The owner of Joyce’s Toluca Lake Pre-School and Kindergarten (Cherish The Family, Inc.) Linda McManus. She 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.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Ms. Linda settled with her family in Los Angeles. When her son, Christopher, was born, Linda left her position with CBS and became a volunteer art docent and librarian at her son's school, Riverside Drive Elementary School in Sherman Oaks. She saw firsthand the lack of arts, sciences, and music experiences in the classroom. It led her to establish Kindergarten Enrichment Incorporated (KE), which allowed kindergarten children to recieve an extended day featuring enrichment programs. Linda continues working with afterschool enrichment, now known as Enrichment Educational Experiences (E3). Her philosophy transferred to Joyce's Toluca Lake Preschool, which she purchased with Ms. Rocky in 2004. Linda lives in Sherman Oaks with her husband Craig and their dog, Lady. In her spare time, Linda loves to paint, garden, travel and read.
Ms. Desi is the Green Group teacher and Joyce's Staff Coordinator. Ms. Desi is originally from Oceanside, California. She is currently attending Santa Monica College, her major is child development. She has been working at Joyce's since 2007. Ms. Desi decided to work at Joyce's after volunteering there for the summer and enjoyed the working environment and loved the kids. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her husband Max and their two kids, Nate and Jameson.
Born in Guatemala, Ms. Paola’s family moved to The United States when she was only a few months old. She was raised in California by her loving parents along with her 4 siblings. She has her Associates in Child Development and is currently attending Glendale Community College where she is furthering her education and working on obtaining her Master Teacher Certificate. She has 6 years of experience working with children of all ages, both in a Preschool setting and as a private Nanny. Working with children has been the biggest joy in her life and is happiest when surrounded by little ones! Working at Joyces's has been an amazing and loving experience and she is looking forward to the wonderful years ahead! While not at Joyce’s, Ms. Paola loves gardening, listening to music, reading and spending time with her family as well being home with her husband Wes and her little mischievous dog, Bumble Bee.
Ms. Elyssa is originally from Mission Hills California. She recently graduated from Elegance International Hollywood as a professional makeup artist. She has a business on the weekends working with weddings, photo shoots, and all other special occasions. Her goal is to work on movies and travel the world. Ms. Elyssa started working with children at the age of 15. She volunteered at an in home preschool/daycare and eventually took some units in child development and was hired full time after high school. Ms. Elyssa joined Joyce's because she enjoys working with children of all ages. She saw how much passion and love Joyce's preschool has and needed to become apart of the family. Her personal interests include music, dance, football and movies.
Princess is originally from the San Fernando Valley. She studied Art and Early Childhood Education at Santa Monica College. Before working at Joyce’s, Ms. Princess was working with a special needs school with mainly an autistic population. She worked with children between the grades of Pre-K – 5th grade for over 3 years. Ms. Princess joined the Joyce’s team in March 2010. She is now working with the Purple Group and also teaches art group art lessons as well as private art lessons for Joyce’s Art Studio. What she loves most about teaching at Joyce’s is that it is a fun creative hands-on learning environment for children. Being able to help children find their own creative ways of expression is one of her main joys of teaching. A few of Ms. Princess’s interests and hobbies besides teaching are cooking, traveling, attending art shows and concerts, and fitness.
Ms. Tati was born in La Paz Bolivia. She moved to the United States at the age of six. Ms. Tati graduated North Hollywood high and later attended Los Angeles Valley college where she studied child development and bookkeeping. She is happily married and has two adult daughters. Ms. Tati has been at Joyce's since 2003, loves to teach, and loves to watch a child learn. She finds it very rewarding. In her spare time Ms. Tati enjoys dining out, going to the movies, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Mr. Johnny was born in Sacramento, CA and raised in the Imperial Valley, CA. He graduated high school in 2002 And moved to Los Angeles in 2003. Mr. Johnny has been with Joyce's preschool since 2005 and is passionate about shaping the young minds of tomorrow. He loves teaching music and movement to the children at Joyce's. Mr. Johnny has worked with all groups and has worked alongside with Ms.Tati in the aqua group as her aide for 7 years. He now helps Ms. Luz in the red group. He enjoys riding and wrenching on motorcycles and writing and playing music.
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Ms. Amey is originally from Los Angeles, California. She is currently attending Valley College, majoring in Child Development. Ms. Amey has had a passion for kids since she was young, and has been nannying for over 10 years. She has also been a children's sports coach since 2011. Ms. Amey has been at Joyce's for a year now, and started as a substitute. Substituting gave her the advantage of getting to know and love the children in each group. Although working with blue group can be challenging, it brings her joy and happiness everyday. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing sports, hiking with her dog Foxxy Cleopatra, and spending time with her family and friends.
Ms. Christie is originally from Upstate New York. She attended Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts where she studied English, Psychology, and Elementary Education. She has always loved working with children and has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember. When she and her boyfriend moved to California, she worked at Barnes & Noble hosting Saturday story and craft time. While earning her California credentials, she also worked as a tutor and substitute teacher. When she found Joyce's she immediately connected with the school's emphasis on family and enrichment. She knew it was the right fit! In her spare time, Ms. Christie likes to read, bake, and be creative. She also loves art and helps run Joyce's Saturday Art Studio with Ms. Princess