Meet Our Staff

Amrita Ghai
Director

Hi, my name is Amrita Ghai and I am the Owner and Director of Curious Explorers Academy. My love for working with children started over 10 years ago when I was working as a nanny. This led me to earn my BA in Child and Adolescent Development and a Master's in Educational Administration.

 

Since then I have taught preschool and elementary school students and that has solidified my passion for education and shaping our future community. My favorite age group to work with are 3 and 4 year olds because it is a very impressionable age and I want to initiate their love of learning early. I founded Curious Explorers Academy for these reasons and because it brings me great joy to see children happy when they have learned something new.

 

Through working with elementary school students, I have seen the skills students needed to be successful and our curriculum is scaffolded to give children the tools to thrive. 
 

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Diana Alejo
Lead Teacher

Hi, my name is Diana Alejo. I am the lead teacher at Curious Explorers Academy. I have a strong passion in working with young children. From babysitting to volunteering at preschools for class assignments, it has led to my love and dedication in working with children ages 3 and 4 years old. I have worked in public and private settings within this age group. I enjoy this age where they gain independence in social, emotional and physical settings. It is a wonderful experience as an educator to help them develop the tools they can use in their everyday life. I currently have 18 units in Early Childhood Education from Skyline College and continue to further my own education. I look forward to meeting you all!

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Jacqueline (Jackie) Baeza-Monroy 
Lead Teacher

Hello my name is Jacqueline Baeza-Monroy. I’m a Lead Teacher at Curious Explorers Academy. I’m excited to teach and help your children develop and explore the wonderful world around them. I’m an alumna of University of California, Davis. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development, in French and a minor in Education. While pursuing my degrees, I had the amazing opportunity to teach children from 3 to 4 years old at the Center for Child and Family Studies. After graduating, I began teaching French to preschool and elementary school students. Additionally, I worked as a preschool teacher at a private school. Since then I’ve developed a passion towards working with children and be a part of all their big and small milestones. I love to help children develop their creativity, independent thinking, and problem solving skills, as well as collaborating with families to facilitate their child’s growth and development. It’s my pleasure to be able to work with your children. 

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Michelle Ibarra 
Teacher Aid

 

Hello, my name is Michelle Ibarra and I am a part time teacher aid at Curious Explorers Academy. I have enjoyed working and being with children for a long time especially ages 3 to 5. I have worked as a nanny and enjoyed seeing how much a child can improve on self help skills. I believe this age is where children can have the most developmental milestones such as in the way they play, learn, speak and behave. I hope to help them explore and work on becoming more independent with their own way of thinking and moving. I am currently attending CSU Sacramento working on achieving my B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development. Can’t wait to meet you all! 

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Marie Saucedo
Lead Teacher
(on maternity leave)
 

Hi, my name is Lourdes Marie Saucedo and I am the part time lead teacher. I enjoy working with children because I truly believe in the power of education and the importance for our young children to learn and explore in safe environments like Curious Explorers Academy. I knew at a young age that teaching was my passion.I value the importance of education because it develops human personality, thoughts, and social skills. I’ve taught at the Children Center since my second semester at CSU Sacramento. I am currently enrolled in Sacramento State University with 18 units in Early Child Education and working towards my B.A. in Child Development. I hope to see you all!

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