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Our Staff - Noah's Ark Preschool

Shireen Panjwani


Hello, I am Shireen Panjwani, and I am absolutely thrilled to embark on this exciting chapter of my journey as the director of Noah's Ark Preschool and Extended Program.

My passion for education has been a guiding force in my life since 2001, and I have dedicated my career to creating enriching and nurturing environments for children to learn and grow. As the director of Noah's Ark, I am honored to have the opportunity to shape young minds and facilitate their development.

At Noah's Ark, our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate environment where children can not only learn but also thrive. We believe that each child is a unique individual, and we are committed to fostering their intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth.


Our program is infused with Christian values, emphasizing love, kindness, and compassion, which serve as the foundation for all our educational endeavors.

I am excited to work alongside our dedicated team of educators and staff to ensure that every child who walks through our doors experiences the wonder of discovery, the joy of learning, and the support they need to reach their full potential.


Together, we will continue to make Noah's Ark a place where children can explore the world around them in a fun, loving, and supportive community.

I am truly blessed to be a part of this incredible educational journey at Noah's Ark, and I look forward to getting to know each child and family as we embark on this adventure together.


Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of nurturing and guiding your child's growth and development.

Here's to a wonderful and enriching experience ahead!

Felicia Adams

I have proudly served as a preschool teacher at Noah's Ark Preschool for 7 wonderful years. Guiding and nurturing young minds has been an enduring source of fulfillment in my life. My journey into preschool education began with a deep passion for imparting the joys of learning, fostering kindness, and nurturing respect for others in these impressionable young hearts.

In addition to these fundamental values, I have also been privileged to share the teachings of Jesus and the boundless love He offers with the children entrusted to my care. Instilling these values alongside academic knowledge has been a rewarding mission, one that I hold close to my heart.

I firmly believe that our children are the torchbearers of our future, and through love and thoughtful guidance, they can conquer any challenge and learn the most valuable lessons life has to offer. Noah's Ark Preschool has provided a nurturing environment where these beliefs can flourish, and I look forward to many more years of inspiring, educating, and loving the wonderful children who walk through our doors.

Christie Torres

Hello, I'm Christie Torres, and I have the privilege of being the teacher for the delightful Lil’Owls class here at Noah's Ark Preschool. My journey into early childhood education has been a lifelong passion, and I find immense joy in helping children grow and learn through exploration, self-directed play, and creative art.

My affinity for working with young children began early in my life when I started babysitting at the age of 11. Although my college aptitude test suggested a different career path as an accountant, I believe that destiny had other plans in mind. I embarked on my preschool teaching journey 43 years ago, starting as an aide and gradually working my way up to becoming a dedicated teacher within just two years.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my role is the opportunity to share the love of God and His word with the children in my care. Being a part of Noah's Ark Preschool, a Christian school, allows me to do just that, and I am truly grateful for this wonderful opportunity. Here's to many more years of nurturing young minds and helping them discover the beauty of both the world around them and the teachings of our Creator.

Jessica Marrero

I am proud to have been an integral part of our community since 2014, initially sharing my knowledge of cheer and dance at local parks. Over time, my journey in education led me to various after-school programs, where I honed my skills and gained valuable experience that ultimately propelled me into the field of child care.

My true passion lies in working with children, and I bring to Noah's Ark Preschool a wealth of expertise and dedication. I am known for my caring nature, unwavering reliability, and a consistently positive attitude that has been cultivated over many years of working closely with young children.

At Noah's Ark Preschool, I am excited to continue this journey of nurturing and educating our youngest learners, helping them grow, learn, and thrive in a safe and loving environment.

Collette Holmes

As a teacher at Noah's Ark Preschool, my journey began with the dream of becoming a Kindergarten teacher. However, when I joined the preschool community, I quickly realized that I had discovered my true calling. Teaching is my passion, and I am dedicated to crafting an environment where children can thrive, nurturing their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills. Alongside this, imparting the teachings of God through Bible stories, verses, worship songs, and communal prayer remains an essential and cherished part of my daily routine.

 Heather Saint

What I cherish most about my role as a teacher at Noah's Ark Preschool is the sheer joy of witnessing a child's radiant smile and their genuine happiness. It warms my heart to see children fostering friendships and connections with one another, both through conversations and playful interactions. Above all, what truly fills my heart with fulfillment is knowing that I have the privilege of making a meaningful impact on a child's life, helping to shape their growth and development in positive and lasting ways.

Sylvia Praga - Richards

I am proud to say that I've been a dedicated teacher at Noah’s Ark Preschool for the past 8 years. My journey at Noah's Ark marked my return to teaching after raising my two wonderful children. However, my teaching career has deep roots that date back to the early 80’s when I began my educational journey while attending El Camino College in Torrance, California.

What brings me the greatest joy in my role here is not only nurturing the youngest learners as they embark on their educational journey but also sowing the seeds of faith, teaching them about who God is and the profound love that Jesus has for all of us. It's a privilege to be part of Noah's Ark Preschool, where I can combine my passion for teaching with my desire to impart these important values to the children in our care.

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