DAILY OPERATIONS MANAGER
Ever since Mr. Chase was 13 years old, he knew he was going to be a leader. Mr. Chase enjoys being able to work with others on new ideas to create a better learning environment for the children while, at the same time, ensuring that everyone is working as a team. You can say it is one big juggling act.
Mr. Chase’s goal for LBA is to not only create a safe, fun, learning environment, but to also create an enriched environment full of exploration, discovery and adventure. Nothing makes Mr. Chase happier than to overhear a child excitedly tell their parents about what they did or learned at school. Mr. Chase is always working to figure out what would be the next best thing for the children, parents, staff and school.
Mr. Chase received his BA in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After graduating, Mr. Chase started working full time at LBA because he felt the position was one where he could make a difference in so many lives.
SOutside of work, Mr. Chase is an active outdoorsy guy that enjoys camping and surfing. He likes to spend his weekends physically and mentally rejoicing.
These fine people work primarily in the office, helping things run smoothly in the background so that our teachers can focus on giving their students the love and attention they need.
For information about the teachers at each LBA preschool, scroll to the bottom of the page or click here for the Torrance school, here for Redondo Beach, and here for Torrance - Walteria.
Director - Torrance
Ms. Mary joined LBA as a teacher at first. She has over twenty (20) years of experience working specifically in preschools, and has spent the last (10) with us.
Ms. Mary is caring, nurturing, and responsible. She knew from a young age that she wanted to work with children, to be a positive influence shaping their future.
Her day-to-day work is making sure the children have a safe and healthy learning environment. As an office worker, she checks student records to make sure everyone's individual needs are being met, and keeps track of the supplies needed to make that happen. She also steps into the classrooms when needed, interacting with the children often by reading stories to them or playing with them outside.
She loves to do art and music with the children. The most rewarding part of Ms. Mary's job is seeing the kids grow up and move on to elementary school, and when they come to visit and share their success stories. It is fulfilling to be a role model. “I love seeing how I made an impact on their lives.”
Ms. Mary has three children of her own, all high school- or college-age. She is a devoted mother and all around family-centered person. Most of the time when she leaves work, the rest of her day is spent with her family, in whatever form that may be.
Director & ADMINISTRATOR - Torrance - Walteria
Ms. Susan supervises the work of other employees, and counsels them whenever they need to solve a problem. “I’m like a mother to everyone here.”
In addition to her station in the Redondo Beach office, Ms. Susan is the administrator for all three schools. She makes sure that each campus has the staff and supplies they need. She also handles regular check-ins with government agencies such as the Department of Social Services.
Ms. Susan doesn’t just work in the office though. Her skills are invaluable for newly enrolled students and their parents. For the first week, it can be difficult for a child to transition into the new environment. Whenever a new student is enrolled, Ms. Susan works alongside their teacher to help that child along, making sure they’re clean and fed, playing with them outside, or just talking one-on-one. “Younger kids need more help when they start. They need more nurturing from us. After the transition period, they’re okay.”
One of the happenings that brightens Ms. Susan’s day is when new students start to look for her when they first come in. She also takes great pride in hearing the gratitude from parents who have witnessed the impact she’s had on their children.
With a Bachelor’s degree in management, Ms. Susan has twenty (20) years of experience as a manager for various airlines. In 2002, she got a job at her brother’s school in Duarte, California, and that’s when she found her love for working with children. She moved to the South Bay in 2004 and has now been working with Leap & Bound Academy for over ten (10) years.
Ms. Susan has a child of her own, who is now in her thirties (30s) and has gone on to make Ms. Susan a busy grandma. Although her grandchildren live far away, she is working towards enrolling them at Leap & Bound Academy. “Because I believe in the curriculum, I want all my family to come here and experience the well-balanced curriculum of LBA. I wish everybody could benefit from it.”
Assistant Director - Torrance - Walteria
Ms. Denise feels that the first 5 years of a child’s life are the most critical to their development and she enjoys being able to be a part of that.”
Ms. Denise feels most rewarded when she is able to support the teachers and witness, firsthand, their countless hours of teaching and advocacy for their students. Ms. Denise is a firm believer in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs; she feels that, as early educators, it is our role to do everything we can to help our children develop to their highest potential.
When Ms. Denise was teaching, her favorite activities were child-led activities. Ms. Denise feels that it is facinating to see where the children's imagination takes them.
