Our Staff

Barbara Poderick

Barbara has been in the child care field for over 30 years and truly enjoys working with children.  She has a passion for early childhood development and is very knowledgeable in child development.


Elyse Johnson

Elyse has an A.A. degree in Child Development and has been working in the child care field for over 12 years.  In addition to attending regular training seminars, she is currently working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Elyse enjoys creating and implementing new learning activities with her students and as a mother, she truly appreciates how important education is from the start!


Dede Eldridge

Dede is our substitute teacher who occasionally fills in for the main teachers when needed.  She has a decade of experience in the Chula Vista Elementary School District and has worked in the early childhood education field for many years.  She is also a former student and teacher!


Rufus (Our Mascot)

Rufus is our school mascot and an adorably fuzzy member of our preschool family.  He loves and cherishes the children and enjoys coming to school each day.  This lovable guy has a heart of gold!