Melissa C. Wiley
Program Director / Head Teacher
Melissa discovered her love of working with children early on. From the time she could change diapers in her mother’s home daycare she has been drawn to caring for, playing with and nurturing children of all ages.
Melissa has been a dancer all her life and has been teaching dance to children for over two decades. She moved to Santa Cruz to study at UCSC and began working with Cathy and Marty at Family Network Preschool in 2005. Inspired by their philosophy and work with families in the community she enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at Cabrillo College and eventually earned her MA in Early Childhood Education from San Francisco State University. Her thesis centered on dance and education, and her work with children often incorporates movement. Melissa is very excited and proud to be taking on a new role with Family Network and looks forward to this next chapter in her life and career.
Site Supervisor / Head Teacher
Victoria moved to Santa Cruz 20 years ago to attend the University Of California, Santa Cruz. After earning her bachelor's degree in sociology and legal studies, she began working with children and their families throughout Santa Cruz. She has several years of hands-on experience as an early childhood practitioner.
She has been described as an analytical thinker who puts theory into practice in her work with children, as well as a visionary with great creativity and passion. Consistently inspired by her 12-year old stepson and the Early Childhood Education program at Cabrillo College, Victoria has an authentic commitment to working with young children and their families. Victoria has known Melissa for 17 years, and, together, they have had many adventures and learning experiences while working with young children. Moving forward together, and continuing the legacy of Family Network Preschool, is an honor and a privilege.
Rhiannon Luz de Luna