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

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Voyages Preschool is growing! We have slots available in our @voyagesfromhome online program with more classes opening up every month. More growth announcements to come as 2021 continues to gift us with hope and light. ##

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The online program, Voyages from Home, allows your children to have a preschool experience from home. Classes are kept small (no more than 6 students) and taught with a live instructor through Zoom daily. Curated and sustainable materials are sent to your home each month to support the lesson plans. Learn more at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/programs/voyages-from-home-virtual-preschool/ and apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/

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We love creating messages of love with our students every day, let alone for Valentine’s Day. Many families, including our @voyagesfromhome online preschool program, will not have the classroom Valentine exchange this year. Visit the link in our bio (IG) or visit voyagespreschool.com/shop to purchase supplies for this fun and engaging creative solution to making Valentine’s Day extra special this year. ##

Voyages Preschool is a Reggio-inspired schoolhouse based in Mar Vista, California. Our small Apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/
The online program, Voyages from Home, allows your children to have a preschool experience from home. Classes are kept small (no more than 6 students) and taught with a live instructor through Zoom daily. Curated and sustainable materials are sent to your home each month to support the lesson plans. Learn more at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/programs/voyages-from-home-virtual-preschool/ and apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/

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What can you and your child(ren) discover in your home today? ##

Voyages Preschool is a Reggio-inspired schoolhouse based in Mar Vista, California. Our small Apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/
The online program, Voyages from Home, allows your children to have a preschool experience from home. Classes are kept small (no more than 6 students) and taught with a live instructor through Zoom daily. Curated and sustainable materials are sent to your home each month to support the lesson plans. Learn more at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/programs/voyages-from-home-virtual-preschool/ and apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/

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We have had so many families asking for some fun at-home Valentine's Day crafts this year. Most of the country is still learning online, and in-school Valentine's celebrations will look very different this year.

This scavenger hunt has been a huge success in our households for years, so we wanted to share it with you and your families!

Visit kit SHOP AT HOME link in bio to find out more about this amazing, engaging and hands-on way to spread the love from within your four walls.

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Voyages Preschool is a Reggio-inspired schoolhouse based in Mar Vista, California. Our small Apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/
The online program, Voyages from Home, allows your children to have a preschool experience from home. Classes are kept small (no more than 6 students) and taught with a live instructor through Zoom daily. Curated and sustainable materials are sent to your home each month to support the lesson plans. Learn more at  https://www.voyagespreschool.com/programs/voyages-from-home-virtual-preschool/ and apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/

www.voyagespreschool.com
#voyagespreschool #voyagesfromhome #reggioinspired #reggiobased #REI #privatepreschool #onlinepreschool #distancelearningpreschool #onlinelearning #privateonlinepreschool #COVIDSafeSchooling #HomeschoolSupport #HomeschoolPreschool #HomeschoolTK #TK #Preschool #UnpluggedChildhood #Homeschool
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Giving your child the freedom to create a story from their environment is a wonderful way to engage with your child and give them the encouragement to view their world in different ways. As an added bonus it will allow you to take a moment and see your world through their eyes. Give them open-ended prompts so that they can create a story and a memory to last a lifetime. If they are not yet comfortable with lettering, ask them what they think something looks like to them and have them illustrate that. It can be a physical object or it can be a feeling “What does a lizard house look like?” “What does love look like?”. We can’t wait to see what you discover through your child’s creativity!

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Voyages Preschool is a Reggio-inspired schoolhouse based in Mar Vista, California. Our small Apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/
The online program, Voyages from Home, allows your children to have a preschool experience from home. Classes are kept small (no more than 6 students) and taught with a live instructor through Zoom daily. Curated and sustainable materials are sent to your home each month to support the lesson plans. Learn more at  https://www.voyagespreschool.com/programs/voyages-from-home-virtual-preschool/ and apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/

www.voyagespreschool.com
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We have all been doing some mindfulness and restorative breathing today and wanted to take a moment to wish you all peace as we usher in what 2021 has to offer. #voyages #voyagesfromhome #voyagespreschool #wishingyoupeace #reggioinspired #reggioemiliaapproach #reggiopreschool #onlinepreschool #onlineschool #COVIDsafeschool www.voyagespreschool ...

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Thanks to all of our friends and families who understand the importance of wearing a mask and staying safe. We found this image online today and had to share: Behind the mask: A beautiful illustration of how we feel inside when we meet someone we love. <3
Image Credit: Tiziana Barbaranelli
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Posted @withregram • @voyagespreschool Who else was inspired by the Ben Franklin quote embroidered inside of @flotus @drbiden ‘s coat at the inauguration? ## Voyages Preschool is a Reggio-inspired schoolhouse based in Mar Vista, California. Apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/ The online program, Voyages from Home, allows your children to have a preschool experience from home. Classes are kept small (no more than 6 students) and taught with a live instructor through Zoom daily. Curated and sustainable materials are sent to your home each month to support the lesson plans. Learn more at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/programs/voyages-from-home-virtual-preschool/ and apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/ www.voyagespreschool.com #voyagespreschool #voyagesfromhome #reggioinspired #reggiobased #REI #privatepreschool #onlinepreschool #distancelearningpreschool #onlinelearning #privateonlinepreschool #COVIDSafeSchooling #HomeschoolSupport #HomeschoolPreschool #HomeschoolTK #TK #Preschool #UnpluggedChildhood #Homeschool ...

