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Our Team

Our professional team is comprised of talented educators, successful business leaders and early childhood education experts committed to nurturing and preparing youngsters for future success. It is our goal to make learning fun and cultivate confident, happy, and healthy children. We believe in a positive energy that inspires the imagination and offers an exceptional experience for our team, our families, and our students.

Our teaching staff meets the requirements for fully qualified teachers with Community Care Licensing. Many of our teachers exceed this requirement and have a B.A. in Child Development and many years of experience working with young children. Our staff receives ongoing professional development on different aspects of child development, including up to date research on quality care and education. Our staff also receives training in Pediatric First Aid, CPR, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) prevention. All staff are cleared by Community Care Licensing. They have passed fingerprint clearance with the Department of Justice and the FBI and have provided proof of inoculations required by the State.

FSA’s family-focused preschool centers are unlike any other early childcare and education organizations. Our approach is “evolutionary”… built upon the spirit of forward thinking, creativity, and communication to continuously strive to be the best at what we do. We believe in challenging our staff members to “think outside the box” and we, constantly, invest in our teachers and their own professional growth with in-service training including safety, philosophy, curriculum, and the best process standards we have embraced. As Full STEAM Academy ambassadors, our staff shares a vision to instill a love of learning in our youngest community members.

Our Corporate Team

Doug Quiroz

“I’ve always been drawn to service that betters my community… Our commitment to creating atmospheres and environments where our children will have innovative, creative and playful opportunities to learn is very important to me. With my leadership, we will provide a progressive curriculum framework that meets the needs of our children in their first five years while establishing an academic foundation that will benefit the children of our community throughout the informative years.”

Doug Quiroz, CEO, Full STEAM Academy

Service. Commitment. Leadership. Qualities Mr. Quiroz embodies and has shared throughout his successful career in business and property development. As President of CEMO Commercial, real estate and brokerage firm, his skills in negotiation, oversight, and strategic marketing have been sought out in all phases of the project management lifecycle. However, it is his personal relationships and his ability to forge partnerships that has contributed to CEMO’s outstanding production of pre-school facilities that provide infrastructure to childcare and educational organizations in our community.

Mr. Quiroz has been instrumental in the development of the existing property that is known as The Learning Experience and it is with this pride of ownership that Mr. Quiroz has invested his leadership skills and personal commitment to position Full STEAM Academy for success.

In addition to the resources he has at hand, Mr. Quiroz has assembled a team of industry experts, educational consultants, and experienced instructors to fulfill his mission to create an innovative and imaginative place for children and their families to explore and excel. He is pleased to introduce Full STEAM Academy and establish its presence as a leading care and educational powerhouse to serve the needs within the community he calls home.

Mr. Quiroz has resided in the Folsom area for almost 20 years and currently, serves as volunteer Operations Manager for Folsom’s West Coast Zags youth basketball program and the Folsom High School Girls Basketball program. Doug Quiroz is a United States Army Veteran, husband and father of two daughters that enjoys the outdoors, mountain biking and music.


Tim Quiroz, Executive Director of Curriculum, Full STEAM Academy

With a Masters degree in education, Tim brings over thirty-two years classroom teaching experience including three years as an elementary school principal and sixteen years as a national CK Licensed Professional consultant with Core Knowledge Foundation. He has trained administrators, classroom and special area teachers at all grade levels PreK-8 at public, private and charter schools in rural, urban and suburban neighborhoods both nationally and internationally. Tim has been instrumental in developing FSA’s curriculum, using pedagogy expertise to infuse STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) into the Core Knowledge PreSchool Sequence and Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA). We are thrilled Tim will be sharing his knowledge and experience as a member of our Academy as he works with our Corporate team to build exciting adventures in education that will offer our children excellent opportunities for learning and growth.


Pamela Van Parys, Corporate Director of Early Childhood Education, Full STEAM Academy

“Early childhood education is research based and ever-evolving as new brain research unfolds. My work with children is driven by current development research as well as the fundamental need for each child to be in a loving, secure relationship with their caregiver. This is critical to each child’s development and helps a child reach their full potential…cognitively, socially, physically, and emotionally.”

