Arroyo Grande United Methodist Children's Center

Maddy Quaglino

I moved here from Red Bluff, California in 1983 to attend Cal Poly. In 1987, I married my best friend, Peter Quaglino. Together, we have a lovely home outside Arroyo Grande and two children, Kassondra and Jeffrey. I graduated from Cal Poly in 1987 with a Technical degree in Horticulture. I returned to school to get a degree in Early Childhood Education from Alan Hancock College, and then later graduated from University of La Verne in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

I have been a childcare provider in San Luis Obispo County for 20 years. In the first 11 years, I was a family day care provider; through hard work and dedication, I received National Accreditation for family childcare in 2001. This is the highest honor a childcare provider can receive for providing excellent quality childcare. The last 10 years I have been working in a private non-profit preschool program, five of which I was a teacher. During the last five years, I have been blessed to be the director of the Arroyo Grande United Methodist Children’s Center.

My goal as an early childhood educator is to recognize each child as a unique individual and to provide him or her with a sense of security, value, and consistency. I offer security by fostering a safe environment where each child is treated with respect and kindness. I will value each child by giving him/her my attention, patience, and guidance. I will provide consistency through continuity of care and a daily routine full of learning and exploration.

My educational philosophy for children is to provide a rich environment that supports and respects the family while stimulating and nurturing the child’s development. The environment will promote self-help skills, develop self-esteem, and encourage body awareness, problem solving, and socialization.

My passion is to advocate for quality care for young children. I have participated in various groups that support the same common goal in the early childhood community. My early years of providing childcare, steered me to co-found the Family Child Care Association of San Luis Obispo County (FCC of SLO Co.), of which I later became the president. Currently I am a member of the San Luis Obispo Child Care Planning Council, the San Luis Obispo Mentor Program, and the Cuesta College Early Childhood Advisory Committee.

My ambition for the AGUMCC program has been working towards receiving Accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The preparation of this process has taken five years of planning which has allowed us to make improvements. The two hallmark tools of qualities we use are the Environmental Rate Scale and the Desired Result Developmental Profile. These two tools ensure a quality environment and curriculum. In addition, we have made many physical improvements inside and outside the classrooms for the betterment of the program.

With my understanding and experience of quality care guidelines, I will guide the AGUMCC staff through the Accreditation process during the next few years. As an experienced teacher and director, I will use my knowledge and leadership to ensure that the program meets academic standards established by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). Parents can be assured that their children will receive the best of quality and personal care at AGUMCC as the children develop their academic, personal, and social skills.

Veronica Davis

My name is Veronica Davis. I am 31 years old and have two wonderful sons. I was born and raised in Bakersfield California. I began dance classes at the age of three. I danced competitively and performed with local and Los Angeles performing groups. I have a love of music, musical theatre, and all things dance, especially tap.

After graduating from high school I attended Allan Hancock College in order to continue my dance training. I later returned to Bakersfield and had a desire to make an impact on children which led me to attend Bakersfield Community College. There I attended early childhood education courses to complete their Childcare and Preschool Academy. I fell in love with the central coast area and decided to return and make my life here. I have worked with children ages 0 -5 years old for over 10 years. I have been a preschool teacher since 2004 and worked in various preschools.

I believe children need a variety of experiences to engage their interest so they can learn about the world around them. I also believe that children should have a safe and developmentally appropriate environment in which to increase their knowledge of the world and the people in it. I believe care and education of children is a cooperative effort between staff and families. It is made possible through support, communication and respect.

I will guide children by modeling and giving positive reinforcements. I will provide an environment where each child is respected as an individual, listened to, and his/her educational needs are met: most of all, a place where a child wants to be.

I am grateful for this opportunity to be a part of this program. I feel honored to be a part of a team that is working to have a positive impact on the care and education of the children attending this school.

Rebecca Slocum

I am very excited to be your child's teacher, as I look forward to an enriching and rewarding school year. I have been working with children since 1999 and a graduate of the Cuesta College Early Childhood program. I continue to take classes toward my ultimate goal of a Bachelor in Child Development and attend workshops on regular bases to become an even better and more affective teacher for your child.

I am a native of the Central Coast born and raised in this community. I am married and have a son who attends the local High School and a daughter who works and attends college up north. I find it very rewarding to be able to work and give back to the community that I love so much.

My philosophy about teaching could be called eclectic. This means I have taken what I have learned about the different ideas/theories of Child Development and worked to blend them together. Why? All children are different and learn in various ways. By blending the ideas/theories I am better able to nurture and guide each child to their full potential. What are the theories I follow? Maturationist- they believe that a child's biological developmental process occurs automatically in predictable, sequential stages over time. Environmentalist- They believe that a child's environment shapes learning and behavior. Finally Constructivist- They believes that learning and development occurs when young children interact with the environment and people around them.

