Meet our teachers!
Mrs. Julie Fellows
Mrs. Julie Fellows has been a preschool teacher since 1988. She earned her Early Childhood Education units through courses completed at El Camino College and UCLA. Mrs. Fellows feels strongly that teaching young children is her life's calling. When you visit her classroom, you will easily guess that animals are another great love. Mrs. Fellows is an active member at First Lutheran and a Parish Ministry Assistant.
Mrs. Marie Osborne
Mrs. Marie Osborne was born in the Philippines and moved to the US in 1991. She has studied Child Development and has earned 28 ECE units. She has worked as a preschool teacher since 2003. She joined the staff of COL in 2011 and feels blessed to be here!
Ms. Deshael Ealey
Ms. Deshael Ealey attended Long Beach City College. She Studied Child Development and has an AA in Business Administration. She has many years of experience from working with children in her church's Sunday School, working for the Los Angeles Parks & Recreation Department with their Day Camp and here at Circle of Love. Ms. Ealey has also volunteered at the Long Beach City College Preschool. "I love the Lord with all my heart."
Mrs. Martha Ozog
Mrs. Martha Ozog has been working with children for over 20 years (as of 2019.) She has had the privilege of working in special education as well as teaching in Christian settings. Early childhood education has been one of Mrs. Ozog's most rewarding life experiences. She is grateful to serve God and all the families at Circle of Love.
Ms. Jenny Perez
Ms. Jenny Perez has been teaching since about 2010. All her previous teaching experience was at a Lutheran preschool. She has earned Early Childhood Education units from Santa Monica College. She has two children. She feels blessed to be working at Circle of Love.
Ms. Melanie Perez
Ms. Melanie Perez has volunteered in Early Childhood Education since 2015. She has been teaching since 2016 and all of her experience has been at E.B.P. Child Daycare, LAUSD, as well as Circle of Love. She has earned her ECE units and she is working on finishing her Associates Degree in Early Childhood. She loves helping others, especially children. She feels blessed to have this opportunity to work at Circle of Love.
Ms. Peggy Tierney
Ms. Peggy Tierney came to Circle of Love in 1995 with 12 years of teaching in early childhood centers already under her belt. She has earned a B.A. degree in Home Economics with an emphasis in Child Development from CSULB. Ms. Tierney believes strongly in a play-based learning environment.
Mrs. Lynn Imamoto
Mrs. Lynn Imamoto has been working in the early childhood education field since 1991. She received her units through UCLA and has continued her education through early childhood courses. Her love of teaching has never wavered and she is very happy to be a member of Circle of Love's family.
Mrs. Ingrid Lang
Mrs. Ingrid Lang has been teaching at Circle of Love since 1996. Mrs. Lang graduated from CSULB with a B.A. in Art Teacher Preparation K-12. She has continued her education in Early Childhood at Long Beach City College, UCLA, and Chapman. Her husband Paul Lang is a Deacon at First Lutheran Church, Manhattan Beach, and her two grown children were raised at First Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Karla Burkee
Mrs. Karla Burkee earned her Associates Degree in Child Development in 2005 and has worked in that field since 2003. She has been blessed to work with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. As a teacher, she loves having the opportunity to play a small role in each child’s development and watch them grow. She is married and has one son who is in elementary school.
Mrs. Ruby Diy
Mrs. Ruby Diy earned her M.S. in Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She was a teacher/director for 16 years before joining Circle of Love as a teacher of the Pre-K Peach Room. "I love teaching because there's no other job that let's me experience each day in its simplest, purest and most truthful form."
Mrs. Tanya King
Mrs. Tanya King has an A.A. in Child Development and has worked in childcare for over twenty years as of 2018. Mrs. King has been a director, assistant director, and a teacher but the most fulfilling position was as a classroom teacher. “I loved the interaction with the children; they are so open, honest, and eager to learn.” She has been married for almost thirty years with two children (son in the U.S. Air Force and daughter practicing law) and two grandchildren (a boy and girl). Both grandkids “work me hard to be the best G-Ma ever!” Mrs. King hopes and prays to be a great teacher here at COL.
