Category «Staff Members»

Gemini Fernandez | Director

It’s the eyes wide, big smile, and pure excitement on a child’s face that keeps me going in this field. I have always wanted to go into Early Child Education since I was in the fifth grade! I found great passion in it and helping students grow and learn all about this world around them. …

Dominique Harris | Assistant Director & Infant Nursery Supervisor

Early Childhood Education is meant to expand the minds of young children and has been one of the best experiences of my life. My journey did not start with ECE, however I have always wanted to work with kids. I began working as an assistant infant teacher in January 2021. After a few months of …

Kathleen Ponzio | Office Manager & Support Teacher

Hello Families! My name is Kathleen and I am so excited to be a part of The Big Red Barn Early Learning Center! Before Early Childhood Education, I was in mortgage and banking for 23 years, then decided to take some time off to be more involved with my family. I am the mother of …

Alicia Harris | Lead Toddler Teacher

“The best way to gain God’s wisdom is by listening to His children.” My journey in Early childhood education started by watching my sister, Ashley Bouchard, live out her dream of working with children. I saw how much joy she was receiving and spreading, and I couldn’t help not to take notice. However, after high …

Hailey Bloyd | Lead Toddler Teacher

I enjoy spending time with young children, as their perspective on the world is always fresh and exciting. I believe that the love and care you show towards children today will shape how they treat others for the rest of their lives. I enjoy creating art and exploring the outdoors with my family in my …

Destiny Arriaga | Lead Preschool Teacher

I have wanted to be an educator for as long as I can remember; I was that kid taking extra workbooks home to play “school” with my dolls. 😊 I am in love with the joy and fulfillment that comes with teaching and helping young minds grow. My goal as a teacher is to help …

Jenny Adame | Lead Pre-K Teacher

My interest in becoming a teacher started when I was a Senior in High School. I went through a lot of career ideas and none of them seemed to be the perfect fit. I enrolled in a class called Pathways to Teaching, not knowing it would become my favorite class with the best teacher. She …

Jayna Reneau | Lead Infant/Toddler Teacher

I’ve always been a natural nurturer. My younger brother and I are 12 years apart! So, I played a big role in his upbringing. However, through that, I learned that the best part of my day is watching children discover new skills and with that spark of joy and accomplishment you feel when they share …

Daisy McCall | Lead Float Teacher

Growing up I always played “teacher” with my little brother. I would pretend to make lesson plans and tests so that I could teach him things that I was learning in school. I was 15 when I started babysitting, which progressed into working as a camp counselor or nannying over the summers. I found my …

Soraya de la Oliva | Assistant Toddler Teacher

I am currently in my senior year of highschool and have a strong passion to spread positivity. As the captain of community on my swim team and an intern for the non-profit mental health organization, Robbie’s Hope, I’ve learned to balance my school, work, and personal life. Swimming is also a big part of my …