What Makes Us Different

Bethel is very flexible: we work with families to meet their needs. Starting at 4 months of age, Bethel creates a comfortable family-friendly educational environment that is safe and fun. We take children who are not yet potty-trained. With our hours of 7am to 5pm, we provide families the security of knowing their children are in safe, skilled, loving, and educated hands. Please call Director Ashlei at 818.788.8269 ext 700 to inquire.


Bethel Encino Preschool is licensed  by the state of California, accredited by the ELEA Schools and Learning Centers, and a partner/participant in Child 360 - a branch under Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA).

CA Facility Number for Infant Center - 197418374

CA Facility Number for Preschool - 197403745

Lunch & Nutrition

Nutritional hot lunches are catered fresh and delivered daily. Lunch and Snacks are included in the Tuition. 

Preschool Staff

This section is currently being updated

  • Ashlei Snead, M.A. / Ms. Ash


    Ashlei has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2002. Her experience with children ranges from birth to elementary school and includes children with special needs. She has her B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development and her M.A. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education - both are from California State University, Northridge. Her belief is that Early Childhood is a lifelong learning field. She attends ongoing training and enjoys learning new strategies to support teachers and children in the classroom.

  • Lizett Zelaya / Ms. Lizett

    Assistant Director

    For the past 15 years, Lizett's life has centered around children in a variety of ways. Her areas of expertise and experience encompass coaching various sports, working with school aged children, directing Sunday School, and volunteering. She has a Site Supervisor permit with the State of California and continues her education in Early Childhood Education at Pacific Oaks College. In her spare time, she likes to  spend time with her parents and her dog Coco and take vacations across the globe a few times a year.

  • Marina Castellanos / Ms. Marina

    Lead Teacher and Admin Team

    Marina has been working as a preschool teacher for over 20 years. She loves working with children and helping them grow. Being part of their world warms her heart. She has an A.A. from Mission College and will be transferring to CSUN soon. She is striving to obtain her B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development. She is married and has a school aged son. She enjoys sharing her life experiences in the classroom.

  • Lynette Ball / Ms. Lynette

    Team Support

    Lynette has been in the educational field for 27 years. The first ten years, she worked as a retention counselor for high school students as well as a coach for the softball and volleyball teams. She then served our country in the U.S. Army for seven years. Upon her return, she began volunteering at Faith Baptist Church and School. Once hired, she stayed on the teaching team for 10 years. She is a mother of four and a grandmother of three of which they she all is grateful for and proud of them. The rest of her teaching has been with the families of Bethel.

  • Brittany Meiseles / Ms. Brit

    Team Support

    Brittany has been working at Bethel as a preschool teacher going on 11 years. She studied the field of Early Childhood Education at Pierce College. She has 3 kids, all of which have attended Bethel Preschool. She has taught in Teenzy Turtles, Busy Bees, and Wise Owls classrooms. "I truly love teaching and watching children learn and grown through the ages, best job in the world."

  • Monique Miller / Ms. Monique

    Inch Worms Teacher

    Monique was introduced to working with children from all the nieces and nephews her siblings had. Her first job working with children was called United Neighbors with children ages 3 - 17. Monique went on to work as a teacher's aide working with children with special needs and behavior issues. She pursued teaching as a career and received her A.A. in Liberal Arts at Scott Community College and her B.S. in Collaborative Education with K-12 at Alabama State University. She enjoys spending time with her children KaMah'lah and NeKai'yah, and extended family at the beach or at home with a candle and a good movie.

  • Blanca Rodriguez / Ms. Blanca

    Teenzy Turtles Teacher

    Blanca has been working as a preschool teacher for the past 23 years and was a nanny before that for several years. She has worked with infants up to school aged children. Working with children has been one of the best decisions she has made in her life as it has been one of the most rewarding experiences she has encountered. Blanca has her A.A. in Child Development.

  • Carmen Espitia / Ms. Carmen

    Teenzy Turtles Teacher

    Carmen has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2014. Her experience with children ranges from Infants to Preschool. She attended Los Angeles Pierce College for Child Development for two years to help her attain her goal of supporting children and their learning.

  • Reanna Castillo / Ms. Reanna

    Teenzy Turtles Teacher

    Reanna has been working in the field of child development for two and a half years. She started her education at Citrus College and is continuing her education in the spring. She just moved to the Valley and is loving it. She loves to have fun with makeup on her free time. 

  • Jenny Cruz / Ms. Jenny

    Busy Bees Teacher

    Jenny has been working with children for teh past two years. She graduated from Los Angeles Pierce College with an A.A. in Child Development. She is in process of continuing her education and working towards obtaining her B.A. at CSU Northridge in Child and Adolescent Development. 

  • Maria Mora / Ms. Maria

    Busy Bees Teacher

    Maria has been working with children since high school. She started out as a volunteer in a middle school counseling office and then moved to  elementary aged students. For the past three years, she has worked in early childhood education. She is currently working on her A.A. at Los Angeles Valley College and plans to transfer to CSUN to obtain her B.A. in CHild and Adolescent Development. 

  • Reina Mendoza / Ms. Reina

    Lead Teacher Preschool Program

    Busy Bees Teacher

    Reina has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 15 years. She has worked with children infants to school age and has enjoyed each age group for a variety of reasons. She is currently working on a Associate in Science degree in Child Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education at Cerro Coso Community College. 

  • Tsha Johnson / Ms. Tsha

    Busy Bees Teacher

    Tsha has been working in the Child Development field for over 10 years. She has an A.A. in Child Development and recently returned to school to complete her B.A. Tsha believes working with children is a gift because she gets to watch the children learn and grow in different stages every day. She enjoys working with the children and supporting them throughout their learning. 

  • Ambre Monterrosa / Ms. Amber

    Friendly Fireflies Teacher

    Ambre has been working in the child development field for more than 10 years starting as a camp counselor. She attended Pierce Community College and then California State University, Northridge where she received her B.A. in Child Development and Social Sciences. She has worked in schools that range from preschool to elementary with all ages. Ambre is also fluent in French and incorporates that in her teaching here at Bethel during group times!

  • Brenda Lopez / Ms. Brenda

    Friendly Fireflies Teacher

    Brenda has been working in the Early Childhood field for over five years. She first started her education at Los Angeles Pierce college earning a A.S. in Child Development then continued on to California State University, Northridge earning a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development. She is currently working on her M.A. in Educational Psychology with an focus in Early Childhood Education. Her belief is that children learn and develop through play and nurturing relationships. 

  • Rebecca Zelada / Ms. Rebecca

    Wise Owls Teacher

    Rebecca has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2015. She was working with elementary aged children in LAUSD before switching over to preschool aged children in 2017. She received her B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University, Northridge in 2017. She is currently working toward entering a M.A. program in Early Childhood Education at California State University, Northridge. 

  • Kathryn Millar / Ms. Kathryn

    Wise Owls Teacher

    Kathryn has been in the Early Childhood field since 2013 after graduating from Central Washington University with a B.S. Recreation and Tourism with a focus in Recreation Management. She has always been passionate about teaching and working with children. She recently moved to California from Washington state and has loved working at Bethel.