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Preschool Staff

EDUCATION COORDINATOR

LEICA JONES

Name that students call you:  

Years at Morey: 3

Years teaching: 27

Favorite Hobbies or interests: I love reading, quilting, watching sports, hanging with my friends, laughing

Why do you love teaching?  I love working with teachers and helping them grow and develop - I have spent 27 years in education ECE and have had amazing mentors - I just want to pass on what I have learned and learn more!

Preschool Teachers

RALA DAYAL

Name that students call her:  Ms. Rala

Years at Morey: 18 years

Years teaching: 18 years

Favorite Hobbies or interests: Traveling, reading, gardening, baking, and ocean

Why do you love teaching? To help children succeed and educate parents to. Lay a solid foundation for children's educational journey.

TINA GEHRER

Name that students call you: Ms. Tina

Years at Morey: 1st year

Years teaching: 18 years

Favorite Hobbies or interests: Going to Christian concerts, visiting my new grand baby girl

Why do you love teaching? To make a difference in children and families lives. To make a positive role model for children and families. 

LESLIE MITCHEM

Name that students call you:  Ms. Leslie

Years at Morey: 1st year

Years teaching: 9 years in U.S.A

Favorite Hobbies or interests: Painting, swimming, listening to piano music, dance, sing, travel. More than anything being with my children and family. 

Why do you love teaching? I love to see children reaching their goals and smile when they did it. I like in general to observe children and help them to grow in their physical, emotional, academic and social development.

VANMANY SOUTHIVILAY

Name that students call her: Ms. Vam  

Years at Morey: 16 years

Years teaching: 17 years

Favorite Hobbies or interests: I like to watch television and stay home with my kids.

Why do you love teaching? I love to see the children smile and learn and if they come back to say hello with a smile I have touched their lives in a great way!

YIA THAO

Name: Yia Thao

Name that students call her: Teacher and Ms. Yia 

Years at Morey: 22

Years teaching: 22

Favorite Hobbies or interests: Taking photos

Why do you love teaching? Every child is different but not less. My goal as a teacher is to keep every child safe.

CHENG VANG

Name that students call her:  Ms. Cheng

Years at Morey: 6 years

Years teaching: 10 years

Favorite Hobbies or interests: Cross stitch, running, travel, going to the gym, being outdoors. I’m an adventuress person.

Why do you love teaching? Smiles on my students face when they accomplish a task- writing their name, rote count 1-10, riding a tricycle.

MAY YANG

Name that students call you:  Ms. May

Years at Morey: 6

Years teaching: 6

Favorite Hobbies or interests: No specific hobbies but my interests are spending time together with my family.

Why do you love teaching? I love teaching because I want to make a difference in children's lives and help encourage children about school and success. Along with knowing that I have helped make a change or planted a seed of knowledge for the kiddos.

Teaching Assistants

DAYNA CARR

Name that students call you: Ms. Carr

Years at Morey: 1

Years teaching: 0

Favorite Hobbies or interests: Painting, meditation, traveling, cooking, spending time with family

Why do you love teaching? I love teaching because I love to see the growth and the "ah ha!" moment a child gets when they learn something new. I also love teaching because I like to incorporate fun activities with learning.

ELIZABETH ALEXANDER

Name that students call her:  Ms. Liz

Years at Morey: 5 years

Years teaching: 3 years

Favorite Hobbies or interests: I love practicing yoga, coloring and drawing exercising, playing video games and reading. Most of my free time is spent with my family. I like hoping my daughter practice her volleyball moves and I help her with her homework. We enjoy exercising, playing together and painting each other nails

Why do you love teaching? I enjoy teaching because I love to see our little ones progress and grow. These children are our future and I love being part of that.

KELLY CARSON

Name that students call you: 

Years at Morey: New hire

Years teaching: 10+

Favorite Hobbies or interests: Reading biographies and history aquatics, music, hiking, travel, new adventures.

