Director and Teachers
Ms. Natalie is the Director and a Lead Teacher here at PHCP. Ms. Natalie has been with the preschool in different capacities since 2006. Her origins as a teacher are rooted here at the preschool, as she was a practicum student and student teacher here while attending UNM, eventually earning a B.S. in Early Childhood Multicultural Education. Ms. Natalie taught at the school in 2006-2007, then left the state for nine years. During her time in Eugene, OR, Ms. Natalie worked at a University of Oregon based child care center working with children from six weeks to school age. Ms. Natalie then traveled with her family to Baltimore, MD where she worked to develop and implement early childhood programs through the Baltimore County Public Library System. Upon her return in 2016, she was given another opportunity to return to the preschool. Ms. Natalie has two sons, and some house pets she loves spending time with and taking care of. Ms. Natalie loves working with her incredible fellow teachers and teaching staff, the wonderful office staff, and the parent board members to create an enriching curriculum, engaging environment, and exciting learning experiences for our students to grow and learn. Ms. Natalie strives to connect with every student and their family to build a strong network of support for a rich and fulfilling school year.
Mrs. Bruch began at PHCP as a Teacher Assistant in the spring of 2021. This year she is taking on the role of Lead Teacher at the school. She’s happy to be with all the wonderful students at the preschool. Her niece and nephew attended our school 20 years ago, and her daughter was a student here a few years ago. She then decided to shift gears to teaching after 20 years in the medical field, with the goal of working here at PHCP. She currently is in school for her teaching degree. She has an awesome husband, two wonderful kids of her own and two wonderful step-daughters. “I love my job so far and am hoping to expand my knowledge this upcoming year. I love to help in any way I can with the students. I enjoy reading to them, playing with them and hopefully teaching them a thing or two as well!”
Miss Randi is one of our Lead Teachers/Teacher Assistant. She holds a degree in Elementary Education and has been working with children in various different environments for the last decade. Her son attended the preschool and she had the opportunity to serve on the Parent Board. “I am looking forward to returning for my second year at PHCP and I am excited to see your students thrive and grow throughout the school year!”
Ms. Ginette is our Teacher Assistant. She is a wife and mother of two and this is her second year with Paradise Hills Community Preschool! It was recommended by a friend to check out the school and she loved the atmosphere and family feeling that she saw on her first tour. She was motivated early on and joined the Parent Board to get to know the school, staff and parents better, but when she found out there was an opening for a TA position she really wanted to help. She has a training and management background, but has always had a passion to work with children. “I appreciate the opportunity to work with all these wonderful students, partner with Mrs. Bruch and Ms. Randi, and to learn and grow under Ms. Natalie.”
Mrs. Catherine Smouse is our Office Manager. She holds a Masters in Electronic Engineering and was a Commissioning Engineer before becoming a mom. She has been a part of the preschool for 5 years. She has had two children at PHCP. Edward, her youngest, will be in Green class this coming school year. She has served on the Parent Board for 4 years as Fundraising Chair, Vice President and then for the last few years as President. She has now joined our staff in the summer of 2022 and is so excited for her first full year as a staff member at the preschool.
Mrs. Penny Bakke is our Bookkeeper at the Preschool. After 14 years of working in the corporate world, with her second child on the way she knew she wanted to slow down and be a stay-at-home mom. “I’m extremely thankful for this part time job to help me be able to do that.” She has a 3.5 year old son Grayson and a 10 month old daughter Adianna. Penny and her husband Sean love to travel, but these days they keep it to camping and lake trips! She is excited to be a part of this amazing preschool and serve in ways to help it prosper. Please contact her at PHCPabq@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns about the financial aspects of your students’ enrollment.