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San Marcos Teachers

ECELS San Marcos Teaching Team

Room 1 – Infant Program (6 months – 18 months)

Master Teacher

(Room currently closed)


Room 2 – Toddler Option (18 months – 36 months)

Master Teacher

Sari Morris
760-744-1150 Ext. 3380

I have worked at Palomar College since 2005 when I started working part-time with the 3-year olds. I have also worked with our 4 and 5-year olds. From April 2014- June 2019,  I was the Master Teacher of the toddler class in Room 2. I am excited to work with infants now in our new infant program.

I have three AA degrees from Palomar College: Child Development, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Psychological and Social Services. Additionally, I have earned a Certificate of Achievement in American Indian Studies.

I enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom with my own two children, and now continue my work with children at Palomar: preparing an environment where they can explore and discover with all their senses and keep on learning at their own pace.

When I’m not working, I enjoy weight lifting, especially kettlebell sport, baking, cooking, and dancing Finnish and other Scandinavian folk dances. I also like to volunteer at the Howard Brubeck Theatre here on campus.

Room 3 Master Teacher
Carol Adams
760-744-1150 Ext. 3381

I have worked at the ECE Lab School since 2004. I went through the Child Development Program at Palomar College and obtained my AA in Child Development, as well as 3 certificates in Child Development. I decided to go back to school to further my education in 2008, and I obtained my BS in Social Science with a concentration on children. I have a son who was born in 2012 and we enjoy spending time in sunny San Diego at the beach, park, and local amusement parks. I feel I can go to work every day and enjoy the children in my classroom who encourage me to look at things in a different way. These children are the future and I enjoy watching them grow and develop.

Room 4 Master Teacher

Shelbi Morales
760-744-1150 Ext. 3476

My name is Shelbi Morales. I have been working at the Lab School for the last 10 years. I love it here and cannot imagine working anywhere else. I have my BA in Early Childhood and a Site Supervisor Permit from the State of California Department of Education. I have been the lead teacher at the Escondido site and I am very excited to start my new journey at the San Marcos campus. When not at work I enjoy spending time in the desert with my fiancé and our son.

Room 5 Master Teacher

Sylvie McCann
760-744-1150 Ext. 2576

My name is Sylvie McCann and I am the master teacher in room 5. I am from Belgium and have lived in San Diego for about 20 years. I have two daughters in their twenties. I have been working with children from 18 months to 5 years old at Palomar College since 2004. I have my AA in Child Development and my Bachelor in Science of Human Services.  I really enjoy working with children and truly believe that preschool is very important for the development of the whole child.

 Room 6 Master Teacher

Nahla Yakzan
760-744-1150 Ext. 3379

Hello, my name is Nahla Yakzan. I love working with children and seeing them learn and grow in a fun and relaxed environment. I love my job and find it very rewarding to be with the children every day.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development and I have been working with children for eighteen years, eight of which have been at the ECE Lab School. I like art, music, cooking, and gardening and try to bring my experiences in these areas to the classroom and encourage the children to be thoughtful and creative. I live with my family in San Diego and I enjoy the outdoors, especially hiking and walking on the beach.

Room 7 Master Teacher

Rachel Thompson
760-744-1150 Ext. 2579

I have been working at the ECELS since 2011 and couldn’t see myself anywhere else. I absolutely enjoy working with children and have been since I was 13 years old. I started as a volunteer, helping out in a small local child care center, then became a nanny shortly after as I got into high school. I received an AA in Child Development and General Studies with an emphasis in Special Education. I recently graduated from CSUSM, with a Bachelors of Art in Child and Adolescent Development. Last year I incorporated sign language into the classroom and will be continuing to do so this year.  I love going to the beach, camping, and going on road trips to Texas (my favorite place in the world!) or anywhere else.

Room 8 Master Teacher

Martha Cortes-Rodriguez
760-744-1150 Ext. 3376

I have been working for the ECE Lab School at Palomar College since 2010 and I have my BA in Human Development, concentration in Children Services as well as my AA as a Preschool Teacher. I also hold my permit as Program Director and I am certified as a Mentor Teacher.

I enjoy working with parents and helping them understand the importance of Socialization, Self-regulation, love, and interest in Literacy and Math activities and Physical Development that are focus areas for our center.

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