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Juan GamaJuan Gama – Owner/Director of Buhach Preschool.
Email – jgama@buhachpreschool.com

 

 


Roberta Heredia – Assistant Director
I have been in the field of child development for fifteen years holding many positions such as teacher, driver, Assistant Director, Center Director, Site supervisor. I originally went into this field because of my children and have loved every minute of it. I enjoy spending time with all the children and seeing them learn and grow!


Maria Abundis – Infant/Toddler Teacher
I am married and have two daughters and five grandchildren. I have been working with children since 1993 with all age groups from infants to school-age. I have worked in several different centers in Fresno and now here in Atwater. I love everything about my job especially seeing children learn; at home I enjoy crochet and love cooking.


Jacqueline Torres – Infant/Toddler Teacher/Driver
I have been working with children since 2005 starting with head-start and then moved to this location. I am a bus driver / teacher and I love my job, I help in all classrooms primarily in the infant classroom. I have three children of my own, two sons and one daughter. While at home I enjoy spending time outdoors with my children.


Annaliza Teodosio Hernandez – Preschool Teacher
I was born in Guam. I moved to California when I was five. I have lived in California all my life. My family & I are originally from the Bay Area & we just moved to Atwater about 2 years ago. My husband & I have three wonderful kids, Savannah~ 14, Kayla~ 12, & Tony~ 10. I have been in the Child Development field for over 21 years. I have taught infants up to school-age. I have held all positions, from in a center including Assistant Director and Center Director. I truly love being a part of the children’s growth and development. The children are in child care most of their waking hours and I wanted to be an important part of making their environment safe, stable and nurturing.


Jennifer Pritchard – 2 Year Old Preschool Teacher
I have 17 years of experience working with children under 12. I started my career working in a small in home family child care, to being a private nanny to working in licensed center based childcare. I was a 2 year old teacher for 3 years, a preschool teacher for 4 years, an assistant director for 3 years and a center director for almost 5 years. I love the gift of teaching and enjoy the time I get to be with young children as they blossom and grow. I believe that a child’s first 5 years of life are the most important as we get to build the basic building blocks to their future. Nurturing them to love learning, experience new things and being apart of a community based school who wants to make a difference in their life. In my spare time, I love to volunteer, attend church, cook, read and spend time with my family. I have just recently moved to the Merced/Atwater area and I am excited to call it home.


Helene Lara – Driver
I am a driver / Teacher; I have been in the field of child development for over ten yearns, all of those years as a bus driver and support teacher. I fill in and help all teachers when needed and substitute for them as well. I enjoy spending time with my family and attending church.


Jennifer Leon – Cook
I am the cook and I am just starting my career in the field of nutrition and am very excited to join such a great and experienced team and to be able to be a part of your children’s lives.


Laurie Tavares – Preschool Teacher
I have been working in a preschool setting for 5 years. Two years as a Two’s teacher, Two years as a Pre-K teacher and one year in management. Prior to that I was a Domestic Goddess for 13 wonderful years. I Majored in the art of Creating two amazing children. I have a son who is 17 years old, a daughter who is 10, and a son who is one.

I have a passion for teaching Pre-Kindergarten in a hands on, unique way. I feel that in order for a child to thrive, they should explore their world in a safe, fun and nurturing environment. I believe in making messes and making mistakes. I believe in giving every child a voice and the power to believe in themselves. I look forward to meeting you, and becoming a part of you and your child’s family.


Brandee Hughes