All staff members of Building Blocks Christian Academy are dedicated to providing excellent education to the children in their care. The director and teachers meet the proper requirements of the state of California in early childhood education. This includes being well trained in areas of preventative health and safety practices. Teachers and staff at Building Blocks Christian Academy make it a priority to understand the development of young children. In this way, we are able to provide a program that reflects the developmental level of each child, enriching the child’s life with valuable educational experiences.
Kaylen Orr – Director and Teacher
Kaylen has been with Building Blocks Christian Academy since its start. She was hired in July 2013 to open the preschool. Before accepting the position at Building Blocks, Kaylen was lead teacher and director for four years at Ascension Lutheran Preschool in Escondido, California. Kaylen graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. She double-majored in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. In addition to meeting state of California early childhood requirements, Kaylen holds a teaching license in the state of Minnesota with certifications for grades K-6, and a specialty in Social Studies grades 5-8. Kaylen is excited to help Building Blocks Christian Academy continue to grow and provide a loving, nurturing environment which maintains its high standards in excellent education.
Sarah Kuznicki – Teacher
Sarah was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. She recently graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota with an Early Childhood Education Degree. She completed internships in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and at the Early Childhood Learning Center in New Ulm, Minnesota. Sarah also holds a Minnesota teaching license. She was assigned to teach at Building Blocks Christian Academy in May 2015. Sarah looks forward to starting her career and to learn and grow as a new teacher with Building Blocks Christian Academy and with the children.
Sarah Gabb – Teacher
Sarah has lived in Los Angeles since 2007. Sarah has brings a wide variety of experience to our staff. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Martin Luther College, and has completed additional coursework in Early Childhood Education. Sarah has taught ESL courses in both New York City and Los Angeles and sixth grade in Wisconsin. In addition to her teaching credentials, she also brings her experience from raising her own three children, as well working with young children in a variety of volunteer settings.
Sarah Rautenberg – Teacher
Bio coming soon!
Juely Moreira – Teacher’s Aide
Bio coming soon!
Gina Orlandi – Teacher’s Aide
Gina was born and grew up in a small town in Northern Italy and moved to Los Angeles in 1996. She attended the University of Milan in Italy earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with minors in German Language and Literature. Presently she has been working on completing her studies in Early Childhood Education at Santa Monica College. Gina has been working as a teacher in both Italy and the United States for over 20 years. Her specialty and passion is working with young children. She and her young daughter live in Beverly Hills.
Steven Gabb – Pastor, Gethsemane Lutheran Church
Pastor Steven Gabb, his wife Sarah, and their three children – Adia, Alexandra, and Anders – have been at Gethsemane since 2007. They enjoy meeting and getting to know our Mar Vista neighbors, and look forward to partnering with the families in our community.