Cynthia Greenspan, Executive Director/Owner and Teacher
My love for children came at a very young age when I always dreamt about growing up and having six of my own. After I had my twins, Gracie and Jonah, (which is why I named the school TTwinfinity) I quickly realized that two at one time was going to be just fine with me! While living in Los Angeles, I volunteered at my children’s play-based preschool and became passionate about the socio-emotional development of young children. Having already obtained my bachelor’s degree in Communications, I returned to school to obtain my Basic and Advanced Certificates in Early Childhood Education from UCLA extension. I was motivated by one of my favorite professors to open my own in-home, Reggio-inspired preschool and after moving to Orange County, I did just that in 2015. I am so grateful for all the supportive families I have met along the way. I also obtained my Level 1, 2, and 3 certifications with The Outdoor Classroom Project, completed the 60hr RIE Foundations: Theory and Observations course, and am a member of the NAEYC, CAEYC, Reggio Roundtable of Orange County and NAREA. I am also a certified children’s Yoga Instructor which I teach to the children attending preschool. I am continually taking classes, workshops, teaching parenting workshops and learning from my mentors at the Reggio-inspired preschools in LA so that I can always offer the best experiences to my students. My dream is to soon open my own Reggio-inspired center here in Orange County.
Mary Bergstrom, Teacher
Hello! It’s an honor and a privilege for me to be able to help children learn and grow at TTwinfinity Preschool! I’m a native southern-Californian and the eldest of six siblings, and I have been teaching and caring for children for a very long time. I have three grown daughters of my own, each are in the field of education. As a life-long-learner, I’m continuing my studies in Child Development and Early Childhood Education at Cal Baptist University, with a concentration on cognitive development of two-to-five year olds. I have been teaching at TTwinfinity Preschool since Fall 2018, and it has been a blessing every day to watch the children flourish in this rich environment. The Constructionism view, with a Reggio-Emilia approach, fits perfectly with my innate teaching focus; the children learn by doing and trying and rethinking…and trying again!
A respect for the environment and a respect for self are important to me. When I’m not studying, I enjoy reading, watching old movies, and cooking healthy meals.
Angela Gregg, Atelierista
After years of creating and setting up "invitations to create" with my own children, I decided to offer weekly sensory play and art exploration classes in my home for moms and children age 2-5. I love watching the children delight in their freedom to use art materials to create something from their own imaginations with no pressure of the end product. I believe in process-based (versus product-based) art for young children and I think it is so important for them to have that freedom so that they can explore, experiment, discover and gain self confidence through the process, even if it's messy!Some of my favorite materials to introduce to children are paint and different ways (and even unexpected tools) to paint with, mixed media collage, loose parts, salt dough or clay, and unexpectedmaterials to explore for texture including oobleck, cooked pasta, scented playdough and wool (i.e. wet felting).
I'm excited to be at TTwinfinity to share my passion for art with the children, to collaborate on projects with them, to watch them and learn from them as they explore art in their own way. I am also currently obtaining my masters in human development from Pacific Oaks College.
Renae Morgan, Pedagogista
A native southern Californian, I discovered my love for early childhood education while working as a swim instructor for young children at the Costa Mesa Aquatics Club. There I instructed and then created curricula to first meet swimmers where they were and then help them grow in confidence and skill. It was this experience that showed me the importance of developmentally appropriate practices as well as teaching to individual needs, rather than focusing primarily on meeting set standards. I went on to study environmental sustainability and early childhood education, recently graduating from Fullerton College in 2018. Studying at Fullerton College gave me the unique opportunity to dive deeply into the Reggio Emilia philosophy and, upon discovering it, I knew that this was the kind of teaching I wanted to pursue. While taking a Reggio-inspired course at Fullerton College, I had the good fortune of meeting Cynthia Greenspan in a class and came to join the TTwinfinity community as a teacher in Spring 2017. I look forward to continuing to learn and grow at TTwinfinity Preschool in my new role as pedagogista.