Management and Staff

Pat Wilka

Owner and Founder

Patricia Wilka founded The Enriching Hour Preschool in 1989. She has been in the education field for over 35 years and holds a Master's Degree in Education. She is the past President of the Professional Association for Childhood Education, 2007-2011, and serves on the Local Planning Council for Ventura County.


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Kristina Golem

Co-owner

Kristina Golem has worked in the field of education since 1997 and in Early Childhood Education since 2003. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University and holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit.


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Ms. Lillian

Director

Lillian Dunwell began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 1995. She has over 28 years teaching experience. She was named PACE California Educator of the Year 2005-2006. She earned an Associates of Arts Degree in Child Development and holds a Site Supervisor Permit from the California Department of Education.


Ms. Marcy

Director and Lead Teacher, Three/Four-Year-OId Combination Class

Marcy Jolivet began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 1993. She has over 38 years teaching experience. She was named PACE California Administrator of the Year 2007 - 2008. She holds an Associate Degree in Child Development and Site Supervisor Permit from the California Department of Education.


Our Teachers

“The love and commitment to my children each and every teacher, assistant teacher, and administrator has shown over the years is priceless. The gratitude I feel for each and every one of them could never be expressed in words or gestures. Thank you to everyone at The Enriching Hour for embracing my boys as your own and instilling such valuable traits that will serve them well as they grow and become young men.” – Marcie Braddock 


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Ms. Tania

Assistant Director, Lead Teacher, Three-Year-Old Class

Tania Jafari began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 2012. She has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 10 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development and is certified in Early Childhood Education from the State of California. 


Ms. Kay

Kay Walden began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 1997. She has over 20 years teaching experience. She earned a California Elementary Teaching Credential and holds a Site Supervisor Permit from the California Department of Education. 


Barbara Humeston

Lead Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten Class

Barbara Humeston began teaching in 1990. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and is certified in Early Childhood Education from the State of California.


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Ms. Gail

Lead Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten Class

Gail Frisch began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 2017. She has worked in the field of education for over 30 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is certified in Early Childhood Education from the State of California.


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Ms. Valerie

Head of Programs, “Treasured Times” Parent/Child Education and Teacher at The Enriching Hour

Valerie Sipprelle began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 2017. She was the head of the Infant/Toddler program at our sister school, Newbury Oaks and is certified in Early Childhood Education from the State of California.


Ms. Kerin

Teacher

Kerin Kelly began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 2005. She has been working with children since 2002 and is certified in Early Childhood Education from the State of California.


Ms. Sandy

Teacher

Sandy Perel began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 2012. She is certified in Early Childhood Education from the State of California. 


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Ms. Lauren

Teacher

Lauren Gunson began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 2015. She is currently going to school for her Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development. She is certified in Early Childhood Education from the State of California.


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Ms. Kate

Teacher

Kate Warren began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 2012. She is certified in Early Childhood Education from the State of California.


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Ms. Juliet

Teacher

Juliet Bridgesmith began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 2013. She holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is certified in Early Childhood Education from the State of California.


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Ms. Kristin N.

Teacher

Kristin Newkirk began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 2016. She has over 20 years experience working with preschool-age children. She is certified in Early Childhood Education from the State of California.


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Ms. Kristin W.

Teacher

Kristin Walden began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 2015. She has her Bachelor's Degree and is certified in Early Childhood Education from the State of California.


Ms. Alexys

Teacher

Alexys Correlli began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 2015. She is currently attending school to earn her Bachelor's Degree and Teaching Credential. She is certified in Early Childhood Education from the State of California.


Ms. Cathy

Teacher

Cathy Jafari joined The Enriching Hour teaching staff in 2016. She holds a Master Teacher permit in Early Childhood Education from the State of California. She has worked in the field of education for the past 15 years.