Pamela’s career in early childhood education has engaged her passion to build
high- quality preschool programs for over twenty-five years with experience as a teacher, caregiver and administrator. In her role at FSA, she will provide operations oversight, training, and technical assistance to our Academy Directors while sharing her skills and knowledge in nurturing children to Kindergarten readiness.

 

Pamela has a BA in Human Development, specializing in Early Childhood Education with professional designations including:

  • Program for Infant Toddler Care Certified Trainer (PITC)
  • Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale Evaluator
  • Professional Growth Advisor, California Child Development Training Consortium

Pamela has been married for over 40 years and is mother to four grown children with five grandchildren. She enjoys hiking, reading and gardening. She is a nature enthusiast who has made it her life work to create an environment to give children a sense of wonder at the natural world. Her yard is a Certified Wildlife Habitat where one might find eco-friendly and water conscious indigenous plants, pet chickens and rescued Box turtles.


Michelle Roe, Director of Communications, Full STEAM Academy

Michelle brings over 25 years of marketing, public relations, and advertising expertise to the FSA team. Her career includes agency, consulting firm, and independent project development for clients that hail from various industries from around the globe.

As Creative Director for a multi-national organization she utilized her skills in media relations and communications to provide clients with professional guidance. She has built upon each experience to continue to lead with her knowledge of the creative process while actively developing and implementing results-driven strategies.

Michelle is a published writer and has contributed to various magazines including Folsom Telegraph newspaper, Folsom Style Magazine and Palm Springs Life Magazine. She is, also, well versed in special events coordination, philanthropic fundraiser management, professional fashion show production, and artistic direction of magazine photo spreads.

A graduate of the University of California, Davis, Michelle resides in El Dorado Hills with her two daughters and husband of 25 years. She enjoys hiking, reading, cooking and volunteering in her community. Michelle was involved in developing an early multi-media program for Sacramento State University Continuing Education Outreach Program and has served as a Founding Board Member for, both, the Murer House Italian Cultural Center as well as Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre of Folsom.

Her love of children allows her to continue to support philanthropic endeavors dear to her heart as well as support her own children’s passions. Michelle wants to share her purpose for bringing awareness to the importance of early childhood education and care as a critical component to impacting the lives and future of our littlest community members.


FSA Folsom Preschool Director

Le Taunya Terrell, Director, Folsom

Le Taunya has spent the past 10 years dedicated to establishing a nurturing foundation for children to inspire a life-long love of learning. She is passionate about helping children develop to their potential and she is driven by the chance to witness the sense of wonder in children. Le Taunya is a fully qualified teacher and Director with the State of California and continues to model a commitment to fostering the pursuit of knowledge by furthering her education in child development.

In addition to advocating for quality care and education, she wishes to instill a sense that mindfulness and the development of one’s mental, emotional and physical well-being is an important goal for the future success of children. Le Taunya would like to share this philosophy with the “tiny humans” in her care by giving them tools to communicate and further express themselves. Her vision for FSA Folsom also includes a strong team community that supports the growth and development of students, families and faculty members.

Le Taunya is an avid reader and enjoys exploring undiscovered musical artists. She is also an outdoor enthusiast with a connection to nature’s gifts, taking every opportunity to hike, kayak, raft, float, and camp…especially with her beloved Bulloxer dog, Kylo.


Nancy Kelly, Health Consultant, Full STEAM Academy

BS, Nursing and Public Health Nursing, University of San Francisco
MS, Health Administration, St. Mary’s College

While Nancy’s experience includes tenures at UCDMC and Tricare Health Services, she has spent the past 15 years in case management for Sutter Medical Center Sacramento. She has worked in all areas of the hospital including ED, Pediatrics, High Risk Maternity, ICU, and Medical Surgery.

Nancy states, “I am passionate about connecting with my patients and families to influence positive health outcomes.” She adds, “I look forward to working with the staff at FSA to promote healthy lifestyles as well as advise on health care issues that may arise.”

In addition to her dedication to medicine and care, Nancy is a family oriented, mother of 3 that enjoys reading in her spare time. She has lived in Folsom for 20 years and served her community as a volunteer school nurse for St. John’s Notre Dame School as well as a Girl Scout Leader for 10 years.