Meet Our Staff!
Miss Peterson's Preschool 1
Welcome to the Preschool 1 class! I would like to introduce myself. My name is Karen Peterson and I have been teaching at Little School of the West for a little over twenty-one years now. I have an Associate of Arts degree from Cerritos College in Early Childhood Education and I am beginning my thirty-second year of teaching. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading (paper books), going for walks, and having coffee with friends. I believe God has called me to teach the little ones, and I am blessed and honored to have the opportunity to work with your precious child and family.
Mrs. Sanchez's Preschool 2
Welcome to the Preschool 2 class! My name is Lizette Sanchez. I am married to my wonderful husband and have a beautiful two-year-old daughter, Noel, and precious baby, Declan. This is my tenth year working at Little School of the West. I started as an aide, became a teacher's assistant, and this is my second year teaching the Preschool 2 class. I am currently working on completing my Early Childhood Education Certificate. I believe God has called me to teach young children and I am excited to have Him work in and through me as I teach your precious little ones!
Miss Neilson's Preschool 3
Hello and welcome to the Preschool 3 class! My name is Karen Neilson. I have attended West Cypress Church for the last 17 years and have worked with young children, serving in the Children’s Ministry for 10 years. I have my Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from Whittier College. This is my seventh year working at Little School of the West. I started as an aide, became a teacher’s assistant, subbing in each classroom, then became the Preschool 2 teacher, and this is my third year teaching the Preschool 3 class. I believe God has called me to this profession and I will do my best to have Him guide me as I teach and care for your precious little ones. I am so blessed to be your child’s teacher and am excited for what the Lord has planned for this school year!
Mrs. Porteneuve's Preppy Pre-K
My name is Shelby Porteneuve and I am so excited to be teaching here at Little School of the West. I have 8 years of teaching experience and I am currently obtaining my Master Teacher Certificate. It is my passioin to teach children about Jesus and help them find a love for learning. I have been married to my husband Lee for 21 years and we have 3 amazing kids: Luke, Lauren and Jake. I am looking forward to getting to know each child and family in my class and honored that God has written me into your child's life story.
My name is Bonni Nisbet and I am so excited to be teaching this year! I spent two years as Miss Peterson's aide before becoming a teacher in the 2014-2015 school year. I am thrilled to be back for my ninth year of teaching and I am so excited to have this opportunity to be teaching your children! I have loved working with children since I was about twelve. I worked in the nursery at my church for about eight years before coming to Little School of the West and I am currently on the road to obtaining my Early Childhood Education Certificate. I strongly believe that teaching is what God has called me to do and I am pleased to do His work through spending time with your precious children!
Miss Nisbet's Pre-Kindergarten 1
I am very happy that your family will be part of this special year that I have planned for us. My name is Crystal Molinar. I have been teaching for 22 years and am entering my 18th year at Little School of the West. I have my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development. I believe that God has called me to this profession and I will do my best to let Him guide me in teaching, caring for, and loving your children. My classroom theme, “sloths,” is based on the scripture found in Psalm 37:7, "Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him." We will learn how God is always there for us, how we can rest in His promises and how He has made each one of us special in our very own unique way.
Miss Molinar's Pre-Kindergarten 2
Mrs. Muesse's Transitional Kindergarten
My name is Kelly Muesse (pronounced Macy). This will be my seventh year at Little School of the West. I would like to share a little bit about myself with you. I have my teaching certificate in Early Childhood Development and 22 years of experience working with children. I am also a proud mother of 2 boys, Samuel who is 14 years old and Abel who is 12 years old. I am looking forward to getting to know my new students and their families. Through a structured theme based curriculum I will nurture and stimulate your child's growth in areas of physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development. I am so thankful to have this opportunity as your child's teacher this year!