Through various activities and experiences I will guide your child socially by helping them to form attachment, play with others, foster cooperation, sharing and being able to create lasting relationships with other. I will guide them physically with the development of small and large motor skills, intellectually by learning to make sense of the world around them. Creativity will be fostered through music, art, writing, reading and singing. Emotionally I will guide the development of self-awareness, self-confidence and coping with feelings as well as understanding them. Finally, I will guide their Cognitive development, how a child thinks and reacts.

I am looking forward to working with the children, and am excited to be a part of their growth and development. Let us work together to make this year full of fun, learning and personal growth for your child!

Cindy "Bo" Beaudoin

To tell you a little bit about myself, Cindy 'Bo'(Beaudoin), and my history of working in the field of Early Childhood Education (ECE), I would like to tell you the story of how I came about my name. I began teaching for a private preschool, after graduating from Santa Barbara City College in 1979, with an AS degree in ECE. It was there that I worked with Cindy MacIsaac. To make a distinction between our names, she became known as Cindy 'Mac' and I became known as Cindy '0' (my maiden name was Olson). I worked for thirteen years at Grace Church Preschool, my final eleven years as Director, serving families of children 2 ½ - 5 years (60 children a day).

Following my time at Grace, I accepted a position working at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in their Infant/Toddler program. By this time, I was attached to the name children called me by so; I decided to bring "Cindy '0' with me. It was at Cottage Hospital that I was first introduced to, and embraced, the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) approach and methods of working with infants and toddlers. It was during my seven years at Cottage that I also went through RIE training and continued my education, specializing in Infant/Toddler Care. During this time, I also became a Mentor Teacher with the California Early Childhood Mentor Teacher Program, mentoring ECE students from Santa Barbara City College.

While at Cottage, I was offered the opportunity to help start up a new infant, toddler and preschool program, supporting and influencing staff toward practicing the RIE philosophy. Holding on to the name, Cindy '0', I took the position as Assistant Director/Coordinator Infant/Toddler Program, Casa Alegria Children's Center, a program of St. Vincent's, in Santa Barbara, in 1999. What a wonderful time of challenge and growth this was for me. In 2000, upon receiving the Michael Marsh International Fellowship award, I was granted the privilege of conducting a week of research and study at the Emmi Pickler Institute (popularly referred to as "Loczy") in Budapest, Hungary, where the inspiration for the RIE approach and methods began. This was both a personal and professional experience of a lifetime that I will forever be thankful. More on my philosophy: PDF (278kb).

May 1 2005, I married my husband Randy, took a new name (Beaudoin), entered into step-motherhood of three wonderful children, Buddy, Miranda, and Nicole, and moved to Santa Maria. God is faithful and I believe He led me into each of my past places of work and again led me to Arroyo Grande United Methodist Children's Center. Shortly after moving to the area, I heard that this new school, with one class of preschoolers, wanted to respond to the need of the community and start up a toddler program. I began my work as a toddler teacher at AGUMCC, helping to start up the toddler program, in October 2005. Now, what was I to do? I was now Cindy Beaudoin. Do I still go by Cindy 'O'? It came to me! I can become Cindy 'Bo'! My new name has stuck and I have appreciated each child and family that has given me the opportunity to get to know them and hope that they will always think of me, Cindy 'Bo', as someone who truly cares about them.

Whether Cindy '0' or Cindy 'Bo', professional growth and affiliations have always been important to me. I have a State of California Supervisor Permit, am a current member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), served on the local chapter (SBAEYC) as both President and "Month of the Young Child" Chair, and was a Co-founder and Chair of the first California Chapter of Stand for Children (2002-2005). A commitment toward providing quality care to children and families and having a philosophy and practices that I value has been my criteria for each children's center I have chosen to work for, including Arroyo Grande United Methodist Children's Center.

Shirley Willmott

My name is Shirley Willmott and I am privileged to be teaching at AGUMCC. I have been teaching for over 30 years. I graduated from Cuesta College with an Associates Arts degree in Early Child Hood Education. I had my own childcare business and have worked in other private childcare centers before coming here. I have worked with a variety of students including children who are challenged by special needs as well as the children that function above the typical level of development. I am confident that my unwavering commitment to education is a positive asset to this school.

I was born and raised in San Luis Obispo County. I have lived most my life on the central coast and currently live in Nipomo. I am a mother of two adult children: Kristy and Robert. I have a granddaughter, Karisa, and a great-granddaughter, Aubriella. My hobbies are writing poems, watching sports, and praying for others.

