ABOUT THE PRESCHOOL TEAM

Our preschool TEAM is carefully selected for their education training in Early Childhood Development and their ability to meet the individual needs of your child with sensitivity, responsibility and professionalism.

Kaye De Luca – Mrs. De Luca is a graduate of CSU,Sacramento in Child Development. She has been in the early childhood education field for many years as a preschool teacher, Preschool Director, and Extension Director, including the past twenty years at St. Mel School. Currently, she serves as the Preschool Director and the Extension Director for St. Mel School and feels very blessed to be part of a dynamic parish and school community. “I think each child receives a gift each and every time they are given an opportunity to learn and practice their emerging faith in community with others. I believe a Catholic education gives a child that extra “tool” in the toolbox! Kaye is passionate about meeting each child where they are at and moving their needle forward. The best part of her job is watching scores of students grow-up into active, responsible, open-minded, life-long learners who are grounded in morals and values, incorporate service to others and are truly excited to make a difference in this world as young adults!

Esther Gamache – Mrs. Gamache is a graduate of CSU, Sacramento in Business Administration. After the birth of her twins, she re-evaluated her career and decided to pursue her love of working with children. Mrs. Gamache returned to school and completed her early childhood education certification with honors. She has been a preschool teacher in the Diocese of Sacramento for the last nine years and serves as Head Preschool teacher at St. Mel. Esther shares her LOVE of everything preschool with the children! The preschool children look forward to coming to school every day because they cannot wait to see what she has planned for them in the centers, sensory bins, learning tables, circle time, faith-filled modules and outdoor adventures! Your children are truly treated as her treasures. Mrs. Gamache’s goal each day is to foster the LOVE of LEARNING!

Alisia Ocon – Miss Ocon is a graduate from CSU, Sacramento with her B.A. degree in Early Development, Care and Education with a minor in counseling. She is our classroom preschool team teacher who complements Mrs. Gamache sharing the vision children learn through thoughtful play and mindful learning activities. Alisia has been teaching in the Diocese of Sacramento for three years, including one year at St. Mel Preschool. Miss Ocon is a faith-filled individual who was blessed to grow up in a Catholic family where faith is the cornerstone of their family. She brings an extraordinary amount of patience, creativity, insight, care and compassion to her young students and their families. Her desire to make a difference everyday in the lives of children is demonstrated daily and is contagious!

Mary Chapman – Miss Chapman is scheduled to graduate from CSU, Sacramento with a B.A. degree in Child Development in Fall 2020. As alumni of St. Mel School, we are thrilled she wants to share her time, talent and treasure with the “littles”! Mary comes to us with related work experience as a nanny, and in the school’s Extension Program. Miss Chapman serves as a preschool team teacher who propels the afternoon the program daily. She walks in every afternoon with a huge smile and is responsible for a smooth transition from nap time, school day pick up and the late afternoon program. Her bubbly and enthusiastic personality combined with her refined skill-set sees the program through 6:00 p.m.