Meet Our Family

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At The Learning Tree, our staff is our family. We hire highly qualified and passionate educators to guide your child through preschool. With you as our partner, we jointly lead your child toward a lifetime of positive social skills and a love of learning.

In addition, we take continuing education and training seriously and we encourage and support our staff through recognition, benefits and competitive salaries. We have scheduled professional development days to ensure teachers are fully trained and engaged so your child can be their best. We encourage and support teachers by sharing best practices and innovative approaches to teaching. Our commitment to our teacher’s shows in the quality of care they provide your child and your family.



 Diana                                                             Stephanie

Diana Gallegos                                                                                                            Stephanie Baigorria

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CarolynMs. Carolyn Redwoods Teacher / Program Coordinator

Hi there, my name is Carolyn Beeman. My husband and I live in Livermore with our two beautiful boys. My family is my everything – my sons are amazing and I couldn’t ask for better children. My oldest was born in 2008 and my youngest was born in 2013. I knew as a young child that I wanted to work with children when I grew up, I was just never sure exactly what it was I wanted to do. During my junior year in high school, I was enrolled in a Regional Occupation Program class called Developmental Psychology of Children. From there, I went to a field site where I was quickly offered a full time position after graduating high school. I have been teaching since 2003 and couldn’t be happier with my career choice. Teaching young children is a passion of mine. I love the look on the children’s faces when they learn something new or when they achieve a goal. I believe in learning through play, dance, and songs. Learning should be fun, not forceful. I look forward to teaching your child and for teaching at The Learning Tree for many years to come.

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Ms. JessicaJessica  Sequoias Teacher / Early Learners / Color Crew Instructor

Hello, my name is Jessica Beecher. I graduated with honors in 2011 from Las Positas College with an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Development. In 2014, I graduated from California State East Bay where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a focus in Adolescent Development. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to grow up to be a teacher. I have had the pleasure of teaching young children since 2007. Throughout my time teaching, I have learned from different styles and curriculums and have formed my own teaching style. I enjoy being a part of a school that shares my passion for Early Childhood Education where I can utilize my skills as an educator. I am very excited to be a part of The Learning Tree family and I am looking forward to getting to know your child and being a part of their learning experience. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, playing with my sweet dog, painting/mosaicking, and spending time with my family.

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Ms. LauraLaura – Mulberries Teacher / Program Coordinator

Hi! My name is Laura Lambert and I am so excited to be given the opportunity to teach at The Learning Tree! I was born and raised in Pleasanton and got my AA degree in General Education at Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo. I then graduated from Cal State East Bay in 2013 with a degree in Human Development, focusing on Early Childhood Development. I have been working with kids for as long as I can remember, starting with babysitting in my neighborhood when I was 14. My experience with children includes a wide variety of positions such as camp counselor, teacher aide, behavioral therapist, and after school care provider. I have taught preschool for three years and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to teach English to preschoolers in Italy for three months. I bring my positive attitude and creativity to work every day. I love learning new teaching styles and techniques and feel that I learn just as much from preschoolers as they are able to learn from their teachers! I love including books, nature, and physical activity to curriculum and feel that children learn in so many different ways. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, traveling, going to music shows (my favorite genre is country), and exploring what the bay area has to offer. I also love spending time with my family, friends, and boyfriend.

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CasieMs. Casie – Mulberries Teacher / Gymnastics & Dance Instructor

Hello everyone! My name is Casie Peterson. I am so excited to become a part of The Learning Tree Preschool! Ever since I was little I have known I was going to work with children! I have explored many careers involving children; I have coached gymnastics, water sports, and soccer. I have been a camp counselor, taught children about animal care and maintenance, tutored, and not to mention I have been babysitting since I was 13 and a big sister to 3 baby siblings! In any extracurricular activity that I have pursued I have gotten the award of “Most Energetic” just about every time, therefore I hope that the children in my class will enjoy having a teacher with just as much energy as they have! I am still in the process of earning my degree at Diablo Valley College for Early Childhood Development. What I love about teaching is finding each child’s individual needs and figuring out how I can accommodate their unique styles of learning. As my experience and knowledge of working with children expands I learn more about myself every day, and I am anxious to watch myself grow as much as the children in my class. I may be just about as small as my students but I have always said that even if you’re little you can still accomplish big things! I look forward to bringing positive and fun lesson plans into my classroom and I feel as though The Learning Tree is the perfect place for me to do so!

