Early Childhood Autism Education Associates
William received their bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Cal State Fullerton. They continued their education in early childhood education and aspire to obtain a Master of Social Work. For the past seven years, William has worked with children 0-5 years old in multiple capacities: teaching English abroad, serving at-risk families experiencing crisis and most recently, working as a behavioral therapist for children with developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders. During their spare time, William enjoys swimming and traveling.
Tayler received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood studies with a concentration in early childhood intervention from California Baptist University. She has taught preschool for more than four years. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching the cheerleading team at the University of California Riverside, shopping and working out.
Early Childhood Teachers
Gabriela Padilla (Lead Teacher)
Gabriela earned her bachelor’s degree in child and adolescent development at Point Loma Nazarene University. Throughout her education, she began volunteering and working for programs for children, adolescents and families coping with the challenges of a variety of medical conditions. She enjoys creating meaningful experiences for children and families with the goal to identify and support their needs. Prior to coming to Alexa’s PLAYC, Gaby worked at Father Joe’s Village as an infant specialist, working with families experiencing homelessness, and as a toddler teacher at a small play-based community preschool in North Park. During her down time, she spends time volunteering, decorating her studio, running by the beach and spending time with family and friends.
Kathy received a Bachelor of Science in deaf studies from World Evangelism Bible College. Afterward, she interpreted for Goodwill Industries as an advocate for the deaf. Later, she continued her education, focusing on early childhood studies, at Mt. San Jacinto College in Menifee. Kathy has worked with preschool children for 20 years. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, movies, baking and sketching.
Rubina graduated with her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in elementary subject matter from California State University San Marcos. She has been teaching students in different learning environments for over eight years but has found a passion in teaching preschool. Rubina feels that it is beautiful and rewarding to witness the growth of knowledge and capacity students have at a young age in early education. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking, camping and hanging out with her two dogs: Bella and Buster.
Felicia earned her bachelor’s degree in child development from Humboldt State University. She has more than 10 years of experience working in a play-based preschool setting. She is excited to incorporate all her knowledge and experience into her role as a preschool teacher here at Alexa’s PLAYC. During her spare time, Felicia likes to spend time with her family, enjoys cooking and being outdoors.