Chantel Blas


Chantel Blas has been working in the Early Childhood Education field since 2005. She has worked as a head teacher in programs for children ages two and three, as well as experience working as an aid with students who have specials needs. She began working at STEP in 2018 as the Two’s teacher prior to becoming the Director.

In addition to her experience in the classroom, Chantel earned her BA in Early Childhood Education at Pacific Oaks College. She is dedicated to her students and their families to ensure a positive learning experience that is fun and developmentally appropriate.

Laura Wood

Assistant Director, Pre-K Teacher

Laura Wood has 38 years of teaching experience. She sees the children not only as students, but as an extension of her family. She teaches children to learn to be the best they can while learning new tasks. She loves the children’s smiles and hugs, and finding time to laugh and be silly with them.

Clara Escalantes

Pre-K Teacher

I have ten years experience in the childcare profession, and a working knowledge of childcare organizational structure. Helping children and their families is the most rewarding job. My favorite part of the day is being able to interact with the children.

Carolann Gentile

Jr. Kindergarten Teacher

I’ve worked in ECE for ten years including working with children who have special needs. I love seeing children reach new milestones, and witnessing young children’s excitement and passion for learning. My background is in special education so I believe I have a strong sense and understanding of children’s developmental stages. I make every effort to view the children as individuals and adapt learning to their needs. My favorite part of the day is interacting with the children in a fun learning environment through hands on and traditional learning experiences.

Vanessa Sanchez

Jr. Kindergarten Teacher

Maggie Ponce

Two's Teacher

Cindy Hogan


I have 35 years experience teaching children ages two-six in both preschool and kindergarten. I’m passionate about helping children develop a love for books, and teaching them skills to learn to read. The Pre-K class start to use phonics and are able to read short words by the end of the school year. I love watching children grow and learn as they prepare for elementary school. I love working with children more than any job I’ve ever held, and will continue to do so as long as I can.

The Rev. Julie D. Bryant, DMin.