At Pali Pres our staff is made up of dedicated teachers who believe early childhood is the fundamental time for growth and development. They are proud to dedicate their efforts towards opening that window of development to the children and families we serve.
Many of our teachers have been with the school for several years, other staff members are new and bring with them the energy and knowledge of new theories in Early Childhood Education.
We are staffed by mature, loving, and responsible adults who not only have the academic backgrounds in Early Childhood Education, but have the ability to understand and accept individual differences in children.
Every staff member has placed early education at the top of their list of priorities and where they have chosen to focus their profession, education and beliefs. We know the importance of a play-based program as the foundation of an early educational program that benefits the young child.
We strive to create a daily environment that is nurturing, secure and supportive. Children need to feel secure in order to explore and expand their horizons.
Our staff creates a program that encourages exploration and engagement as an important element of learning. Our unique Outdoor Classroom® provides learning to take place both inside and outside of the classroom.
Children learn best when there is no pressure to perform. Creating an inviting place that welcomes and encourages learning gives children opportunities to develop at a pace, and in a place, that works best for them. This environment gives them the confidence they need to thrive.
Julie Baczewski graduated with a BA in Speech Communication, Psychology, and English from Cal State LA; and from Pepperdine University with a Masters Degree in Education with a specialty in Early Childhood Development. She worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for ten years – starting as a Mommy and Me facilitator, then as a substitute teacher, and finally was Director at Little Village Nursery School, a parent cooperative nursery school in West Los Angeles. Julie began as Director at Palisades Presbyterian Nursery School in July of 1999.