Management & Staff
Our multilingual and multicultural staff consists of dedicated and highly qualified educators in the field of Early Childhood. All of our teachers hold California State Child Development Permits, while our teaching assistants have taken courses in Early Childhood Education working towards their Child Development Permits.
Our staff members have worked in the field for several years with our lead staff having worked with children for over 10 years.
All staff members are trained in CPR and First Aid.
Kiri Fluetsch – Executive Director
My name is Kiri Fluetsch and I am the Executive Director here at Redwood City Child Development Program. I am excited to be back as the Executive Director after a year off and the birth of my daughter. Prior to my leave I was the Executive Director for 4 years. I have worked in many different childcare facilities working my way from a teacher’s aide, teacher, lead teacher while completing my Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from St Mary’s College. My thesis focused on the importance of Fine Motor Development and its comorbidity with early childhood disorders. I have spent many years developing and testing high quality curriculum and I love working with our teachers to provide the highest quality care for our families and children. I am now extremely fortunate to have my daughter here learning along with all of your children.
We are so happy to have you and your family here at the Redwood City Child Development Program!
Mary “Lisa” Penisini – Program Director
Hi! My name is Mary “Lisa” Penisini. I am the Program Director here at RCCDP. I have been at RCCDP for over 19 years. In 2002, I was given the opportunity to be a part of this community working as a teacher aide. I gradually worked up to the position of Program Director. I have had the opportunity to work with children from toddler to preschool age. During my time in the classroom my interest grew in wanting to learn more about child development and social interactions among children. Being able to foster children’s imagination, creativity, and independence is incredibly rewarding. When I think of RCCDP, the one word that comes to mind is FAMILY.
Mayra Maciel – Enrollment Specialist
Hello RCCDP Families,
My name is Mayra Maciel. I have been teaching here at the Redwood City Child Development Program for 13 years. I currently hold my Site Supervisor permit. I have had the opportunity to teach in both programs Infant and Toddlers to Preschool. Now I’m excited to be part of the administrative team as the Enrollment Specialist. In the many years I have been working with children, I have learned that patience is key. We learn from children and the children learn from us. I enjoy working with all the children and their families. I love challenging their young minds and helping them with their social development.
My main goal everyday as I walk into the center is to make a difference.
- My favorite color is Orange
- My favorite season is Fall
- I love anything that has to do with pineapples
- I love Coffee 😊
Hola familias de RCCDP,
Mi nombre es Mayra Maciel. He estado enseñando aquí en el Redwood City Child Development Program por 13 años. Actualmente tengo mi permiso de supervisora de sitio. He tenido la oportunidad de enseñar en ambos programas de Infant and Toddlers a Prescular. Ahora estoy emocionada de ser parte del equipo administrativo como Enrollment Specialist. En los muchos años que he trabajado con niños, he aprendido que la paciencia es clave. Aprendemos de los niños y los niños aprenden de nosotros. Disfruto trabajando con todos los niños y sus familias. Me encanta desafiar sus mentes y ayudarlos con su desarrollo social.
Mi principal objetivo todos los días cuando entro al centro es marcar la diferencia.
- Mi color favorito es el naranja
- Mi temporada favorita es el otoño
- Me encanta todo lo que tenga que ver con las piñas
- Amo el café 😊
Sayda Bravo – Site Supervisor
Hello my name is Sayda Bravo, I come from a traditional Mexican family that includes my parents, two brothers and my twin sister. I was born and raised in the state of Michoacán up until I was 17 years old, and then we moved to California where we’ve lived ever since. I moved from San Diego County to the bay area about three years ago. I am happily married to my wonderful husband and crazy in love with our baby girl. In my spare time, I like cleaning, watching movies, exercising, and most important of all spending time with my family. I finished my education in Early Childhood Education back in San Diego County and I currently have my California Site Supervisor Permit. I’ve been working with preschool age children for about 8 years and I don’t see myself doing anything else. I’ve always loved working with young children and being able to make a positive impact on them. I love the funny things they say and the silly things they do. I love seeing their faces as they learn a new skill or achieve a new challenge. I love seeing them progress in their Physical, Emotional, Cognitive and Social development, it’s such a rewarding feeling. I’m really excited to start working here at RCCDP in this new academic year and spending time with your little one, every day is a learning experience in which not only they learn from us, we also get to learn so much from them. Please feel free to approach me and share concerns, questions you might have. I’m here to help you and work with you.
