TreeRing Green Yearbook School


Meet our amazing team - 2018

Veronica Cabello, M.A.


Teacher - Polar Bears & Sea Lions

Veronica is passionate educator who has been in the field of early childhood for 28 years.  She earned her Masters degree in Child Development from CSULA.  Veronica's vast experience includes managing one of the largest preschools in West Los Angeles, teaching ECE at Santa Monica College and mentoring students from various universities.  One of her greatest professional achievements has been turning a personal dream into a reality when she build Green Beginning Community Preschool from the ground up!

Since it opened its doors in 2010, Green Beginning Community Preschool (GBCP) has earned local and nationwide recognition by winning the Outstanding Green Citizenship Award in 2011 from the South Robertson Neighborhood Council (SORONC) and The Green People Planet Award in 2014.

Click here to read an interview with Veronica that was published in "Beyond the Brochure" in December 2010. 

Keone Kealalio

Assistant Director

Teacher - Bumblebees, Blue Jays & DK

Keone has over 20 years of experience in the field of early childhood education. He was recognized for his hard work, dedication, and love for children when he was nominated for and won "The Best Preschool Teacher of the Year" awarded by LAUP (Los Angeles Universal Preschool) in 2008. He is a strong believer in the development of the whole child through active learning; therefore, his methods include facilitating hands-on activities where the child learns by experiencing rather than observing. He earned his B.A. degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills.


Esbeyde Garcia

Teacher - Pea Pods & Los Koalitas

Esbeyde graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in  Education from Cal State Dominguez Hills.  She has been in the early childhood education field for over 5 years.  She is passionate about her career and enjoys creating a learning environment for children that allows the exploration and creation for new experiences.  Esbeyde speaks fluently in both the English and Spanish languages and she's looking forward to applying that here at Green Beginning by teaching in the the Spanish Immersion program.

Patti Mintz

Teacher - Polar Bears & Sea Lions

Patti graduated from California State University at Northridge in 1990 with a Bachelors Degree in Art. While in college, she worked for the los Angeles Unified School District where she brought her creativity and love of working with children together as an aide in an after-school program for elementary school children.  Through the years, Patti has continued to bring her talent in art and her love of inspiring children to her own twin daughters' preschool and elementary school classrooms. As a head room parent for 6 years, she volunteered in the classrooms, planned art projects, organized class functions, and was a leader in communication between room parents.  Patti is now continuing her love of working with children by enrolling at West L.A. College to complete her ECE Certificate.

Afton Goins is a recent college graduate from Purdue University having double majored in Early Childhood Education & Exceptional Skills and Spanish.  Afton is bright, warm, enthusiastic, and enjoys working with others and meeting new people. She balances work with a myriad of hobbies and interests, including but not limited to jewelry-making, knitting, writing poetry, drawing, painting, gardening, and cooking. She is very excited for the opportunity to be at Green Beginning and looks forward to teaching in both the Pea Pods & Los Koalitas class.


Afton Goins

Teacher - Pea Pods & Los Koalitas


Tiana Andino

Teacher - Bumblebees & Outdoor Environment

Tiana is currently attending school pursuing an Early Childhood Devlopment degree. In the past, she's taught Kindergarten through 5th grade as well as tutoring a variety of ages.  She has worked with the Girl Scouts, conducted STEAM activities and has organized cooking classes for children.  Through these experiences, Tiana is a strong believer in the development of each child's emotional intelligence.  Having worked with a variety of ages, she's come to realize that preschool is the age that suits her the best, where she's able to lay the foundation for their love of school and education



Melissa Sanchez

Teacher - Pandas & DK

Administrative Assistant

Melissa has been involved in the field of education for 7 years.  After earning her Bachelor's in Liberal Studies at CSULB, she decided to further her education in order to provide fruitful learning experiences for her future students, and to gain more knowledge as an educator. She recently graduated from USC with her Master's in Multiple Subject Education. Melissa has worked with diverse populations, non-profit organizations and in both the public and private school sectors. Melissa's passion has always revolved around supporting children and families.


Baila Baila

Music Specialist - Los Koalitas program

The Baila Baila program has been a dynamic and engaging way to introduce our children to the Spanish language through music and games. Baila Baila offers classes in many learning centers throughout Los Angeles and in the Baila Baila Studio located in Santa Monica. Created in 2010, the company has been known for their fun musical program that helps parents raise kids in a bilingual household and/or for parents who wish to teach their children a second language at a young age.