Riverside Preschool | Staff:

Robert Orsi – Senior Partner

Kidd Street Preschool is fortunate to have Robert supporting our center as the Senior Partner.  Bob has vast experience in education.  He worked 15 years in elementary education and has spent the past 30 years in Early Childhood Education.  Robert was a former public school principal and former director of basic instruction in the Garvey School District, in Rosemead, California.  Robert has successfully founded and operated many preschool programs.  He has a Masters Degree of Educational Psychology.  Kidd Street is grateful for his support of both our operations and our educational program.

Christie McPeck – President

Christie is the President of Kidd Street Preschool.  She provides day to day hands on support to our operations and our programs.  Christie has been in the Early Childhood Education field for the past 29 years.  She has been a preschool teacher, a preschool director and she has been in regional management for both small and large preschool companies.  She has her Master’s Degree in Human Development.  Christie writes the curriculum for our center and is responsible for much of the teacher training.  She enjoys working with the children, teachers and parents here at Kidd Street Preschool.

Christie also teaches at the local community college.  She has taught at Crafton Hills Community College and San Bernardino Valley College for the past nine years.  This is a great benefit to Kidd Street Preschool because not only does Christie stay current on trends and changes in Early Childhood Education, she is also able to recruit teachers from the community colleges, who are being schooled in the latest educational techniques and practices at these two great schools.

Jeni Gonzalez – Center Director

Jeni is the Center Director at Kidd St.  She has been in the Early Childhood Education field since 1988.  She has had the privilege of working with children from infancy through school ate.  She has been in preschool management for over 18 years.  Jeni has worked as a Center Director for a small regional company and she also has been a center director for the largest preschool chain in the United States.  While working with that company, Jeni received many awards for both the management of her centers and the excellent customer service she provided to the children and their families.

Her experience and education has allowed her to mentor new managers, create age appropriate curriculum and provide excellent customer service to her parents.  She is excited to serve at the Center Director at Kidd Street Preschool because she is able to work with the families and the community to provide the best learning experience for each child and to provide each family with a high level of love and care for their child.

Sheri Bartholomew – Assistant Director

Sheri has been in the preschool field for the past 15 years.  She has held many positions including teacher, supervisor and director.  Sheri is currently one of our preschool supervisors and our private kindergarten teacher.  Sheri has recently earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from the University of Phoenix.  Sheri is responsible for implementing curriculum and supporting teachers with their implementation of curriculum.  Sheri says she enjoys the opportunity to watch children excel through academics and express themselves through their individual art work, reading, social interaction, and the ability to develop independence.

Melissa Hawthorne – Supervisor

Melissa is the assistant director at our center.  She has been in the preschool field since 2005.  She has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Development from Cal State San Bernardino.  She loves working at Kidd Street Preschool because she gets a hands-on experience of the operation of the center.  She gets to support the teachers in implementing curriculum and she gets to help with the day to day decisions of operating the center.  Melissa says that Kidd Street has given her the opportunity to expand her knowledge of the field and put it to good use for the care and education of young children

Dena Virgin - Supervisor

Dena Virgin has been in Early Childhood Education for six years.  She has her B.A. and A.A. in Liberal Studies.  She enjoys working at Kidd Street Preschool of Riverside because of the children and their families.  She likes going into the classrooms and being able to interact with each child.  Being able to have the opportunity to help them learn and build social skills is one aspect of her job that she really enjoys, whether it is reading one on one, making an art project. or a simple conversation.

Susan Rosales - Supervisor

Susan Rosales has been working in the Early Childhood Education field since November, 2002.  She is currently working to complete her A.A. in the fall of 2011.  She enjoys working at Kidd Street because the staff here is great to work with and a pleasure to be around.  Most of all, she loves her job working with children.  Where else can you work with people who don't judge you, like you as you are, make you smile everyday, have the ability to make you laugh and let you remember how to have lots of fun!