Discovery Preschool has a director, 3 teachers and 3 aides. Every staff member is dedicated to enriching the lives of our students.

Roxy Menendez
Preschool Director

Miss Roxy joined Discovery Preschool in 2008 working as a teacher’s assistant. She has taught in the Blue Room and other early childhood education programs. She left the preschool in January of 2017 to work for a Head Start program and to go back to school. After completing her administration courses, Roxy returned as director in the fall of 2018. Supporting teachers, students and families is her passion and Discovery Preschool is where her heart is. Roxy earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University, Long Beach and is a credentialed Site Supervisor and Master Teacher. She is Mexican and Salvadoran American, also fluent in Spanish. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and pet rats.

Laura Butler Teacher, Yellow Room
Laura Butler

Teacher, Yellow Room

Miss Laura began her career in education teaching at Whittier College, then moved to elementary school working for the La Habra City School District; and now she enjoys the company of four and five year olds teaching preschool in the Yellow Room for our 5 Day program. Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Education in Counseling. She has also worked as a homeschool phonics and math tutor. In addition, her two daughters are Discovery Preschool alumni! Miss Laura has been a member of the Discovery staff since 2008. 


Celia Estrella

Teacher, Blue Room

Miss Celia joined Discovery in 2023. She is a qualified teacher with early childhood education and experience teaching preschool aged children. She is passionate about teaching young children and plans to continue her education to earn a degree. She currently lives in Bellflower and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Fabiola Nolazco Morales Teacher, Red Room
Fabiola Nolazco Morales
Teacher, Red Room

Miss Fabiola started off as a parent at Discovery Preschool in 2018. Both of her sons attended the preschool and while her youngest was enrolled, she began assisting and subbing. Fabiola received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California Irvine in Psychology and a minor in Educational Studies. She has a teaching permit in Early Childhood Education and has worked in various education positions from early head start to high school. She is currently an active parent at her children’s elementary school and their sport teams. Fabiola also owns a small business decorating for parties and lawns for special events.

 

Andrea Espitia Assistant/Substitute
Andrea Espitia
Assistant, Yellow Room

Miss Andrea joined Discovery Preschool in the fall of 2022. She received a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies from California State University, Long Beach and holds a second job after her time at the preschool. She loves working with children and steps in as a substitute teacher when needed. She currently lives in Long Beach, but grew up in a small desert town where most of her family still resides.


Joyce Miller
Assistant, Blue Room

Miss Joyce joined Discovery Preschool in 2023. She received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. Her previous experiences include interning with LAUSD School of Mental Health, being an Assistant Child Care Director/Lead Teacher for the YMCA of OC and working with foster youth. She was also an assistant at her son’s preschool. Supporting children’s growth and development and experiencing the world through their eyes inspires her to work with children.


Erin Nodvik
Assistant, Red Room

Miss Erin joined Discovery Preschool in 2023. She received a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. She has experience teaching at elementary schools and loves working with preschool school aged children. Erin lives in San Pedro with her children and family.