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We have volunteers to help us prep our monthly material boxes. Some are more helpful than others. ##

Voyages Preschool is a Reggio-inspired schoolhouse based in Mar Vista, California. Our small Apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/
The online program, Voyages from Home, allows your children to have a preschool experience from home. Classes are kept small (no more than 6 students) and taught with a live instructor through Zoom daily. Curated and sustainable materials are sent to your home each month to support the lesson plans. Learn more at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/programs/voyages-from-home-virtual-preschool/ and apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/

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Posted @withregram • @voyagespreschool What can you and your child(ren) discover in your home today? ##

Voyages Preschool is a Reggio-inspired schoolhouse based in Mar Vista, California. Our small Apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/
The online program, Voyages from Home, allows your children to have a preschool experience from home. Classes are kept small (no more than 6 students) and taught with a live instructor through Zoom daily. Curated and sustainable materials are sent to your home each month to support the lesson plans. Learn more at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/programs/voyages-from-home-virtual-preschool/ and apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/

www.voyagespreschool.com
#voyagespreschool #voyagesfromhome #reggioinspired #reggiobased #REI #privatepreschool #onlinepreschool #distancelearningpreschool #onlinelearning #privateonlinepreschool #COVIDSafeSchooling #HomeschoolSupport #HomeschoolPreschool #HomeschoolTK #TK #Preschool #UnpluggedChildhood #Homeschool @readingbarefeet
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Posted @withregram • @voyagespreschool We have had so many families asking for some fun at-home Valentine's Day crafts this year. Most of the country is still learning online, and in-school Valentine's celebrations will look very different this year.

This scavenger hunt has been a huge success in our households for years, so we wanted to share it with you and your families!

Link in bio to shop our at home crafts and find out more about this amazing, engaging and hands-on way to spread the love from within your four walls.

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Voyages Preschool is a Reggio-inspired schoolhouse based in Mar Vista, California. Our small Apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/
The online program, Voyages from Home, allows your children to have a preschool experience from home. Classes are kept small (no more than 6 students) and taught with a live instructor through Zoom daily. Curated and sustainable materials are sent to your home each month to support the lesson plans. Learn more at  https://www.voyagespreschool.com/programs/voyages-from-home-virtual-preschool/ and apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/

www.voyagespreschool.com
#voyagespreschool #voyagesfromhome #reggioinspired #reggiobased #REI #privatepreschool #onlinepreschool #distancelearningpreschool #onlinelearning #privateonlinepreschool #COVIDSafeSchooling #HomeschoolSupport #HomeschoolPreschool #HomeschoolTK #TK #Preschool #UnpluggedChildhood #Homeschool
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Giving your child the freedom to create a story from their environment is a wonderful way to engage with your child and give them the encouragement to view their world in different ways. As an added bonus it will allow you to take a moment and see your world through their eyes. Give them open-ended prompts so that they can create a story and a memory to last a lifetime. If they are not yet comfortable with lettering, ask them what they think something looks like to them and have them illustrate that. It can be a physical object or it can be a feeling “What does a lizard house look like?” “What does love look like?”. We can’t wait to see what you discover through your child’s creativity!

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Voyages Preschool is a Reggio-inspired schoolhouse based in Mar Vista, California. Our small Apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/
The online program, Voyages from Home, allows your children to have a preschool experience from home. Classes are kept small (no more than 6 students) and taught with a live instructor through Zoom daily. Curated and sustainable materials are sent to your home each month to support the lesson plans. Learn more at  https://www.voyagespreschool.com/programs/voyages-from-home-virtual-preschool/ and apply at https://www.voyagespreschool.com/apply-to-voyages-preschool/

www.voyagespreschool.com
#voyagespreschool #voyagesfromhome #reggioinspired #reggiobased #REI #privatepreschool #onlinepreschool #distancelearningpreschool #onlinelearning #privateonlinepreschool #COVIDSafeSchooling #HomeschoolSupport #HomeschoolPreschool #HomeschoolTK #TK #Preschool #UnpluggedChildhood #Homeschool
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Posted @withregram • @voyagespreschool We have all been doing some mindfulness and restorative breathing today and wanted to take a moment to wish you all peace as we usher in what 2021 has to offer. #voyages #voyagesfromhome #voyagespreschool #wishingyoupeace #reggioinspired #reggioemiliaapproach #reggiopreschool #onlinepreschool #onlineschool #COVIDsafeschool www.voyagespreschool ...

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Posted @withregram • @voyagespreschool Thank you @wildchildgym for creating this amazing and bedtime friendly (not to mention COVID safe) 20 minute celebration to help you safely countdown to the New Year at home. It even includes fireworks! Enjoy a peaceful bedtime without any child “FOMO”. The link to get the video is in their bio. #happynewyear #preschoolnewyear #bedtime #fireworks #ittakesavillage ...

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From our family to yours, Merry Christmas. As you snuggle into bed tonight, we want you to know that we are eternally grateful for all of the support you give us and the trust you have in us to make every day of your children’s lives magical. Thank you for raising such amazing humans and letting us be part of your journeys. #voyagespreschool #voyagesfromhome #voyagesfamilies #merrychristmas #besafe #behealthy #becreative www.voyagespreschool.com #fromustoyou #reggiopreschool #reipreschool ...

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