We are so glad you've come to look at this page on our website! Our amazing educators make Discovery the amazing place that it is! Each teacher is fully qualified with a minimum of five years ranging up to 30 + years of experience in the field. Teachers at Discovery are life-long learners, open to learning and professional growth. As a Reggio Emilia inspired school, teachers have to be creative and observant. With all their combined experience and collaboration, amazing things are happening here at Discovery!

Mita Nandy  Hello, my name is Mita Nandy. Let me take a moment to introduce myself. I have been living in Santa Cruz, since I moved to the United States from India in 2001. I live with my husband of 25 years. I have a 22 year old daughter who graduated from UCSD this year. I have been working with children since 2001. I started volunteering as a kindergarten teacher when my child was in kindergarten. Since then I volunteered for more than 12 years with the kindergarteners. Here is where my love for children was sparked. After this experience, I decided to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education which has brought me to Discovery Preschool. As a mother and an educator, I believe that the children develop and learn best in a loving, nurturing, empathetic, safe, fun, and healthy environment. My aim in the classroom is to create a caring community of active learners and emphasize the importance of respect, equality and diversity. I believe children are rich in potential. I want to give them the freedom to grow, to be who they are, to love, to voice their opinion, and to explore. I believe in each child and their potential. All children have something very special to offer and it is my commitment to ensure they do.

Mita Nandy

Hello, my name is Mita Nandy. Let me take a moment to introduce myself. I have been living in Santa Cruz, since I moved to the United States from India in 2001. I live with my husband of 25 years. I have a 22 year old daughter who graduated from UCSD this year. I have been working with children since 2001. I started volunteering as a kindergarten teacher when my child was in kindergarten. Since then I volunteered for more than 12 years with the kindergarteners. Here is where my love for children was sparked. After this experience, I decided to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education which has brought me to Discovery Preschool. As a mother and an educator, I believe that the children develop and learn best in a loving, nurturing, empathetic, safe, fun, and healthy environment. My aim in the classroom is to create a caring community of active learners and emphasize the importance of respect, equality and diversity. I believe children are rich in potential. I want to give them the freedom to grow, to be who they are, to love, to voice their opinion, and to explore. I believe in each child and their potential. All children have something very special to offer and it is my commitment to ensure they do.


Hi! My name is Allison Andrews. I have been teaching preschool since I was 19 years old. I have an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Cabrillo College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Pacific Oaks College in Human Development. I have been fortunate enough to have worked in Reggio Emilia inspired programs and feel passionate using this approach with young children. I believe children are capable and competent and learn best when they are active leaders of the curriculum. I also believe that partnering with families is crucial during these early years and look forward to working closely with the families in this community! When I’m not in the classroom I spend time with my wonderful 2-year-old son and husband. We like going on hikes, to parks, and reading together. I am thrilled to be embarking on a new adventure at Discovery Preschool!

Hi! My name is Allison Andrews. I have been teaching preschool since I was 19 years old. I have an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Cabrillo College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Pacific Oaks College in Human Development. I have been fortunate enough to have worked in Reggio Emilia inspired programs and feel passionate using this approach with young children. I believe children are capable and competent and learn best when they are active leaders of the curriculum. I also believe that partnering with families is crucial during these early years and look forward to working closely with the families in this community! When I’m not in the classroom I spend time with my wonderful 2-year-old son and husband. We like going on hikes, to parks, and reading together. I am thrilled to be embarking on a new adventure at Discovery Preschool!



Ellie Hardin  Ellie Hardin started her career in Discovery's home based preschool where she found her passion working with preschool aged children. She decided to go back to school to become a fully qualified teacher while she was on maternity leave with her son, Wesley. Ellie is part of the Bambini team of educators, bringing her calm, nurturing and flexible demeanor. Ellie is a team player and loves working with the children. Ellie's love and commitment to the children and her co-workers here at Discovery is deeply felt and appreciated. In her spare time, Ellie loves spending time with her family, traveling, and being a mom!!

Ellie Hardin

Ellie Hardin started her career in Discovery's home based preschool where she found her passion working with preschool aged children. She decided to go back to school to become a fully qualified teacher while she was on maternity leave with her son, Wesley. Ellie is part of the Bambini team of educators, bringing her calm, nurturing and flexible demeanor. Ellie is a team player and loves working with the children. Ellie's love and commitment to the children and her co-workers here at Discovery is deeply felt and appreciated. In her spare time, Ellie loves spending time with her family, traveling, and being a mom!!

I am thrilled at the opportunity to serve as the new Program Coordinator and Caterpillar Educator at Discovery Preschool and Family Center.  After graduating from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development, I had the privilege to partner with children and families at the Children’s Center of the Stanford Community – a parent co-op – for five years.  Because I believe in fostering a love of life-long learning through being curious ourselves, I decided to pursue my Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on Early Childhood Education through CU Denver. I never once saw the campus however, because the program was implemented through a unique and innovative teacher education program in Boulder, CO. Overall, I have been in the field of Early Childhood for about eight years and continue to be inspired by the work of children.  I believe that each child is capable, competent, and resourceful. As such, each child is and should be treated as a current and engaged citizen. I am also mindful of honoring each child’s many social contexts; therefore, I truly value partnerships and open dialogue with families. As the old saying goes, “It takes a village!”  I am passionate about co-constructing knowledge alongside children and using documentation as a platform for communicating a strong image of the child. This is a passion which sparked after visiting Reggio Emilia, Italy where the documentation of the work of children was weaved throughout the entire town. My research and thesis revolved around how documentation practices cultivate richer learning environments by fostering agency within children and building connections between home and school while simultaneously inviting educators to participate in more complex and reflective teaching practices. When not at work, I usually spend my time outdoors, with family & friends, trying new places to eat, or in the kitchen baking.

