Town. Kids Town is her home away from home.
Luz Favela, Maple Classroom Assistant Teacher
Luz is a teacher’s assistant in the Maple classroom. She has been a member of the Kids town family for the past 12 years. 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. This sparked her interest in caring for children. Luz overcame language barriers when she first moved to the United States, and is now bilingual. Luz is currently working towards her Associates degree in Child Development at East Los Angeles College. She believes that in today’s society our children are our future and helping them grow is a gift.
Melanie Villasenor, Aspen Classroom Teacher
Melanie is a teacher in Aspen classroom. She has a full time morning and afternoon shift. Born and raised in LA, Melanie has always wanted to be a role model for young children. She is currently in the process process of earning her associate’s degree in child development. She has preschool associate teacher certificate, preschool teacher certificate and infant and toddler certificate that she earned at Los Angeles Trade technical College. Melanie is also bilingual in Spanish and English. She is also CPR and First Aid certified by the American Heart Association. Melanie believes that children learn best through play.
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
Sung is a teacher in the Willow classroom. 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. 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.