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 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.
Veronica Davis is new to the New Life Preschool team but not new to the field of Early Childhood Education.
Veronica was born and raised in Bakersfield. California. After graduating from high school, she attended Allan Hancock College and the Early Childhood Education Academy at Bakersfield College. She completed the necessary course work for teaching preschool. Having fallen in love with the coast during her time at Allen Hancock, she returned to the area and secured employment in as a toddler teacher. She has now been working in the field for over 16 years.
Veronica takes pride and satisfaction in watching the growth and development of those in her care. She is humbled by the knowledge she is learning as much from her students as she is teaching.
When not at New Life, Veronica is busy raising her three young children, the loves of her life. She is an avid fan of the theatre, music, dance and baseball.
Veronica is grateful for the opportunity she has been given to be a part of the New Life Preschool team.
Her favorite Bible verse is
She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear if the future.
Teaching has been a dream for Tina since a very young age. At 22, she moved to the central coast on a leap of faith in 2005. She was an event planner for a retirement community in San Luis Obispo for eight years.
In 2009, she completed her Bachelor's degree in multiple subject teaching and early childhood development from Chapman University and continued to use her degree with senior citizens.
Not long after marrying her husband in 2011, she served as an Employment Resource Specialist and Child Support Assistant for San Luis Obispo County. She never expected the opportunity to teach children would arise - until it did!
Tina loves all ages of children and feels a deep gratitude for having the opportunity to pour love, time and energy into the younger generations. She loves doing various art projects and finds spontaneous dance parties with her husband and daughter, Autumn, are some of her favorite moments.
Bible Verse: "Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it." - Proverbs 22:6