Hello! My name is Ms. Linda McManus and I am the owner of Joyce’s Toluca Lake Pre-School and Kindergarten (Cherish The Family, Inc.). I took over the school in July of 2004, with the goal of providing a welcoming environment where children can flourish and parents can feel secure knowing that their children will be encouraged and nurtured in a ‘family’ setting.
I was born in Manila, Philippines, and I settled with my family in Los Angeles. When my son, Christopher, was born, I left my position with CBS and became a volunteer art docent and librarian at my son's school, Riverside Drive Elementary School in Sherman Oaks. I saw firsthand the lack of arts, sciences, and music experiences in the classroom. It led me to establish Kindergarten Enrichment Incorporated (KE), which allowed kindergarten children to receive an extended day featuring enrichment programs. I continued working with afterschool enrichment, now known as Enrichment Educational Experiences (E3). My philosophy transferred to Joyce's Toluca Lake Preschool, which I purchased with Ms. Rocky in 2004. I now live in Sherman Oaks with my husband Craig and our dog, Lady. In my spare time, I love to paint, garden, travel and read.
Hello! My name is Amethyst, or Ms. Amey, and I am the Director of Joyce’s Toluca Lake Pre-School and Kindergarten. I have been at Joyce’s for four years now, and I am so blessed to be a part of our amazing school. Before Joyce’s I was a children’s sports coach, and a full time babysitter. I am still attending college as I am always looking to enhance my education.
I have always known my calling was to work with children; they bring such fun, joy, and inspiration into my life. I was born in Los Angeles, but raised in Morro Bay, California. I serve at my church with Children’s Ministry and with the Sound Team. I am an animal lover with two dogs, a cat, and a gecko, I am a Harley Davidson motorcycle rider, an essential oil advocate, and a Disney and Superhero “know it all”. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, playing sports, going to Disneyland, travelling, and spending time with my family, friends, and my amazing boyfriend.
Hello! My name is Ms. Bhanit, or Ms. Bonnie and I am the Office Manager/Financial Advisor. I was born in Thailand. I came to the United States in 1976 and lived in Maryland and Washington, DC Metropolitan Area for over forty years. I have my Bachelors Degree in Food Science from the University of Maryland. I worked in a Montessori School in Washington, DC as an administrative assistant and office manager for over thirteen years.
Before that, I was in the restaurant business for over twenty years. I decided to move to North Hollywood in August 2017 to be close to my daughter’s family, and my first grandson who resides in Burbank. I hold another job as an insurance agent, but I am really enjoying working as an office manager at Joyce’s. Although I am so busy, I still manage to see my grandson at least twice a week, and cook dinner for my daughter and son-in-law. My husband and I are still trying to make California our new hometown, and we are slowly getting used to the traffic!
Hello! My name is Ms. Tati and I am Lead Teacher in the Red Group. I was born in La Paz, Bolivia and I moved to the United States when I was six years old. I graduated from North Hollywood High and later attended Los Angeles Valley College where I studied Child Development and Bookkeeping. I’m married and I have two adult daughters. I’ve been at Joyce’s since 2003. I love to teach and I love to watch children learn. In my spare time, I enjoy dining out, going to the movies, camping and spending time with my family, friends and dog Sophie.
Hello! My name is Ms. Amy and I am the Teacher's Aide in Red Group with Ms. Tati. I was born and raised in a small town in Connecticut. I came to California in 1994. My passions include nature...enjoying it and preserving it, cooking, art, music and movies. Those hobbies fill my days, animals and children fill my heart.
Hello! My name is Ms. Lorena and I am Lead Teacher in the Green Group. I have over twenty-eight years of experience working as a preschool teacher. My life’s goal is to help children achieve their highest potential in a positive and nurturing environment. I have been blessed with three children of my own.
As a successful parent, I understand the needs of children as well as those of their parents. I work everyday to ensure a bright future for every child who comes into my care. There is nothing more rewarding than being the one giving children the tools they need to grow and develop. In my spare time, I enjoy walks on the beach with my family and spending time with my two cats.
