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Mentor Teachers

Victor Valley College Mentor Teachers


Deydalia FraydealfaroDeydalia Fraydealfaro, or Dalia as she is lovingly called, has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for 15 years in both public and private schools.  She started her college adventure at Cerritos Community College and Victor Valley Community College. With determination and perseverance she received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Brandman University.  Dalia is working on completing her Master of Arts in Education, Leadership in Early Childhood Education.  She is a dedicated employee whose strength is building relationships!  Her considerate and cooperative nature is an asset to our team.

The loves of Dalia’s life are her husband Ramon, and her twin children, Angelina and Angelo.  She enjoys scrapbooking, cooking, reading, going to Disneyland and swimming. A tidbit about Dalia: she relishes Marvel Superheroes, especially X-Men. 

We are grateful to have Dalia as our team member!




Peggy RubyPeggy Ruby has been a preschool teacher with Victor Valley College since 1999. She began as an infant/toddler teacher and is thriving in her current role as a preschool teacher. Peggy is VVC alumni and has her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from LaVerne University. Her specialty is positive teacher-child interactions. She is very patient and warm.

Peggy has three adult daughters and three granddaughters. She enjoys spending time with her granddaughters, hiking, reading, swimming, arts and crafts, traveling and especially going to yard sales or thrift stores. She decorates her kitchen with country stuff…particularly rooster and chicken décor. The rest of her home is beach décor. Her morning routine always includes a cup of coffee. She is most encouraged by handwritten notes (though she likes small gifts, too!).

A tidbit about Peggy. When she was young, she was approached to be part of a Disney documentary, but she declined because she was too shy. We are blessed to have Peggy as part of our team!



California Early Childhood Mentor Program Teachers

Lorraine Macaulay

Lorraine Macaulay

- Lorraine is a Mentor Teacher at Country Kids Family Child Care, located in Hesperia. She provides the care and education for infants through twelve year olds. Her current schedule is Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

- Lorraine holds a Master Teacher Permit, a Family Child Care Certificate and her Associates Degree in Child Development. She has been in the child care field for 25 years, teaching in both the family child care environment and center based programs.

- Students who choose to conduct their lab hours with Lorraine will gain experience serving multi-aged groups. They will also get exposure to the daily operations of a family child care facility.

- Lorraine can be reached at 760.244.1780.


Sharon Schneider

Sharon Ellis

- Sharon is a Mentor Teacher at Rancho Verde State Preschool, located in Apple Valley. Her current teaching schedule is Monday through Friday, from 8:00am - 3:00pm.

- Sharon has her A. S. degree in Child Development and holds a Site Supervisor Permit. She taught for 20 years at Apple Valley Christian School, where she started her career as an aide and eventually became the director of the school. In 2000 she helped to open the new State Preschool site at Rancho Verde, and she has been teaching there since.

- Sharon notes, “Even though our program has a strong emphasis on language and literacy, our main goal is to help each child to grow in whatever their area of need might be. We provide a fun and active learning environment, which promotes social, emotional and cognitive growth. We work closely with families to enrich both the home and school experience for the children. I love to laugh and interact with the children on a personal level. I also enjoy literature, so when we're not telling stories, children are encouraged to make up their own."

- Sharon can be reached at 760.240.4732.


Rochelle Himmelrick

Diana Lynn McCann My name is Rochelle Himmelrick. I enjoy teaching and working with children of all ages – young children and those who are young at heart. I have taught for many years in both public and private schools. 

I have been working in the field of Early Childhood for 30 years and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I started my career by opening up a family child care and eventually opening a child care center where I am currently the director and one of the teachers. I started my ECE classes at Barstow College and am currently an instructor at Barstow College teaching ECE courses. I taught at Barstow High School for 17 years – teaching Child Care Occupations for the ROP program. I received my A.A. from Barstow College along with my ECE certificate. With determination and perseverance I received my B.A. and M.A. from Azusa Pacific University . I have been involved with Bible Study Fellowship for 13 years / 6 years working in leadership.

My philosophy is that we are always learning and with that in mind, I hope to add to your learning experience by bringing a positive educational opportunity to you during our time together. My job is to provide the instruction and the student's responsibility is to apply themselves to their work and hopefully they will be able to relate what they have learned to their life. Real situations are more meaningful so I like to make things relevant (or applicable) to what they are learning. 

I have a wonderful supportive husband and seven fantastic children. In my free time I like to be outdoors spending time with my family. I believe there are never any bad weather days, just different kinds of weather.  With that in mind my philosophy for children is that their job is to play, be happy and be outdoors as well.

Rochelle can be reached at 760-964-3574 or 760-252-5535

(Also I am in the process of applying for a site supervisors permit as I currently have a teacher's permit but know I qualify for the supervisor's permit).


