[Front Row] Amanda Baughman, Jana De Gange, Paige Thatcher, Heather Ehhart, Tracy Tobias, Jan Roberts,[Middle Row] Anne Bierling (Director), Jina Khachik, Nanette Brown, [Back Row] Sloan Walsh, Nicole Ravana, Paige Dunbar, Fiama Traxler
Jan Roberts – Tweens
This yearlong course is taught by 24-year LCPC Parent Education instructor, Jan Roberts. Jan graduated from Whitworth University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a teaching credential in Elementary Education. She was a teacher at Palm Crest Elementary School in La Canada for 8 years and was the “Active Parenting” instructor (a video based parenting class) for Descanso Pediatrics from 1990-1992, before joining the staff of the LCPC Parent Education program.
Over the 24 years Jan has been with the LCPC program, she has made significant contributions to the class offerings and curricula, expanding the curriculum of the PEK classes, spearheading the development and implementation of the Tween and Teen Classes, conducting Parent Ed Seasonal Crafts Workshops, and creating a Parenting College Kid’s Class–which she presently teaches through her in home parent coaching business that she has been running since 2008.
She has also taught parenting classes at Glendale Presbyterian Church and Sherman Oaks Presbyterian church and is a very popular and frequent speaker on topics such as: Family Traditions, Advent for Families, Family Lenten Celebrations and Family Issues. She is known in the community as the “Parent Coach” and writes a popular weekly column for the La Canada and Pasadena Outlook publications.
Jan is the mother of 3 grown daughters and proud grandparent of 5 grandchildren. “When teaching parents in my classes, I love the process of educating them regarding child development, of encouraging parents in the most important, yet demanding job they will ever have, and of inspiring parents to enjoy the fleeting years by having fun with their children.”
Tracy Tobias – AM Teens & PM Teens
These yearlong courses are taught by Tracy Tobias. Tracy is excited to join the Parent Ed staff after participating in the Parent Ed program for 18 years from Toddlers to Parenting your College Kids. She has been married for 28 years, survived raising three teens and is looking forward to mentoring moms through this exciting and challenging time of turning kids into adults. Her two oldest children have graduated from college and her youngest is a sophomore in college.
Tracy graduated from UCSB with a degree in Physiological Psychology and earned a Masters in Public Health from UCLA. Her professional life emphasized issues related to Maternal and Child Health, working as a prenatal counselor and a community health educator. She also worked as Project Director for a Pregnancy and AIDS Prevention program in the Juvenile Halls. She has been a professional mom for 22 years as well as an active volunteer in school and community organizations.
The LCPC Parent Ed program has been a guiding force in her spiritual and parenting journey, as well the source of lifelong friends. The support of knowing you are not alone when facing parenting challenges has filled her with gratitude and she looks forward to nurturing moms on their parenting journey.
Heather Ehrhart – Twos
The Twos are taught by Heather Ehrhart, mother of 3, married for 16 years, and participated in Parent Education 8 years.
Heather has a Masters of Marriage, Family & Child counseling from USC & is a Licensed MFT and former children’s Social Worker. She has been involved as a volunteer in the community with La Canada Schools and volunteer director of La Canada Educational Foundation. She was also President of the Pasadena Children’s Guild. At LCPC she has been Parent Ed. Board Chair and Chair of Vacation Bible School.
Heather says, “The LCPC Parent Ed. Program was instrumental in shaping me as a parent. As a new mother, I eagerly looked forward to my Parent Ed class each week where I knew I would be nurtured spiritually, while receiving invaluable parenting advice. Most importantly, Parent Ed introduced me to many of my very closest friends, and my children to theirs as well.”
Nanette Brown – New Babies, Non-Separating Toddlers & Infants
These parent-child classes are taught by Nanette Brown. She is the mother of seven, has been married for 29 years and has been an LCPC Parent Education instructor for 17 years. Nanette received her B.S. from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Child Development and taught Home Economics at Pasadena High School for 2 years before starting her family.
She is a licensed foster parent and over the years has provided a loving home for many foster children. She has also been involved in street ministry with Young Life in Armenia and continues to do work with an orphanage in Southern Sudan. For the past six and a half years, she has helped lead a church for the homeless in Pasadena’s Central Park each week, providing food, compassion and Bible teaching to all who attend. Nanette’s main focus as a Parent Educator is in fostering the bond between parent and child.
Nanette says “I love teaching Parent Ed because it is an honor to walk with parents on this life-altering journey called parenthood. I don’t think there is a higher calling than raising children.”
Sloan Walsh—Parenting Your Preschooler Family Class (0-5) & PEK (Parenting Elementary Kids)
Sloan Walsh has been teaching Parent Education Classes since 2001. After teaching in the classroom for over 15 years this transition to working with parents and families was a natural one for her. She is passionate about teaching moms and dads creative approaches to parenting through an understanding of the brain, mind, and body with an emphasis on living and loving from our whole hearts. She has been greatly influenced by the work of Dr. Daniel Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, who she has had the privilege of being trained and mentored by over the last 10 -12 years, in the area of Interpersonal Neurobiology as it pertains to parenting. Her classes place an emphasis on fostering attachment, practicing mindfulness and raising emotionally literate children. Aware that we as parents cannot give to our children what we don’t have, she promotes self nurture and the daily practices of loving ourselves through the journey of parenthood. In addition to teaching her classes at LCPC she is currently assisting Dr. Bryson at The Center for Connection in small group classes for parents facing challenges with their kids.
Sloan obtained her degree from UCSB and her credential from Cal State Northridge. She spent a number of years as an Early Literacy Instructor training teachers, working with credential programs in local universities, guest lecturing at various venues, and collaborating with parents and teachers to promote literacy in the community. She is passionate about her three kids and partnering with her husband in all their endeavors. In her free time Sloan loves to exercise, indulge in creativity and spend time with friends. Prayer, mindfulness, and gratitude are her lifelines.
Paige earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish, as well as her Bilingual, Multiple-Subjects Teaching Credential from the University of San Francisco. She spent a year studying Spanish language and culture at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain and completed an advanced degree in Multicultural Education.
Her teaching career began in Northern California and spanned almost a decade. She taught Spanish immersion classes in Kindergarten, First and Third grades. During her tenure in the Redwood City School District, she launched a very successful outreach program designed to educate and support parents, most of whom were recent immigrants to the United States.
Paige has been married for 20 years and actually found her way to La Canada through a Parent Ed class that she enrolled in with her youngest child! She was living in the San Fernando Valley at the time and made the drive each week, seeking friendship, support, advice and a loving church community. She loved it so much that she convinced her husband to make La Canada and LCPC their new home!
The mother of three children, she has kept busy over the years volunteering as Girl Scout leader, library aide, classroom volunteer and art docent. She is an elder at LCPC and has served in Outreach, Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry. Since joining the Parent Ed staff five years ago, she has been blessed by courageous and honest parents, inspirational and compassionate teachers, and the most adorable, life-giving children.
Paige says, “Parent Ed has been such a blessing to me in raising my three children. It is an honor to walk alongside these wonderful parents, giving them hope, support and understanding. I firmly believe that God created us to live in community and to share our struggles and our triumphs with one another- something that I get to experience each week when I come to class.”