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.
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.