Ms. Cherise is very excited to be part of the team at Mayflower Preschool. She has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for 23 years and teaching in a preschool setting for over 19 years. She has an AA degree and 44 units of Early Childhood Education. She currently holds a Master Teacher/Site Supervisor permit from the State of California on Teacher Credentialing.
She is very passionate about teaching young children. She and her husband have two adult sons. As a family, they enjoy traveling, boating, dirt bike riding in the desert, camping, and attending concerts. Ms. Cherise's favorite thing to do in her spare time is to read. She also likes to garden, sew, paint, work with clay and ceramics, and just about anything artsy-craftsy!
Sam Pullen – pastor
Rev. Samuel Pullen was born in Minnesota and grew up in Iowa, where his parents provided an ecumenical Christian upbringing as members of Methodist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran churches. Since his teenage years Samuel has been putting his faith in action and seeking justice as a student activist, union & community organizer, and a Christian minister.
Pastor Sam brings a variety of gifts to his calling as pastor at Community Congregational United Church of Christ of Los Alamitos. Building community is essential for churches, a skill that Sam has developed while working as a faith-based organizer for Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) and the PICO National Network (People Improving Communities by Organizing). Progressive evangelism is key to Sam’s vision for ministry, which he practiced while helping to launch (a)Spire ministries at First Congregational Church of Pasadena. Music brings people together and stirs the soul, so don’t be surprised if you see Pastor Sam singing songs at Mayflower Pre-school or playing guitar or violin during worship.
One of the greatest blessings in Samuel’s life is being married to Elizabeth González, who works as a bilingual teacher at a public school in Culver City. Samuel is fluent in Spanish and plays violin with mariachi groups, where he is commonly known as “El Mariachi Gringo.”Rev. Samuel Pullen is engaged in a ministry of transcending borders as a community organizer, musician, and spiritual practitioner.
Cindy Trinkle- teacher
Ms. Cindy has been a teacher at Mayflower since 2009. Prior to joining Mayflower she was a substitute teacher for Los Alamitos School District Child Development center for three years. Cindy attended Cerritos College to complete her 12 ECE units. She has three children of her own. In her free time she loves to snow ski and go to the lake and beach with her family.
Angela Skourtas– afternoon supervisor
Ms. Angela has worked at Mayflower preschool since 2008. She is our afternoon teacher, her mornings are spent working in her family’s wholesale foods business. Before working at Mayflower, Angela worked at California Preschool, as a teacher and then the Assistant Director for over 7 years. Angela has completed over 30 ECE units at Long Beach City College, where she continues to take classes. She speaks Greek fluently, and enjoys baking and reading.
Noelle Robinson– dance & gymnastics
Mrs. Noelle has been part of the Mayflower team since 2011. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from SDSU in Liberal Studies with a specialization in Theatre Arts for Children. Noelle has taught preschool through elementary ages 2-12 for over 20 years in many different programs, including dance, gymnastics and drama but her favorite remains with the preschoolers. She loves to encourage learning through imagination and creative play. In her free time she enjoys dancing, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her 2 active boys Drew & Cruz.
Samantha Barton – teacher
Ms. Samantha is a fully qualified preschool teacher. She is continuing her studies at Cal State Fullerton and is looking forward to applying to the credential program. She has all the necessary classes to teach preschool and she also has 4 years experience of working with young children. She has worked in the preschool setting in the past and she has worked for the Boys and Girls Club in Garden Grove and CDC in Irvine where she worked with children of a variety of ages.
Angela Martinez – substitute teacher
Angie has worked at Mayflower for over two years. She received her Early Childhood Education Career Certificate from North Orange County Community College. During this time she was recognized with the Student Success Award for excellence in academic achievement. She has 22 ECE units. While working as a substitute teacher at Child Care Careers in Anaheim, Angela also received the Teacher of the Month award. Angela is certified in pediatric CPR and First Aid. Angela has worked with children for many years, even volunteering at her church in the Sunday school program. Angela is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Ms. Michelle has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from California State University Long Beach and is currently working towards her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. Michelle's favorite part of working at Mayflower is doing arts and crafts with the children and watching the progress every child makes throughout the year. Michelle is the oldest of six siblings. Her youngest sibling is four years old. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.
Karina Perez - teacher
Ms. Karina graduated from CSULB with a BA in Human Development and minor in Psychology. She is currently back at CSULB working on her teaching credential. Ms. Karina enjoys working with children, and also likes to spend time with family and friends, going to the beach, Disneyland and dancing!
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Savannah Walhof- teacher
Mrs. Savannah is thrilled to be starting her second year of teaching at Mayflower. Savannah is a recent graduate of Biola University where she studied Elementary Education and fell in love with teaching. When she’s not in the classroom, Savannah likes to spend her time hiking, crafting, baking and traveling.
Nicole Shurtleff- teacher
Ms. Nicole has been working with preschool aged children for about 5 years. She is currently studying Psychology at Long Beach City College with an emphasis in Child Psychology. In her spare time she loves to travel and go to Disneyland!
Jennifer Green- teacher
Mrs. Jennifer Green helped to manage a kindergarten after school program before she moved into the role of preschool teacher for over 3 years. After years of teaching she transitioned into a career in sales with Allstate Insurance. Happily, life has provided an opportunity to make her way back into the classroom where her energy and creativity can flourish. Jennifer has completed over 20 early childhood education units at Long Beach City College, where she is a continuing student. She and her husband have a daughter who is currently attending Mayflower, and in their free time they enjoy gardening, camping, and spending time on the water--either by paddleboard or kayak. Jennifer also enjoys sewing, arts and crafts, bike rides, and is currently learning how to crochet.