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Meet Our Director

Gail Goldstein

Morah Gail has been working in the field of education for over 27 years. She earned her BA degree in Psychology with a focus on Child Development & her Elementary Education Credentials from Emory University.  Gail completed her Early Childhood Credential at UCLA. Her teaching experience includes working as a Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd grade teacher for LAUSD and as a preschool teacher at Sand Tots Nursery School. She also has experience teaching religious school as a preschool teacher at Congregation Tikvat Jacob and an elementary age teacher at Temple Shalom of the South Bay. Gail is the proud mom of four children, Morgan (26), Zachary (24), Adam (21) and Emery (19).

Our Lead Teachers

Kennia Pineda -  Starfish Lead Teacher (ages 2-3) 

Kennia Pineda earned her AA in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Early Childhood Education at Los Angeles Harbor College. She has been at the David Preschool for three years and previously worked at the Child Development Center at LAHC campus where she also did her practicum.

Kennia is a mom to two girls Natalia (15 years old) and Arya (5 years old). She knows how important it is for children to feel safe and welcomed in their classroom.

Cheyanne Squires -  Sea Otters Lead Teacher (ages 3-4) 

Cheyanne has 13 years teaching experience in the field of early childhood education. She earned her ECE credentials from El Camino College. Cheyanne taught as the Lead Teacher of the 3/4 year old class at Sand Tots Preschool in Redondo Beach for 10 years before joining the David Preschool. 

Cheyanne is the proud mom of Zane (10) and Knox (8).

Catherine Melendez -  Dolphins Lead Teacher (ages 4-5) 

Catherine started her childcare education career at the Los Angeles Harbor College Child Development Center, where she worked for four years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education at California State University Dominguez Hills. Catherine's passion has always been interacting with children. She enjoys watching children learn and grow and is excited to share her knowledge to help each child based on their individual needs. Fun Fact about Catherine she loves watching the sunset.

Our Assistant Teachers

Mira Valliere 

Mira has over 24 years of teaching experience in the early childhood education field. She earned her ECE credentials at Harbor College. Mira has been at the David Preschool for 6 years as a year-round teacher and worked several summer camps prior to joining the staff. Mira loves seeing the sense of joy when children are engaged in learning and feeling proud of their accomplishments. Mira is a mom of Lillie (26) and Sam (24).

Cami Kerster - assistant teacher

Cami Kerster graduated from CU Boulder this past May with her Bachelors in Elementary Education and her teaching credential. She grew up going to CLAL and temple at Ner Tamid. Cami is excited to have come full circle and to now have the opportunity to make a positive impact, just like her teachers had on her. Teaching and working with children is her passion and she is happy to embark on her new journey at The David Preschool. 


All preschools in the State of California must be licensed by the Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing. The David Preschool is in full compliance of all requirements and regulations.

The David Preschool License Number is 191603320.

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