Mrs. Veronica has over 22 years of experience working with children as a preschool teacher, assistant, and director. She graduated in Computer Information Science from the University of Baja California, and continued her education with an AA in Human Development at Santa Ana College. She has taught and administered at Montessori, church and academic preschools. Veronica comes highly recommended from her previous position at the Early Childhood Center of Irvine United Congregational Church. She has a site supervisor permit by California Teaching Credentials and has all of the certifications required to direct Mayflower’s program from day one.
Cherise Crawford-Cotter - teacher
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.
Ms. 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.
Julissa Salgado – teacher
Miss Julissa is extremely excited to be part of Mayflower. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development Family Studies and Family Life Education. Miss Julissa’s passions are not only working with children, but helping them develop and become the best that they can be. Some of her favorite things include drinking coffee, reading, spending time with her family, and using her telescope.
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.
Noel Estrada– substitute teacher
Ms. Noel has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Speech Communication and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSULB. She taught elementary education in the Norwalk-La Mirada School District and later moved on to a career in sales with FedEx. She joined the Mayflower family in March 2009. Ms. Noel has a husband, Mark, who is a L.A. City Firefighter and two sons, Charlie and Jack. Ms. Noel loves being part of the staff at Mayflower Preschool and has a passion for teaching and enriching the lives of all the students who attend. She enjoys working out and going camping with her family and friends.
Elizabeth Kuyper – Community Outreach Coordinator
Elizabeth is a rare Southern California native, originally from Laguna Beach, now living in the house her mother grew up in in Long Beach. Aside from handling the social media, graphic design and community outreach for both the church and school, Elizabeth is an actor.
Miss Casey is a Mayflower alumni.She attended preschool at Mayflower twenty years ago! Miss Casey is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Cal State Long Beach and hopes to one day become a director of a preschool. Miss Casey loves to cook, and eat.She is a huge sports enthusiast and loves spoiling her niece and nephews. Miss Casey’s passion for teaching doesn’t stop here at Mayflower.She is also a dance teacher at a local studio and judges national dance competitions. She has been working with children for over ten years and couldn’t be happier to be here at Mayflower!
Christina Zamost- Finance Business Manager
Michelle Climaco- teacher
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.
Teresa Kelly- teacher
Ms. Teresa is a Speech Pathology major at Pasadena College. She hopes to provide Speech Therapy in the public school system. As a Candy Maker at Disneyland, she found her passion for working with children and their families. Everyday can be magical! In her free time she loves swing dancing and baking pies.
Kristy Grosfeld - substitute teacher
Ms. Kristy has been a teacher at Mayflower since January 2013. She has worked with young children as a preschool teacher, summer director, and afternoon director for 19 years. Ms. Kristy has her certificate in Early Childhood Education from Cerritos College. Ms. Kristy and her husband Dean have been married for 10 years and have two children Chase and Shelbie. Ms. Kristy enjoys anything with bling bling. She loves singing, country music, crafting, and being the taxi driver to her kids and all of their extra activities like dance, baseball, and football.
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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Ali Green- teacher
Ms. Ali graduated from California State University Long Beach with her BA in Human Development and is currently continuing to further her education in Child Development. Ms. Ali enjoys working with the children here at Mayflower, aiding in their growth and education. She is the oldest of two girls and enjoys visiting her sister while away at school. She also likes spending her free time with her family and taking trips to Disneyland.
Savannah Hanson- teacher
Miss Savannah is thrilled to be starting her first 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
Miss 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!
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