12708 Stone Canyon Road • Poway, California, USA • 858.485.1420

Our professional and caring staff members love children. Each member of our staff has been employed as a qualified and competent person in early childhood education to provide loving, firm, and caring direction and guidance to all the children. Each staff member is a professing believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and is active in a Christ-centered church of their choice that agrees with the mission statement of Pomerado Christian Church. Each staff member is certified in pediatric CPR and first aid. We continually participate in conferences and in-service training to remain up to date in the field of early childhood education.

Karen Karen Geertman, Director
Prior to coming to Pomerado Christian Preschool, I was the Director for two Preschools in La Jolla, Ca for 14 years. My family is from Michigan, where I was born and raised and then moved to the East coast for 10 years. We moved to Rancho Bernardo in 1998, where my 3 children were raised. They attended the local elementary, middle and Rancho Bernardo High School. They are all grown now, living on their own, which makes me an empty nester. My background includes a B.A. from Western Michigan University, with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have worked in The Early Childhood field for more than 30 years, both as a teacher and Director. I have been an active Board Member of CQEL, Californians for Quality Early Learners for over 3 years. I welcome all families to visit our wonderful preschool in Poway, to learn more about our engaging programs and loving staff who love the Lord. Every child deserves a positive early learning experience because it is their first love of learning that will help them grow in to life time learners.


Diana Vasquez - Teacher 2's and 3's. This is my 21st year here and I feel so blessed to be a part of this ministry.  I first became familiar with our school as a parent and even changed careers to be a teacher here.  What a blessing it is to watch these precious children grow.  I believe that “Childhood is a journey, not a race”.


Debi Arnold – Teacher of 3 year olds.   I am in my sixth year here. In my off hours I love spending time with my six grandchildren. I also volunteer at local hospitals and residential care homes with my therapy dogs. I recently became a Chaplain, work with the Escondido Police Department Chaplaincy and I am a Critical Incident Responder. I am blessed to assist families in times of crisis.


Jill Johnston – Teacher, 3 & 4 yr. olds.  My name is Jill Johnston, but around here everyone calls me “Mrs. J”. For fun, I love to jog, hike, go to the beach, go country dancing and spend time with my family, my dog and my four chickens! I have been blessed to be teaching preschool since 2003. I also teach Sunday School right here at Pomerado Christian Church and I help lead out annual Vacation Bible School each summer. My inspiration for teaching children comes right from Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:5 – “Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name, welcomes me.”


Lorie Porter – Teacher, 2 year old class. It is a joy and a privilege to serve the children and families at Pomerado Christian Preschool. I feel truly blessed to be working in this loving and supportive environment. I enjoy coming to work each morning and sharing in the excitement of the children learning and growing. When I am not teaching I like to spend time with my family and friends, read and watch football.


Angela Richardson – Teacher, Transitional Kindergarden. I have been blessed to be a teacher at Pomerado Christian for 13 years, but I have been a preschool teacher since 1999!I love teaching young children about the amazing world around them and about God’s love for them. In addition to teaching, I am an artist! In my spare time, I am actually busy creating whimsical paintings. I also enjoy spending quality time with my family, friends, and attending church. I believe the Lord has called me to be a teacher and share the love of Jesus to His little children


Donna Turner – Teacher 4 yr. olds  I have loved working with children all my adult life. I have worked with preschool children for over 30 years, 25 of those years right here at Pomerado Christian. I love building relationships with the children and find that what they contribute to our world is amazing. God has created each child unique. I also love the outdoors, love to bike, hike and swim. I have 3 grandchildren and I’m blessed to be a part of their lives too.


Kristin Pieta – Teaching Assistant  I’ve been working with children for 9 years. I received my associate’s degree in early childhood education and care in Illinois. I have been working at Pomerado Christian Preschool since 2015. I love working here because the Bible is taught every day, instilling in children a love for Jesus. All the children are treated with kindness and love. I enjoy reading and line dancing in my free time.


Kaitlyn Gresham – Teaching Assistant 


I am Scruffy, I live at home with my mommy dog. I come once a week to visit my friends at PCP. I like to teach them about my best friend Jesus, and about the "Fruits of the Spirit". Each month I pick a different "fruit" out of my "heart" and talk about this with the children. The fruits we talk about are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness and self control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
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