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Early Childhood Education Team


Cynthia GuerreroDr. Cynthia Guerrero, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services

Dr. Cynthia Guerrero has been in Huntington Beach City School District since 2005 serving as the principal at John H. Eader Elementary School.  While at John H. Eader Elementary School, she served as the first Preschool Director when the Preschool Academy first opened its doors in 2008 with two classes. After serving at Eader Elementary School, she became principal at Isaac L. Sowers Middle School for several years, then served as the Director of Child Welfare and Attendance for three years where she was recognized as the State Administrator of the Year- Pupil Services for the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).  In July 2019, she assumed the role of Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, and continues to support and grow the Early Childhood Programs in Huntington Beach City School District.

Dr. Guerrero's background includes earning a bachelor's degree and teaching credential from the University of California at Irvine, a master's degree in Educational Administration from Pepperdine University, and her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.  Prior to her responsibilities in administration, she taught elementary school and had been a preschool instructional assistant while attending college.  She continues to have a passion for learning and supporting the growth and learning of those around her.    

Jason ReyesJason Reyes, Director of Early Childhood Education


Jason C. Reyes was hired to serve as Director of Early Childhood Education with the Huntington Beach City School District in July of 2022.  He has been working in the field of education for over 14 years.  Of those 14 years, 8 have been in the classroom, in both the public and private sectors.  More specifically, Mr. Reyes has served as a preschool special education teacher for multiple districts including Irvine Unified, East Whittier City, and Beverly Hills.  Mr. Reyes is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Special Education Leadership from Concordia University, Irvine after having earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation & Leisure Studies, and a special education teaching credential.  Mr. Reyes’s diverse educational background and work experiences will support inclusive learning experiences for the little ones of the Huntington Beach Community.

Beth YoungBeth Young, Preschool Supervisor

Ms. Beth has worked with HBCSD since 2011.  She has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1992.  She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Brandman University, and has served in multiple capacities with HBCSD including: Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher, and Preschool Supervisor.  Ms. Beth identifies working in this field to be her passion, and believes she has an important role to enrich the lives of the children and staff in our program.   


Jocelyn Carbajal Jocelyn Carbajal, Educational Support Assistant 

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Ms. Jocelyn has worked with HBCSD since 2018.  She is currently working towards obtaining a Child Development Associate Teacher Permit through the University of California, Los Angeles' Extension Program.  Ms. Jocelyn has two little ones of her own, and enjoys being able to help the children and families of the HBCSD community.  

Instructional Staff

Perry Campus


Anna ChenRoom 1: Ms. Anna Chen |

Ms. Anna has worked for HBCSD since 2022.  She currently holds an Associate of Arts Degree and Preschool Lead Teacher Permit from Orange Coast College.  Ms. Anna believes that each child learns in their own unique way, and understands it is her responsibility to provide ample opportunities where children can discover and become confident in their ability to learn.  She also believes children learn through hands-on experiences. 


Tammy TangRoom 2: Ms. Tammy Tang |

Ms. Tammy has worked for HBCSD since 2017.  She has a passion for fashion and education that prompted her to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).  Ms. Tammy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from CSULB, and believes that teaching children is a gift as there are endless possibilities when looking through their lenses.


Sheldon StiresRoom 2: Mr. Sheldon Stires |

Mr. Sheldon has worked for since 2019.  He has earned an Associates of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, and is currently attending Arizona State University in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Educational Studies.  Mr. Sheldon believes all children should have an equitable access to education regardless of any unique circumstances.



Kori StKori StephensonephensonRoom 3: Kori Stephenson |

Ms. Kori has worked with HBSD since 2011.  She received a Certificate in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis on Preschool-aged children from Orange Coast College.  Ms. Kori has over 17 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, working with the local YMCA prior to HBCSD.  During her time with the YMCA, she had the opportunity to serve as Interim Director.  Ms. Kori strives to provide all students with a learning environment where they can explore and feel comfortable, and develop and overall love for school.


Sara FletcherRoom 9: Ms. Sara Fletcher |

Ms. Sara has worked with HBCSD since 2013.  She has earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Orange Coast College.  In addition, Ms. Sara has also earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Child Development.  With her personal education, Ms. Sara has worn many hats in the field of Early Childhood including: Preschool Director, Curriculum Coordinator, and Lead Teacher.  Ms. Sara understand her responsibility to provide children with a caring, nurturing, and safe environment that invites them to engage in meaningful and purposeful activities that foster the social, emotional, and cognitive skills that will enable them to be successful in their future school experiences.


Eader Elementary

Molly KieferRoom 6: Ms. Molly Kiefer | 

Ms. Molly has worked with HBCSD since 2007.  Ms. Molly has participated in several higher education courses emphasizing in Early Childhood Education.  Being a mommy and a teacher are the only jobs she envisioned having as a young girl.  She enjoys every day working with her students, and is hopeful to have many more years with the Preschool Academy.


Shari Blaich-KawaiRoom 6: Ms. Shari Blaich-Kawai |

Ms. Shari has worked for HBCSD since 2012.  She holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Orange Coast College where she also earned a Certificate in Early Childhood Education.  Ms. Shari is currently enrolled at Ashford University, where she is completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education.  While pursuing a higher education, she was Scholarship Grant recipient from Future Teachers of America.  Ms. Shari believes it is an honor to share in the excitement when a child discovers for themselves all that they are capable of, all that they can dream, and all that they can master. 



Preschool Substitutes 

Angie CastanedaMs. Angie Castaneda |

Ms. Angie has worked with HBCSD since 2021.




Riham AhmedRoom 3: Ms. Riham Ahmed

Ms. Riham has worked with HBCSD 2021.




Gloria RonquilloMs. Gloria Ronquillo/LEARNING LINK FACILITOR 

Ms. Gloria has worked with HBCSD since 2022.  She graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor's Degree in Child & Adolescent Development in Spring of 2022.  She plans to return to CSUF to pursue a teaching credential in Early Childhood Special Education.  Ms. Gloria believes children learn best when they feel safe and confident in an environment, and it is the role of teachers to provide littles with such a place.