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DawnMs. Dawn – Maples Teacher / Math & Science Instructor

Greetings Parents and Families, my name is Dawn Goebel and I am thrilled to be a Teacher at The Learning Tree. I graduated with honors in 2014 from Cuesta College with an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I moved to Livermore in 2015 from the central coast; I think it’s beautiful here up north. I have been working with young children for 5 years now and have enjoyed every minute of it! I want to engage children in their learning by being hands on with them as they discover and explore. I believe all children learn and see the world around them differently so I enjoy creating a leaning environment that is developmentally diverse and safe. I am looking forward to working with you and your children. In my free time I enjoy sewing and various arts/crafts. I have a passion for Geology and have a fun collection of rocks, crystals, and minerals.

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MarissaMs. Marissa – Maples Teacher

Hi, my name is Marissa Florini and I have worked with young children for the past 10 years now! My passion for working with kids stems from my many years of experience babysitting and nannying, and from the many amazing teachers that I have had! I grew up in Tracy, and after graduating I attended Las Positas College, where I earned my Associates Degree in Liberal Studies. Since then, I have studied online at Brandman University, where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies. In my free time, I spend time with my husband, my family, and my junior and senior high school youth kids. I am so excited to be a part of The Learning Tree team, and I am very thankful for the opportunity to teach and care for your child!



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Ms. Cassie – Sprouts Teacher

CassieHi everyone, my name is Cassie Brisco and I an excited to be joining The Learning Tree! I have enjoyed working in a preschool setting for over six years. I have worked with children ranging from toddlers-4 years of age. I enjoy creating hands on experiences with the children and helping them learn through play. I love to watch their eyes light up and smile as they learn something new. I have an 8 year old daughter and a 10 year old son that I adore. We have lived in Livermore for eight years and love it. My hobbies include playing soccer, bike riding with my children and running. Most of all, I enjoy watching my son and daughter play various sports and extracurricular activities. I look forward to getting to know you and your child and becoming apart of The Learning Tree family!


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RachaelMs. RachaelSprouts Teacher Assistant 

Hello everyone! My name is Rachael Deluca. I am an early graduate from Granada High school and I am a DECA alumni. I am currently taking classes at Las Positas College here in Livermore. In my free time, I love making all sorts of crafts, photography, going for walks with my adorable boxer named Zeus and I obsess over anything Disney. In the future, I want to be able to work with children in either the medical field or continue with a successful teaching career. I have been babysitting and working with children of all ages for the past six years and I couldn’t ask for a better way to spend my time! I’m constantly searching for new and exciting ways to experience life and trying to find new ways to make a positive impression on other people’s lives. I’ve found that the biggest impacts are made on the younger generation. At times, I feel like I learn more valuable life lessons from the minds of kids than I do sometimes from the lectures of my professors. With that all said, I am extremely excited to get to know all of the kids here at The Learning Tree as well as the parents!



Support Staff

Ms. Nicki – In-House Substitute Teacher / Support Staff

Hi! My name is Nicole Lamm. I am currently a student at Cal State University, East Bay working on my Bachelor’s degree then my teaching credential in Fall 2017. I have received an AA degree as well as my Early Childhood Development Associate Teaching Certificate from Las Positas College. I also spent a year and a half at Cal State University, Chico but came home to finish schooling and I am so glad I did! Now I have a wonderful opportunity to dip my toe in the world of teaching before I finish my credentials! I am thrilled to work at The Learning Tree and I adore the preschool ages. My ultimate goal is to be a kindergarten teacher but overall the younger ages are my absolute favorite! I discovered I wanted to be a teacher a semester into my first year of college when I had to observe a preschool environment for a class. I told my mom I was changing my career path and she was ecstatic! She told me she was waiting for me to come to this realization and that she always knew I was meant to work with children. I have worked with children in many different ways and environments throughout my life from camp counseling to being a gymnastics instructor to babysitting to volunteering in preschool and elementary school settings. I am a strong advocate for play and communication between teacher and student as well as teacher and parent. I believe we cannot expect a child to listen or to learn without helping them understand the reason why. Working with children is such a wonderful thing, I believe it helps adults grow almost as much as it helps the children. There is nothing more incredible than seeing excitement and wonder light up a child’s face!

In-House Substitutes

Ms. Maria: Maria is a Teacher’s Assistant who has worked with The Learning Tree since 2013. She has experience working with children 18 months – 5 years of age. 

Ms. Claudia: Claudia is a Teacher who has worked with The Learning Tree since 2015. She has experience working with children from infancy – high school and has been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1979.

*All substitutes and support staff members are held to the same standards as our full-time employees. Substitutes and support staff will fill in when needed. Families will be notified if a teacher is out for the day.

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