TEACHERS

Our excellent team of early childhood educators are specialists in early childhood education. We will work hard with you to ensure a secure and fun learning time during your child’s school hours. Please know that we take our job seriously and will do our best to meet the needs of your family.

PRESCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS

Tan Budiman - Director

Mrs. Tantiani Budiman

Mrs. Tan started at Eastgate Christian School in 2013. She has a Master’s Degree in Christian Education and has been teaching since 2000. She enjoys working with children because of their passion and excitement for the world around them. Eastgate feels like her second family. Her passions are teaching, working with student families, reading, and cooking. She believes that the purpose of a Christian school is to assist parents in fulfilling the Biblical mandate of raising the children in the way of the Lord.

Tan@LJCC.org

Ellie Rice - Assistant Director

Mrs. Ellie started at Eastgate Christian School in 2018. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development with a Psychology minor. Ellie has been working with young children since 2010. She enjoys working with children because of their joy and curiosity for all of God’s creation! Ellie’s passions are exploring new places, spending time with family and friends, serving at church and coffee. She loves the warm and welcoming community here at Eastgate – it feels like home!

Ellie@LJCC.org

PRESCHOOL TEACHERS

Angela Alean

Room 10 Co-Teacher (3-Year-Olds)

Ms. Angela - ECS TeacherMs. Angela started at Eastgate Christian School in 2017. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Science, and has been teaching since 2011. Ms. Angela enjoys working with children because she gets to watch them grow cognitively and socially while guiding them in their learning process. Her passions are playing tennis, swimming and going on walks. Ms. Angela loves working at Eastgate Christian School because it feels like a family. “Eastgate is a community that loves God and I am grateful to be a part of it!”

Caroline Best

Room 7 Co-Teacher

Ms. Caroline started at Eastgate Christian School in 2016. She is currently finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development. She has been working with children since 2011 and enjoys teaching because she gets to see students reach new heights in their learning. She loves Eastgate’s faith community and teaching staff. Ms. Caroline is passionate about painting, traveling, trying new foods and ministering to people’s hearts. She believes that God is love and she strives to portray His love, kindness, friendship and grace in everything she does.

Julia Cecil

Room 4 Co-Teacher (3-Year-Olds)

Mrs. Julia started at Eastgate Christian School in 2014. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has home-schooled each of her five children. She enjoys working with children because she gets to facilitate the development of each child’s particular talents while formulating relationships with the parents of students. Mrs. Julia loves that Eastgate has such a supportive and encouraging staff! Her passions are providing a positive environment for children to thrive in and being a follower of Jesus Christ.

Marcella Chavez

Room 10 Co-Teacher (3-Year-Olds)

Ms. Marcella started at Eastgate Christian School in 2017. She has a Certificate in Child Development and has been teaching since 1989. Ms. Marcella enjoys working with children because of the joy they exude when learning about Jesus! She appreciates the welcoming teachers and friendly staff at Eastgate. Her passions are Zumba, fitness, yoga, kickboxing, rollerblading and cycling!

Jennifer Killion

Room 6 Teacher (Pre-Kindergarten)

Ms. Jennifer is a teacher at Eastgate Christian SchoolMs. Jennifer started at Eastgate Christian School in 2010. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and has been teaching since 2003. She enjoys working with children because of their enthusiasm for exploring new concepts and their blossoming awareness. Ms. Jennifer loves the staff at Eastgate Christian School, its Christian environment, and the genuine kindness of the parent community! Her passions are singing songs for God, playing with creative ideas, reading, experiencing new places and spending time with her grandsons.

Lizbeth Lemus

Room 4 Co-Teacher (3-Year-Olds)

Ms. Lizbeth started at Eastgate Christian School in 2017. She has an Associate’s Degree in Child Development and has been teaching since 2010. Ms. Lizbeth enjoys working with children because she likes to contribute to their spiritual, social, emotional and physical growth. Her passions are arts and crafts! Ms. Lizbeth loves working at Eastgate because the atmosphere is calm and the school is a wonderful place for children to learn about God.

Claudia Ma

Room 3 Co-Teacher (Pre-Kindergarten)

Ms. Claudia started at Eastgate Christian School in 2011 and has a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Ms. Claudia enjoys working with young children because these are the most formative years in their life. She loves Eastgate because it’s a caring community and she feels blessed to be a part of the staff. Ms. Claudia strives to give herself fully to serve and love the children and their families just as Jesus gave His life selflessly for our salvation.

