Alicia Klymishen –  Program Director

Alicia’s work with children began nineteen years ago while working in Ukrainian orphanages. That work left a lasting impression on her mind and heart and helped to lay the foundation for her mission in life: to provide rich and quality education to children from all backgrounds and walks of life. Alicia received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from UCSD and Master’s in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum at Drexel University. She has also completed a year-long program on the Reggio Emilia approach. To learn more about Alicia’s experience and mission and to read about Pomegranate Schools’ story, please head to the Our Story page!


Preschool Staff

Teresa B. – Montessori Primary Associate Teacher

After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development from Cal State University Fullerton, Ms. Teresa has spent the last 5 years teaching and has loved every moment of it. Teresa realized just how much she loves working with children after giving birth to her son and loves this field so much because she learns in a new way every day just how amazing children really are.  She is currently in the process of obtaining her Montessori Teacher Certification from the North American Montessori Center (NAMC) and is due to graduate in December. Outside of work, Teresa loves going to the movies with her son, being surrounded by family, and making sure to catch every Coldplay concert she can.

Nahid S. – Visual Arts Teacher

Nahid has had a life-long love for the arts. She attended Art School at Tehran University, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. (BA) Her teaching experience spans the last 15 years of living in her home country. Since moving to the United States in 2013, she has continued to pursue her passion for art by teaching young students private classes as well as in pre/elementary school art programs, introducing kids to art forms they might not be familiar with. Beyond artistic pursuits, she loves traveling, camping, hiking, and dancing!

Toddler Site Staff

Evelyn G. – Toddler Co-Teacher

Evelyn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on Teacher Education from San Francisco State University and her passion for educating young children is more than apparent. She has experience teaching in a Reggio based facility and brings her creativity to light while teaching at Pomegranate Schools.

Isela D. – Toddler Co-Teacher

Isela is so excited to be a toddler co-teacher at our Great Park location. She discovered after attending Laguna Technical College and Long Beach City College that teaching is her passion. Since then, Isela has worked in Montessori schools for 7 years and has loved every moment. She also has a certificate in Child Care Development. Outside of teaching preschool, you can find Isela dancing, cooking, going to the beach, and laughing with her fiance and two step-sons, who are her world.

Admin and Support Staff

Ivy C. – Administrative Associate and Performance Arts Teacher

Ivy has a BA Degree in Theatre Arts from California State University, Fullerton. She has been teaching for a few years. She has experience teaching both private music lessons and classes in the areas of English, Theatre, and Music. Ivy has taken on an administrative support role at Pomegranate Schools. Her responsibilities include organization, scheduling, parent communication, and writing of newsletters and blog posts among other things. She enjoys every minute that she is helping the children and families of Pomegranate Schools!

Maria I. – Site Licensee at 114 Cultivate location

Ivan I. – Auxiliary Support Specialis

Ivan spent many years as a professional mechanic, first as the head mechanic at a clothing factory and then as an auto-shop owner. Essentially, Ivan can fix or improve just about anything. While spending many years in this field, he simultaneously cultivated his natural gift of cooking that he is happy to share with our Pomegranate Schools family. He has been making pierogies and bread since he was 12 years old! His favorite part of the day is when children eat vegetables and run up to him to show him how much they’ve grown since eating their food.