Management and Staff

Pat Wilka M.A. Ed.

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.


Marcy Jolivet

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

Marcy Jolivet began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 1993. She has over 35 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.


Lillian Dunwell

Director and Lead Teacher, Pre-K Class

Lillian Dunwell began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 1995. She has over 25 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.


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 


Kay Walden, Teacher

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, Four-Year-Old 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.


Tania Valdez
Lead Teacher, Three-Year-Old Class

Tania Valdez 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 an Associate of Arts Degree in Child Development and is certified in Early Childhood Education from the State of California. 


Heather Phillips
Lead Teacher, “Treasured Times” Parent/Child Education

Heather Phillips began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 2008, where she teaches the Parent/Child and Drop-Off classes at Treasured Times. She has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1992. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and is certified in Early Childhood Education from the State of California.


Sandy Perel, Teacher

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


Summer Thomas, Teacher

Summer Thomas began teaching at The Enriching Hour Preschool in 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and is certified in Early Childhood Education from the State of California. 


Cathy Jafari, Teacher

Cathy Jafari 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. Cathy joined The Enriching Hour teaching staff in 2016.