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Faculty & Administrative Staff

Our teaching staff is dedicated to nurturing children as individuals and helping them learn to be loving, caring members of the classroom and the world around them. They strive to provide children with a developmentally appropriate, stimulating environment in which they can learn and grow to their fullest potential. Our teachers ensure that every child feels safe, and welcome.

We value our teachers and know they are the foundation to a successful school. We welcome you to contact us for a tour of our school and meet some of the wonderful, loving teachers at Neighborhood Childcare Center.

Classroom Teachers

Beatriz Herrera

Beatriz Herrera

Hi. My name is Bea and I am a UCSC graduate, with a B.A. in Biology. I have lived here for several years & feel very fortunate to be a part of the Neighborhood family community since 2004, as a bilingual teacher. In my time here, I’ve had experience with all the different age groups; I have learned, and continue to learn, so much from the daily interactions with my peers, the children and their families. Working with children and their families is an honor and a pleasure.

Throughout the years, I have been fortunate enough to build on my teaching skills. I have several ECE units, Montessori background, and was recently a part of First Five’s literacy program, “SEEDS.” I love teaching children in both Spanish & English by making it fun and adventurous.

In my free time I enjoy softball, bike riding, hiking, reading, and spending time with my family, friends, and pets. Overall, I am an easy going gal that likes to have fun.

Christy Kirven

Christy Kirven

I started by substituting here and was inspired to take the job by my coworkers, the great organization, and physical setup at the center. Santa Cruz became my home in 1976. In Kentucky, I babysat as a child from about age 12. I had several home day care scenes over the ensuing years here and then we had children. Our grown daughter just recently moved back to Santa Cruz and our son is living in LA with his grandparents. Janet Dows (architect) and I have been partners since 1983..

Over the years I took lots of ECE classes, most recently the “Special Needs” class in 2016. I worked a year as an intern in the Cabrillo preschool lab and then was hired by Joyce Baker and worked for five years at Johnny Crow’s Garden.  That school closed and I started subbing for Neighborhood.

Claudia Coto

Claudia Coto

Hello, my name is Claudia Coto. I am a Santa Cruz local and a teacher here at Neighborhood Childcare Center. I went to Cabrillo where I studied Early Childhood Education. I am a mother of two beautiful children: my daughter born in 2004 and my son who was born in 2016.

I love working with children and watching them learn and grow as they explore and play. I was very fortunate to have my daughter come to Neighborhood as well as my younger sister. My father was also a teacher here as well, so I am very lucky to be able to follow in his footsteps.

Francisca Perez Fuller

Francisca Perez Fuller

I have been working at NCC since 1999. I can definitely say that working with children is my passion in life. I strongly believe that every child is an individual and learns at their own pace and ways. Because of that, my curriculum approach is hands on. I like every child to experience the wonders of learning during their preschool years in positive, comfortable and fun ways.

Throughout the years, I can say that a lot of what I have learned is because of my own children: Hugo (born in 2000), Jeovanni (born in 2006), and Jason (born in 2008). They have taught me how to be a better teacher for NCC. I’m always open to learn new things, and ways to teach my group of students from Cabrillo, since I work as a mentor teacher helping Early Childhood Education (ECE) students accomplish their own education.

Nancy Chayaprasert

Nancy Chayaprasert

Hi, my name is Nancy and I graduated from UCSC with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a minor in Education. I studied Early Childhood Education (ECE) at Cabrillo and was a student teacher for one year.

I love working with children and incorporating songs and multicultural activities into our curriculum. I speak Thai, Japanese, and a little Spanish. I started at Neighborhood in 2015.

Pearl Sotelo

Pearl Sotelo

Hi everybody, my name is Pearl Sotelo, and I’m happy to have a place here in the “neighborhood”. I’ve been teaching here since 2006, with a maternity leave in 2012 and again in 2016. I work with United Way and “First 5” as a literacy coach, visiting other local schools, teaching how to support early literacy foundations. I’ve also worked at UCSC garden classroom, and programs with New Leaf Markets teaching children the importance of local organic farming, and “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains, north of Boulder Creek (and think teaching here is worth every minute of the commute!) with my husband Manny and our sons Mateo and Javier. We like to work on home improvement projects, hike and bike ride, go camping, and try to spend as much time as possible with family, friends, and loved ones.
Pilar Coto

Pilar Coto

I was born in Mexico City and raised in Santa Cruz since I was 5 years old. I received my A.S. and ECE Master Teacher certificate from Cabrillo College, specializing in infant/toddler development. I was fortunate to receive my teacher training and toddler specialized units from Eric Hoffman and Janis Keyser who inspired me to become a career preschool teacher.

I have worked at Neighborhood since 1997 and have had both of my children come through this program.

Sherri Miller

Sherri Miller

Welcome to Neighborhood Childcare Center. I began teaching here in 2010. I have many years of teaching experience including preschool and elementary. I am a graduate of UC Irvine, where I earned a degree in Spanish literature. I lived in Madrid, Spain, for a year through the University of California Education Abroad Program. I also attended San Jose State University where I received an Elementary Teaching Credential. I completed several units of Early Childhood Education (ECE) at Cabrillo College and earned a Site Supervisor Permit. Since 2012, I have become a literacy mentor for First 5 of Santa Cruz County.

I enjoy reading, writing, and talking about books with children and teachers. NCC is a great place for implementing and sharing meaningful learning experiences with children.

Administration & Support

Lily Hasebe

Lily Hasebe

Director

Neighborhood Childcare Center (NCC) feels like a second home to me, and it will always have a special place in my heart. I received my BA in Child Development from San Jose State University and also took many classes at Cabrillo College, including the anti-bias curriculum course. I also completed the Early Literacy/SEEDS training through United Way/First 5. I have been teaching preschool since 1987. I first came to NCC in 1991 as a teacher, then was accepted as the Director in 2011. During my off-time I enjoy hiking, traveling and volunteering at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple.
Chrissann McCann

Chrissann McCann

Administrative Assistant

My name is Chrissann McCann and I work part time in the office as the Administrative Assistant. I live on the west side with my husband Logan and 2 cats. I have been involved with NCC since 2003 as a substitute teacher as well as working on funding issues over the years. I have a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from the University of Virginia (where I grew up) and I have worked extensively in the field of childcare, from being a provider/teacher to doing research, evaluation, and consultations. I am interested in long-term childcare issues for the community including program quality, parent involvement, and access for all families. In addition to my work at NCC, I also provide independent services based in community psychology. I call this “Helping People with Their Lives” and I find this to be a fulfilling balance for me with my commitment to our school!

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