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Staff Bio

Arcata Preschool Staff
The program is staffed by teachers with the appropriate Children Center Permits and/or have educational preparation in early childhood development. Support staff consists of Aides, Speech Therapist, and Specialist in Dance/Music/Art, along with office, custodial, and food service staff.

Meet The Teachers!

Sara Morgan- Child Development Specialist

All day (Morning Head Teacher, Afternoon- in office) 

Sara graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Elementary Education and an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She currently holds a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and a Site Supervisor Children Center Permit. She have been teaching preschool for over 10 years. She the mother of 3 children: a 21 year old step-son, a 9 year old son, and a 6 year old daughter. She can be found playing music in the Crab Grass Band and the Marching Lumberjacks. Sara believes children learn from integrative hands-on curriculum and social skills development.


Kimberly Hernandez- Assistant Child Development Specialist

(Afternoon Head teacher)

 Kimberly graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Child Development. She started at Arcata Elementary Preschool as an afternoon Aide, then in 2016 took over as the Assistant Development Specialist. She has worked with kids for over 6 years and looks forward to making connections with all the children and their families! 


Krista Mashburn

 Krista moved to California 3 years ago and since then graduated from College Of The Redwoods with an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education and is now attending Humboldt State University to further her education in Child Development. Krista has worked with young children for over 6 years and looks forward to all the connections with children and families every year!



Joelene Card

Joelene has been working with preschoolers for over 4 years and graduated from College Of The Redwoods with an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education. Joelene has 2 daughters who attend the Arcata School District. Joelene's favorite part of the job is getting down with the kids and engaging in all their play! 

Jessica De Shon

Jessica has volunteered for 2 years in after school programs and preschools, then began taking Early Childhood Education courses at College Of The Redwoods! Jessica looks forward to building new and lasting bonds with each and every student! 

Brian Lovell-Director of Extended Day Services


Brian is the supervisor of the preschool and after school/ amp programs. He may be seen passing through or hanging out with the students once in awhile. 



Support staff consists of Specialist in Dance, Music Teacher, Buddies teacher, along with office, custodial,maintenance and food service.

Dance: Ms. Eva

Music: Mrs. Lo/ Mrs. Cherry

Reading Buddies: Mrs. Hurst (2nd Grade)

Office Clerk: Sabrina

Custodial: Nikki, Brad, Ryan

Maintenance: Dave

After school cook: Adrianne