Super Substitutes

When one of our teachers is out sick or on vacation, we want to provide your children with the absolute best teacher to stand in! All of our substitutes are fully qualified teachers with extensive training and knowledge in how Discovery operates. When a teacher is absent, you may meet one of these wonderful teachers. We hope these bios give you an idea of their experience and background. We are so thrilled to have them as part of our team!


Michelle Iris

Hello, my name is Michelle Iris and I have been a substitute teacher since 2014.  I am delighted that now I am part of the staff.  It is a wonderful opportunity to be involved in an environment that is dedicated to each child's unique and authentic development while offering the space and arena for them to expand and explore themselves and their community.  After raising my son in Santa Cruz (born in 1986) and working as a legal secretary for about 15 years, I decided to change careers and follow my passion of working with children.  I started attending early childhood education classes at Cabrillo College and began substitute teaching at various preschools while I was earning my college units.  I have always been a "natural" with kids and have spent time volunteering at the Boys and Girls club as well as working as a face painter and children's entertainer.   It is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with the students at Discovery Preschool and Family Center.  My other jobs include being a private nanny and face painter.



Talisa Jones

My name is Talisa Jones and I am one of the new substitute teachers here at Discovery Preschool. I was born in Hayward, California and recently moved to Capitola in 2012. I attended Cabrillo College for culinary school until the arrival of my son in 2016. Watching him grow and develop gave me a deeper interest for teaching and child development. With that in mind, I began working towards an early childhood education certificate. In my free time, I love to cook plant-based meals, watch movies, and go to the beach. I enjoy watching children play, making them laugh, and engaging in conversations. I am overwhelmed with excitement to begin this journey and eager to meet and learn about each and every child.



Maya Lord

Maya is a substitute at Discovery. She is also teacher at Santa Cruz Toddler Care Center. She has worked at Omega Institute in their Children's Program and also as a teacher at Emeline Preschool Center. She has her degrees in Early Childhood Education and Community Studies. She likes to ride her bike and craft when she's not at work!