Program Overview

Beginning Preschool (Toddler/young 2's)

This class, designed for the 18 month old through young/early two year old, focuses on developing friendships, self-esteem, curiosity, social skills, and attention span. At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. As two year olds begin to exert their independence, our Beginning Preschool program open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring.

Preschool

Based on theory that children learn through play, classroom routines encourage active involvement, meaningful experimentation, and reinforcement through repetition, group and individual activities, circle time, and more! The sessions are flexible as the needs and interests of the children are the basis of our curriculum.

Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten

As children reach school age, our comprehensive kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate and create-all in a nurturing, small class setting. This program offers reading, language arts, math, social studies, and science presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning while giving the child one more year of walking with Jesus in a Christian environment. Curriculum is aligned with local and state elementary school standards so children will be prepared to confidently enter kindergarten or first grade.

What a weekday at YLUMCPS looks like

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Sample daily schedule-individual class schedules vary

7-8:30- (Early Care)- Tabletop activities and free play

8:30- Clean Up-Gather belongings and walk to class

9:00- Circle Time-Calendar, Weather, Theme discussion

9:15-Daily theme related activity or project

10:00- Snack

10:15- Outside playtime

10:50- Gymnastics/Music/Chapel

11:00-Tabletop activities with teachers and sensory exploration

11:45- Closing Circle- Review of the Day, Color, Letter, Shape, Number

12:00- Dismissal or Lunch time

1:00- Nap or rest time followed by afternoon activities

3:00- Snack and outside play

4:00- Science/Engineering exploration/outside play

5:00-Pick up/School Closes


Meet the Team

Angie Gunter- Preschool Director

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Angie Gunter Joined YLUMCPS in April 2017. As a long time resident of Yorba Linda, Angie is thrilled to be serving an outstanding school in her very own community.

Angie has served in the field of Early Childhood Education for nearly 30 years as Teacher, Administrator, and Director in Preschool, Infant/Toddler, and After School Programs.She has served in the Placentia-Yorba Linda school district, Bonita Unified School District, and Muncie Unified School District as Director over single and multiple child care sites. Angie holds certifications and degrees in Early Childhood Administration and Early Childhood Education. She attended Life Pacific University in San Dimas, CA majoring in Biblical Studies and Early Childhood Education. Angie has 3 children. The oldest, Daniel, lives in Texas where he and his wife, Leigh Ann, serve at the University of Texas at Tyler as English professors. Angie's middle son, Riley, is majoring in Emergency services and Fire Science at Cal State Fullerton and will be entering the Fire Academy this winter. Her daughter, Reese, graduated from El Dorado High School in June of 2019 and has earned all her Preschool teaching core units and currently serves on staff at YLUMCPS.


Angie has a big heart to serve and to provide the absolute best programs to the families in her care. Giving children the best opportunities and experiences in their early years is her priority and everything she does has their best interests at heart. Angie is extremely blessed to lead the charge to educate and nurture the children at YLUMCPS to "Grow in God's Love" each and every day!

Pastor Brian

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Rev. Brian Long was born and raised in Rhode Island. From an early age he has actively involved in the United Methodist Church as a pastor's kid. At the age of 14, Brian gave his life to Christ while on a mission trip to the British Virgin Islands. While attending Ithaca College in New York he began working with A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (ACMNP) and served for 5 years in various national parks around the US. While serving with ACMNP, he received his call to ministry.In 2001, Brian moved to California to attend Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. He graduated in 2006 with a M.Div. in theology. Brian began serving UMCWV as the director of Youth Ministries in Nov 2003. In 2008, he became the Associate Pastor of the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, as he continued to work with youth until 2011. His hope in ministry is for people to "become fully committed to daily living out their relationship with God through Jesus." His passions in ministry are missions, discipleship and looking at the larger church impact in this world. in June 2011, Brian was ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in the Cal-Pac Annual Conference. 

Kelley Ward-Lead Teacher-Toddlers

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Kelley Ward Joined YLUMCPS staff in June 2014 and has 10 years in Early Childhood Education. She has completed all required coursework in Early Childhood Education and continues to further her education.

She and her husband have been married 14 years and have three children together. 

Kelley feels that every believer is called to live so in the power of indwelling spirit that he will not fulfill the light of flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God. She loves working at YLUMCPS because all the staff is amazing and the parents and children are so special.

Christy Scott- Pre-K & Kindergarten Combo Teacher

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Christy Scott joined the staff at YLUMCPS in September 2014 with 20+ years working in the field of Early Childhood Education. She has an A.A. in Early Childhood Education from Fullerton College. Christy also holds certifications in Curriculum and Administration & Supervision from Pensecola Christian College and further certifications in Traits of Writing and Special Education Instruction.

She has lived and taught in Yorba Linda for over 20 years. Christy says she has 2 great kids and is a dog lover. She also loves to cook and to be outside and she says she is blessed with lots of friends and family. 

"I love Jesus," Christy says and that the Lord has blessed her. She is grateful to serve Him and that God is her rock through Him and His Grace, she lives an abundant life.

Christy says she had always heard what a great school YLUMCPS was and now feels so blessed to be here.God is Good! "I am excited to be a part of this wonderful school" Christy says she is always excited to watch her her students grow spiritually, academically and socially.

Ana Macias 3's Teacher

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Ana Macias has been teaching since 1998. She loves working with children. She has been married to her husband, Ivan, for 13 years and they have 3 beautiful children together. Ana has completed all required coursework in Early Childhood Education and is currently working towards her bachelors degree in Sociology. Ana says "I love working here, I love the children and families, and I'm so blessed to be a part of this amazing staff"

Zaidy Ortiz - Pre-K Teacher

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Zaidy says she cannot imagine herself doing anything other than teaching. She is currently studying Early Childhood Education. She joined YLUMCPS in 2017 as an aide. She has been a Lead teacher the last two years. Miss Zaidy wants everyone to know that joining the team at YLUMCPS has been the biggest blessing!

Michelle "Mitchie" 2's/3's Teacher

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Miss Mitchie started at YLUMCPS in August of 2018. She is currently in school to continue her studies in Early Childhood Education.

Whitney Bras Office Assistant

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Whitney joined YLUMCPS in November of 2017. She has a background in non-profit organization work for children with special needs. She and her family are long term residents of Yorba Linda and her daughter has been attending the preschool for the last 3 years. As an active member of the community, Whitney couldn't be more happy to find herself working at the preschool.

"I feel so blessed to be a part of an amazing school in our community"-Whitney

Pastor Greg Children's Ministry Director

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Since my youth I have served in local church ministry. Children and their families hold a special place in my heart and I have been blessed to have served in a few churches for a long-term impact on God’s kingdom. I received my BA in children’s & youth ministry from Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University) and have developed a philosophy of striving to reach all generations with the Good News of Jesus Christ. As I enter my fifth year in ministry here at YLUMC, I am so excited about our growing ministries which include our Kids Kingdom Sunday School, our Preschool & Kindergarten program and a Cub Scout & Boy Scout program. I also enjoy working at my part-time job with FedEx and spending time with family. Our family is made up of my wife Julie, two grown children, one adopted youngster, a couple of grand kids, along with a home full of frogs (not real ones) to help us all…F.R.O.G. = Fully Rely On God!  I look forward to serving your family and the community around us!!! 

Miss Sarah- 3's/4's Teacher

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Miss Samantha-Toddler Teacher

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Miss Tiffany- 2's/3's Teacher

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