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.
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.
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.
Daniele Bogado – Teacher
Daniele earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Service from the University Federal of Santa Catarina, Brazil. As a social worker she worked closely with children and performed community services work. Daniele has a passion for helping and teaching children and as a teenager she volunteered in schools helping children with their homework and other learning issues. Recently she worked as a nanny with children of different ages, contributing to their knowledge and psychosocial development. Daniele believes the future begins with our kids and for that reason it is necessary to take care of children with responsibility and love. Daniele speaks Portuguese and Spanish and she loves teaching the children new words and songs in these languages. Daniele is CPR & First Aid certified, fingerprinted and has TB clearance.