Meet our Staff
Elishelah Wright— Owner/Director
I have been a State Licensed Childcare Provider, certified in Pediatric CPR and First Aide, since 2001. I have a Preschool Master Teacher Permit with the State of California and I am close to completing my degree in Child Development at Mira Costa College. I conduct parent education workshops relying heavily on my background as a Certified Parent Educator. I am also the mother of two grown children and the grandmother of three.
I was selected as an Outstanding Educator and represented the state of California at the 2011 Terri Lynne Lokoff National Child Care Teacher Awards in Philadelphia.
Ellen Truelove – Lead Teacher
I’m originally from the East Coast. I worked for the government in Washington DC, ski-bummed in Aspen, and spent some time in the Bay area before I finally settled down in North County. I attended Palomar College where I received an Early Childhood Education Certificate and finished my BA at SDSU. Originally, my plan was to get a Masters Degree in Special Education but I got sidetracked and spent about 11 years working in food service. I owned and operated two successful family-style restaurants and pie shops. When I sold the restaurants, I returned to school for Montessori training. I have always enjoyed working with children, especially at the preschool level. Education begins at birth and young children are so eager and have so much enthusiasm and curiosity that with the slightest encouragement, they practically teach themselves.
Over the years, even when I wasn’t actively teaching, I have been involved with children on some level either as a foster parent, volunteer at my daughter’s school, setting play-groups for neighborhood children or teaching at Sunday School.
Marguerite Wright – Lead Teacher
I have been living in Encinitas for twenty-two years. I have been teaching preschoolers since 1977. I graduated with honors from Mira Costa Community College in Oceanside, California in 2000, earning my Associate Teacher Degree in Early Childhood Development. I have taken Infant-Toddler CPR/First-Aid three times.
I enjoy working with children of all ages, teaching, telling stories, listening, playing, singing songs and playing music together. I play the harmonica and get many requests from the children to play a favorite song as well as request to tell a favorite story or activity. It brings me great joy to work at a job where I can care for children.
I am a mother of three grown children, one son and two daughters. I have four grandchildren, two boys and two girls. I live with my husband Chuck and my cats. I enjoy children, animals, music, reading, sewing, beading, gardening and living in Encinitas near the beach.
Gloria Fonte – Spanish Teacher
I was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. When I was 20 years old I moved to Los Angeles and was married 5 years later. We lived in Sherman Oaks where my 2 daughters were born. I began my studies in Child Development as Los Angeles Valley College. At that time, my girls were attending Head Start Preschool and I volunteered Full-time there for the next 2 years. It was then that I discovered the magic of working with young children.
A few years later, we moved to the Monterey Bay area where I attended Monterey Peninsula College. I worked at Monte Vista Development Center initially and later at St. Timothy’s Preschool. In 2007 my husband’s job brought us to Southern California and we settled in beautiful Encinitas.
Laura Greer – Sign Language Teacher
About 18 years ago, I was introduced to using American Sign Language to communicate with my nephew as I babysat for my sister and brother-in-law. Little did I know that the 5 minute lesson on what he was doing would guide me through the next 2 hours. When my second nephew came along, it helped with both the preverbal baby and with the now verbal and mobile older brother. The sense of teamwork and connection that this language provided was amazing. When I had my own daughter, Jenna (now 14), and then my son Mason (now 12) I had to bring that same magic into our everyday lives. The connection for us parents to the children, as well as between the children themselves, was absolutely deepened by having trust in being seen and heard by each other.
Gary Wright – Support Staff
Gary has been involved in various capacities since we opened our doors in July of 2001. Gary has completed the 25 hour course, The Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers given by North County WestEd and he is a favorite with many of the children.
Though Gary is employed full time elsewhere, he is also our yard and maintenance person and he keeps our electronic equipment running. As with everyone else on staff, Gary has a complete background check and clearance with the State Department of Licensing.