Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Teacher
Hello, My name is Theresa Amarante and I was born in Burbank California, the 2nd out of four children. My family moved to beautiful Bakersfield when I was 11 and I have lived here ever since.
My parents, particularly my mom, have always encouraged their children in education. I attended Bakersfield college originally majoring in Psychology. After taking a child development class and doing observations at the preschool I realized that I had a natural interest in young children and their development. I switched my major to child development. I went on to get my B.A. degree in Child Development from Cal State University Northridge. I have four grown children now John, Joseph, Thomas and Jacqueline. All four are OLPH graduates and the three boys have their four year college degrees. Jacqueline will receive a degree in Psychology Spring 2018 from Cal State University Channel Islands and plans to go onto graduate school.
I feel it is a privilege to teach young children in a Catholic school environment. One can never stay sad or angry when being around little children! They are a gift from God and we love helping them learn more about God through their daily activities that include sharing, listening to stories, and using all their senses to explore and create.
In addition to working with young children, the things I enjoy the most are: spending time with my family, walking, visits to the ocean, reading a really good book and chocolate!