Colleen Wilson (Ms. Colleen) is the Preschool Director. She has been with us for almost 5 years. For over 35 years, Colleen has served as a Director of Early Childhood Programs in the Bay Area. Colleen has a true passion for working with young children and families.
Colleen was born and raised in Sacramento. Colleen is now a resident of Concord. Inspired by her passion for children, Colleen received her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from the State of California, Sacramento.
Colleen also holds a Site Supervisor Permit through the State of California. Colleen enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys shopping, baking and hiking.
“The staff and families here truly make it fun to come to work every day. This is my home away from home. I strive to set a positive example for the staff. We love to get creative, messy and have fun with the kids! I get paid to play all day!”
Alicia Lundgren (Ms. Alicia) has been a part of St. Michael’s Preschool for 14 years. She has been the assistant director for 8 years.
Alicia started off co-teaching in the two year old classroom, was the 3 year old classroom teacher for 4 years and was the Pre-K teacher for 5 years. She is continuing her education to complete her degree in Child Development, as well as receive her Master Teachers Permit through the State of California. Alicia received her Early Childhood units at Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College. Alicia lives in Pittsburg with her husband, 2 daughters, 2 dogs and chickens. She loves to get outdoors and garden, hike, boat, and camp. She also enjoys going the beach and spending time at her family’s cabin.
“I’ve been here at this school for so long because of what we stand for. It’s rare to find a school like ours and I think it speaks for itself when you see how happy the staff and kids are.”
Pre-K Frog Teacher
Diana Reitz (Ms. Diana) has been with St. Michael’s for 4 years. She is the Pre-K Frog classroom teacher. Diana has been working in the field of Child Development for over 20 years and the past 18 years were as a Pre-K teacher.
Diana has her AA in Early Childhood Eduation from Diablo Valley College. Diana grew up in Rome, Italy and then moved to the Clayton area. She now lives in Antioch with her family. Diana enjoys spending time with her family and visiting the Hawaiian islands. She has 2 boys and girl and they all love to play sports. She also is blessed with a sweet grandson!
“I love working with the Pre-K kids, they’re hilarious. I enjoy teaching Pre-K and watching the children grow tremendously from the beginning to the end of the year. I also love working at such a great school that provides a loving and caring environment.”
Pre-K Monkey Teacher
Misit Thompson (Ms. Misti) is the Pre-k Monkey classroom teacher. She has been with us for 3 years and loves being a part of our staff. Misti earned her Early Childhood Development units at Los Medanos College and Diablo Valley College. We are very fortunate to have Misit as a teacher, as she has worked in the field for over 20 years! Misti was born and raised in Concord. She lives in Concord with her husband, son and rabbit named Hershey. Her son is currently enrolled as a freshman at Mt. Diablo High School. Misiti enjoys hiking and bike riding with her family. They also enjoy relaxing at home.
“Pre-K is such an awesome age! They are all so much fun and make me laugh all day. I love teaching them new things and know that they’ll use the skills throughout the rest of their lives.”
Pre- K Elephant Teacher
Miriam Canas (Ms. Miriam) is the older 3 year old Elephant classroom teacher. She has been a part of our staff for 6 years. Miriam attended high school at Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco. She earned her Early Childhood Development units at Los Medanos College. Miriam has worked in the field for over 12 years. She loves bringing diversity to St. Michael’s! She is fluent in Spanish and loves to teach the children new words each day! She lives in Pittsburg with her family and 3 dogs, 2 turtles and a bird. Miriam also enjoys sewing, reading and spending time with her niece and nephew.
“I love working at St. Michael’s. This is my home away from home. The staff and kids are like family to me.”
Owl Class Teacher
Louis Abano (Mr. Louis) is the 3 year old Owl classroom teacher. He has over 7 years of experience working with young children. He has been with St. Michael’s for 4 years and has recently come back to join our amazing staff after staying home with his 2 boys. Louis completed his Early Childhood Education courses from Contra Costa College and truly enjoy being an educator. Being one of the rare males in the field, Louis feels that he can offer a different approach and perspective to the children and staff. Louis lives in Pinole with his wife, 2 boys and 2 dogs.
“I love being a part of the staff- we joke all the time. I love that we all have so much fun!”
Ladybug Class Teacher
Jessy Vargas (Ms. Jessy) is the 3 year old Ladybug classroom teacher. She has worked at St. Michael’s for 3 years and has worked in early child care for over 7 years. Jessy loves working with this age because they transitioning from being toddlers into big kids. Jessy loves seeing them grow and blossom in her care. Jessy majored in Psychology with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education at Diablo Valley College. She lives in Concord with her partner and son. Her son is also attends Pre-K here. Jessy enjoys working out, shopping and spending time with her family.
“St. Michael’s is unlike any other school. We provide an environment that is all about education, but also family and religion centered all in one.”
Turtle Class Teacher
Kittie Saldivar (Ms. Kittie) is one of the 2/3 year old combo Turtle classroom teachers.
Kittie graduated from Sonoma State with a Bachelor’s Degree. She attended Diablo Valley College where she earned her Early Childhood Education units. Kittie has been at St. Michael’s Preschool for 8 years.
Ms. Kittie loves working at St. Michael’s preschool. She enjoys learning and exploring every day with the children. She lives in Concord with her husband and her cats and dog. She enjoys volunteering, cooking, baking and gardening. She loves visiting her nieces and nephews. She likes traveling and visiting the Hawaiian Islands.
“I love seeing the children’s faces light up when discovering new things. It’s so magical to watch. I also love that we are all family here!”
Butterfly Class Teacher
Keri Rojas (Ms. Keri) is the 2 year old Butterfly classroom teacher. She is new to St. Michael’s and is excited to be a part of our staff.
Keri attended Livermore High School and Diablo Valley College for her Early Childhood Education units. She has worked in the Early Childhood field for over 15 years. She loves that her daughter can come to work with her.
Keri loves going to the gym, being outdoors and trips to the beach. She lives in Concord with her husband, 2 daughters and her dog.
“It’s not often that you find a school like this one. We allow the children to grow at their own pace. All while providing a safe, fun and calm environment.”
Jennifer Stanton (Ms. Jen) is our floater teacher. She is new to joining the St. Michael’s crew and is excited to be a part of our staff.
Jen attended Cerritos College in Southern California. She grew up in the Long Beach area and moved to the Bay Area about 7 years ago. Jen has been in the field and worked as a teacher for over 10 years. She is skilled in working with children with special needs. Jen now lives in Walnut Creek with her husband of 17 years She also had 3 sons, ages 17, 15 and 11. Jen loves to be outdoors, whether that is camping or hiking.
“I love that St. Michael’s focuses on working on the whole and not just on academics.”
Ashley Riddle (Ms. Ashley) is our cook and floater teacher. She has worked at St. Michael’s for a few months and loves being a part of our staff.
Ashley attended San Francisco NPTI to be a personal trainer. She also attended Napa College to be a police dispatcher and she also received her CNA license. We like to think of her as a jack of all trades.
Ashley loves cooking and coming up with new recipes for the kids to try. She lives in Vallejo with her husband, son and daughter and her 2 dogs. She enjoys painting, researching new recipes and spending time with her family.
“There are so many reasons I love working at St. Michael’s. It’s great working in such a fun and loving atmosphere.”