Edna Hernandez : Founder/Executive Director

Edna Hernandez

Founder/Executive Director

Notre Dame Infant Center and Preschool prides itself in being family owned and operated. I, Edna Hernandez began from the bottom and worked my way up gradually. In 1996, I chose to return to school and change careers. I wanted to fulfill my dream of working with young children. Working during the day and going to school at night paid off. I opened a daycare in my home with only four children. Through the years that number grew. With the support of my family, meticulous saving and five years of experience I knew it was time to expand. In 2002, the former Lisa's Family Daycare opened its new doors renamed as Notre Dame Infant Center and Preschool.

We reside here today, continuing to offer the same loving care and fun academics in a family style environment. Our center specializes in infants with my second daughter Michelle heading this program. My eldest daughter, Tracy has taught two year old and now three year olds but is preparing to become assistant director. My youngest, Lisa, though still too young to work, often stops by and reads or teaches music to the children. My husband, Mario is the school's chef and quite popular among students. Myself, I am the director.

I have a Bachelor degree in Child Development and passionate being around children. I am definitely proud to say that our school provides the two major aspects that parents are looking for in a center, family oriented and prosperous learning environment.

Dr. Miriam Almestica : Professor/Consultant

Dr. Miriam Almestica


Dr. Almestica holds a Doctorate in Education from Pepperdine University; two Masters in Finance and Management from Pace University. She has contributed to the development of education to non-profit executive, business owners and government professionals. Currently, she is a Professor at DeVryUniversity, and Consultant to several for- profit and non-profit organizations.

Ms. Genia Valenzo : Spanish Teacher

Ms. Genia Valenzo

Spanish Teacher

Welcome to the Spanish Class! My name is Ms. Genia and I have been teaching for 12 years. I enjoy being a loving and nurturing teacher. The best part about teaching is watching the children learn and grow.

My goal is to motivate children to explore their high sense of curiosity and use that curiosity as teachable moments for art, music, math, language and more. Every moment throughout day can inspire a new lesson. I am very excited to be working with your children.

Ms. Erica Arias : Acting and Sance Instructor

Ms. Erica Arias

Acting and Sance Instructor

Erica Arias, started training from the age of 5; attended London Academy of the Arts (LAMDA); Pace University Acting Program, and earned a degree in Performing Arts in 2009.

Since 2001 Erica has been working as a freelance acting and dance Instructor; she has worked in theater, film and TV productions; also, modeling. Currently a Zumba Certified Instructor working for several fitness centers in Santa Clarita. Erica enjoys teaching.