Hello! My name is Ms. Paris and I am the Teacher’s Aide in Green Group with Ms. Lorena. I was born in Burbank, CA and raised in both Northern California and Southern California. I am grateful to be apart of Joyce’s Toluca Lake Preschool. Their education program matches my core values; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I love interacting with children and identifying their gifts and talents at an early age. I come from a family with a strong musical background. I am a singer/songwriter and guitarist, with a passion for beauty, children, health and fitness.
Hello! My name is Ms. Christine and I am Lead Teacher in the Blue Group. I have lived in California for my entire life. I am married and have two sons ages 20 and 24. I attended Garfield High School and East Los Angeles College, where I received my degree in Child Development. My hobbies are gardening, painting, and cross word puzzles. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my dog Maggie.
Hello! My name is Saraina or Ms. Rae. I am currently a college student at LAMC located in Sylmar. I am four classes away from transferring to a CSU to continue my major in Child Development, and hopefully one day become a counselor in a children’s hospital or maybe even a social worker for juveniles. Outside of school I enjoy playing softball considering I’ve played my whole life, and I love to draw. I enjoy working with children due to growing as a person myself. My goal here at Joyce’s Preschool is to impact children in a way where they feel confident in both their actions and feelings. I hope I can help them express themselves and to gain comfort with me.
Hello! My name is Ms. Geraldine. I am Lead Teacher in Aqua Group. I am a mother of three daughters’ and I have seven grandchildren! I knew I would work in the field of child development. It has always been a passion of mine. I enjoy teaching and children are our future. In my free time I enjoy going to church, watching movies, trying new foods and spending time with my family.
Hello! My name is Ms. Andrea. I am the Teacher’s Assistant in Aqua Group. I was born in Glendale and was raised in Sun Valley. Now I am currently living in Burbank with my boyfriend and two daughters. I graduated from Van Nuys High School in 2007 and I went to Los Angeles Mission College where I studied Child Development. I always wanted to be a teacher ever since I was little. I like to travel, cook, paint, and go out with my family and friends.
Hello! My name is Ms. Amelia. I am Lead Teacher in Purple Group. I am originally from Los Angeles, California. I graduated from Grant High School and I am currently attending Los Angeles Valley College majoring in Child Development. I have always enjoyed working with kids. Before Joyce’s, I was a babysitter. It is such a rewarding feeling watching kids express themselves in every way possible. Working at Joyce’s has been such an amazing experience for me. In my spare time I love going to sports games, such as baseball, soccer and hockey. I also enjoy going out to the movies, museums, concerts, Disneyland, working out, and spending time with my brother when he is home from the Marines.
Hello! My name is Ms. Natalie. I work with the Purple Group in the afternoon as a Kinder Closer Aide. I have worked with children for over ten plus years ages 0-18. I am a native California born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. I graduated from John H. Francis High School in Sun Valley. I have a B.A. degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge.
I participated in a fellowship program at California State University, Dominguez Hills. It gave me the chance to intern at Santa Monica Shelter as a Case Manager, providing services to homeless men and women. I received a certification in mental health rehabilitation at the completion of the program. I was a foster parent for a high-risk teenage girl for 2 ½ years. I successfully motivated and assisted her in transitioning into a 4-year California State University.
In my spare time, I volunteer for Penny Lane Center, a social services organization in Los Angeles, that help foster children and their families. I am very passionate about working with children, families and individuals in vulnerable situations. I believe that everyone no matter what their circumstance has the potential to accomplish great things for their life and humanity. My favorite pass time is going to concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. Jazz is one of my favorite genres of music. I enjoy watching live performances at theater houses and watching romantic comedies. Family and friends are my rock and I cherish the time I spend with them. Finally, I love going to art festivals, museums, shops, and great dining establishments with my precious daughter.
Hello! My name is Ms. Nia. Children inspire me in so many ways, which fuels my enthusiasm to care for them. Being able to facilitate their development brings me great joy and inspiration. My degree in Visual Communication has provided a strong foundation for thinking critically and creatively at the drop of a dime. Providing a nurturing experience for today’s youth is my biggest motivation, and I’m inspired on a daily bases to learn all I can about enriching them. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing, reading and tie dying.