I encourage student learning by incorporating creative centers, hands on activities, and fun manipulatives. These methods prove to stimulate student's social, emotional, physical, and academic growth. In addition, I will utilize these strategies to introduce new concepts, and establish a connection to the classroom and everyday life.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Use of Manipulatives
  • Student Assessments
  • Role Playing
  • Student Motivations
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Cooperative Learning.
I am confident I will educate your child at school, be a positive influence, have your trust in the care of your child, and communicate with you in all matters regarding your child.

Mary Throndson

Hi! My name is Mary Throndson. I have been in education since High School. I started out as a helper in a Sunday School Class, got promoted as a teacher and I have been teaching or assisting since then. Would you believe it has been over 50 years of my life. Teaching has been something I can't stay away from. I am very passionate about it and believe there are always students out there, as well as adults, including myself, that can learn about God's wonderful world. How we become a productive member and how we take care of God's world and treat others has been my life long adventure.

On a personal note, I have a wonderful husband of nearly 44 years, who is a retired rancher and currently a real estate agent. We have a marvelous daughter, who is a travel agent. We all like to read, be in the outdoors, and travel. My daughter and I like to quilt. My husband likes politics and movies.

Getting back to my background and after Elementary and High School, I started out at a Junior College, transferred to a private college - Whittier College, and then finished my BA at Fresno State University, along with classes at Pacific College and others. After teaching Kindergarten, First Grade and Third Grade in Visalia and Exeter for 31 years, I retired from Public Education and went directly into Preschool teaching at Pacific Coast when we moved here, Arroyo Grande, in 1999. As I said, I started right away at Pacific Coast, then moved up to First Grade, then to Tutoring and in 2006 became the Preschool Director. At that time I was also on the Preschool Board of the Arroyo Grande United Methodist Church Children's Center. I left the Pacific Coast position in 2009.

Soon after that break, and since there was a shortage of Subs in the Preschool, Maddie asked if I would be interested in subbing for her and the other teachers. So I prayed about it and after some paper work I came to work in the summer of 2011,here at UMCC. I work from to time to time and volunteer too.

I have enough education classes to receive a Master's or maybe Doctorate, but never had the time to fulfill that, but I am one who is always open to new ideas and classes. Some things that go around come back. I feel there is not just one right way to teach, but one has to respect all ideas and apply them when working with children. All of us are unique. We don't all learn the same way. Many of us need multiply modalities to learn, comprehend, and apply what is presented before us.

I believe that all children are a precious gift from God. Teachers are entrusted to love, train, and guide students as they grow. I look to God's Word for wisdom concerning students, teachers, and families. Children are very forgiving and we learn we need to be also. We pick up and go on and accept one another.

I believe in programs that value and nurture a child's individual development while fostering family relationships. I believe that each child has the right to play and learn in an inclusive environment. I accept each child at his and her individual stage of development and respect this and her own readiness to learn. I strive to support a child's need to live and work cooperatively while learning self awareness, problem solving abilities, competency, self-worth, socialization, and life skills. I want to make the most of every opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students and families.

To sum it up: Children learn by example, with encouragement, by exploration, through experiences, at their own pace, on their own level about God's love and His world.

Kassondra Quaglino

My name is Kassondra Quaglino, students call me Ms. Kassie. My family has been in San Luis Obispo for five generation. I married my best friend, Ryun Myers, on July 12, 2014. Together we have a rescued dog named Jax. We love spending time together hiking and going to the beach.

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Child Development from Arizona State University in May 2015. Currently, I’m working on a Master’s Program in Applied Behavioral Analysis.

I pride myself on being a hard worker and always want to do my best. I have the tools, knowledge, and resources that help me to be an engaging fun teacher. My knowledge that I have gained over the years has given me the skills to be innovative and flexible with my curriculum. I am able to pull from my community resources, have innovative activities, and like to bring in guests from the community for the children to meet. I like to use a variety of tools in the Early Childhood field to modify my teaching technique to fit the children that I have in my class since every child is different.

My favorite thing about teaching is helping facilitate the children’s exploration and discovery of new ideas and thoughts. I enjoy using scaffolding techniques. I find it fascinating how children’s brains formulates ideas and gathers information. My goal is to expand on teachable moments when working with children by letting their own curiosity drive learning experiences both in and outside of the classroom. The two wonderful tools that I like to use when working with children are “Positive Discipline” and “Conscious Discipline”. Together, these two tools allows children to learn and grow through choice that they make by being a part of the solution to a problem.

