chiara angelicola | founder | head of school
Over the past 15 years, Chiara has worked in the early childhood education field, both as an educator and supervisor, training teachers and facilitating workshops for parent education. She has taught on both U.S. coasts, from the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY to the bustling, entrepreneurial city of San Francisco. Chiara's main pedagogical passions emphasize best practices from the Reggio Emilia philosophy, co-constructivist theory and creativity-driven curricula. Angelicola earned a BA in Child Development Psychology with Honors from the University of California-Santa Cruz in 2006.
In 2016, she was a founding contributor and designer of The Discovery School's first kinder-prep classroom within the walls of the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) in Sausalito, CA, for which she led and taught during the school year. During this time, Chiara worked beside BADM's on-site Center for Childhood Creativity to implement the nation's latest cutting-edge research on STEM, creativity, and collaboration-focused learning experiences.
Chiara is a member of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, Innovative Teachers Project, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Within these organizations and independently, Chiara is interested in the wider development and implementation of inclusive, collaborative, and creativity-focused experiences for early childhood learners.
She is also a native Spanish speaker, musician, and cooking enthusiast. Chiara facilitates our weekly atelier di cucina experiences for children enrolled in Extended Day programming.
Eunice Rhee | educator
Eunice is Korean-American and raised in Los Angeles. She is our energetic and playful full-time educator. She received her Bachelors in Developmental Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2018 and then immediately attended Los Angeles Valley College as a Child Development major. She has always had an interest in working with children ever since working at Kumon Math & Reading Center right after she graduated high school. In her last year in Santa Cruz, she had the opportunity to work at a Coastal Community Preschool. Through this great opportunity, she realized she wanted to pursue becoming a preschool teacher. That's when she decided to take early childhood education classes at LAVC so she can earn her teacher, site supervisor, and director permits. "Being with children makes me happy and seeing them grow to their fullest potential makes me proud. I am honored and excited to be a member Silver Lake Center for Creativity! " -Eunice
CHEYENNE DUROCHER | EDUCATOR
Cheyenne is happy to have joined our community as an educator, but, more so, as a conduit of curiosity and learning. She studied Early Childhood Education at Santa Monica College and then pursued a degree in English at Cal State Channel Islands and congruently spent a lot of time reading on her couch. After a fast year abroad, teaching English in a preschool setting while simultaneously fulfilling her needs for movement, culture, and exploration, Cheyenne taught at an arts-centric preschool in Santa Monica, where she gained a wealth of experience in creating curriculum catered to whole-child development. She has an adaptability to the evolving needs and interests of young learners, which makes her the perfect fit for our SLCC community.
As a Southern California native, she has found herself committed to the idea of fostering her local community from its beginning stages, promoting inherent practices of sustainability and an engagement with our surroundings through the lens of early childhood education. As a teacher, she hopes to be a support system to the natural learning process in young children and to cultivate an environment that allows for authentic exploration, strengthens interpersonal bonds through earnest and self-aware conversation, and yields memories of light and joy.