Nicolle Mercado

Nicolle BurgosName of Classroom: SBCSS Lemon Street State Preschool (located on the campus of Mojave High School) 16633 Lemon Street, Hesperia

Age of Children in Class: three to five years old

Nicolle's current teaching schedule: 7:30am-10:30am and 11:15am-2:15pm Monday through Friday

Nicolle's description of her education (degrees, certification, etc):
Earned an A.S Degree in Child Development in 1999 from Victor Valley College.  Earned a B.A Degree in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Special Education from Kendall College in 2010. I am working towards earning a Master's Degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. I also have a Program Director Permit.

Brief description of her teaching experience:

I began my teaching experience as a Mentee student with Victor Valley College in 1996. I worked in private preschool for a year before coming to the SBCSS State Preschool Program in 1998.  I have taught all over the county of San Bernardino including Victorville, Hesperia, Ft. Irwin and Adelanto.  I currently work as the Lead Teacher for the High Desert area for SBCSS State Preschool Program.  This job enables me to not only work with the children, but help teachers as well.  I enjoy teaching preschool and especially enjoy working with the college students as a mentor teacher!

Special characteristics of Nicolle's class :

I am very fortunate to teach at Lemon Street State Preschool. I have two classes with 30 children in each class. I have a staff of one 8 hour associate and two 3 hour associates in each class. There are two rooms in my classroom, one set up for more quiet activities and one for the louder activities. With so many children, my staff and I have to communicate and work closely as a team.

Other information about Nicolle:

In addition to teaching, I do some volunteer work with my daughter's Girl Scout troop as well as with my church's youth ministry program. I am married to my husband Andrew and we have two children.

Nicolle can be reached at (760) 956-3537.


Donna Cintron-Pardus

Donna Cintron-Pardus - photo

My name is Donna Cintron-Pardus. I am a Site Supervisor/ Teacher at SBCSS, Lucy Siegrist State Preschool.

The ages of the children in my classroom are 3-5 years old. I have 30 children enrolled in each class.

My current teaching schedule is 7:00 – 3:00 pm. My class hours are 7:45- 10:45 am and 11:45 – 2:45 pm.

I graduated from Victor Valley College with an A.S in child development and an A.A in Liberal Arts. I continued my education at the University of La Verne and received a B.S in child development. I currently hold a Program Director permit.

I have been in the child development field for over twenty years and been teaching with State Preschool for almost ten years.

I enjoy story telling, music and movement and using flannel s and puppets.

I believe that each day provides a learning opportunity for teachers, students and children. I look forward to sharing ideas, supporting and giving back knowledge I have gleaned from my mentor and others.


Rosie Dunn

Rosie Dunn - photoRosie is State Preschool Teacher/Site Supervisor at Liberty II State Preschool, located on the campus of Liberty Elementary School in Victorville, CA. Her current teaching schedule is Monday through Friday, from 7:30am - 4:00pm. The children are 3 to 5 years old.

 Rosie holds a B.S. degree in Child Development and a Program Director permit. She has held positions in ECE teaching and administration for over 30 years in State Preschool, Head Start, Victor Valley College, and Special Ed programs, and is a NV licensed public school teacher in grades Pre-K to 2nd, with a specialization in Early Childhood. In addition, she is a Preschool Music Specialist.

 Her educational program fosters and focuses on extensive hands-on multicultural and multilingual awareness activities, early literacy and writing skills, math and science, meaningful teacher and child interactions, and a huge emphasis on musical experiences for young children. She follows developmentally appropriate practices under the guidance of Creative Curriculum, High Scope, and Reggio Emilia’s high standard teaching methods and utilizes and follows the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS) requirements, and the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP). She is CLASS certified (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) to improve program quality in early care and education programs.

In addition to teaching, she is an avid gardener, sings and plays various musical stringed instruments, and her three grandchildren are the loves of her life.

Rosie can be reached at school # (760) 243-1198 and cell # (702) 755-7126


Leticia Castaneda

Leticia Casteneda

My name is Leticia Castaneda. I work for SBCSS State Preschool at Bradach Elementary in Adelanto California.  My classroom hours are 7:30am-10:30am and 11:40am- 2:40pm Monday through Friday. I am happily married and I have three beautiful girls.  I enjoy spending time with my family and teaching Sunday school at my local church.

My current job titles are; State Preschool Teacher, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support trainer of trainers, and California Early Childhood Mentor Teacher.  Also, I currently hold a Site Supervisor Teacher Permit as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development. 

I have many years of experience working with young children (infants, toddlers & preschoolers). 9 years have been in the private sector and the additional years have been with SBCSS State Preschool.  Every school year I strive to make my preschool classroom one where children can feel welcome, loved, safe and wanted. I’m able to accomplish this by allowing my students to grow and develop at their own pace via different learning experiences.  I teach creative curriculum because it makes learning fun and through the curriculum children‘s development is enhanced.  Creative curriculum allows me to disguise my teaching approach via play activities.  Many children may think that they are just playing but in reality learning is taking place.

I look forward to welcoming VVC Students into my classroom.   


Last Updated 6/7/17