Our Team

Paola Cervantes

Co-Founder
Executive Director
Educator

Paola Cervantes has over fifteen years of experience working with children. She began as an alumni mentor in her teens for a local community arts education program called Inside Out and proceeded to become a teaching artist to empower at-risk and underserved middle school age youth through visual arts, performing arts and media workshops. After embracing motherhood, she decided to immerse herself in the study of early childhood.

She worked as a teacher at the New School-West Preschool in 2005-2013. At NSW, she taught and worked to make learning visible, interpreted data, and created curriculum off the data collected. She has served as a mentor for interns from Santa Monica City College in their pursuit to work with young children.

Passionate about sharing the value of quality education in early childhood to the greater community, she has presented her work on using sound and music as a language to support learning at North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, consulted with Brightworks in 2011. Prior to working at NSW, she worked in Venice as a teacher at First Years Preschool. Growing up in a family learning to live with special needs and raising a son on the spectrum has motivated Paola to advocate for children of all needs. She has presented with Southern California Association for the Education of Young Children to help parents through the process and was invited to join a panel on KCET’s family resource program “A Place of Our Own” special needs episode. She worked as the Head of Early Childhood at The Exploratory and the director/ teacher of PeaPods SchoolHouse in 2013-2015. At The Exploratory, she developed curriculum for several programs with a focus on Reggio Inspired work, STEAM, and design thinking, like Preschool Tinkering, Mini-Makers Camps, and Toddler course. She studied under the Maker Ed to develop a deeper understanding of the Maker movement and facilitated various professional development workshops to help other educators throughout greater Los Angeles to incorporate this tinkering and making into their curriculum.

Paola Cervantes has over ten years of experience working with children. She began as an alumni mentor in her teens for a local community arts education program called Inside Out and proceeded to become a teaching artist to empower at-risk and underserved middle school age youth through visual arts, performing arts and media workshops. After embracing motherhood, she decided to immerse herself in the study of early childhood.

She worked as a teacher at the New School-West Preschool in 2005-2013. At NSW, she taught and worked to make learning visible, interpreted data, and created curriculum off the data collected. She has served as a mentor for interns from Santa Monica City College in their pursuit to work with young children.

Passionate about sharing the value of quality education in early childhood to the greater community, she has presented her work on using sound and music as a language to support learning at North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, consulted with Brightworks in 2011. Prior to working at NSW, she worked in Venice as a teacher at First Years Preschool. Growing up in a family learning to live with special needs and raising a son on the spectrum has motivated Paola to advocate for children of all needs. She has presented with Southern California Association for the Education of Young Children to help parents through the process and was invited to join a panel on KCET’s family resource program “A Place of Our Own” special needs episode. She worked as the Head of Early Childhood at The Exploratory and the director/ teacher of PeaPods SchoolHouse in 2013-2015. At The Exploratory, she developed curriculum for several programs with a focus on Reggio Inspired work, STEAM, and design thinking, like Preschool Tinkering, Mini-Makers Camps, and Toddler course. She studied under the Maker Ed to develop a deeper understanding of the Maker movement and facilitated various professional development workshops to help other educators throughout greater Los Angeles to incorporate this tinkering and making into their curriculum.

Kristin Sherman

Co-Founder
Pedagogista

The latest from Voyages Preschool Schoolhouse

Have a live open house with us as teacher Becca describes November’s focus! Link in comments....see you there ...

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A little at home fun that’s full of skill practice #collage #spatialrelations #preschoolactivities #covid_19 #stayathome #aqi #childhoodmemories #playislearning @krissherman ...

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Thrilled to have voyages photographed and interviewed for the LA Times https://tinyurl.com/yybuk25b This is me trying to be polite about the crappy title https://tinyurl.com/VoyagesSAYS ...

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Meet us live on Zoom and learn about our in home program. RSVP link in bio. #parenting #parents #parenthood #distancelearning #preschoolactivities #earlychildhoodeducation #homeschool #childhoodmemories #childhoodunplugged #reggioapproach #reggioemiliainspired #constructivism #handsonlearning ...

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“My son was so happy, he even said I want to go back, I don’t want to go home and he fell asleep for his nap early. He kept saying how he liked his new school and friends.” First day of school #preschool #covid19 #distancelearning #parenting #childhoodmemories #ece #teachersofinstagram #socialdistancing #essentialworkers #loveourjob #voyagesfromhome ...

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Socially distant and masked Stage 2 and essential workers’ children at preschool play with shadows outside for imagination exploration! “Ella tried to make lines using leaves to make wings for her body drawing. She wants to transform into a unicorn 🦄. The leaves kept blowing away. "I know what to do. Let's find sticks. Four on each side" #covid_19 #preschool #preschoolactivities #preschoolathome #ece #teachersofinstagram #naturelovers #lifelonglearning #imagination #powerofchildren #childhoodunplugged #childhoodmemories #mask ...

