Ana Macias, Toddler Co-Teacher Room 3
Pastor Greg Robins, Children's Ministry Director
Michelle Evans , Assistant Teacher Room 3
Kelley Ward, Lead Teacher / Toddler Room 1 and Afternoon Supervising Teacher
Kelly Ward joined YLUMCPS staff in June 2014 and has 9 years in Early Childhood Education. She has completed all required coursework in Early Childhood Education and continues to further her education.
She and her husband have been married for 13 years and have three children, ages 13, 9 and 6. They also have 2 dogs.
Kelly feels that every believer is called to live so in the power of indwelling spirit that he will not fulfill the light of flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God. She loves working at YLUMCPS because all the staff is amazing and the parents and children are so special.
Zaidy Ortiz, Room 5
Zaidy Ortiz cannot imagine herself doing anything other than teaching. She is currently studying Early Childhood Education and she joined YLUMCPS in 2017. Miss Zaidy wants everyone to know that joining the team at YLUMCPS has been the biggest blessing!
Caity Reta, Assistant Teacher Room 4
Whitney Bras, Administration Assistant
Whitney Bras joined YLUMCPS in November of 2017. She has a background in non-profit organization work for children with special needs. She and her family are long term residents of Yorba Linda and her daughter has been attending the preschool for the last 2 years. As an active member of the community, Whitney couldn't be more happy to find herself working at the preschool.
"I feel so blessed to be a part of an amazing school in our community"-Whitney
Christy Scott, Pre- K & Kindergarten Teacher, Room 2
Christy Scott joined the staff at YLUMCPS in September 2014 with 20+ years working in the field of Early Childhood Education. She has an A.A. in Early Childhood Education from Fullerton College. Christy also holds certifications in Curriculum and Administration & Supervision from Pensacola Christian College and further certifications in Traits of Writing and Special Education Instruction.
She has lived and taught in Yorba Linda for over 20 years. Christy says she has 2 great kids and is a dog lover. She also loves to cook and to be outside and says she is blessed with lots of friends and family.
“I love Jesus”, Christy says and that the Lord has blessed her. She is grateful to serve Him and that God is her rock and through Him and His Grace, she lives an abundant life.
Christy says she had always heard what a great school YLUMCPS was and now feels so blessed to be starting her 3rd year at such an amazing school. God is Good! “I am excited to be a part of this wonderful school and amazing staff” Christy says and that she looks forward to watching her students grow spiritually, academically and socially.
Brian Long, Pastor
Rev. Brian Long was born and raised in Rhode Island. From an early age he has been actively involved in the United Methodist Church as a pastor’s kid. At the age of 14, Brian gave his life to Christ while on a mission trip to the British Virgin Islands. While attending Ithaca College in New York he began working with A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (ACMNP) and served for five years in various national parks around the United States. While serving with ACMNP, he received his call to ministry. In 2001, Brian moved to California to attend Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. He graduated in 2006 with a M.Div. in theology. Brian began serving UMCWV as the Director of Youth Ministries in November 2003. In 2008, he became the Associate Pastorof the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, as he continued to work with youth until 2011. His hope in ministry is for people to ” become fully committed to daily living out their relationship with God through Jesus.” His passions in ministry are missions, discipleship and looking at the larger church impact in this world. In June 2011, Brian was ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in the Cal-Pac Annual Conference.
"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination,
and instill a love of learning."
Angie Gunter, Preschool Director
Angie Gunter joined YLUMCPS in April of 2017. As a long time resident of Yorba Linda, Angie is thrilled to be serving an outstanding school in her very own community.
Angie has served n the field of Early Childhood Education for nearly 30 years as Teacher , Administrator, and Director in Preschool, Infant/Toddler, and After School Programs. She has served in the Placentia-Yorba Linda School District, Bonita Unified School District, and Muncie Unified School District as Director over single and multiple child care sites. Angie truly believes that serving in a faith based Preschool is where her God given gifts and talents can best be used. Angie holds certifications and degrees in Early Childhood Administration and Early Childhood Education. She attended Life Pacifc Bible College in San Dimas, Ca. majoring in Biblical studies and Early childhood education. Angie has 3 children. The oldest, Daniel, lives in Texas where he and his wife, Leigh Ann, serve at the University of Texas at Tyler as English Professors. Angie's 20 year old son Riley is majoring in music production at Cal State Fullerton and Reese, the youngest of the 3, will graduate from El Dorado High School in June of 2019.
Angie has a big heart to serve and to provide the absolute best programs to the families in her care. Giving children the best opportunities and experiences in their early years is her priority and everything she does has their best interests at heart. Angie is extremely blessed to lead the charge to educate and nurture the children at YLUMCPS to "Grow in God's Love" each and every day!
Lindsey Elsensohn, Toddler Co-Teacher, Room 3
This is Lindsey's first year teaching at YLUMCPS. She recently graduated from Hope International University with a Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts. She is currently studying Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. Lindsey has worked at Preschools and at daycare centers in the past and has always had a passion for working with children. Lindsey and her husband, Caleb reside in Mission Viejo. She enjoys spending time with her rescue dog and teaching him new tricks.
Yorba Linda United Methodist Church Preschool and Kindergarten
Sarah Miles, Room 4
" My name is Sarah Miles. I feel so blessed to be a part of the staff at Yorba Linda United Methodist Church Preschool. I have been assisting in all classrooms and have truly enjoyed meeting and working with all of your wonderful children. I am a mother myself, I have an amazing 11 year old daughter, Olivia who attended YLUMCPS years ago. I fell in love with the school then, and continue to now. It's amazing to see how much the school has grown! "
Sarah has her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and will be pursuing a M.A. in Elementary School Psychology at Cal State Fullerton.
Sarah enjoys spending time with her daughter, family, and her 3 beloved dogs.
"I feel God has placed me here at YLUMCPS. I feel so blessed to be part of such a great school and amazing staff. I so look forward to assisting in helping your children grow and learn in a warm, safe, nurturing environment.