Joyce Rose has been a part of the Nurtury since 1991 and was the Director of the school for many years. In 2015, Joyce retired but continued to be a part of the Nurtury Board as the Church Liaison. She is a Los Angeles native and has raised five children here in the Valley. She received her Child Development education from Los Angeles Mission College. She has sat on countless boards and committees over the years and is or has been involved in the California Early Childhood Mentor Program, NAEYC, The Director’s Rap, The Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce, and The Nurtury Board of Directors. She brings decades of knowledge in Early Childhood and is firmly dedicated to the developmental learning model and curriculum. She lives in Brentwood with her husband of 53 years, Bob Rose, and their dog Sophie. She enjoys her children and grandchildren and loves to travel the world! Although no longer serving at the Nurtury in an Official capacity, she is our “director emeritus,” and we often consult Joyce when we are in need of her sage advice!
Michelle Krehl is our Head Teacher and Assistant Director at The Nurtury. She is currently teaching in the Kindergarten classroom, and is firm believer in developmentally appropriate practice. She was excited to help develop the Kindergarten program at the Nurtury, and to be able to incorporate play as an integral part of the children’s day. She moved to Los Angeles from Wisconsin in 1989. She began teaching here as a substitute and part time teacher in 2001 and moved on to teaching full time in 2002. She attended the Milwaukee School of Business, and received an Associate’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising and minored in Interior Design, and later attended L.A. Mission College, earning her preschool certificate after taking 38 child development units and 23 general ed units for an AA equivalent in Early Childhood Education. She was the Los Angeles County Preschool Teacher of the year in 2011, and has made media and TV appearances discussing the importance of quality Early Childhood Education. She is on the Advisory Committees for Child Development at Los Angeles Mission College and Los Angeles Valley College. She is a mentor teacher in the California Early Childhood Mentor Program where she oversees student teachers from local colleges and universities. She lives in Van Nuys with her longtime boyfriend Chet. She has two adult children, Dylan and Nicole. She is also a doggy mom to her two terrier mix rescues Mindy and Max, and a feisty little maltipoo named Sloane. If Michelle was not a teacher she would be a dog trainer or have her own rescue.
Norma Montes began as a student teacher in 2013 and was hired as a full-time staff member in August 2014. She has completed 36 units of Child Development in addition to having a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from UCLA. Prior to her employment at The Nurtury, Norma worked at the nurse’s office at Oxnard Elementary, and volunteered at other LAUSD programs. She likes to do crafting in her spare time, and she also speaks and reads Portuguese.
Sophia Mosqueda has been a teacher at The Nurtury since 2004. She attended Los Angeles Mission College and has over 30 units of Child Development. She was named a Sherman Oaks Teacher of the Year in 2012. She loves to garden and often shares her beautiful roses with us on special occasions. She lives in Sylmar with her husband and 3 dogs. She has two grandsons. Sophia is very excited about becoming the permanent Crocodile teacher. She loves working with the youngest children at the school.
Peyton “Poom” Jitsopha was our regular Substitute Teacher for many years. He recently became a Full time teacher and is doing an amazing job. He was born in Bangkok, Thailand and moved here in 2004. He did his semester of student teaching here at The Nurtury under Miss Michelle in the fall of 2012. He received his Associates Degree in Child Development from Los Angeles Valley College in 2012 and was on the Dean’s List. He holds a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Child Development Permit. He brings a fun and lively energy here for the kids. He speaks Thai and English. The children love to have Poom here!
Katey Scott is one of our Kindergarten teachers. She has her Associates’s degree in Early Childhood education from Los Angeles Valley College and currently attends Pacific Oaks College. Katey has six years of experience in early childhood education. She is a silly and loving teacher who believes in nurturing creativity in children. Katey loves all things Disney, baking, and hanging out with her family.
Mai Rojas has 13 years of experience teaching children as a Behaviorist. She has extensive experience in positive behavior support, applied behavior analysis, and play-based learning. Mai believes it is important for young children to have many learning opportunities in all types of environments. She has experience working with typical and atypical children. She has taught children with special needs and has seen every single child succeed in their academics and independence. Her experience and skills as a behaviorist motivated her to become a teacher. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts specializing in Child and Adolescent Development: Applied Developmental Science. She was on the dean’s list and was a member of the Child and Adolescent Development Association (CADA). Mai enjoys going on weekend getaways to Ventura, Big Bear Lake, and Sequoia National Park with her fiancé, Joseph. She has a knack for interior decorating, loves being in nature, is a big animal lover, and is always looking for ways to be inspired.
Nancy Vildoso has 2 children of her own. She is working on her AA in Early Childhood Education at Los Angeles Valley College. Her passion in working with children began when she was a little girl, taking care of her younger brother and sister. After she became a mother, she discovered her desire to work directly with children, and she enrolled in college. Now she feels blessed to have the opportunity to be part of this great preschool. She is committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally appropriate experience. She is here to work together as a team to provide the best foundation for a lifetime of learning. Nancy believes that children have a natural drive that makes them want to understand and know about the world around them and how this world relates to them, and implement this understanding in her teaching.