Laurie Blancett

Toddler Teacher

Laurie is a Pre-Kindergarten teacher and has been teaching at New Life Preschool since 2001. What she loves about teaching most is watching the children progress and grow. Seeing how excited and proud they are when they accomplish a goal or master a skill. It is a wonderful blessing to be part of.


When she isn’t teaching, Laurie loves to be outdoors hiking and biking

with her family. Laurie attended Cuesta College for a few years where she acquired General Education and Early Childhood Development units towards her Associate in Arts Degree.


Laurie’s favorite bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Michelle Liwanag


Michelle Liwanag was born and raised in Arroyo Grande and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. She has a deep love for her hometown and community. Michelle first started her child development journey in high school as an elective. She enjoyed it so much that when she graduated high school she majored in Child Development at Allan Hancock College and earned her core Early Childhood Education credits. Michelle has 10 years of experience working with children of all ages through the Head Start programs and both her parents have been part of the Head Start programs for over 35 years, you could say child development runs in her blood!

Michelle’s most important role in life is being a mom to her daughter Ellie and being a dog mom to her dog Kingston. Besides children, one of Michelle’s other passion’s in life is animals and has been involved with animal rescue at Woods Humane Society. She also took a Veterinary Assistant course through Cal Poly.

Michelle’s favorite bible verse is 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails.

Raciel Catacutan

Toddler Teacher

Raciel has finished her Bachelors in Secondary Education in the island of the Philippines. She is currently completing her Early Childhood courses at Allan Hancock College. Her playful attitude and energetic personality is what drew her to work with very young children. Witnessing the development of each child at a very young age continuously amazes her. She hopes to continue her education and learn more about what draws children to learn and enjoy learning.

Raciel is always up for trying new physical activities. She loves the outdoors and grew up appreciating the beaches and mountains around her. She enjoys learning about other cultures and traditions and has visited multiple Southeast Asian countries. She wishes to travel around the world and see the Northern Lights in Norway, Stone Heads in Chile, and the Nyvhan in Copenhagen.

“​This is the day the Lord has made​; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24