About Us

Miss Bridget is the founder, owner, and director of Aspen Leaf Preschool. She is an early childhood education professional with over twelve years of experience teaching preschool in San Diego and Philadelphia. She received her B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, and has studied a variety of early childhood education philosophies including Reggio-Emilia and Montessori. As the second oldest of twelve, Miss Bridget has been caring for little ones most of her life, and realized early on that caring for children was her life’s passion. You can read more about her educational philosophy, and see examples of her lessons and activities on her classroom blog, Miss Bridget’s Classroom.

Miss Erin is the Assistant Director and one of the teachers in our Owls classroom. She has been working at Aspen Leaf Preschool since it first opened. Miss Erin is from mid-coast Maine, and received her B.S. in Elementary Education and Child Development from the University of Maine. After college Miss Erin taught Kindergarten for five years before moving to San Diego in 2012. Her experience teaching Kindergarten makes her uniquely qualified to ensure that every student at Aspen Leaf Preschool can be Kindergarten-ready. She loves working with young children and aims to provide a classroom that is fun, safe, nurturing, and full of learning opportunities. You can see examples of her lessons and activities on her classroom blog, Miss Erin’s Classroom.

Miss Twila is a teacher in our Owls classroom. She is a San Diego native who comes from a large family. She has been surrounded by kids her whole life. During high school, she helped at her mother’s in-home daycare and realized she wanted to work with children as her profession. She is currently a student at Grossmont College, majoring in Early Childhood Education. Miss Twila speaks fluent Spanish and has a natural way of bringing her first language into the classroom. She leads weekly Spanish circle time and teaches the students at Aspen Leaf Preschool many Spanish songs and poems. Observing her students learn Spanish from her teaching inspires her every day.
Miss Marieva is a teacher in the Elephants classroom. She grew up between Tijuana and San Diego. Miss Marieva has a B.A. in Education from Universidad de Monterrey in Mexico. She also has experience working in a Montessori classroom. Throughout her education years, Miss Marieva volunteered in Special Education programs for children, adolescents, and young adults. She is currently involved with a low-income hospital in Tijuana, collecting donations to fulfill patients’ needs. Miss Marieva loves teaching and being part of a child’s learning process and accomplishments. Her other passions are traveling and learning about new cultures and languages; she’s had the opportunity to study in Paris, Barcelona, and Buenos Aires.

Miss Cynthia is a teacher in our Elephants classroom. She was born in Tijuana and raised in San Diego. Coming from a big family, she was always surrounded by children which made her passion for teaching grow. In high school, she volunteered at her church’s daycare where she was responsible for the curriculum. She is currently attending Grossmont College where she studies Child Development. Miss Cynthia loves to volunteer and organize events for children and adults in need in Tijuana and San Diego. She also enjoys traveling and seeking adventures in nature. Her favorite part about working at Aspen Leaf Preschool is getting messy in the art center and developing a special bond with her students as they grow.

Miss Valerie is a teacher in our Otters Classroom, and has been working in the field of Child Development since 2015. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with an emphasis in child development, and a Child Development Certificate from UCLA. Miss Valerie began her career working with children at Art and Children's Museums. She enjoys watching children learn and grow, and encourages children to explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. She recently moved to San Diego from Palm Springs, and enjoys hiking, sewing, and yoga.
Miss Joyce has been working in the field of Child Development since 2006, and has experience with children from 18-months-old to twelve-years-old. She has a degree in Child Development from Southwestern College, and a child development teacher permit. Miss Joyce lives in Chula Vista with her husband Dominic, their daughter Chloe, their three dogs, Lambchop, Papi, Mackie, and a guinea pig named Lulu. In her spare time she loves to go to the beach to kayak and paddleboard. Miss Joyce is truly committed to being a positive role model for children, and to guiding them in reaching their fullest potential. She is very passionate about giving children the best start in life through positive learning experiences that support and develop their social, emotional, and cognitive growth.