Staff

Lou Gruber, Director

As director of Malibu Methodist Nursery School, Lourdes “Lou” Feltraco-Gruber administers both the preschool and infant-toddler programs. Lou joined MMNS in 1998 and taught in the toddler room until her recent appointment as director. Lou holds degrees in early childhood education and education administration from UCLA. She is married to Andre Gruber and together they are the proud parents of their 10-year-old daughter Nyah.

I believe in the sense of community that we are collaborators. I feel it is important for our children and their families to connect with each other and their environment in order to build the partnership needed to achieve optimal education. Through the process of collaboration, we each can develop thoughts and ideas that can be shared. I support open communication as I believe it is essential that everyone’s voice is heard.” ~ Lou Gruber

Tatum Lyon, Preschool Assistant Director

Tatum began working with children over 10 years ago, and started at MMNS in 2015 after receiving her Child Development degree from Santa Monica College. She began working with the infants and toddlers and then was transferred to take over the Toddler Room as a teacher, and was recently appointed as the preschool’s Assistant Director. Outside of MMNS she operates her Nonprofit Organization, People Helping Children.

Silvia Leija, Infant Center Assistant Director

Silvia joined the MMNS staff in 1992, after teaching elementary school in Mexico for 18 years.  Her early childhood training is from UCLA and Ventura City College.  She has raised five children and is the grandparent of four amazing grandchildren.

Chris Johnston
Preschool Teacher
Linda Siag
Preschool Teacher
Sharine Metzler
Preschool Teacher
Cheryl MacDonald
Assistant Teacher
Sally Dunn
Assistant Teacher
Ana Ortiz
Teachers Aide
Patti Mendoza
Church/School Custodian
Julie Sturges
Teachers Aide

Teri Sturges
Substitute Teacher
Roberto Ortiz
School/Church Maintenance
Sandy Liddell
MUMC Pastor
Alicia Eskigian
School’s Support
Lauren Parmaul
School’s Support
Dom Buehrer
Office Administrator
Diane Malecha-Urban
Accounting