Marlene Allen, Director

I have been working with young children for the last 29 years. It is all I have every wanted to do! I am passionate about providing an environment for children and families that is loving, caring, and allows children to learn and grow in a fun and meaningful way that has a lasting impact. My husband and I have two teenage daughters and we love living in Willow Glen with our two spunky dogs!  On a weekend you'll find me spending time with my family or traveling.


Pattie Zylka, Leapping Lizards Teacher

I've been teaching preschool for 26 years and I love the energy of the classroom!  Hands on learning is my favorite way for children to experience the world around them.  I am a California native and my husband and I have three grown children and six grandkids.  I love a good latte, day projects, and teaching!


Megan Cerrato, Leapping lizards

This is my first experience working at a preschool, although I have been volunteering with preschool aged children for the last 5 years. Watching them learn, grow and stretch their creative minds has made me realize that teaching young children is my passion and brings such joy to my life. I am currently working toward a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. My husband and I have two growing girls, our oldest is 11 and our youngest is 7, and we love to travel. When I am not with my family, you will find me out running or reading a book with a giant iced coffee, three of my very favorite things.


Karen Bergstrom, Terrific Turtles Teacher

At a very young age, I have always wanted to teach. I'm happiest when I get to see a young child learn a new idea. My first love is the preschool years but Iv'e been blessed to teach all the way up to 2nd graders. getting a hug from a child makes my day! I enjoy coffee and See's chocolates while watching sports with my husband Paul.


Debbi Lemau- terrific Turtles teacher


Karla Munguía, Teacher

I have been working with children in preschool age for 7 years. I enjoy children and the opportunity to watch them grow learning about God and learning skills for life in a safe and loving environment. I am from Nicaragua and my husband is the pastor of the Spanish ministry here at Hillside, we have 2 wonderful boys ages 12 and 9. I love a good cup of coffee, craft projects and to spend time with my family.