Meet The Teachers

Our experienced teachers create an environment that is varied, stimulating, age appropriate and rich in open-ended learning opportunities.

 

They work hard to develop trusting relationships with each child and are always ready with words of encouragement and warm hugs.

 

Our teachers seek to provide a safe, calm, loving program where children can relax and enjoy the unhurried activities and play that they so need in this busy world.

Our motto:​

"Tell me and I forget,

teach me and I remember,

involve me and I learn."

 

-Benjamin Franklin

"I take great pride in the work that we do here.  Our belief is that every child should be given the opportunity to explore, learn and develop socially as an individual (while they are covered in sand, paint and gloop!)"

-Miss Marji 
Marji Golden
Director

Since 1991

Julie Ventrella
Assistant Director

Since 1995

"Coming to work is such a joy.  Every day is filled with the sound of children’s laughter.  P&C is creativity and imagination at its best.  Hearing the children burst out randomly in song, seeing them build relationships, watching them grow in a nurturing atmosphere warms my heart."

-Miss Julie 
Conny Paccone
Teacher 

Since 2006 

"Play is the work of childhood."

 

-Jean Piaget

"I truly believe that after many years of working with young children - with their open minds and pure hearts - I have learned as much as I have taught."

-Miss Neela 
Neela Smith
Teacher 

Since 1990 

"To see life through the eyes of an innocent child brings happiness to my heart!"

-Miss Pam 

Pam Herrmann
Teacher

Since 2005

Barbara Lineaweaver
Teacher

Since 2004

"I love creating opportunities for young minds to blossom in."

-Miss Barbara 

Breanna Kelly 
Substitute Teacher & Teacher's Aide 

Since 2018 

"The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see."

 

-Alexandra K. Trenfor

"Every day when I walk into Parents & Children, it becomes my happy place…my place where I get absolute pure joy from every child present."

-Miss Marianne 

Marianne Rundle
Teacher 

Since 2001 

Carin Leffler
Substitute Teacher & Teacher's Aide 

Since 2015 

"I have never worked with a more caring, supportive staff and the children brighten my day!"

-Miss Carin 

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children, play is serious learning.  

Play is the work of childhood." 

 

-Fred Rogers

Linda McKinney
Teacher 

Since 2003 

"Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever."

 

-Walt Disney

Jennifer Reynoso
Teacher

Since 2003

Becky Slaughter
 Teacher  

Since 2005

"Happy to be here."

-Miss Becky  

Find Us Here:

4603 Indianola Way

La Cañada, CA 91011