Araceli Ontiveros – Site Supervisor
My name is Araceli Ontiveros, aka, Chely by family members and closest friends. I was born in Mexico on 11/23/1976. I am very proud of my origins and my age. I feel happy with my life and accomplishments so far. I was brought to the United States at the age of 12 by my parents. I was upset upon my arrival with my mother and father for bringing me here and leaving Mexico behind, but now I know how lucky I am. Now, I feel it was the best choice that my parents made for us.
This is a wonderful country that has given so many opportunities to my family. I will always be thankful to my mother who was so courageous in bringing us here. My whole family has since lived in the beautiful Bay Area. I love the bay area because it’s very unique. I love its diversity, food, entertainment, history, weather etc.
I enjoy spending my spare time with family, taking care of my 50+ indoor plants, cleaning, organizing, exercising, cooking and admiring nature. I am married, and I have a son.
I have been working with children since 1996. I enjoy working with children because it is like reliving my childhood one more time, seeing the children playing reminds me of my wonderful childhood in Mexico. I grew up in a small village surrounded by nature. I had no TV, electricity, radio etc., but I was a very happy child. I knew nothing about the outside world until I came to this wonderful country. Yes, I said it twice, but I firmly believe it. I have worked at different childcare centers in this area and the state of Texas, where I lived for a brief period.
I have a diploma in Dental Assisting and my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Gloria Renazco – Master Teacher
My name is Gloria Renazco, I am from Nicaragua, I came to the United States in 1985, I dedicated myself to raising my children, but when they grew up I decided to find a job, and this job is about caring for children. I started studying in 2005, at CANADA College, acquiring an associate teacher’s permit, and a master’s teacher’s permit. I have worked in different centers and worked with the head star program for 7 years. My goals is to obtain my site supervisor permit. I have been working in this field since 2000, and for RCCDP for two years in 2015-2017, it is a pleasure to be with you again, today I am the lead teacher of the classroom, and I work with a good team of teachers where we support each other.
Ana M. Barron – Associate Teacher
My name is Ana M. Barron. I came from Mexico in 1985 where my first job was in an assembly factory. After having my son, I decided to stay home and take care of him. When he was older, I went to Canada College to take classes in child development. I obtained my associate teacher permit and began working here at RCCDP in 2010. I’ve worked as a substitute, associate teacher, lead teacher and now work as a member of a great team in the Koala Joeys classroom.. To further expand my knowledge and understanding of the infant/toddler environment I trained in P.I.T.C to learn the core values. It is my goal to provide amazing care to our toddler program.
Ana Latu – Associate Teacher
My name is Ana Latu, I came to the Redwood City Child Development Program in 2017 to gain student teaching experience. At the time, I was taking an Early Childhood Education course at Canada College and my professor recommended my training at RCCDP. I graduated from Canada College in 2018 with an Associates in Early Childhood Education. I began at RCCDP as a substitute teacher and had the opportunity to work with many of the Teachers here at RCCDP who are also my mentors. It is a blessing and a joy to work with the children and teachers here at RCCDP. It truly feels like family here.
Maria Rocio Mendoza – Associate Teacher
Hi, my name is Maria Rocio Mendoza but I go by my middle name “Rocio”. I came to this country in 1989. I live in East Palo Alto with my two sons, Ritchell and Julio. I studied Early Childhood Education at Cañada College where I have 32 units and hold my Associate Teacher Permit as well as my certificate in Human Services. I am also a certified Music Teacher.
I have been working at Redwood City Child Development Program for 18 years. I have enjoyed every moment and feel proud to help families with their children and needs. I love to see how the children in the center grow and develop physically and cognitively. It feels so good when they come back to visit as an adolescent or adult. I hope to work in this center for many more years. I will be going back to college this fall to finish my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education.
