Older Toddlers &




Ms. Monica


Dear Parents:


Welcome to Country Dawn’s Older Toddler program. I am Monica Juarez Cruz and I am the teacher responsible for planning and conducting the Older Toddler program. I will be working with your child/children daily so I will get to know them very well. They will also get to know me and my assistant Ms. Stephanie that will work by my side for the school year. So, I will like to tell you a little about myself. 

I am a wife and mother of two daughters Sophia and Camila. I have lived in the area for almost 15 years after moving to the United States from Mexico where I was born and raised for 7 years. After graduating Lake Stevens High School in 2012 I started working at Country Dawn and been here ever since.  Here I have worked as a lead teacher for the school age children and have worked as Ms. Diane’s assistant for 3 years in Toddlers. I'm currently attending college to receive my CDA in early childhood. 

I am excited to have the opportunity to teach the Older Toddler program. After assisting in the Toddler room, I feel prepared with a lot of experience with this age group and cannot wait for the year to start.

I have attended a lot of workshops and classes offered at Country Dawn over the years and have completed the Washington state STARS training program. The program consisted of twenty hours of classroom training, and covered health, child growth and development, safety and child guidance.  I am also currently CPR and First Aid certified. All the workshops and classes I attend further my knowledge, present new ideas, and enhance my expertise in caring for and teaching young children.

In the Older Toddler program my goal is for your child to grow and develop, academically, physically, socially, and emotionally, at his/her own pace while maintaining a good self-image. I am sure your child will have lots of fun and learn a great deal, as will I.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Older Toddler program or your children please do not hesitate to talk to me.


 Ms. Monica




Pre-Preschool Program: 

Ms. Susie


Welcome to the Pre-Preschool Program. My name is Susie Lopez, I am pleased to say I am the new lead teacher and excited to be teaching your child this fall. I have been working at Country Dawn for the past year. I enjoy helping and teaching children and to see them progress in their skills makes me feel wonderful. I look forward to having an educational, fun and exciting year.


I am originally from Los Angeles, Ca.  I moved up to Lake Stevens last year in June because I reconnected with my first boyfriend from junior high and we quickly got married so here I amJ. My husband’s name is Gerry and I have a beautiful stepdaughter who is 12 years old.


In the 1990’s I began going to college working towards a teaching degree and worked with children for many years as a camp counselor, a teacher’s assistant for the Los Angeles School District, and for Warner Brothers Childcare. However, my career path took me a different route and I obtained my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and Science from Los Angeles Valley College and my BA in Journalism/Public Relations from Cal State Northridge. Although, most of my work experience has been in the office field, I always knew I would one day return back to working with children. In 2013, I worked as a Nanny for 1 year. In 2014, I went back to school and earned 13 credits in Early Child Development and began volunteering in two different Pre-School classrooms at Reseda Elementary School in CA. In 2015, I re-enrolled back at Cal State University for the Early Education Special Ed Program to work towards my teaching certificate. I have also completed the 30 hours STARS training and am certified in CPR, AED, and First Aid.


I enjoy working at Country Dawn and could not be more excited about my new role in the Pre-Preschool Program this fall. My main goal for the children is to ensure they feel welcomed in the classroom. During the next several weeks students will be getting to know each other, their new schedule and rules. The Program I have planned will allow each child to learn and grow in a fun and nurturing environment. The children will develop socially, mentally and physically through play and fun filled age appropriate activities. I am sure that your child will learn a lot and have a great deal of fun as will I.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to talk with me. I am looking forward to a great year and seeing you and your child in the fall.





Older Toddler Program Information Packet - Ms. Monica
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Pre-Preschool Program Information Packet - Ms. Susie
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