Preschool Teaching Team

Ms Barbara

Ms. Kiana

Lead Teacher

Prior to joining Morgan Hill Recreation Preschool in 2014, Kiana had close to 10 years of experience working at an early childhood program in Salt Lake City, Utah. That program was based on the Reggio Emilia teaching philosophy that incorporated Montessori ideas while also promoting the importance of play and its role in the early processes of learning. The majority of Kiana's time was spent working with the 2-4 age-group, but she also gained experience as a Center Director for a few years. After teaching, Kiana was employed by Child Care Resource and Referral for almost 3 years, where she worked as a Teacher Trainer. She visited numerous preschools and daycares and provided training and classes for the staff on a variety of early childhood topics.

Kiana has a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah, where she attended on a softball scholarship. She is a happily married mom of 4 and has loved living in Morgan Hill since moving here in 2012.

This will be Kiana's 6th year working at the Morgan Hill Recreation Preschool and she has loved being a part of this program!

Ms. Angel

Little Learners, Kinder Learners, Afternoon Preschool Assistant Teacher

Angel has taught children for more than 15 years. She joined Morgan Hill Recreation Preschool in 2014, and has served as both an assistant teacher and lead teacher. Before working with Morgan Hill Recreation Preschool, Angel spent 10 years working at the Extended Care at St. Catherine's School with Grades K-8. Angel completed her ECE credits at Gavilan College.

Angel was born and raised in Morgan Hill and cannot imagine living anywhere else. In her free time she likes to travel and spend time with her family and friends!

Ms. Amber

Afternoon Preschool Assistant Teacher

Amber graduated from CSU, Chico with a BA in Child Development. Prior to joining the Morgan Hill Recreation Preschool team in 2015, she taught Preschool aged children from Infants to Kinder, as well as ran a licensed home daycare. Most recently she was a lead Twos Teacher. Amber's philosophy in teaching is that all children thrive with positive support, encouragement, and consistent structure from adults within their lives and communities. She enjoys the curiosity in young children and takes pride in the fact that she is supporting their growth in their early years.

In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, spending time with her husband of 18 years, and watching her 3 boys, Blake, Aiden, and Samuel play sports. This is Amber's 3rd year with our program and she can't wait to meet you and grow with your child.

Ms. Barbara

Little Learners and Kinder Learners Assistant Teacher

Barbara has served with the recreation preschool team since 2018. Prior to Morgan Hill, Barbara has 10 years of experience working in elementary schools. She previously worked for Manteca Unified School District and San Jose Unified School District where she taught children with special needs. She is continuing her education in child development at San Jose City College. She loves working with children and helping them learn.

Barbara was born and raised in San Jose and moved to Morgan Hill most recently from Manteca. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family and friends! You also might run into her teaching water aerobics at the CRC or Aquatics Center!