My teaching philosophy is play based. Learning should be engaging, fun, and inquisitive which are effective ways for children to learn. All children, regardless of their abilities, ethnic background, race, religious beliefs, or family lifestyle are equal and have the right to participate in a non­discriminating environment. As a teacher, I recognize and respect the rights of all children in my care. I pride myself on appreciating and supporting the close ties between the child and the family. I believe children are best understood in the context of their family, culture, and society. Children are unique individuals and respect their need to grow and develop at the own pace. I strive to create an environment that is safe, enjoyable, and interesting where children can grow and learn socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. I strive to educate and guide children through the path of discovery. Children have the right to be nurtured with love, joy, self­control, patience, kindness, goodness, and gentleness. Helping children to grow and become well­rounded individuals is my ultimate goal as a teacher.

I believe teaching is all about the teamwork between teacher, students and parents. I find that working with other teachers is beneficial to the learning process for the children and for me. Working together allows the opportunities to brainstorm new ideas, new possibilities, and new discoveries. An open line of communication is essential for a child to development to their fullest potential.

I am so excited to be working with you and your family.

My Goals for Children:

  • To Grow their Level of self­esteem
  • To increase their level of communication
  • To grow their Knowledge of the world around them
  • To increase their awareness of others and the world
  • To elevate their humility and take responsibility for one’s own actions
  • To grow their since of accomplishment
  • To increase their care and respect for themselves
  • To grow their curiosity
  • To increase their care and respect for other’s space, body, and feelings
  • To increase their understanding of healthy living: nutrition, social, hygienic
  • To elevate their self­directed play, and learning
  • To help them learn the value of family, peer, teachers To increase their inquisitive thoughts of the world around them
  • To help them advocate for oneself
  • To grow a foundation for success in their future academics and social endeavors
  • To Elevate their joy, and fulfillment in the work that they have accomplished

    I can succeed in all my goals by providing children a safe, nurturing and encouraging environment for young children to grow, explore, play and learn in.

    Ms. Kassie

    Tresha Sanchez

    Hello, my name is Tresha Sanchez. I was born and raised in Santa Maria, and still currently live in Santa Maria. On December 10, 2012 I married my high school sweetheart, Ernesto Sanchez. It is hard to believe we have been going together since 1998. I received my Associates of Arts Degree in 2003, and my Bachelors’ Degree in 2004, both in the field of Liberal Studies. Currently I am going back to school to broaden my interest with Early Childhood Studies, and perhaps become a preschool director.

    I enjoy working with all age levels of children. However, early age children have sparked my interest in teaching. I have strong tools, knowledge and resources to help me become a better teacher and a better person. I also enjoy meeting new people especially children’s families.

    My teaching philosophy is to make learning fun. Learning at a young age is very powerful. It is the beginning of school for many. It is the start of learning how to be within a classroom, discovering new skills and play with classmates/other students.

    My favorite thing about teaching is to see a child have an “ah-ha” moment. An ‘ah-ha’ moment is when a child does something by themselves for the first time. My ultimate goal is to use my resources, teaching ability and education to facilitate these teachable moments. I also utilize positive discipline and conscious discipline at all times.

    I also believe it takes a whole village to raise a child; quoting the song from the nineties. I stride to communicate in helping to raise a child along with parents/guardians and co-teachers. This is teamwork; teamwork to help the child grow, learn and develop emotionally, cognitively, and physically. I am excited to be teaching your child and build a parent/teacher/child relationship.

    --Ms. Tresha

    Swati Gupta

    My name is Swati Gupta. I was born and raised in India. I came to the United States of America after I got married. I live in Pismo Beach with my husband, two children, and my in-laws. I feel blessed for my strong family bond. My strengths are hardworking and a positive outlook. I also like to learn new things and love challenges. I have a bachelor’s degree in Science and a master’s in Business Administration from India. Currently I am attending Allan Hancock College and studying Early Childhood.

    My work experience with children is through Lucia Mar School District and San Luis County, as a substitute teacher. I have worked in a many classrooms with a variety of students ranging from preschool to high school. When I work with children it gives me happiness. I feel like I am doing something good for our community.

    I believe that childhood should be a happy and stress-free time. It is a time when children can experience physical and emotional security. It is a time for play and for learning through exploration and developmentally appropriate activities. The heart of my early childhood teaching philosophy is Constructivism. It is how young children learn, by reflecting on their experiences, and by doing so, they construct their own understanding of the world they live in.

    As a teacher, I can provide love, support, and an enriched environment, which is required for children to be successful in life. For myself, teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. I strive to provide an environment where children and families from different cultural backgrounds feel welcomed and accepted.

    “A teacher affects eternity; you can never tell where this influence stops.”

The Arroyo Grande United Methodist Children's Center Staff

Ms. Maddy

Veronica Davis

Ms. Rebecca

Cindy Bo

Ms. Shirley

Mary Throndson

Ms. Kassie

Tresha Sanchez

Swati Gupta