At Serrano Heights Academy, we honor uniqueness and diversity of our student body, staff, and community in which we live and serve. Our childcare experience is designed to promote each child’s own individual social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. We strive to foster this development by promoting equity, inclusion and by acknowledging that representation matters. As caregivers and educators, our mission is to provide a safe and developmentally appropriate learning environment, which stimulates a child’s natural desire to explore, discover, create, and become a lifelong learner and global citizen.
Serrano Heights Academy Philosophy
SHA has an eclectic philosophy that includes but not limited to, Montessori influences and creative intentional play. We value our teacher’s autonomy while keeping whole child learning and intentional reflective teaching at the core of SHA. Activities revolve around children’s learning and interests while fostering creativity, imagination, and exploration. We are a play-based preschool and believe most learning objectives can be accomplished through play. We strongly support literacy, music and movement, art, social emotional play and cognitive development.
Our Core Values
Parents are encouraged to participate in activities and to volunteer in the classroom whenever possible. SHA’s PTA includes parents, teachers and administration who work together to create opportunities throughout the year to allow you to get involved in your child’s preschool experience. There will be many times and ways you can get involved in your child’s preschool experience. You are welcomed and encouraged to participate in any or all of these. Some examples of ways to be involved include:
Meet Our Talented Staff
Hi! My name is Alyssa. I was born and raised in Anaheim, California. I currently live in Fullerton with my fiancé and fur baby, Pepper. I graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2020 and earned my bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Studies. I am currently studying for my CSETs and plan on obtaining my Teaching Credential to teach Elementary School. I have been with Serrano Heights Academy for about three years now. I love having the privilege of being a teacher and igniting a love of learning in my students.
Hello! My name is Valeria. I was born in Mexico and currently live in Riverside, CA. I have hatchling red-foot tortoise named, Sherry. I attended Cal State San Bernardino and received my Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Child Development. I plan to go back to school for my Master’s in School Psychology. I have been at Serrano Heights Academy for the past two years and it has been a pleasure working with staff and seeing the children grow. I am grateful to have the privilege of teaching children the love of learning and creating a safe environment. I look forward to continuing to teach the love of learning to my students.
Hello my name is Destany! A little background about me, I’m 23 years young and I have a 3 year old daughter named Leilani. I’ve lived in Orange County my whole life and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. I plan on going back to college and I am inspired to be a school guidance counselor. Teaching has always been my passion though, so I just take things one day at a time and see where life takes me. Some of my favorite things to do in my free time are going shopping at Target, buying Starbucks, brunch with my girls, and spending time with family. I’m excited to see the growth, fun, and positivity with this new opportunity here at Serrano Heights Academy.
Hi! My name is Yadira and I am born and raised in Anaheim Hills, California. I am attending Cal State Fullerton pursuing my Bachelors degree in Psychology with a focus in Child Psychology. I am very passionate about about animals and kids. I have 3 pitbull huskies mixed named Zoey, Kylo, and Astro . I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work with children and I love every minute of it!
Hi, My name is Karla. I was born and raised in Anaheim CA. I have two huskies named, Zeus and Rover who drive me crazy but I adore them so much! I currently attend Fullerton Community College and want to major in Early Childhood Education.
Hi! My name is Marelyn and I was born and raised in Orange County. I am currently attending Cal State Fullerton and am in the process of achieving my Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development with a concentration in Family and Community contexts. I love working with children and have always had a passion for teaching little ones. I also plan to get my teaching credentials to teach in the elementary school setting. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work with children and to be able to do something I am truly passionate about!