Parent and Me Class


Cara Cagan

I am a Pepperdine graduate and have taught at the elementary and high school levels. After a long career in advertising, I returned to education. I have taught Parent and Me, Transition and 4 Year old Class. I look forward to a fantastic year!


2 Year Old Transition Program


Jenn NewhartJenn Newhart

This is my seventh year in Transition. I have four children who are all alumni of WHCCNS. I went to school at LMU and finished my Child Development credits at Cerro Coso. I am so excited to be working with Ms. Nicole again! We have a lot of exciting activities planned and look forward to a fantastic school year.



Nicole OswaltNicole Oswalt

This is my twelfth year teaching at WHCCNS. I have two wonderful sons, both attending Agoura High School. I am looking forward to teaching the Transition class again with Miss Jenn, and sharing all the wonderful songs, books and flannel stories that I have come to love.


Jennie Cathcart

I am thrilled to begin my second year at the Woodland Hills Community Church Nursery School.




3 Year Old Program

Lee Jackson (Group 1 Teacher)

This is my 13th year on staff at WHCCNS.  I have two boys, Trent, 18, and Trevor, 15, both graduates of WHCCNS. I am looking forward to another great year with your wonderful children!


Caitlin Jacobsen (Group 1 Teacher)

I’m so excited to being my second year working of teaching at the nursery school!  I was first welcomed here as a parent five years ago when my oldest daughter was just 1 and in Parent & Me.  I have three children – Adara (7), Cesia (5) and Isaac (3).  After a former career in neuroscience, I am so happy to now be a full time mother and teacher.  When I’m not playing with the kids I can be found playing on the trails and racing ultramarathons.


Taylor Bonjovi (Group 1 Teacher)

This is my second year of teaching at the Nursery School!  I am a graduate of the WHCCNS class of 2002, and now attend Moorpark College majoring in English.  I am excited for the upcoming year and the fun it will bring!


Sarah BetancourtSarah Betancourt (Group 2 Teacher)

I have been with WHCCNS for the past 10 years. It is my responsibility as a teacher to continuously provide interest and patience as well as a warm and loving environment in which the children feel safe, confident and free to learn and grow. I am very excited about the upcoming year!


Amanda Lopez (Group 2 Teacher)

I am happy to be here for my fourth year. I have a daughter, Alexis, who attends this school as well as an older daughter who is a graduate of the preschool. I am very excited to teach a Transition class this year and look forward to working with the little ones.


Bridget Genis (Group 2 Teacher)

I am so happy to be a part of the WHCCNS community! I am originally from San Francisco, where I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of San Francisco. I am proud to follow in the footsteps of my mom, who was a Montessori Preschool teacher for over 30 years. I look forward to many happy, fun, and creative years at WHCCNS!



4 Year Old Program


Cara Cagan (Group 3 Teacher)

I am a Pepperdine graduate and have taught at the elementary and high school levels. After a long career in advertising, I returned to education. I have taught Transition and Parent and Me, and now I have the pleasure of teaching Group 3 with Ms. Hawley. I look forward to a fantastic year!


Robin HawleyRobin Hawley (Group 3 Teacher)

I am so happy to be a Group 3 teacher again this year. I have worked at the Nursery School for 13 years. I studied Child Development at CSUN, and have taught in a variety of schools, preschool through high school. Preschool is my favorite age to work with because every day is a new, exciting and fun-filled day! I am looking forward to a wonderful school year.


Kerry Bublitz (Group 4 Teacher)

I’ve been a teacher at the nursery school for 25 years and a lead teacher in the Pre-K class for the last 17 years. We have some great units we study throughout the year including our starting units on the ocean, shapes and colors, and on nutrition and healthy bodies. We’ll also explore the alphabet’s beginning sounds starting in January. The children especially love the units on space, dinosaurs and artists. I look forward to a fun year getting to know your children and seeing them grow throughout the year into confident 5-year-olds ready to take on life!

Joanna SalasJoanna Salas (Group 4 Teacher)

I am excited to be starting my fourth year here at WHCCNS. I can’t wait to meet your children and really get to know them. This year will be fun!



Support Staff


Lisa Marlow (Director)

I have been at WHCCNS for 14 years as the Director. I have 2 children. My son is 22 and in his 4th year at Art School in Portland, and my daughter is a Junior at Cleveland Humanities Magnet. I am very honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Director of WHCCNS. I look forward to the 2016-2017 school year.


Margaret Boen (Administrative Assistant)

I have worked at WHCCNS in the office for 15 ½  years. I have three children. My son is 16 and my two daughters are 14 and 10. All 3 children are graduates of the preschool.



Cynthia Polanco

I have worked at the school for 16 years and with almost every teacher and age group.  I truly enjoy working with all age groups. This year I will continue to be in and out of every classroom because I will be the Floater and helping in Transition. I have a 18 year old son in high school and I enjoy swimming and reading.





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