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As we face online graduations we dream of opening our doors again for a new school year - #sba #smallbusinessowner #childhoodunplugged #childhoodmemories #naturelovers #reggioemiliaapproach #reggioinspired #constructivist #seniorliving #preschoolplay #preschoolchildren #nurseryschool #teachersofinstagram #parenting ...

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We were excited to be contacted by Patch News today and represent childcare in the time of Covid_19. #exe #teachers #parents #society #marvista #smallbusiness #sba #reggioinspired #community #together ...

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The latest from Voyages from Home Virtual Preschool

We are prepping our November materials boxes and our officemate thinks the acorn tops are the greatest gift (to her) ever. We do have the cutest furry coworkers though... #voyagesfromhome #kittensofinstagram #kittencoworker ...

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Happy virtual birthday to our amazing virtual preschool teacher, Teacher Becca! To have her teach your children is to understand the true meaning of a unicorn. Her patience and ability to keep the students engaged through her Zoom classes is a sight to behold. Please join us and @voyagespreschool in wishing her the happiest of birthdays filled with giraffes (her favorite animal) 🦒 #voyagesfromhome #voyagespreschool #happybirthdaybecca ...

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We want to support your homeschool efforts with your preschool students. At Voyages from Home, we offer you daily classes, an hour of teacher-led virtual instruction, that you can then integrate throughout your day with your own lesson plans. Let us help you create the most fulfilling and rewarding program (both for your student AND for you). Included in the program is regular assessments and teacher meetings to discuss your child’s progress and ways that we can further help them thrive. Every child deserves the best education possible and we want to help you feel that you are offering them exactly that. #VoyagesFromHome #HomeschoolSupport #VirtualPreschool #HomeschoolPreschool #PlayBasedLearning #LearnPlayGrow #CuratedMaterials #ReggioInspired #REI #UnpluggedChildhood #ReferralProgram #TuitionDiscounts #ReggioBasedPreschool #HandsOnLearning ...

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Your friends are our friends! We offer a $50 off of tuition for the referring family and for the enrolling family!  We also have other financing options that we are happy to discuss with you. Don’t miss the opportunity for your child to enjoy an engaging, enriching and social/hands-on preschool experience from the safety of your own home. We are packing up the curated boxes of materials now, will you be getting one? #voyagesfromhome #voyagespreschool #discountedtuition #privatepreschool #virtualpreschool #homeschoolpreschool #discounts #sale #deals #preschoolscholarship #scholarship #referralprogram #reggioinspired #reggiobasedpreschool #reggioinspiredpreschool #REI ...

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Did you know that we cap our online classes to 6 students per class? Our teacher is able to give every student the attention they deserve and the students can interact with each other easily. We believe that building a social environment is as important as building the skills we encourage such as self regulation, empathy, delayed gratification, metacognition and so much more. Visit voyagespreschool.com to enroll today! #VoyagesPreschool #smallgroups #virtualpreschool #privatepreschool #homeschoolpreschool #selfregulation #virtualplay #architecture #storytelling #thingsthatgo #STEM @voyagespreschool ...

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Voyages Preschool is enrolling for our Virtual Preschool program now! Every month we offer a new and unique lesson arc. November’s arc is ARCHITECTURE. Imagine your child learning how to design their dream home? Building a habitat for a small animal out of polymer clay? Exploring structure and foundation with building exercises? All while enjoying a small group (max 6) of peers participating and encouraging each other under the amazing tutelage of our incredible Teacher Becca! Each class is an hour long, and we offer three different sessions per day. The students’ days are filled with activities to continue and engage in for the remainder of the day. Our Reggio-inspired program is taking off with this virtual option and we don’t want you to miss out! Enroll by October 15th to make sure you have your materials box in your mailbox in time for our first day of the November arc on November 2nd. Visit www.voyagespreschool.com or email hello@voyagespreschool.com to get your application submitted! #voyagesfromhome @voyagespreschool #reggioinspired #smallgroupsetting #enrollingnow #novemberpreschool #privatepreschool #virtualpreschool #enrollingnow #unpluggedchildhood #dreamhome #architecture #youngarchitects #learnthroughplay #smallgroupclass #preschoolpod #virtualpreschoolpod ...

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Uh oh, only 4 days left to enroll in our November Arc at Voyages from Home. Watch your children explore the many elements of architecture and the skills that brings to their toolbox. VoyagesPreschool.com to apply now! We are packing up our curated materials boxes now. Will you be receiving one? #voyagesfromhome #4daysleft #architecturelessonplan #reggioemiliaapproach #reggioinspired #reggio #reggioclassroom #virtualpreschool ...

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