Alejandra Picos – Associate Teacher
I am originally from Mexico and have lived here in the Redwood City area since 1980. In 1990, I had the opportunity to work at Redwood City Child Development Program. I worked in various positions starting from the kitchen aid to teacher assistant. I prepared myself for the teacher role by going to school to get my ECE units. I received my ECE Certification from Canada College. I was able to obtain my Associate Teacher Permit from the State of California. Due to personal reasons, I had to say goodbye to this program in 2012.
I started a new experience working as a Nanny with infants to school age children. After 10 years, I had the opportunity to return to Redwood City Child Development. I am very happy to have the opportunity to return to work with old colleagues and meet new staff. Most of all, the opportunity to work again with the families of RCCDP.
- 36 ECE Units
- Canada College ECE Certificate
- State of California Associate Teacher Certificate
- Training and Supervision of Adults and children
- Assessments and paperwork
- Above All Diaper-to-Pants Training
Gabriela “Gaby” Herrera – Teacher’s Assistant
My name is Gabriela H Bringas, but many of you know me as “Gaby”. I was born in this country, but I grew up in El Salvador. I am married and have two daughters both graduated from RCCDP. I have worked at RCCDP as a teacher’s assistant for more than 4 years and I have had the opportunity to work in the infant/toddler side and on the preschool side.
I love to see how the children in the center grow and develop physically and cognitively. It feels so good when you make a good relationship with the children and families.
- My favorite season is fall
- My favorite color is Turquoise
- I love turtles
- I love coffee
Christina Santos – Teacher’s Assistant
Hello, my name is Christina Santos and I was born in Sun Valley, California but I was raised in Veracruz, México. I have the best of the two cultures. I love being able to communicate in both languages, Spanish and English. I used to be a director and teacher in a school in México, that gave me the opportunity to learn from all ages and all kinds of teaching techniques. I consider myself creative and I love to bring that to my students. I studied Business Administration and Marketing, but I started working with kids when I was 20 years old and I think that made a difference in me, knowing that you could be part of the knowledge and development of a kid.
Ana Cerda – Teacher’s Aide
My name is Ana Cerda. I was born in Michoacán, Mexico. At the age of three, in hopes of a brighter future for their children, my parents decided to migrate to this beautiful country. Ever since, I have lived in Redwood City, raised in the North Fair Oaks area. I am a proud wife and mother of two amazing boys who mean the world to me; I love spending quality time with my family. For many years, I have been a devoted housewife, but now that my children have become independent, I’ve propelled myself into the childcare field. Working at the Redwood City Childhood Development Program center is a privilege. I am fond of the operational procedures of this center, and a profound believer in its philosophy. The best part of my day has to be waking up early in the morning in hopes of greeting the staff, families and children with a big smile. I truly believe that every child is unique in their very own way, which is why I am committed towards enlightening and guiding our world’s future leaders. I am currently enrolled in Cañada College and taking Early Childhood Education units in hopes of developing my expertise in this field.
Flowers: Roses combined with Hydrangeas
Children’s book: “The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle”
Monica Loya – Teacher’s Aide/Floater
My name is Monica Loya. I have been with RCCDP as a work student while I was attending high school. I’m currently an active student at Indiana Bible College in Indianapolis, Indiana where my goal is to major in the medical field as a pediatric nurse with dreams to one day work in postpartum nursing. I enjoy working with children of all ages because I learn something new everyday! In my free time, I enjoy laughing, sports, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Daneyah Penisini – Teacher’s Aide/Floater
My name is Daneyah Penisini. I work at RCCDP part-time. You will find me in the Panda Classroom assisting my co-teachers. I am attending Ohlone Community College where I will obtain my AA degree in Kinesiology and transfer to a CSU. I have worked with children all my life starting with my 4 siblings. It has taught me patience and realized that every child is different and unique in their own way. In my spare time I like to paint and read adventure novels.