Our morning preschool staff consists of Debbie Ficarra, Hugo Ficarra, Erika Dwyer, and Tony Ojinaga, Melissa Petersen and Lori Dennan-Underhill. Debbie is the director and owns the school with her husband Hugo, works in the classroom as a teacher. She has taught preschool since 1988, and has a degree from Pacific Oaks College in Child Development. Hugo Ficarra, who is married to Debbie, has owned a home day care business for eleven years and obtained his educated from UCLA extension. Erika Dwyer worked for seventeen years as a preschool teacher before coming to La Canada Preschool recently. She has her AA degree in Early Childhood Education from Pasadena City College. Tony Ojinaga has worked with Debbie for seventeen years, and also graduated from PCC with his AA degree. Melissa Petersen works part time as a teachers aide as does Lori Dennan-Underhill.
Together they work as a team, meeting once a month to discuss and plan curriculum as well as the progress of each child.