Five long-time friends/colleagues came together at the Community Center of Mendocino to discuss re-opening their respective programs.
CCM’s After School Enrichment Program re-opens on April 26, and serves grades K-6. Peg Brown Levy began her career at Rainbow Preschool in 1979 as an assistant teacher, and eventually became director of the ASEP at CCM. Operated formerly by the Mendocino Coast Parks & Rec. Dept., Peg has been the director at the now self-operated CCM for 16 years.
Georgia Collin currently directs Rainbow Preschool in Mendocino. Georgia began working at Rainbow in 1987, then at CCM when it housed an infant center in 1992. From there she went on to directing Caspar Children’s Garden for 17 years, returning to Rainbow as director in 2010.
Debbie Anderson has been an active educator in the Mendocino community since the mid 80’s. Deb has worked as teacher and director (on and off) for Rainbow, as well substitute teacher for all grades in the MUSD. Her countless hours of volunteerism with the school(s) and with the Mendocino Presbyterian Church are beyond commendable! She continues her work on the Board at Rainbow and enjoys visiting her 7 grandchildren.
Nancy Pollard began her career at Rainbow in 1997, and then became director at Little Lambs Preschool in Fort Bragg in 2000. After 18 years there, Nancy returned to Rainbow to become lead teacher, the position that she holds today.
Mary Anderson was teacher and director at Rainbow School from 1986-2010. She then continued her career in Early Care & Education, working for the state as mentor consultant with the California Early Childhood Mentor Program. Rainbow Preschool re-opens on May 3rd for a summer program.
Both CCM and Rainbow staff have worked hard training and preparing for reopening, following state guidelines and protocol for safety required due to the covid pandemic. All of these dedicated professionals attended College of the Redwoods to complete ECE coursework, and participated in many thousands of hours of ECE trainings/workshops. They are all hopeful that newly qualified teachers and caregivers will “carry the torch” into the future, stressing the importance of quality education and love for our children.