Why do you love teaching? It is a fun mutual exchange - you learn and teach together.

JULIE EKKAPHANH

Name that students call her: Ms. Julie

Years at Morey: 1st year

Years teaching: 3

Favorite Hobbies or interests: arts and crafts

Why do you love teaching? I love playing a role in their growth and development. I enjoy seeing their progress throughout the year. No matter how big or small their accomplishments may be, the feeling is indescribable. 

MARIA MANCILLA

Name that students call you:  Ms. Maria

Years at Morey: 3

Years teaching: 3

Favorite Hobbies or interests: Play and talk with children

Why do you love teaching? I love to help children feel good

SAMANTHA GONZALEZ

Name that students call you:  Ms. Sam

Years at Morey: 1 (first year)

Years teaching: 1

Favorite Hobbies or interests: DIY projects!! I love taking day trips with my family!

Why do you love teaching? Kids bring something different everyday and as a teacher you get to see their knowledge grow in the short time they are in your classroom.

SUNITHA KANGADATLA

Name that students call you:  Ms. Sunitha

Years at Morey: 1st year

Years teaching: 1st year

Favorite Hobbies or interests: Reading, cooking and going on vacations with family 

Why do you love teaching? Helping the child to grow. Help the child to learn social, emotional, cognitive and physical development 

Sue Khounkhamseng

Name that students call her: Ms. Sue  

Years at Morey: 12 years

Years teaching: 12 years

Favorite Hobbies or interests: Music and candy crush

Why do you love teaching? Making good memories with the children makes me happy. Hearing my name called outside the school zone, makes me feel special.

LYNA LEE

Name that students call her: Ms. Lyna 

Years at Morey: 3 years

Years teaching: 15 years

Favorite Hobbies or interests: Drawing and decorating.

Why do you love teaching? I like to see kids succeed and put a smile on their faces when they learn new things.

ARACELI OROZCO

Name that students call you:  Ms. O

Years at Morey: 10 months

Years teaching: 10 years working with children of all ages, 3 years with preschool

Favorite Hobbies or interests: Camping, hiking, music, cooking, museums, family quality time, exploring, and traveling

Why do you love teaching? I love exposing children to different experiences to help them get inspired, to grow as individuals. I love making a difference in children's lives.

ROBERTA ROSALES

Name that students call her:  Ms. Berta

Years at Morey: 23

Years teaching: 23

Favorite Hobbies or interests: Music, ocean, cars, cooking, watching TV

Why do you love teaching? I love helping children and families that live in the same community. 

VIRGINIA RIMIREZ

Name: Virginia Ramirez

Name that students call her:  Ms. Virginia

Years at Morey: 5

Years teaching: 5

Favorite Hobbies or interests: Walking, studying bible, and family fun

Why do you love teaching? I love working with children.

Koua Yang

Name: Koua Yang

Name that students call her:  Mr. Yang

Years at Morey: 19

Years teaching: 26

Favorite Hobbies or interests: Fishing, hunting, volleyball, working on car, fixing house and gardening.

Why do you love teaching? I wish all children get educated and when they grow up they will have a better life. I love the community that I am serving in.

Special Education

KATRINA O'BRIEN

Name that students call you:  Ms. Katrina

Years at Morey: 1st year

Years teaching: 5 years

Favorite Hobbies or interests: Reading, photography and drawing. I like to collect and as and love Harry Potter

Why do you love teaching? I've planned on being a teacher since I was in kindergarten. I love helping kids develop a love of learning early on. 

CECELIA SLATER

Name that students call you:  Mrs. CeCe

Years at Morey: 1st year 

Years teaching: 1st year

Favorite Hobbies or interests: Baseball, gardening, cooking, Pinterest. I love to read books on fantasy.

Why do you love teaching? I love teaching because I want to be able to give our children a brighter future. I would like to be able to be the kind of teacher I always wanted for myself.