Faculty and Staff

Educational Director: Joanna Port

Joanna Port has a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Education.  In the past she has worked as a child and family therapist, an elementary school teacher, a parent consultant and as the Executive Director of Parents Education League of Los Angeles.  Joanna lives in Santa Monica with her husband and four children. Joanna and her children are alumni of Crestwood Hills.  On a tour of our school you will meet Joanna and hear about the educational philosophy of our school. 

Administrator: LaDeana Satriano

LaDeana Satriano supports the administrative and fiscal aspects of the school. She attends meetings of the Parent Board and is a non-voting member of the Board and of the Executive Committee. She is in the office Monday through Thursday. LaDeana is a former Crestwood Hills Preschool parent. When she was a Crestwood parent, LaDeana served as treasurer for six years. She has been our Administrator since 1997. She is the mother of two grown children.

Teachers:  Judi Ameliorette, Cary Berg, Katisha Jasper, Kriss Ziemer, Parvin Tavakoli, Kirsten Campisi, Douglas Rossdanson, and Karen Biers. Judi Ameliorette is also the Assistant Administrative Director of the school. Substitute and Parent and Me Teachers: Nancy Zelon, Zev Glassenberg, and Diana Monaco.

Our preschool teachers have a wide range of teaching qualifications—many years in the classroom and at Crestwood, early childhood education certifications, undergraduate and graduate degrees. Their education goes above and beyond the state minimum requirements of early childhood education. Kriss, Cary, Karen, Susan, Diana, Kirsten, and Nancy are also former Crestwood Hills Preschool parents. 

Ronna Dragon is our weekly music teacher.