Ms. Erika has a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Special Education Credential from Cal State Long Beach. She was a substitute teacher for the ABC school district for a year and worked as a peer educator working one-on-one with students. She has worked with preschool age children through junior high age children at her church. She began working for Mayflower in July 2012. Erika loves traveling, doing missionary work and hanging out with family and friends.
Kathy Bistocchi- teacher
Ms. Kathy is very excited to be a part of the Mayflower team. She has been with us since 2014. Before coming to Mayflower, she ran an at home day care for over 16 years. She has completed the Early Childhood Education requirements. Ms. Kathy has 3 grown children of her own, Courtney, Megan and Nicholas. In her free time she loves to run and has completed a few ½ marathons from Huntington Beach to San Diego Ragnar Races.
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. Before that 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 is so excited to be part of the Mayflower Team. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Theatre Arts for Children as well as 12 ECE units from San Diego State University. Noelle has taught preschool through elementary children ages 2 – 12 for 13 years in many different programs, including dance, gymnastics and drama but her favorite remains with the preschoolers. She loves to encourage education through imagination and creativity. Noelle enjoys dancing, snowboarding, gardening and traveling. She is currently expecting her first child and is looking forward to starting a family of her own.
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 from Laguna 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- Bookkeeper
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 enjoy working with children. She also likes to spend time with my family and friends, going to the beach, Disneyland and dancing.