All teachers have completed Early Childhood Education courses and are experienced in facilitating the growth and development of children. They are CPR and First-Aid certified. They are all warm, caring individuals. We support the continuing education of staff by providing ongoing in-service training, staff meetings, conferences, and updated reading materials. Staff members are active in our state and local professional early childhood associations. The Director and staff are members of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Irene Zukas Bracci
Ms. Irene received her Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from California State University Los Angeles in 1974. She began teaching at Glendale Preschool & Kindergarten in 1975 and took over as Director of the school in 1981. "I absolutely love what I do," she says. "No matter what kind of day you are having, these children can bring a smile to anyone's face." In 1995, Ms. Irene won Early Childhood Professional of the Year, an award voted on by members of the Southern California Association for the Education of Young Children.
Ms. Gracie began as a teacher at GP&K in 1982. She gained a wide range of teaching skills and experience working in classrooms for a variety of age groups. For over 20 years she's been the head Kindergarten teacher and Assistant Director. Ms. Gracie's positive attitude and nurturing personality encourage the children. "I love how the school is a home away from home for the kids," she says. "I want them to feel comfortable while they're here."