Meet our TLE® Center team

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Lauren Vernum

Lead Infant Teacher

Bubbles

Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Lauren has been working with children since her early 20’s. Her first job was as an assistant teacher to Special Education Kindergarten. Since then, she has worked with children of various ages. Her favorite age group is the Infants. She loves their sense of wonder, excitement, emergence of language, and just how much they grow in one year fascinates and interests her a lot! In addition to Child Development, Lauren also has a background in art, music, and culinary studies. You might find it interesting to learn that Lauren taught Summer art and music camp, owned a food truck, and can play the piano and ukulele. On the weekend, Lauren enjoys hiking and hanging out with her 22 year old daughter.

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Jennifer Bolanos

Floater Teacher

PennyPolite

Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

Jennifer has been working in a preschool setting for the last 2 years. She has a double bachelors in Early Childhood Development and Spanish. She enjoys working with our little ones because they are so full of joy and their imagination is wild that at times catches her off guard at how much they pay attention to us “adults.” They are little sponges soaking everything in. Her favorite part about working with all age groups is that she can let her inner child out and run around the playground with them, jump, or lay down and sing. She loves seeing them smile and having conversations with them, even if they are babbling. Her favorite TLE character is Penny because she teaches the importance of being helpful, honest and kind and believes those are important qualities that we need to show our little ones.

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Desiree Toler

Infant Teacher

Sonar

Favorite TLE® Character:
Sonar

Desiree joined The Learning Experience family in 2019 with over 15 years childcare experience working with children, ranging from birth to school age. She has a degree in early childhood education and is trained in health and safety. Desiree's experience with children is not just in the classroom she is also a wonderful mom. Born and raised in California it is not surprising that her favorite TLE character is Sonar. Sonar is well known for coming from California and is loved for his adventures of the sea and sensory exploration. Bubbles also holds a special place in her heart with his fun positive can-do attitude. Bubbles was one of the many reasons Desiree decided to join the TLE Family.

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Alexandria Pepper

Toddler Teacher

Bubbles

Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Alexandria has worked with young children for about twelve years. She received her BA in early childhood studies in 2019 and provides children with a fun and safe environment for exploring through play. She started working with The Learning experience in January of 2020 as a toddler teacher. Her favorite TLE character is Bubbles because he teaches children that learning through play is fun and that we learn through exploring. She is looking forward to learn and grow with The Learning Experience.

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Emma Lustenberger

Assistant Toddler Teacher

Bubbles

Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Emma is an Asisstant Toddler Teacher. She is currently going back to school to further her education in childhood development, and hopefully become a teacher. She started off working with children at 16 years old, and continued babysitting till she joined TLE. She began applying at childcare facilities to try something new, and didn’t know how much she would fall in love with working for children, and change her career to fit that. She also discovered that her favorite age to work with is Toddlers, which she loves to watch them grow and develop. Her favorite TLE character is Mr. Bubbles, because she loves to see the excitement in the kid’s faces when they see him.

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Jacqueline Lechuga

Toddler Teacher

PennyPolite

Favorite TLE® Character:
Penny Polite

Jackie began her work in child care and early education five years ago. In that time, she has worked with children aged 2-15 through daycare/preschool programs or by teaching color guard. In the field she hopes to assist children with their communication skills, support learning through play and developing a growth mindset. She joined The Learning Experience in 2019, the same year that she moved to Rohnert Park. Her favorite TLE character is Penny. She loves including etiquette and kindness in the curriculum so that children in our program are given extra skill sets to navigate healthy socialization.

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Carmen Kirby

Lead Twaddler A Teacher

Lionstein

Favorite TLE® Character:
Lionstein

Hi I am Mrs Carmen and I teach the Twaddler A class! I have worked in childcare for almost 6 years and have coursework in early childhood education. Teaching is my passion and I love every minute of it. My favorite part about teaching is how I am able to foster healthy growth through play and exploration. I love TLE not only as a teacher but as a mother for my two children. We have a positive and encouraging environment that I am proud to be a part of. My favorite TLE Character is Lionstein because I love how creative and fun science can be for every age!

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Jessica Fenech

Preschool Teacher

Bubbles

Favorite TLE® Character:
Bubbles

Jessica graduated from Sonoma State University in 2019 with a BA in Early Childhood Studies. She has always been passionate about working with children since she was a young girl herself. Jessica has many years of experience with nannying children to teaching young children and continues to teach young children as a Preschool teacher at our Rohnert Park TLE! Jessica joined TLE in August of 2019 and loves working with the brilliant young minds in this amazing program. Her favorite Learning Experience character is Mr. Bubbles because she loves the energy he brings to every event and she loves how excited the children get to see him!