Ms. Denise's mother was the lead children's Ministry Director of their church, so Ms. Denise has been actively involved with children for most of her life.
Outside of work, Ms. Denise loves to spend time with her dog, family and friends. Ms. Denise likes to surround herself with people who share the same positive outlook on life.
Ms. Denise has her AA degree in Early Childhood Education and will be attending CSU Dominguez Hills in the Fall to get her BA.
Director & Parent relationships manager
Ms. Erin’s work is primarily a matter of communication: She handles tours, maintains a rapport with parents, and counsels the other staff when they have some concern.
Ms. Erin joined Leap & Bound Academy because she loves children and the whole experience of working with them. Between running tours, she joins the classroom whenever a teacher has a new student. Her role in the class is to help the student transition into their new environment. It can be thrilling to see their reactions to new things, especially the imaginary light bulb moment when they “get” a new concept.
It’s heartwarming for her to hear how comfortable families are with leaving their children here. Ms. Erin's favorite part of her job is the feedback from families who stay through kindergarten and knowing they're happy with their children's progress.
Ms. Erin intimately understands the students’ perspectives, because she grew up in her family’s own daycare, founded before she was born. As a professional, she has been working with children for over fifteen (15) years. Ms. Erin is deep in the childcare world.
Recruitment Director -Redondo Beach
With over 15 years of teaching experience, Ms. DeJahnae is a veteran in the classroom who oversees many of LBA’s day-to-day operations like recruiting and training new staff members.
When Ms. DeJahnae was a little girl, she would look after all her little cousins and pretend to be their teacher. As she grew up, she realized that her passion was more than a scenario to play with; teaching became the only thing she wanted to do.
For Ms. DeJahnae, the most rewarding part of working at LBA is seeing the smiles on the children’s faces everyday. She loves visiting the classrooms and engaging in conversations with all of the students.
Ms. DeJahnae knows that Leap & Bound is a special preschool, and she wants to continue creating an environment where parents know they can come drop their kids off at a school where the students and staff are safe and happy. She hopes to broaden our school’s reach and put LBA on the map as a leading preschool in the South Bay.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - REDONDO BEACH
Ms. Victoria has been working with children for 8 years. Ms. Victoria enjoys taking part in her community service organization, planning events and interior decorating.
In college, Ms. Victoria was the Student Government President and greatly enjoyed making a difference in her school. Ms. Victoria received her BA from Marymount California University.
Bio coming soon!!
The positive energy and genuine love that children show is what makes Ms. Jamie love teaching. Ever since Ms. Jamie was a child she loved working with children and that love has continued to grow.
Ms. Jamie feels most rewarded when she sees the pride and excitement on the children’s faces as they learn new things.
Ms. Jamie enjoys reading with her children and believes that a love of reading needs to be developed at an early age. Ms. Jamie likes how stories get children to think and talk about the various elements of the story.
Ms. Jamie's teaching journey began when she was in the 5th grade and would help in her school's Special Education classroom. In high school and college, Ms. Jamie volunteered at summer camps.
Ms. Jamie graduated with a BA in Special Education and Childhood Education. Ms. Jamie then went on to get her MA in Differentiated Instruction.
Ms. Destinee discovered her love for teaching while helping out a friend. Ms. Destinee knows that teaching is an area that she can really put her heart into and set a solid foundation for children's love of learning.
Ms. Destinee enjoys watching a child succeed in areas they struggled with before. Ms. Destinee has worked with children for ten years, including children with special needs.
Outside of work, Ms. Destinee enjoys weightlifting, surfing, yoga, running and reading.
Chef - Torrance - walteria
Chef Jose is the mastermind behind Leap & Bound Academy’s hot lunches. He works in the Medical Center’s kitchen and delivers to all three schools.
Chef Jose makes what kids love. He enjoys the art of cooking and prides himself on making sure the children are happy to eat up. Chef Jose has been cooking since he was seventeen (17) years old, and been a professional chef for almost three decades. At home he continues to habitually clean, but also spends a lot of relaxation time with his wife.
IT and Computer Teacher - Redondo Beach and Torrance - Walteria
Rodney is our onsite IT consultant and Computer Teacher. He makes sure that our technology is up to speed and trains our students in computer programmning.
Leap & Bound Academy employees paid interns from local high schools to capture our frequent special events, help out in the office, and learn vocational skills such as writing, editing, photography, video production, and social media marketing.