Multilingual Ed

Alison Michel-Hall
Job Title:
Sr. Director of Education
Bio:
Alison Michel-Hall has been working in the early childhood education field for over 35 years with over 20 years at Catalyst. She demonstrates a strong commitment to developmentally appropriate practices and has worked in multiple positions over the years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies. She currently holds a Life Children’s Center Supervisory Permit and is a graduate of Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC). She continued her education throughout her career including specialized trainings such as: infant/toddler programming and care, special needs, adoption/foster care, anti-bias education, early language and literacy development, emergent curriculum, preschool programming, HighScope, Reggio Emilia practices, accreditation, school age programming, supervision/management, facilitation methods, Desired Results, Teaching Pyramid, trauma informed care, cultural competency, multi-lingual learners, responsive feedback, and effective coaching/mentoring.
America Angeles
Job Title:
Site Supervisor
Expertise:
Bio:
America has been working in the Early Childhood Education field for over 28 years. Coming from a long line of educators, America feels like it is in her blood to be an educator. She has an AA in Early Childhood Education and is working on a BA in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Trauma.

America was born in Mexico City and came to the United States at the age of 5. Dual language learning is a passion of America’s. She also uses her expertise in translating documents and serving as an interpreter during parent/teacher conferences and/or any parent meetings.
Jennifer Escamilla
Job Title:
Center Manager
Bio:
Jennifer is the Center Manager for the Port Hueneme sites (Fred Williams, Hueneme, and Haycox) and has over 13 years of leadership and supervisor experience. She has worked for the organization for 17+ years and has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, a master’s degree in Education and currently holds a Program Director Permit. Jennifer is the Co-Chair of the Ventura County Local Planning Council, Camarillo and the current Chair of Public Policy of CAAEYC. Jennifer also supports Dual Language strategies for our agency by collaborating with California State University at Channel Islands University.
Job Title:
Program Quality Manager
Bio:
Lizelle Wulff has been working for Catalyst Family Inc. as a Program Quality Manager for the past three and a half years. She supports the program quality improvement of the Oxnard/Ventura region. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland, she had years of experience as a K-3rd grade classroom teacher and Reading/Math intervention teacher in Maryland, Florida, and California. One of Lizelle’s passions is supporting Multilingual Learners, so she pursued a graduate degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Nova Southeastern University. Lizelle transitioned back into the Early Learning and Care field by being a Site Supervisor for a California school district’s preschool program that had a combination of both Head Start and State Preschool classrooms. During that time, Lizelle completed an Advanced Core Certificate in Early Childhood Education with UCLA Extension. Since joining the agency, Lizelle has also become a Certified Trainer for the Program for Infant-Toddler Care (PITC). She was an instructor for the Dual Language Learner Professional Development Project courses at California State University Channel Islands, which equipped current early educators with the skills needed to support dual language learners in early care programs.
Mariana Bosch
Job Title:
Program Director
Expertise:
Bio:
Mariana has been working in the Early Childhood field for over 25 years in nearly every role; Toddler Teacher, Preschool Teacher, School Site Facilitator, Site Supervisor, and as a Program Director. Currently she is a Program Director for Catalyst Kids in our South region and supports our toddler, preschool and before and after school age childhood programs.

Mariana holds a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from CSULB, as well as a post-graduate diploma in Education from Institute of Education- ORT University. Additionally, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood from the University of the Republic of Uruguay.