Our Teaching Team
Our teaching team is the heart of CCP - working directly with children and families every day, this team is busy creating curriculum, inspiring a love of learning, supporting homework, connecting with families, and increasing the quality of our programs.
Our teaching team is required to have an Associate Teacher Permit from California Credentialing, and all teachers continue coursework until they have at least 24 Child Development units. Many members of our teaching team hold a Master Teacher- or Site Supervisor-level permit. Additionally, all of our permanent teaching staff are First Aid/CPR certified.
Program Associate: Yesenia Ramirez
Yesenia has been in the child-care field for 11 years and is part of our administrative team supporting all agency programs. She started her career as a Program Coordinator for the after-school and summer camp of the Peninsula YMCA. During that time, she was also an Outreach Troop Leader for the Girl Scouts of San Francisco. She joined CCP in 2007, while taking Early Childhood Education classes at Cañada College. In 2012, she earned her certificate and A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education. Yesenia currently manages our substitute teacher program, supports curriculum development, and coordinates our financial aid program. She grew up in Half Moon Bay and now has a school-age daughter who keeps her very busy and who she adores. Yesenia is grateful to be working in the field she loves, both in the classroom and in administration.
Assistant Director: Allison Rockey
Allison has been with CCP for more than 10 years and is currently the Assistant Director at our El Granada center. She loves working with children because of their high energy - they make her feel alive and happy. She loves to see when a child learns something new and how their face lights up when they are excited. She enjoys working at CCP because of the service that we provide to our community - and by also being a positive part of this community. She's able to be her own person here at CCP and express herself in many different ways. Allison is a few classes away from her California Department of Education Site Supervisor Permit which she plans to continue working towards. Allison has two children, one at Farallone View and the other at Half Moon Bay High School – she spends most of her free time with them!
Assistant Director: Lorena Velazquez
Lorena has been with CCP for more than 20 years - starting as a teacher and now serving as our Half Moon Bay School-Age Center's Assistant Director. Lorena holds a Site Supervisor permit through California teacher credentialing. One day a child walked up to her and asked her if teaching was her job or her profession. She asked him what he thought. And his answer surprised her - he said that it is her profession because she loves what she does! Lorena agreed, as she loves the richness that every child and their family brings into her life.
Lead Teacher: Dana Vaz
Dana, lead teacher at our Montara Preschool, has been teaching preschool for more than 5 years and has her B.A. degree in Child Development from Sonoma State University. She also holds her Site Supervisor permit from California teacher credentialing. Dana is focused on developing a high-quality emergent curriculum and inspiring a love of learning.
Site Supervisor: David Aliamus
David has been with Coastside Children's Programs since 1996. He began as a Co-Supervisor, and in 2006 was appointed as the Site Supervisor of the Half Moon Bay Center. David holds a A.A. Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and a Site Supervisory Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. He is the proud recipient of the 2009 Mary Elizabeth Griffin Children's Award, a San Mateo County-wide recognition for his contributions and commitment to serving children. A resident of Half Moon Bay, David is actively involved in the community. He serves as a member of the Second Harvest Food Bank Advisory Committee, a member of the Hatch Elementary School Site Council and supervisor for Hatch's Homework Club, a Little League baseball coach, and on Sunday mornings as a caregiver for the smallest children at Mariner's Community Church.
Site Supervisor: Maru Perez-Viana
In 1990, Maru left her native Venezuela and moved to California with her daughter. She began her preschool teaching career working as an aide while taking Early Childhood Education (ECE) classes at Merritt College. After 15 years in Oakland, Maru moved to the Coastside and joined the CCP team in September 2005. Maru has worked in a variety of settings, including Montessori schools, parent co-ops, family day care centers, Head Start programs, and agency preschools. Bringing this diverse experience to her work, Maru is an innovative leader as CCP Half Moon Bay's Preschool's Site Supervisor. Maru's personal creativity and compassion shine through in her work, and she incorporates music, dance, art, cooking, and English and Spanish language skills to the CCP preschool cirriculum.
Lead Teacher: Luz Flores
Luz is the lead teacher with the youngest children at the Half Moon Bay Preschool. She has worked with preschoolers for more than 10 years, and holds a Site Supervisor permit from California teacher credentialing. Luz is skilled at teaching and supporting our youngest CCPers, and is the lead teacher in the classrooms serving our 2- and 3- year old students.
Site Supervisor: Mary Brisebois
Mary has been with Coastside Children’s Programs for more than 15 years and has been a teacher, Assistant Director and now a Site Supervisor for the agency. She holds her A.A. Degree in Early Childhood Education and her Site Supervisor Permit with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. From the time her daughter started in kindergarten, she has been active in the classroom, a Girl Scout leader for 4 years and guidance counselor in the 4-H Horse program for 4 years. Mary enjoys working with children, especially experiencing their incredible imagination and hearing stories that make her smile. Taking walks with her dogs on the beach, or the many trails around El Granada, are her favorite things to do when she's not teaching.
Site Supervisor: Nicole Olsen
Nicole, site supervisor at our El Granada center, has been actively involved in the child-care field for the past 19 years. She attended both Skyline and Canada College to obtain her A.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education. Nicole was a preschool director for 8 years before joining CCP in 2009. Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and over the years Nicole has been fortunate enough to build meaningful relationships with children and families throughout the community.