LPPP Teachers & Staff
Jackie Schofield | Director
Jackie’s positivity and patience infuses every part of our school, embodying the mission of LPPP as a place of learning and growth for both students and parents.
Jackie holds a 2017 Master of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education, capping 20 years of teaching and leadership experience with the latest information in research and best practices for effective and appropriate preschool education. Jackie’s skills and qualifications are recognized by a Teacher/Director award from California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools. She is a Certified Music Together Teacher and published author–hoping to write more! Director Jackie establishes trust and caring with every child from their first interaction.
Debra Lowrey | Teacher
Debra's love of teaching shines in her relationships with children. Her passion and training in relationship-driven emergent curriculum drive her focus, on being responsive to children’s interests and creating meaningful learning experiences.
As a preschool teacher for over 20 years, Teacher Debra has worked with children from Infancy to Kindergarten. She has a Master Teacher Certificate, Site Supervisor Certificate, Preschool Teacher Certificate, Infant Toddler Certificate and her School-age Teacher Certificate, an AS in early childhood education and 70 ECE units in the areas of Curriculum and Special Education.
All three of her amazing children are LPPP alumni. Her heart and soul are her family; they live in Mission Viejo with their two dogs Moose and Lola and their ever growing collection of reptiles
Sarah Fougeray | Teacher
Sarah brings fun, excitement and curiosity to the classroom. She strives to find opportunities to build on each child’s individual strengths, concerns, interests, and social/emotional needs.
Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and is working towards a degree in Early Childhood Development and Education. Sarah has spent years working with people as a General Manager in the restaurant industry. And in recent years, her ability to nurture manifested as the owner of her own pet care business. Sarah spent 5 years as an LPPP parent, as well as over 10 years in a cooperative preschool in Philadelphia as a nanny.
Sarah loves adventure, outdoors, animals, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Sarah is a single mom living in Laguna Niguel with her two boys, two boxer brothers, a gecko, and a beta fish!
Sarah hopes to help others follow their dreams through the magic of LPPP just like this school brought to her and her own family.
Nicole Manfredo | Teacher
Nicole Manfredo earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from U.S.C., leading to a career in the healthcare industry as an administrative analyst. Upon having children, she became a stay-at-home mom. She discovered her love of being in the classroom and teaching preschool-aged children while being a parent at LPPP with her two sons.
This will be Nicole's fifth year at LPPP. Her first son completed three years at LPPP, and started 1st grade this year; her second son is attending his third year at LPPP this year in the four-year-old class. Throughout her time at LPPP, she has been a part of the fundraising team and a substitute parent teacher. As a parent at LPPP, she saw firsthand the benefits of learning through play and developing prosocial behaviors at the preschool age. As a teacher, Nicole enjoys helping children learn these skills as well, setting them up with a love of learning, exploring, and positive social play going forward.
During her spare time, Nicole enjoys going to the beach, swimming, and spending time with her family.
Cat DiNardo | Teacher
Cat has always been artistic and creative, and it shows in her everyday life with her 3 children.
She has a Bachelor's Degree in digital graphics and does the design work for the school. Several years after earning her degree, Cat was offered a nanny position and her love for kids really blossomed. She decided, after that time, to take on a new adventure and study to be an early childhood educator. After pausing her studies to have children of her own, she was eventually introduced to LPPP and spent 3 years gaining valuable parenting skills and being immersed in the school’s philosophy. She quickly realized the value in providing education for children as well as their parents. Determined to be a part of this life-changing school, Cat resumed her ECE studies.
Cat is inventive and loves bringing creativity into learning and believes that every child has the potential to be great!
Carissa Fleshman | Operations Manager
Carissa's compassion, dedication, and foresight help keep LPPP running smoothly.
Carissa holds a Master's Degree in Counseling from Sacramento State and has a background in teaching music. As a parent member prior to becoming staff, Carissa served on the Membership Team and as Secretary. Today, She is responsible for much of the behind-the-scenes work such as policy implementation and parent job training.
Carissa gets immense joy out of building an administrative foundation that supports the families of this school. She believes in LPPP’s philosophy of promoting the education and growth of not only children but also their parents.