Our Teachers

Hilltop is staffed by fully qualified, enthusiastic and caring professionals all of whom have extensive training and background in the field of child development, possess CPR/ First Aid Certification, and are active participants in professional workshops in order to enhance their knowledge, growth and development as teachers guiding young children and their parents.

Lynette Anderson, Director

Lynette began her early childhood career caring for children in her home-based childcare service. Moving on after many years, she received her certificate in Early Childhood Education through UCLA Extension and started teaching at Hilltop as a Pre-K teacher in 1999. In 2003 she became the school's director and has since been providing Hilltop with a unique community and child-based spirit.

Lynette resides in Fountain Valley with her husband Bob and their 3 children.

Alissa Baltodano

Alissa was a licensed childcare provider prior to her first exposure to Hilltop as a co-op parent. She was so inspired by the program that she completed her early childhood education certification through UCLA Extension. She has been a co-teacher for the last several years in both Pre-K and Co-op. As a parent of a child with special needs, Alissa brings a valuable perspective to her early childhood teaching. She also adds an artist's sense of aesthetic and deep sensitivity to Hilltop.

Alissa lives with her husband and 2 children within our local community.

Bebe Contreras

Bebe has been working with children (ages 3-14) for 20+ years. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has also received her Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Special Education Teaching Credentials from California State University Fullerton. Bebe taught Special Education classes in early childhood for 7 years before having children. She has also worked with young children with autism in their homes.

In 2011, Bebe came to Hilltop as a co-op parent and fell in love with the Hilltop Community and is now assisting in their classes.

Bebe lives in our community with her husband, 2 girls and their dog.

Malia Daguio-Silversmith

Malia spent most of her career in alternative medicine, helping others to experience and express the best of who they are physically, mentally and spiritually through massage therapy and meditation.

She began working in education when she home schooled her two nieces and furthered this work as a working parent at Hilltop 2003-2007. She found such joy and fun in working with the children that she began her new path through the early childhood education program at Vanguard University in the summer of 2007.

Malia is the mother of 3 boys, stepmother of 2 boys and 1 girl and has been caretaker and teacher of 2 nieces and a nephew. She lives in Fountain Valley and is married to her husband whom she has known since grade school.

Jalene Ellis-Weigand

Jalene has been a Preschool Teacher for 25+ years. She received her ECE Leadership Certificate from Cal. State Fullerton . Along with her ECE education, she is also a Certified Life Coach focusing on Peaceful Parenting & Communication . Jalene also received a certificate as a RIE Teacher(Resources for Infant Educators) . During her career in ECE Jalene has worked with children from the ages of 3 months-15 years. Jalene lives in Anaheim with her husband, Alan, 2 dogs, 3 cats, a bunny, and a fish .

Jennie Ivy

Jennie has been working with young children for many years. She is our true veteran early childhood educator and in 2003 she chose to bring her experience and knowledge to Hilltop. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from California State University Long Beach and also has a Children's Center Teaching Permit. Jennie has a deep understanding of young children and a gift for helping them to express their needs.

Jennie resides in Huntington Beach with her husband Mike and their 3 sons.

Tazia Aguon

Tazia is the newest member of our staff, joining the team in February of 2012. She is in the process of obtaining her certification in Early Childhood Education at Vanguard University. With the influence of her Aunt Maila, the Blossoms teacher, Hilltop has been a part of her world for 9 years. Tazia is not only a teacher in our Blossoms class, but a parent of a Hilltop student also!

Tazia lives with her family in our local community.