I am thrilled at the opportunity to serve as the new Program Coordinator and Caterpillar Educator at Discovery Preschool and Family Center.

After graduating from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development, I had the privilege to partner with children and families at the Children’s Center of the Stanford Community – a parent co-op – for five years.

Because I believe in fostering a love of life-long learning through being curious ourselves, I decided to pursue my Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on Early Childhood Education through CU Denver. I never once saw the campus however, because the program was implemented through a unique and innovative teacher education program in Boulder, CO. Overall, I have been in the field of Early Childhood for about eight years and continue to be inspired by the work of children.

I believe that each child is capable, competent, and resourceful. As such, each child is and should be treated as a current and engaged citizen. I am also mindful of honoring each child’s many social contexts; therefore, I truly value partnerships and open dialogue with families. As the old saying goes, “It takes a village!”

I am passionate about co-constructing knowledge alongside children and using documentation as a platform for communicating a strong image of the child. This is a passion which sparked after visiting Reggio Emilia, Italy where the documentation of the work of children was weaved throughout the entire town. My research and thesis revolved around how documentation practices cultivate richer learning environments by fostering agency within children and building connections between home and school while simultaneously inviting educators to participate in more complex and reflective teaching practices. When not at work, I usually spend my time outdoors, with family & friends, trying new places to eat, or in the kitchen baking.



I am overjoyed with the opportunity to be part of the team of educators in the Bambini classroom as well as work towards enhancing our beautiful outdoor space and materials. In my five years of experience working as an early childhood educator, I have learned the importance of building strong relationships and creating safe, nurturing environments for each child to find safety and confidence in becoming their authentic self. I value the importance of observation and documentation to be able to create a curriculum that supports their many curiosities and interests.  Another strong passion of mine is working as a florist. Having the opportunity to combine my two passions and share my admiration for nature’s perfect, imperfections; exploring all of the elements that nature has to teach us is a dream come true.  I am honored to be part of the Discovery team and look forward to the abundance of connections to come.

I am overjoyed with the opportunity to be part of the team of educators in the Bambini classroom as well as work towards enhancing our beautiful outdoor space and materials. In my five years of experience working as an early childhood educator, I have learned the importance of building strong relationships and creating safe, nurturing environments for each child to find safety and confidence in becoming their authentic self. I value the importance of observation and documentation to be able to create a curriculum that supports their many curiosities and interests.

Another strong passion of mine is working as a florist. Having the opportunity to combine my two passions and share my admiration for nature’s perfect, imperfections; exploring all of the elements that nature has to teach us is a dream come true.

I am honored to be part of the Discovery team and look forward to the abundance of connections to come.

Suzie Daily  Suzie Daily has been a preschool teacher for over 20 years in a variety of types of childcare programs. She feels very blessed to be able to work with children, and considers them a gift of life and all that is good in it! She feels that they are a wonderful reminder of what is truly important, and what is truly valuable, and continues to be amazed and humbled by their joy, capabilities, curiosity and unique gifts.Something near and dear to Suzie's heart, as an educator, is to nurture children's natural compassion, and to encourage appreciation for the diversity and beauty of all the different places and cultures in the big world that we all share together.Suzie is honored and excited to be part of the Discovery Preschool Team!"

Suzie Daily

Suzie Daily has been a preschool teacher for over 20 years in a variety of types of childcare programs. She feels very blessed to be able to work with children, and considers them a gift of life and all that is good in it! She feels that they are a wonderful reminder of what is truly important, and what is truly valuable, and continues to be amazed and humbled by their joy, capabilities, curiosity and unique gifts.Something near and dear to Suzie's heart, as an educator, is to nurture children's natural compassion, and to encourage appreciation for the diversity and beauty of all the different places and cultures in the big world that we all share together.Suzie is honored and excited to be part of the Discovery Preschool Team!"

Lindsey Duran  Ms. Lindsey brings her nurturing and loving approach to working with our Butterfly children here at Discovery! She has been working in the community with children for the past 10 years, in children's theater and preschools! She is so fun to have around as she uses her humor and kindness to connect with the children. With her extensive theater background, she brings many fun ideas to our team of educators. She loves working with children because they are willing and excited to learn new things. Parents find her knowledgable and thoughtful as she takes notes and carefully observes each child in her care! We are lucky to have Lindsey here at Discovery!

Lindsey Duran

Ms. Lindsey brings her nurturing and loving approach to working with our Butterfly children here at Discovery! She has been working in the community with children for the past 10 years, in children's theater and preschools! She is so fun to have around as she uses her humor and kindness to connect with the children. With her extensive theater background, she brings many fun ideas to our team of educators. She loves working with children because they are willing and excited to learn new things. Parents find her knowledgable and thoughtful as she takes notes and carefully observes each child in her care! We are lucky to have Lindsey here at Discovery!

Karen Venegas  Karen brings her excitement and "kid-like" energy to Discovery everyday. Her wisdom, passion and creativity lead to some of the most amazing projects! As our preschooler's Atelierista, Karen enhances our days as the curriculum specialist/artist. Karen brings interesting provocations into the classroom with a multitude of small parts, sensory experiences, building opportunities and artistic models. She documents children's learning and displays the process of each child's experience. With her overall experiences of 25+ years, Discovery is lucky to have Ms. Karen!

Karen Venegas

Karen brings her excitement and "kid-like" energy to Discovery everyday. Her wisdom, passion and creativity lead to some of the most amazing projects! As our preschooler's Atelierista, Karen enhances our days as the curriculum specialist/artist. Karen brings interesting provocations into the classroom with a multitude of small parts, sensory experiences, building opportunities and artistic models. She documents children's learning and displays the process of each child's experience. With her overall experiences of 25+ years, Discovery is lucky to have Ms. Karen!