Victoria Martinez

Room 3 Co-Teacher (Pre-Kindergarten)

Ms. Vicky started at Eastgate Christian School in 2017. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Child Development and has been working with children since 2009. Ms. Vicky enjoys being a part of a child’s growth and encouraging children to question their surroundings. She loves the connections Eastgate staff have with the students and families. Ms. Vicky’s passions are playing tennis, doing charity work in Mexico, or volunteering at Juvenile Hall. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa

Charlotte McFarland

Room 5 Teacher (Pre-Kindergarten)

Charlotte is a Preschool TeacherMs. Charlotte started at Eastgate Christian School in 2018. She has a master degree in Early Childhood Development. She has been working with young children professionally for over 4 years. She enjoys working with children because they are curious and love to play. She loves working at Eastgate because its warm and wonderful environment. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the beach , taking road trips, hiking and playing soccer. Ms. Charlotte is excited to follow God’s calling to work with children in San Diego. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding , will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7

Genesis Ramos

Room 8 Co-Teacher (2-Year-Olds)

Genesis Ramos - Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Genesis started at Eastgate Christian School in 2017. She has a Certificate in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching since 2011. Mrs. Genesis feels privileged to work with children because she gets to make a difference in their lives while serving God! Her passions are reading, watching movies and spending time with friends and family. Mrs. Genesis loves working at Eastgate because she gets the opportunity to do what she loves:  teaching children in a Christian environment!

Joanna Saucedo

Substitute Teacher

Joanna Saucedo - Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Joanna started at Eastgate Christian School in 2009. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and has been teaching since 2006. Mrs. Joanna enjoys working with children because she gets to watch them grow in their development and laugh with them every day. She loves that the school is Christ-centered, and filled with supportive, appreciative and compassionate staff! Her passions are working with children, music, spending time with family and friends, dog-sitting and traveling.

Hillary Sauers

Office and Teacher Support

Hillary helps out in the office at Eastgate Christian SchoolMrs. Hillary first began working at Eastgate Christian School in 2015 as a Pre-K teacher and loved it. She took some time off to support her husband in his engineering business but is so happy to be back part-time supporting Eastgate. Hillary has her Bachelor’s in Child Development and Psychology with a Master’s in Business Management. Her favorite part of working with children is getting to cultivate an environment that encourages children to be creative through exploration and nature. Mrs. Hillary loves Jesus, fashion, and donuts. On her free time, you will always find her at the beach with her husband and their sweet puppy. 

Jessica Sellers

Room 8 Co-Teacher (2-Year-Olds)

Jessica Sellers - Teacher at Eastgate Christian School

Mrs. Jessica started at Eastgate Christian School in 2014. She has a Certificate in Preschool Education and has been teaching since 2005. Mrs. Jessica enjoys working with children because she gets to show them love, watch them grow over time and accomplish goals they have set their mind to. She loves that Eastgate is a preschool but it is also a working ministry that reaches out to families and the community! Her passions are God, traveling, sports, baking, working out, sky diving and bungee jumping.

Bryanne Smith

Substitute Teacher

Bryanne Smith - Teacher at Eastgate Christian School

Mrs. Bryanne started at Eastgate Christian School in 2017. She has a background in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching since 2011. Mrs. Bryanne enjoys working with children because of their curiosity, creativity and their constant desire for exploration. Her passions are movies and going to Disneyland! Mrs. Bryanne loves working at Eastgate because of how welcoming, encouraging and loving the staff is. “The moment I found Eastgate, I was immediately hooked!” Her favorite Bible verse is Colossians 3:14.

Janina Tauanuu

Room 7 Co-Teacher (2-Year-Olds)

Ms. Janina - Preschool TeacherMs. Janina started at Eastgate Christian School in 2018.  She has her Bachelor’s of Science in Child and Family Development and has been working with children since 2005. She enjoys teaching children and helping to strengthen their social, academic and spiritual growth. As a teacher she desires to create a safe, positive and fun learning experience for all children. Her passions are spending time with her own children and family, going to concerts, and exploring San Diego. Ms. Janina loves working at Eastgate because of its loving and Christ-centered environment!

Chaoqiong (Candy) Wang

Substitute Teacher

Candy is a Teacher at Eastgate Christian PreschoolMs. Candy started at Eastgate Christian School in 2017. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and speaks fluent Mandarin. Ms. Candy enjoys working with young children and by interacting with them everyday, she feels she makes a difference in their lives! She loves working at Eastgate because of its community and fellowship with other Christian teachers. Ms. Candy strives to give herself fully to nurturing, loving and serving her students.

Yolanda Woolrich

Room 9 Co-Teacher (2-Year-Olds)

Mrs. Yolanda - Preschool TeacherMs. Yolanda started at Eastgate Christian School in 1988. She has a Certificate in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching for over 30 years. She enjoys working with children because they are such a gift from God and loves the Eastgate community of believers! Her passions are working with youth, spending time with her granddaughter and volunteering at church. “I believe God has a divine and perfect plan for each of us. I have a strong faith in Jesus Christ that has only grown with the trials and joys of my adult life.”

Anissa Zoelle

Room 1 Teacher (3-Year-Olds)

Ms. Anissa - TeacherMs. Anissa started at Eastgate Christian School in 2017. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and has been teaching since 2016. Ms. Anissa enjoys working with children because she gets to watch them grow and she learns just as much from them as they learn from her! Her passions are going to concerts, beach trips and grabbing dinners with friends. Ms. Anissa loves working at Eastgate because of the love and happiness that exudes from the staff and students, making her feel at home.

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