Director since 2001I am so pleased to begin another year at Bethlehem Preschool. I have been the director here since 2001. I graduated from SDSU with a degree in Child Development. I hold a Child Development Program Director Permit with the State of California. My family includes my husband, Tom, my daughter Laurel and my son Matt. I have lived in Leucadia for 35+ years and love being part of the beach community. I love to travel, hike, and garden. Welcome to Bethlehem Community Preschool!!
Hi, my name is AnnLisa Tipton and I am so honored to be joining the amazing Bethlehem family. I look forward to working with the children in this beautiful community. I am a long timer resident of North County and live in Carlsbad with my husband Loren and our three children, Pearl, Elson and Waylon. My two older children attended Bethlehem and my youngest will begin this year. I have my Bachelors Degree in English and have a real love for Literature and writing. I have really enjoyed working with children in both the Carlsbad and Encinitas Unified School Districts. I love to spend time with my family. We enjoy being outdoors together. I love to run, write, read, and draw. We have the sweetest dog named Mary and her best friend is Diana our cat.
Hi, my name is Bree Smith and I grew up here in Encinitas and now live in Carlsbad with my husband and two daughters who both attended Bethlehem Preschool. I have my Multiple Subject and Single Subject Science teaching credentials from UCSD. I previously taught science to 7th and 8th graders at Valley Middle School in Carlsbad and have been home with my girls since my oldest was born. I enjoy my role as a Girl Scout troop leader and also love to read. Some of my families favorite activities include swimming, game night and cooking. I'm so excited to get back into the classroom and share my love for learning with your little ones as they start out on their educational journey.
Hi, my name is Cheyanne Blackburn. I joined the Bethlehem family in 2003. I grew up in Chino, California. In 1994 I moved to San Diego to attend Point Loma Nazarene University where I received a degree in Child Development. I hold a Master Teacher Permit and a Site Supervisor Permit from the State of California. I currently reside in Carlsbad with my wonderful husband Jake, and our precious little man Quinn, our sweet little daughter Elliot and Quinn’s dog Teagan. As a family we enjoy being out doors, going to the beach, camping and taking road trips. Teaching at Bethlehem brings joy, laughter and love to my life and I am so grateful to be a part of this amazing family.
Greetings! I am Jane Tetzlaff, A.K.A “Miss Jane”. I live in San Marcos with my husband Bob. We have four adult children. I hold a California Standard Teaching Credential with a specialization in early Childhood Education. I have had experience in Preschool, Kindergarten and first through third classrooms. I bring 25 plus years of teaching experience into the classroom. I love warm weather, sunshine, the beach, hiking and camping. I also enjoy gardening long distance walking, paddle boarding and visiting with family and friends. I love teaching, my favorite part is the children and the excitement and joy they bring into everything they do.
Hi, my name is Kelly Perez and I am so excited to be joining the Bethlehem community this year. I feel honored to have an opportunity to work with your children. I am a fourth generation resident in North San Diego County and currently live in Encinitas with my husband and two boys, Makai and Liam, who attend Ocean Knoll Elementary School. I have an AA in humanities and child development from Mira Costa College and will be returning to Cal State San Marcos this year to work on completing my teaching credential in elementary education after taking a break to be home with my kids before they started kindergarten. I have enjoyed working with children for many year in a preschool setting, teaching Polynesian dance (prior to having my own kids), and volunteering in my boy’s classrooms. My family and I enjoy the beach, walking, art, and spending time together with our basset hound, Hans, and our guinea pig, Gizmo.
My name is Patti McDuffie. I’ve been at Bethlehem Preschool since 1995. I have my Master Teacher State Permit and am a member of NAEYC. I taught art for 11 years at Ocean Knoll Elementary School and was a Girl Scout leader. I live in Leucadia with my two spoiled cats and have two children, Meagan and Patrick. They both attended Bethlehem Preschool way back when. Yes, I’m a grandma and loving every minute! I’m a member of St John’s Church. As a freelance artist, I participate in the DEMA Arts Alive banner project. Here at Bethlehem I am the teacher representative for our annual art festival. My hobbies include painting, reading, walking on the beach, and travel. My family is a very international one! I’m looking forward to a great year with the Bethlehem families!
My name is Therese Lambert and I have been a member of the staff here at Bethlehem since 2001. I have an AA Degree in Child Development and have received my Master Teacher Permit from the State of California. I am married and have two girls. My youngest attended Bethlehem Preschool. I love children and look forward to a great year here with you and your children.
Hi families, My name is Tara Nelson and I am so excited to join the Bethlehem team. I went to preschool here, many moons ago, so it is fun to be back where I first went to school! I grew up in Encinitas and have lived in the area most of my life. I am a fifth generation of coastal North County and feel lucky to have grown up in such a great place. I have worked with children since my teens in a wide variety of settings, however I have found that my passion is the preschool/pre-k age! I strive to be the best teacher I can be and love learning and exploring the Child Development field. I am currently working towards my Master Teacher Permit. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and furry children Marley and Martini and my family! I love to travel, especially road trips and camping and I love concerts! I am a fun, happy, positive person and I look forward to getting to know you and your child this year!
Hello! My name is Meredith Toraason. I am beyond excited to be part of the Bethlehem teaching staff. I was born and raised in the awesome town of Encinitas, California. I graduated from California State University San Marcos with a bachelors degree in liberal studies and an emphasis on child development. I then went on to obtain my teaching credential from CSUSM. I was a full time substitute teacher in the Encinitas Union school district. My husband Matt and I had four beautiful boys: Nolan, Wyatt, Quinn and Jonas. My oldest son first attended Bethlehem in 2009. I immediately felt a connection to the school and the unique sense of community that exists among the parents and staff. I feel so fortunate to have had all of my boys attend this awesome school. When I'm not in the classroom, my family and I love escaping to Mexico for the weekends to surf and eat fish tacos. I also enjoy taking barre classes at studio barre. Reading, crafting and cooking are passions of mine too!
My name is Yeni Ramon and I feel so happy to be part of Bethlehem community. Since I did my learning service here I love the environment, I'm still student at Mira Costa College where I am working on getting my student certificate. I live with my husband and two daughters Scarlett and Brianna. Scarlett is currently a student at Bethlehem and she loves the preschool. My family loves to go to the beach and spend time outdoors. I am so thankful for the opportunity to work at Bethlehem and learn each day about the children's development.
My name is Victoria Godinez, but everyone knows me as Vicky. I have been a child care provider in the Encinitas area over nine years. I began my career in child development in an at home childcare. When it closed ,I became a nanny for the families I met in the childcare. I am a mother of two girls and look forward to resuming my classes soon to obtain my bachelor’s degree in child development. I am looking forward to working here at Bethlehem Community Preschool and meeting all of you and your children.