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Amanda Verbis

Amanda Verbis

Childcare & Preschool Director // EST: 2022

All of Amanda’s best friends are under 6! She has been working with children since 2008 and has a passion for the education field. She holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from St. Mary’s College and believes God has called her to work with kids. She lives in Benicia with her cool husband, Sammy, and their two children, Audrina and Gabriella. When Amanda isn’t busy loving on your children you will find her drinking an iced coffee, listening to music and bargain shopping.

Jeanine Kramasz

Jeanine Kramasz

Childcare & Preschool Assistant Director // EST: 2022

Jeanine is passionate about making a difference in the lives of young children and has been dedicated to teaching for the past 20 years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education in 2011. She loves Jesus and feels like it’s her calling to help shape the minds of young children. When Jeanine isn’t working, you will find her spending most of her time with family. She has a wonderful husband and two children with one on the way in November. Jeanine loves music, cooking, traveling, and going on adventures with her family.

Taylor Demyan

Taylor Demyan

Infant Teacher // EST: 2022

Hello Northgate Families! My name is Miss Taylor and it is my privilege and honor to work in our Infant room! Professionally, I have served in a blend of Early Childhood/Education and social work environments. I hold my site supervisor permit and a BA in Education! I am currently a graduate student earning my Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and Trauma Studies! I love to learn, and love that what I am learning serves my community, the little ones I work with, and their families! When I am not in the classroom I am volunteering with unhoused individuals and families, food kitchen, and animal shelter! I am working to become a foster mother and just genuinely enjoy tiny humans! I love getting to know our babies and their loved ones! Hooray for a wonderful first year together!

Charlotte Payne

Charlotte Payne

Infant Teaching Assistant // EST: 2022

Hi, I'm Charlotte! After graduating high school, I achieved my A.S. in Allied Health, but I have always wanted to be a Mama. My husband/best friend and I were incredibly blessed in late 2021 with the birth of our son, Baker. He inspired me to get certified in Early Childhood Education so that I could be the best at what I always really wanted to be. I believe that every child is unique and requires a unique understanding and response of their individual needs and learning capabilities. I want to be a part of the team that builds these children into the best version of themselves that they can be.

Kara Suemnick

Kara Suemnick

Toddler Teacher // EST: 2022

Hi my name is Kara Suemnick! I live in Martinez with my husband and I have two adult children that live in the South Bay. I enjoy shopping, traveling and going on walks to exercise. I am blessed to have 25 years experience teaching children. Teaching is the most rewarding job in this world to me. I get to see children develop and grow each and every day. Because of their endless energy, contagious smiles, and bright eyes, teaching continues to be a calling for me

Christina Caven

Yesenia Alejo

Toddler Teacher // EST: 2022

Hi! My name is Yesenia Alejo and I am Salvadorian and Mexican American born! I was raised in the Bay Area and live in Vallejo with my two loving parents and my older brother. I recently graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in child and adolescent development! I am also a worship leader at a church in Fairfield where both my parents are the Pastors. I have a passion for Jesus and impacting the lives of children to grow into healthy, competent and God fearing human beings.

Toni Arden

Toni Arden

Pre-K Teacher // EST: 2022

I am very excited to get to know you and your extraordinary children! I love the unique learning process of each child. My greatest passion in life is teaching! I have been in the Early Childhood Education field 15 years and have 31 units in ECE. I have a passion for designing a curriculum that honors each child and enjoy watching children develop. In previous years I had the wonderful opportunity to teach and mentor new teachers as a Director, but my true passion is being a teacher! I look forward to creating a relationship with you that enhances the amazing growth and development of your child!

Toni Arden

Jackie Beatty

Pre-K Teacher // EST: 2022

Hi, my name is Jackie! I moved to Benicia when I was 5 years old. I am ecstatic to be here as an adult with my family and to be a preschool teacher at Northgate! I have 16 years of childcare experience whether it be working as a nanny or working in a daycare. I am enrolled and will be working on achieving my Associates of Science in Childhood Development. I am a wife to a wonderful husband and a mother to two beautiful daughters. I feel so blessed that the path of teaching little ones has found me!

Angelica Menchaca

Angelica Menchaca

Two's Teacher // EST: 2022

Hi my name is Angelica! It has always been a passion of mine to make an impact on the lives of children! I’m looking forward to providing the best care to your children and I’m excited to watch them learn and grow. I have 12 units in Early Childhood Education and have always wanted to be a teacher! In my personal life, I have a husband named Erick and a two year old daughter named Camila. I love outdoor activities so when I am not at work you'll find me somewhere outside exploring!

Christina Caven

Christina Caven

Three's Teacher // EST: 2022

I am thrilled to be teaching preschool at Northgate! I graduated in May 2021 from San Francisco State University with my Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, with my Minor in Business Administration. During my first two years of college, I studied early childhood education and have been intrigued by the fascinating world of child development ever since. I adore children and enjoy being an early childhood educator because I have a passion for making a positive impact on the future generation through genuine, empathetic, and meaningful interactions! The best part about working with children is their natural love of wanting to learn and watching their faces light up when they accomplish something new for the first time.

Grace Covarrubias

Grace Covarrubias

Teacher Assistant // EST: 2022

I couldn’t be more excited about being a part of such an incredible team of women, all passionate about your kiddos + families! I love that each of us have the opportunity to make a positive impact in each of these children’s lives, even in simple ways. Not having littles of my own yet, I am so happy to be able to pour into local families within this community. In my personal life, I love creating through photography + am involved in youth ministry here at Northgate alongside my husband + best friend, Gabriel. I am so grateful for the opportunity to show the love of Jesus to your children + watch them grow in amazing ways!

Ashlyn Barfield

Ashlyn Barfield

Teacher Assistant // EST: 2022

Ashlyn's greatest joy comes from spending time around children and investing in others. For the past 5 years, she has been dedicated to serving in the infant and toddler room here at Northgate Christian Fellowship. When she's not with kids, you will most likely find her at the gym, working with plants, or finding treasures at TJ Maxx. Ashlyn is currently a full-time student at Napa Valley College furthering her education in early childhood development. Ashlyn finds her joy in being a learning companion for children, spending time with her family, and being around her church community.

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