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Meet the Team of Educators at the Laguna West Campus

​"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.". Walt Disney

Management Team

Jessica Dawson-Brown         Executive Director


First and foremost, I would like to thank you for taking the time to get to know all of us.  I have been in the Early Childhood Field for over 20 years and it is a field I am passionate about. I truly enjoy the wonder and innate curiosity children have and I love seeing them grow!   cherish the vibrant community we've built here and want you to know that my door is always open for communication with families. Building strong connections and fostering a supportive environment is at the heart of what we do, and I'm here to ensure that every family feels heard and valued. A little about me, I am married to my wonderful husband and together we have two amazing teenage boys.  I am a self proclaimed Disney Fanatic to the fullest, so if you don't see me at River City ELC, chances are I might be in the happiest place on Earth!

Monique Melendez         Director at Laguna West Campus


Welcome to our family! With over fifteen years of experience in the preschool field, I have dedicated myself to fostering an environment where children thrive. My passion lies in nurturing connections with families and building positive relationships to ensure a safe and healthy space for growth. When I am not hanging out with my two teenagers and toddler, I am also  pursuing a master’s degree to further enhance my impact here at River City ELC. It brings me immense joy to implement all that I have learned into RCELC, not only for the benefit of your children but my own toddler too!  I love being able to have a program that truly shows dedication in early childhood education.

Infant Toddler    Team
Ms. Tina
Ms.  Sherrita
Ms. Susan
Ms. Karla G
Ms. Yan
Ms. Jasmin
Early Preschool/Preschool/TK    Team
Ms. Ary
Ms. Kaili
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Ms. Alyssa
Ms.  Val
Ms.  Faith
School Age   &  Resource Team
Ms. Talisa
School Age Teacher
Ms.  Jeannine
Resource Teacher
Ms. Kylee
Resource Teacher
Mr. Julian
Resource Teacher
Ms. Karla   C
Resource Teacher

Careers at RCELC

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