Meet our Staff

Maria Rodriguez

Maria G. Rodriguez was born April 7th 1970 in Mexico. She moved to Walla Walla on Spetember of 1990. She and her husband, Hector, have four children.  Ever since she was a child she was interested in the caring for children and would offer around to babysit neighborhood children without anything in return just because she wanted to enjoy and spend time with them. 

When she moved to Walla Walla she began to attend community college to take English and classes to prepare her to work with children, which was always her dream. Maria began to work for Head start. She has been working at the Early Learning Center for about 14 years and is a bilingual teacher.

Maria believes that  working with kids is not just her job but her opportunity of happiness. It is a blessing for her to see a smile or a happy face. Maria continues to take classes at the college with the purpose of helping children in their educational and emotional development. She wants to help families feel that the ELC can be their second home. 

 

 

Leticia Dankel - Preschool/ Spanish Teacher

Leticia has been teaching early elementary and pre-school age children for over 20 years.  Her training, teaching degree, and formative teaching experience come from her home country of Guatemala and are focused on early childhood education.  Leticia believes that all children can and will learn in a nurturing environment and she has a deep love and passion for working with young children.  

Leticia was born in San Francisco, Petén, Guatemala, where she was a teacher when she met her husband Andrew who was serving in the Peace Corps. They have a son Andrés, who is in High School. Leticia became a U.S. Citizen in July 2014!

 

 

 

Sarah Jimenez - PRE K

Sarah Jimenez attended both Assumption and DeSales and graduated with the class of '99. She went on to become a certified teacher with her BA from Central Washington University with a minor in dance. Sarah has spent time teaching in both Oregon and Washington at various schools, both public and private. She began teaching the Pre-k program here at Assumption in 2011. Sarah is married to Isaiah (a.k.a. Latino Heat) and momma to four children. She is an active member of Assumption Parish. Her children attend Assumption School and the ELC. She enjoys spending her free time being active with her family and friends.                                         

Children are living messages we send to a time we will not see.

                                                                    -  John W. Whitehead

 

Rachel Naftzger - PREK Morning Assistant

Patty Danielson - PREK Afternoon Assistant

Natalie Auth - Preschool Assistant