About Us

Our Mission

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

We are a loving, fun and supportive family – We respect and care for each other as a supportive, loving and fun family.

We put children first – We place the best interests of children first in everything we do.

We are built on trust – We practice integrity and have a foundation of trust.

We strive for excellence – We hold high standards & strive for excellence in all we do.

Parent Involvement

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:

Lending objects for units of study

Helping your child at home with the concepts we are studying (see monthly newsletter)

Reading to the children

Volunteering to help with projects or events (Holiday celebrations, graduation, etc.)

Special Talent – if you have a hobby (carpentry, sewing, artist, pottery, cook, music) or career (doctor, nurse, veterinarian, fire fighter, etc…)

Family Traditions, Cultures or Customs – We welcome having parents share family traditions, cultures or customs with classmates. Activities could include (but are not limited to) cooking, storytelling, music, celebrations, etc…

Meet Our Talented Staff

Ms. Valeria


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.

Ms. Destany


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.

Ms. Yadira


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!

Ms. Karla


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.

Ms. Marelyn


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!