Linda Brown – Childcare Consultant, Coach and Advisor
Linda Brown founded Pacific Beach Early Learning Center (PBELC) in January 2013. Linda provides on-site coaching, consulting and advisory services at PBELC to improve operations quality, train staff in best practices, introduce creative new services/curriculum and to ensure facility safety and license standards compliance. A special focus of hers is identifying special needs children to ensure these children and their parents receive proper support and referrals. Linda’s interest in childcare began when her first son presented with autism 19 years ago. Ever since this time she has dedicated a majority of her time and energy to providing quality childcare services. Her son’s autism condition inspired her to make a difference in child care, especially with special needs children. Linda earned a Business Finance Degree with Honors from San Diego State University in 1990. She followed this with a 4 year BA Degree with Honors in Early Childhood Education from Chico State University in 2006. Linda founded, opened and operated two large Commercial Child Care Centers in Chico, California. These two Centers were some of the larger child care facilities in Northern California. Linda has successfully founded, operated and sold eight (8) businesses over her career.
Melissa Lorenz – PBELC Program Director
Melissa’s passion for young children started early and evolved from playing with dolls to babysitting to becoming a professional nanny during and after college. Melissa worked at Mission Nazarene Preschool as an intern and teacher for young children (newborn-24 month olds) for 1 year. She provided childcare and instruction in a safe and nurturing environment. Melissa developed age-appropriate activities and closely collaborated with parents to determine needs, development plans and child assessments to ascertain and shape child development progress on a continuing basis. Melissa enjoys enriching young children’s development and celebrating their milestones. Melissa considers young children her calling and cares deeply for each child within her care. Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development/Early Childhood Education at Point Loma Nazarene University here in San Diego in 2014. She is CPR and first aid certified, fingerprinted, and has TB clearance. Melissa has basic skills in American Sign Language and Spanish. She is also certified in Christian Yoga.
Kim Prevost – Teacher
Kim began working with young children at the age of sixteen at an ice arena hosting birthday parties for children as young as four years of age. Later she worked with kids from infants to older aged children as a swim instructor/lifeguard. Kim has an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from San Diego Christian College. Kim began teaching preschool in 2015 and also has an 8 year old daughter and volunteers with school and children’s ministry often. Kim is CPR & First Aid certified, fingerprinted and has T.B. clearance.
Jessica Suanico – Teacher
Jessica is currently an undergraduate student at Point Loma Nazarene University, studying to be a math teacher in the School of Education. She has worked with children most of her life, helping raise her own two sisters, babysitting, tutoring and working at an afterschool program helping kids stay active and coaching with their homework. She currently has a CBEST certificate to formally substitute teach in the state of California and is working towards getting credentialed as a multiple subject teacher and a single subject math teacher. Jessica has an immense love for our future generations and is excited to start helping them see their potential, grow in their learning and figure out their place in this world. Jessica is CPR & First Aid certified, fingerprinted and has T.B. clearance.
Lauren Sitz – Teacher
Lauren is a 23 year old artist from Connecticut. In college she is studying psychology and is currently taking life span development and courses in behavioral disorders in children as well as holistic wellness. In Connecticut she was a nanny and has experience volunteering in a first grade classroom. She is first aid and CPR certified from Red Cross. She loves kids and connecting with others. She strives to help children and be an uplifting presence in their lives.
Brittany Brennhofer – Teacher
Teacher at PBELC since January 2014. She loves teaching children and pleasing the Parents. She is very patient and loving towards the children. Brittany earned a Liberal Studies Degree with an emphasis in Child Development and Teaching in 2015 from San Diego State University. As a credentialed teacher, she also has cared for PBELC babies and toddlers in addition to her teaching work with PBELC preschoolers. Her focus, energy and bubbly personality have been a real plus at PBELC. Brittany is CPR certified, fingerprinted and has T.B. clearance like all other staff at PBELC. She is interested in pursuing additional child development continuing education.
Lana Maderos – Teacher
Lana recently joined the Teaching staff at PBELC. She moved to San Diego from Chico two years ago to attend SDSU. Prior to working at PBELC, Lana worked a year at the YMCA teaching and supporting children of all ages. She is excited about working with the children and Parents at PBELC. Her teaching skills and experience are supported by her recent teaching course work at SDSU. Lana is a sophomore at SDSU working on her Liberal Arts Education Degree with an emphasis on Child Teaching. Lana’s fun and loving personality with the children is much appreciated. She is CPR & First Aid certified, fingerprinted and has T.B. clearance.
Viviana Smith – Back-up Teacher
Viviana worked closely with Linda Brown in January 2013 setting up PBELC operations, teaching new child enrollees, working with parents and assisting Linda with daily operations, program curriculum and facility/staff management. Viviana now acts as a backup Teacher at PBELC and presently works a full schedule at Performance 360 in Pacific Beach as a coach and trainer. Viviana earned a Criminal Justice Degree with Honors from San Diego State University in 2014. Her high energy and critical thinking skills enabled her to multi-task, problem solve and ensure overall smooth operations and Parent Satisfaction at PBELC. Viviana’s emphasis on teamwork and quality resulted in program and quality improvements in PBELC Child Learning and advancement during her one year tenure in 2016 as the Program Director.