BunnyBears Preschool
BunnyBears Preschool - 5358 Jackson Drive, Suite 2, La Mesa, CA 91942 - (619) 567-4214 - www.bunnybearspreschool.com - ea@bunnybearspreschool.com - Updated November 2015

Ms. Denise is a mother of two wonderful boys. Angel is six years old and Michael is one year old. Together they enjoy to explore the outdoors as much as they can such as hiking, camping, and plenty of lengthy walks.

Denise Alcala Perez

Denise was born in Los Angeles and came to San Diego at an early age. She began to take a few courses at Cuyamaca college in Child development out of curiosity and the desire to become a better informed parent. This blossomed to her passion in the early education field. She is now on her way to transferring from Cuyamaca College to San Diego State University to pursue a Bachelors Degree in child development.

Kalin Hiebner

Kalin was born and raised in Northern California where she began her college education of Child Development at her local community college.  She then moved to Los Angeles where she received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. While studying there, she spent her free time volunteering at a nonprofit organization that focused on mentoring children. Through this experience, she learned that she loved working with children and pursued a career in childcare! Kalin now lives in San Diego with her husband and two kittens.

Jennifer Ortega

Jennifer was born in Virginia and raised in Los Angeles; she came to San Diego in 2010 to pursue a higher education. Jennifer is currently a child development student at Cuyamaca College working towards SDSU child development program. She’s been volunteering with children at schools and community centers since high school.

Vanessa Luevano

Vanessa is the first one to come to BunnyBears each morning and make sure that it is clean, organized and welcoming to our families. She makes delicious snacks for our children and helps them with lunches. Children love playing with Vanessa and she always joins children in the community room whenever she has a chance.  Miss Vanessa lives with her husband and two children in La Mesa. She enjoys spending time with her family: going to parks, movies and concerts. She often goes to visit her family in Tecate, Mexico.

 Having a love for creativity herself, she particularly enjoys encouraging self expression in young children. She enjoys getting to know her students on a personal level and values them for their unique traits and interests. She feels blessed to get to be an active participant in children’s growth and development.
Lindsay has lived most of her life in San Diego and there is no other place she would rather call home. In her free time she enjoys crafting, drawing, and occasionally wood-burning. She’d rather be outdoors than anywhere else, especially spending time at the beach with her husband, Ryan.After a year of living in Los Angeles, she and her husband moved back to her hometown of San Diego where she began lead teaching at a pre-school in Escondido. It was there she began learning more about the Reggio Emilia approach and found it to be in line with her own early childhood teaching philosophy.

Lindsay Chambers

Lindsay has had the privilege of working with children of all ages in various capacities over the years. She spent a year tutoring and providing emotional support to children at a school in Uganda, assisted with the home schooling of three of her seven siblings, as well as worked with inner city youth in Los Angeles. Along the way she discovered her true passion was early childhood education and interned at a preschool in Los Angeles, where she fell in love with that age group. She took several child development courses and received her teacher’s permit.

As a BA graduate from San Francisco State University in Child and Adolescent development, Meghan is thrilled to have found a school home here where she can teach children she loves during the week and visit the beach and a winery on the weekend.

Meghan Ledbetter

At an early age, it was apparent that Meghan was destined to be a teacher.  From playing school with her younger sister to assistant coaching a fourth grade basketball team, she has always enjoyed being around children.  As a recent resident of San Diego, having moved here in May 2014 with her husband who serves in the United States Coast Guard, Meghan was eager to find a school where she could continue her preschool teaching career.  Her search led her to BunnyBears where she has grown in her passion for a play-based curriculum, following the Reggio Emilia philosophy. 

Amy has now been a part of BunnyBears family since 2012 and has found her true passion in co-constructing education with young children and preserving their sense of wonder. Amy received her Early Childhood certification from Grossmont College and is currently working towards her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education. When she is not engaging with children, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, indulging in good books and great wines, and taking advantage of life's spontaneity.

Originally from Lithuania, Egle moved to Los Angeles CA in 2002 where she attended Santa Monica College. After moving to San Diego in 2007, Egle opened her home to the neighborhood families. BunnyBears in Home Preschool became a special place for many families. In February of 2014 BunnyBears made its move to a dedicated preschool space.  Egle lives with her husband in La Mesa. She is an active runner and hiker; Egle loves winter sports, beach and water activities. Growing up in Lithuania Egle played basketball.

The dedicated teachers who work at BunnyBear are young professionals who are continuously seeking growth through school classes, workshops and daily reflections in their work environment. They are all first aid and CPR certified and have their early education credentials.

Amy Ramsey

Originally from central California, Amy has always enjoyed being with children and admires their inquisitive nature. She began her journey into education through volunteer work with children with special rights at local schools. Upon relocating to San Diego in 2011 with her husband, she worked as a Co-Teacher for 1st grade where she was first introduced to the Reggio Emilia philosophy and Social-Constructivist learning.

“I truly enjoy working with children of all ages and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. For me, the most rewarding part of it is being able to look back and see how far each child has come, how they’re each becoming their own unique person, and knowing that I’ve helped in some way.”

“Children are so passionate, innocent, loving, curious, smart and forgiving… They are so much more than we think they are. Their theories and investigations of their surrounding world show us how much they are capable of; all we have to do is to support their investigations and explore those theories with them…”

Egle Athari

BunnyBears preschool founder, Egle Athari, is a strong advocate for early childhood education. She has BA in Social Pedagogics and Psychology and Early Childhood Education Certificate. Egle not only loves working with young children, but truly cares for their best interests. She values children and sees them as capable and confident individuals. Because of that reason Reggio Emilia Philosophy is very close to her heart.

Meet the BunnyBears Teachers