Alisa Wickham has been in the field of Early Childhood for 29 years, most of those years as a Director in church related preschools. Currently she is the Director at Coast Kids Preschool, a ministry of North Coast Calvary Chapel in Carlsbad, California. She had the opportunity to open this preschool from the ground up. She enjoyed casting vision, designing the classrooms, the outdoors and the curriculum, hiring a wonderful staff and see the preschool flourish. The past couple of years she has also served as a mentor to others starting up preschools.
She graduated from San Diego Sate University with her degree in Geograph with minors in Mathematics and Recreation. It was not until she had her own children that she started taking Child Development classes. She has continued taking Child Development classes. She owes her passion for a quality preschool to her time interning at Mira Costa College Child Development Center and her influence through working in her church in the children's department. She has seen the difference a quality preschool can make in the lives of the children, family and staff. It is about being intentional in building relationships and providing a safe, nurturing environment where children can discover, work out problems and play. Then, real learning takes place! She loves adding the faith component to early childhood education, working at a church related preschool.
She and her husband, Jon have been married for 34 years and have lived in the same house in Coastal Encinitas the whole time. They have 2 sons, Jud and Jared. It has been a long time since they have been in preschool! They also have 2 dogs – Bear and Eagle. When she is not working, you will probably see her walking in Encinitas with her dogs or enjoying a good cup of coffee. She grew up with a family of 5 children with her younger brothers being identical twins.
To find out more about Coast Kids Preschool, visit the website at www.coastkidspreschool.com.
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