Staff

Our dedicated professionals

Our staff consists of a director, a three-day teacher, and a two-day teacher.  They are experts in the field of Early Childhood Education and continue to pursue professional growth opportunities.

Our Director, Laura Falkenstein

Laura’s educational background includes a Multiple Subject Credential and 10 years of elementary school classroom experience.  She began teaching at PV Hills in 2006 after her own children graduated from the program.  With her educational experience and wealth of knowledge, Laura plans a challenging curriculum that prepares the children for kindergarten.

Our 3-Day Teacher, Carrie Hauenstein

Carrie comes from a family where her mother had a home daycare for over 35 years. “Playing school” with cousins and friends and helping with the daycare gave Carrie an early awareness for her love of teaching. She grew up on the beautiful Central Coast of California in a little town called Los Osos where she lived until she got married. After junior college and her first preschool teaching experience, they moved to the San Fernando Valley to complete her education. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Child and Adolescent Development at Cal State Northridge while teaching at a private preschool in the Pre-K classroom and taught there for six years. When her second son was born, she opened her own family daycare and preschool where she taught for six years while raising her boys. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family camping, beaching, and watching movies. She also enjoys all kinds of music, singing in choirs, cooking and learning to garden.

Our 2-Day Teacher, Nada Ghaneian

Nada has 14 years of teaching experience, a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education & Special Ed from NYU and a BA in Child Development from San Diego State. She is a SoCal & PV native, loves to sing, and has a passion for STEM and art. Prior to this position Nada had spent 8 years working and growing at UCLA Early Care and Education with Children from 2 months to 5 years. She is currently working with a non-profit organization, Peace 4 kids, that helps support children in foster care. Nada has been trained in Mindful Awareness practices for children and in the last 5 months has begun creating a program for children to help build attention, balance and compassion.