Meet the Pepper Valley Staff
Brook: 2 year program - Teacher
I have been working with children since 2004 and joined the Pepper Valley family in the fall of 2014. Growing up I was always surrounded by little ones. I am one of nine grandchildren and my mother ran an in home daycare so I was always helping out. Working with children is a magical gift that keeps me on my toes. There is never a dull moment in the two year old program. When not working I enjoy spending time outdoors with my loving husband and my two children.
Erica: 2 year program - Teacher
Hi, my name is Erica and I I have been part of the Pepper Valley family since January 2017. I began working with children while attending college in 1992, where I obtained my certificate in Early Childhood Education. I am from San Diego and am married with two children. My favorite thing about working with young children is how loving and fun they are, so filled with curiosity and wonder! When I am not at Pepper Valley I enjoy cooking, relaxing at the beach, reading and places that are quiet. I especially love spending time with family and friends.
Mireya: 3 year program - Teacher
Hello my name is Mireya Lopez. I have worked with children ages two through twelve since 1999. I really love coming to work every day; I marvel at how much the children grow physically and mentally. My goal is to be a positive influence and to create fun days at school. I look forward to the day the children return all grown up, with happy memories of their time spent at Pepper Valley Learning Center. On the weekends, I enjoy spending time with my husband, scrapbooking, and traveling.
Bianca: 3 year program - Teacher
Hello my name is Bianca. I have worked with preschool children of all ages. It brings me great joy to see smiling happy children every day. I currently work with the three year old children in room 2. I am amazed by their curiosity and the optimistic outlook they have. On my days off I enjoy spending time with our church youth group, we go on several retreats a year. I also enjoy reading and writing poetry. At the end of any given day you will find me cooking with my mom, delicious traditional Mexican dishes.
Amanda: Pre-K Teacher
My name is Amanda. I’ve been teaching at Pepper Valley Learning Center since the summer of 2004. I have my Master Teacher Certificate. I am currently working towards my AA degree in Child Development. I have had special training in classroom management, and working with children who have special needs. My prior work experience involved working with children who have special needs and challenging behaviors.
I love working with children of all ages, but my favorite age is the pre – K and kindergarten age. They often remind me to appreciate the simple things in life, like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. I feel blessed to share precious moments, smiles, and laughter with the children in my class. I hope my academic guidance prepares them for the high demands for kindergarten and elementary school.
On my free time I enjoy camping in the summer and traveling to new and exciting places. I then bring my new experiences to the classroom through art, cooking and music. Creativity is nourished and encouraged in my class, it is part of my daily life. I’m always looking for new and exciting things to do and to experience in my class. Each year I can hardly wait to meet my new class and share our precious time together. Ms. Amanda is currently on personal leave.
Andrel: Pre-K Teacher
Dear families my name is Andrel Love-Carter. I currently hold an AS and an AA degree in Early Childhood Education; complimented with over thirty years of experience in the field of Child Development. During my career I have taught various age groups from two year olds through Pre-Kindergarten. I have also directed the after school program. I have also had the opportunity to work as an administrator in the front office. My passion is teaching and watching children learn and grow. I love interacting and working in the classroom first hand with the children. I look forward to my work day where I get to do what I love most. I am married and have a daughter and two step-daughters. My husband is a Fire Marshall and works for the City of San Diego. I enjoy spending time with family on my days off.
Kelly: Pre-K Teacher
Hello my name is Kelly Hopkins. I have been working with preschool children since 2000. I joined the Pepper Valley Learning Center staff in 2013. I love working with children. It satisfies me greatly to know I have the privledge of teaching your children. This is one of their first learning experiences, and I am one of their first teachers. Their future success in education is very important to me, to help nuture life long learners is my goal. I spend my days off with my two children and husband, usually outdoors. We enjoy riding bikes at the lake and camping.
Jennifer: Pre-K-transition Teacher
Hello my name is Jennifer Dillon I have been with Pepper Valley since June of 2001. I’ve always known I wanted to be a teacher and now that I am, I find it so rewarding. What I find unique and special about working with children is that you never know what they are going to say or do next. I spend my days off watching movies, and writing in my journal about my experiences working with children, which I hope to turn into a book some day.
Robin: Kindergarten Teacher
Hello my name is Robin. I have been at Pepper Learning Center Valley since 1984. Teaching children is truly rewarding. Children are eager to learn. They enjoy challenging work and activities and they are delighted when they accomplish a goal or task. Children bring happiness and laughter to your classroom. What a way to start and end your day beaming smiles, joyful hearts and loving hugs.
Rebeca: School Age Teacher
Hello, my name is Rebeca and I have been working with children for just over 2 years. I am currently working with the school age children. I enjoy every aspect of teaching and have realized that the children can teach us as much as we teach them. This is one of the many things that I love about teaching. I have been at Pepper Valley for 1 year. I believe this center is wonderful in many ways. Every teacher is passionate about each child. I am happy to be working with such a great team.
Kynda: School Age Teacher
Hello, my name is Kynda. I have been working with children since 2005 & currenty working on my Bachelor Degree. I have been part of the Pepper Valley family since 2017. I enjoy working with chidren because they are very open to new ideas & they don't hold back! I spend my days off going to the gym and with my family, my dog & snake. I love trying new foods and exploring new places with my friends. My favorite part about working with children is that they have no filter and tell you how they see it.
Imelda is a veteran when it comes to cooking. Raising five children with healthy, good tasting meals that stayed within the household budget prepared her for her future career. Working in various preschools she brings with her sixteen years of experience. She joined the PVLC staff in December of 2010. She enjoys filling her home with children and grandchildren and spends her free time at church. We hope to have many wonderful meals through out the years togeth
Hello, my name is Michelle and am the assistant director. I have been part of the Pepper Valley family since June 2012. My career in Early Childhood Education began in August 1993. During the last 20+ years I have been very fortunate to work with children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. I also have several years experience as a Center Director and licensed home care provider. I am a San Diego native and live in the Clairemont area with my husband and our two sons. Our family enjoys camping, fishing, movie/game nights, watching & playing sports and we are very active with B.S.A. I enjoy reading and scrapbooking when I am able to sneak in some me time!
Hello my name is Carie and I serve as the Director of Pepper Valley Learning Center. You will find me working in the front office; answering phones, on the computer, or visiting with parents. I have been part of the Pepper Valley Family since the early 80’s. It is a compliment to have students I once taught return with their own children. Time goes by quickly, and children grow up so fast. I feel lucky to be part of your child’s life; during these formative years.
Monica: Office Administration
Hello, I’m Monica and I work in the front office of Pepper Valley Learning Center. You can find me busy in the front office, or visiting the children in the classrooms. I have the privilege of working with children. If I could do anything for the children that attend our school: It would be to establish the love of learning. Children can learn through movement, taste, sound, feel, sight and even in the silence of a quiet room. Life is full of lessons and I can’t wait to see what the day will bring as I share it with the staff, parents, and children of Pepper Valley Learning Center.