Miss Funes (pronounced “FOO-nez”) has been working at Discoveryland for 20 years, starting as a teacher and eventually becoming director. She holds an A.S. and a B.S. in early childhood education and a B.S. in liberal studies from Pacific Union College and a child development program director permit from the state of California. As director, Miss Funes works with children of all ages at the preschool.
Miss Funes enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also loves running, camping, and mountain biking—in fact, she loves the outdoors so much that she bought a convertible to feel the open air as she drives.
Miss Jackie is the assistant director and pre-kindergarten teacher at Discoveryland. She has been working with children for 22 years—two and a half years as a home daycare provider, six years at PUC Elementary, and the rest at Discoveryland. She holds an A.S. and a B.S. in early childhood education from PUC and a child development site supervisor permit from the state of California.
Miss Jackie says she was spoiled with love as a child. She is a big fan of nature—she loves camping, and does everything she can to help preserve and protect all living things. Two of her favorite living things are Peanut and Pearl, her Jack Russell terriers.
Mrs. Cherryl teaches the little ones at Discoveryland—from 3 months to 2 years. In addition to her 12 years of service at Discoveryland, she has taught at Garden State Academy and at a special needs school. She graduated from Andrews University with a B.S. in home economics and an A.S. in early childhood education, and she holds a child development site supervisor permit from the state of California.
She and her husband Gayle have two boys, aged 25 and 22. She loves quilting, cross-stitching, baking, gardening, and riding motorcycles.
Mrs. Mika teaches the 2-year-olds at Discoveryland. She has 20 years of experience working with children—10 years at Discoveryland, and 10 years at a preschool and a kindergarten in Japan. She earned an A.S. in elementary education in Japan, and she is currently completing additional early childhood education classes at PUC. She also holds a child development teacher’s permit from the state of California.
Mrs. Mika comes from Hiroshima City, Japan. She enjoys crafts like knitting. She loves dogs and has two of them—as well as a husband and daughter.