Mrs. Tracy Morgan
Mrs. Tracy Morgan came to Circle of Love Preschool after 12 years of public and private teaching experience. Mrs. Morgan began a new position of teacher for the Transitional Kindergarten class in 2009. Mrs. Morgan earned a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies and Psychology from CSU Dominguez Hills. She has also successfully completed 24 units of Early Childhood Education.
Ms. April Lang
Ms. April Lang (Ms. April) started as a substitute teacher at Circle of Love in 2013 and became a full-time staff member in 2017. She graduated with honors from Sonoma State University in 2012 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Anthropology. She earned a Single Subject Credential (Social Sciences) in 2013, also from SSU. Her early childhood education units have been completed through El Camino Community College and Saddleback University. Ms. April enjoys working in the TK room in the mornings and also assisting the other classrooms throughout the day as the School Floater. Ms. April grew up in Manhattan Beach and she has been an active member here at First Lutheran Church since 1992.
Mrs. Chris Lubs
Mrs. Chris Lubs teaches the TK morning and afternoon classes on Fridays. You may see Mrs. Lubs in other classrooms as she is also one of our wonderful substitute teachers. She is an active member of First Lutheran Church, on the Board of Youth and Parish Education, Shining Stars Youth Group Leader, and member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. Mrs. Lubs' received her BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Development from Concordia University Seward, NE. She has been involved in the Early Childhood field since 1988. She is married with three sons, all of whom attended Circle of Love Preschool.
SCHOOL FLOATER & WEBSITE MANAGER
Ms. April Lang
Ms. April Lang works in the Transitional Kindergarten room in the mornings (her biography is listed above with the TK class) and she is also the Circle of Love "floating" teacher. After she assists TK, you can find her in most of the other classrooms, jumping in where needed. You will also see Ms. April helping in the kitchen everyday during hot lunch as well as during school events. Ms. April also works in the Circle of Love daycare program! She's everywhere! Last but not least, Ms. April assists COL by maintaining the school's website.
Ms. Karla Devine
Ms. Karla Devine has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern Michigan University. She has completed Levels I and II in the Orff Schulwerk Method, which is a way of teaching children about music that engages their mind and body through a mixture of singing, dancing, acting and the use of purcussion instruments. She has taughts preschool music for about 25 years, and has been a church since about 1991 and has been a church musician since she was a teenager, working with all ages. She lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband and two daughters.
We have weekly Spanish classes through Yak Academy of Redondo Beach.
At Circle of Love, our weekly Chapel time is when our entire school gets together to have fun, learn about the love of Jesus and sing songs of praise! Teachers and Staff take turns throughout the year leading Chapel. Some familiar faces you may see leading Chapel include...
Pastor Jonathan Burkee
Pastor Jonathan Burkee (“Mr. Chapel”) has served in pastoral ministry for over ten years. He attended Concordia University in Wisconsin earning a B.A. in pastoral ministry and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri earning his Master of Divinity. He has served at First Lutheran Church and Circle of Love Preschool since 2015 and loves it. Every year he looks forward to sharing the love of Jesus with the amazing children who attend Circle of Love. Pastor Burkee is married to Karla and they have one energetic and wonderful son.
Mr. Mark McCombs
Mr. Mark McCombs ("Mr. Mark") is a musician and educator born and raised in Southern California. After attending the prestigious Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, Mark moved on to get a degree in music at USC. While attending USC, Mark was working in local studios as an engineer but, after graduating, decided to focus on teaching and church music full time in 2012. Mark joined us here at First Lutheran Church in 2017.
In addition to our regular team of teachers, we have additional staff supporting our thriving daycare program.
Mrs. Becca Itow
Mrs. Rebecca Itow (Ms. Becca) graduated from Concordia University, Irvine with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies with an Emphasis in Child Development in 2000. Some of her post graduate work was done at CSULB, where she obtained her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Ms. Becca worked in early childhood education for about 10 years, mostly with Bright Horizons in Northern California, before joining the First Lutheran team as Administrative Assistant in August of 2011. Ms. Becca also has a special connection with Circle of Love as her daughter attended preschool here. She and her family are members at Ascension Lutheran Church in Torrance and are part of the worship team there.