Linda Bravin – Director
Linda joined the WUMP family in June 2007. Linda has been in the early childhood education field since 1973 in various settings. She taught preschool and kindergarten in California, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. She was also a preschool curriculum coordinator and director in Northern California. Linda holds an Associate of Science degree in Preschool Education as well her Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, in elementary education. One of Linda’s passions is finding new curriculum ideas for the children; she has presented workshops at local, state and national conferences. Linda is long time member of NAEYC (National Association of the Education of Young Children) and for many years served as a regional board member. Linda supports Developmental Appropriate Practice which is based on knowledge of the stages of child development, and an understanding that each child is unique. Linda believes children learn though materials that are concrete, real and relevant to their lives. She believes in the quote, “Childhood is journey, not a race”.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Linda moved to southern California in 2004 and quickly became a fan of warm weather and nearby beaches. In her free time, Linda likes to read, take long walks, and go to museums. She’s happy to quilt or travel when she has the time.
Linda looks forward to forming a friendship and bond with you and your children!
Charleen Smith – Assistant Director
Char has worked with children since 1970, teaching preschool, taking interim director positions, serving as Children’s and Youth Ministry Director, and came to WUMP in 2015 after 5 years as Preschool Director at another United Methodist Church.
She believes strongly that children should have a chance to experience childhood and that children are constantly learning and growing as they play and experience new situations. She finds it rewarding to watch a child ponder a situation and then come up with a creative solution. Char loves to quilt and spend time with her 4 grandchildren.
Nagwa: “Over the course of my early childhood education career I have encountered a number of amazing children who taught me a lot about myself and strengthened my passion for working with children. I have poured my heart and soul into my teaching career and have enjoyed every lesson that I have put together, every activity I have worked on with the children and every day that I get to see children grown and develop. I enjoy watching children learn and laugh. I enjoy bonding with my students, sharing my life with them and getting to know about their lives. The most rewarding thing about teaching young children are all the smiles, hugs and love that is given to me – it just warms my heart!” Nagwa loves the beach.
Denise: “What I find most rewarding about working with children is the warmth and sensitivity they exude – and their curiosity!” Denise loves decorating, reading and playing with her dog, Tank.
Danie: “The most rewarding thing about working with children is witnessing the moment the exact second where a child masters a skill he or she has been developing for a long time. I love seeing the smile on the child’s face as s/he discovers “I can do it!” Outside of school Danie loves to do couponing, reading, writing and being a mom to a preschool son!
Linda: “I love to watch the kids playing and having such delight when they accomplish something successfully for the first time” Linda volunteers, feeding homeless people through her church and loves having Saturday garage sales!
Charlene: “What I find most rewarding about working with children is that I can make a difference in children’s lives.” When not teaching Charlene likes to read, dance play soccer and garden. She is a Mentor Teacher.
Georgina: “I enjoy providing the essential tools to help young children grow, to ensure a successful future.” Georgina enjoys her grandsons, exercising, reading and playing trivia games.
Rachel: “I enjoy being able to facilitate children’s learning. Opening up doors for their intellectual and social development, helping them feel comfortable emotionally, curious about the world and optimistic about their abilities. It is also pure joy to be around children”. Rachel’s pastimes are listening to classical music, watching movies, cooking, reading and tinkering in her yard.
Adriana: “I enjoy working with 3 year olds because I get to be part of the first years of their early childhood education. I am able to see them grow and develop into young, mature little people. I feel rewarded when parents come to me and tell me something their child said about school and how much they enjoy the class. It makes me happy!” Adriana is a Dodger and Kings fan. She enjoys Disneyland, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Tiffany: “What I find most rewarding about working with children is connecting with them to give them great, fun learning experiences.” Tiffany likes to travel, shop, explore nature, any outdoor activity, go to amusement parks and live life!
Seseh: “I love to see the children grow, to see their smiles, to hear their laughter. I love to come into a room and get love and hugs. It brings joy to me and gives me meaning to care for them.” When not at preschool Seseh loves to shop for her granddaughter and take care of her. She likes to hang out with friends and play games on her iPad.
Erica: Ericka takes satisfaction in being part of the children’s messy, amazing learning process. She loves to see the smiles on the children’s faces running in the play yard, playing with toys, calling each other’s names. “I get to be a part of their simple, joyful lives, and that’s beautiful.” She enjoys taking long walks at the beach, reading, photography and spending time with her daughter.
Parent Toddler Program
Nancy: “I love experiencing the moment when a child begins to trust me. If I go very slowly and am at eye level and truly have his or her best interest at heart, then trust develops and anything is possible for that child.” Nancy does yoga and strives to shine light and love on her family and friends.
Bianca: “I love children and I like to play with them. It makes me happy!” Bianca likes to walk, shop, get massages, and be with her grandkids.