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Northbound on I-5:
Take Interstate 5 to Exit 39 for Manchester Avenue. Go East. Take the first right to stay on Manchester Avenue. The next traffic light will be Encinitas Blvd. You will see The Original Pancake House on the Right. Turn left onto Encinitas Blvd. and our school is located directly on the right.

Southbound on I-5:
Take Interstate 5 to Encinitas Blvd. Go East on Encinitas Blvd for approximately 4 miles. Our school is located on the north side of the street, just before reaching Manchester.

2232 Encinitas Blvd.
Encinitas, CA 92024

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About Our Staff

The Academy teachers are nurturers as well as educators, they encourage learning through exploration, and understand the balance between what a child needs to feel safe and what they require to reach their potential. Your child’s teacher is your partner. At The Academy, families and teachers work together --celebrating successes, navigating challenges, and communicating daily about your child’s achievements and goals.

Meet Our Teachers

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  • Name: Ms. Gina
  • I Teach: Toddlers
  • Teaching Since: 1979
  • I love teaching children because: I love getting to know the children and their families. It is important to me to build children's self esteem and confidence, and let them know that they are loved and valuable. I love seeing them blossom as they explore and delight in experiences and friendships.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Little Owl's Night
  • Name: Ms. Gina
  • I Teach: Preschool
  • Teaching Since: 1990
  • I love teaching children because: I have a place in my heart for every child I teach. The passion I have for teaching young children is priceless. There is no career as rewarding as enriching children's young minds.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Kissing Hand
  • Name: Ms. Heather
  • I Teach: Preschool
  • Teaching Since: 2016
  • I love teaching children because: I love being able to create a positive learning experience for all young children.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Imogene's Antlers
  • Name: Ms. Maricel
  • I Teach: Toddlers
  • Teaching Since: 2002
  • I love teaching children because: I am passionate about helping children blossom into creative and imaginative individuals.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Charlotte's Web
  • Name: Ms. Carolyn
  • I Teach: The Two Year Olds
  • Teaching Since: 1986
  • I love teaching children because: children are so much fun to be around
  • Favorite Children's Book: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClowsky and I am Small by Emma Dodd
  • Name: Ms. Cindy
  • I Teach: Preschool
  • Teaching Since: 1995
  • I love teaching children because: To me teaching is all about creativity and responsibility. I enjoy teaching because it is a lifetime of learning. I learn everyday something new about my students.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Pete The Cat & Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • Name: Ms. Erin
  • I Teach: Kindergarten Prep
  • Teaching Since: 2013
  • I love teaching children because: I am dedicated to ensuring the students in my class receive the highest quality of education possible.
  • Favorite Children's Book: The Kissing Hand
  • Name: Ms. Allison
  • I Teach: Preschool
  • Teaching Since: 2002
  • I love teaching children because: I love getting the children excited about school and learning. For a lot of children this will be their first school experience and I want to create a fun, interesting and positive environment that encourages them to want to learrn and love school!
  • Favorite Children's Book: Guess How Much I Love You
  • Name: Ms. Ralene
  • I Teach: Kindergarten Prep~ Language Arts
  • Teaching Since: 2000
  • I love teaching children because: they are fun, loving, and curious learners. It truly is a rewarding feeling to know that I can make a difference in a child's life.
  • Favorite Children's Book: We All Sing With The Same Voice
  • Name: Ms. Rebecca
  • I Teach: Kindergarten Prep~ Math and Science
  • Teaching Since: 2010
  • I love teaching children because: I love seeing the look on a child's face when they understand the concept that is being taught.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
  • Name: Ms. Sabrinae
  • I Teach: Kindergarten Prep- Language Arts
  • Teaching Since: 2005
  • I love teaching children because: They are so eager to learn.
  • Favorite Children's Book: Love You Forever, By Robert Munsch
  • Name: Ms. Tracey
  • I Teach: Art in The Starry Night Studio
  • Teaching Since: 1991
  • I love teaching children because: they are so open to learning everything! My greatest reward is when a child is able to identify a famous masterpiece.
  • Favorite Children's Book: "Micawber" by John Lithgow

Administration

  • Name: Sondra Ahearn

    Position: Director

    In Education Since: 1999

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: I get to see children explore and learn new things everyday!

    Favorite Children's Book: The Napping House

  • Name: Terry Burke

    Position: Director of Admissions

    In Education Since: 1970

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: Its one of the top 100 Fortune companies to work for.

    Favorite Children's Book: The Lorax

  • Name: Laura Mays

    Position: Assistant Director

    In Education Since: 1991

    I love working for Bright Horizons because: I wake up in the morning excited to come to work. I love working for a company that allows the children to be honest, curious, uninhibited individuals, and I love spending my days surrounded by them.

    Favorite Children's Book: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak