Sister Betty Mae Bienlein,
Program Director

Sister Betty May Bienlein began her career as a middle school teacher. Soon she was asked to be principal at Saint Matthias School in Huntington Park, and went on serve as principal at Saint Francis and Saint Helen schools as well. Sister served for five years as the Coordinator of Education for all 20 SND schools in southern California.

DSC_0130Sister Carol Marie Papet,
site Director and teacher

Joanna Morales, Teacher

Joanna Morales Received her Associate in Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Moorpark College in 2012. She began volunteering in her sons’ preschools and participating in an Early Start Program in 2006. She automatically fell in love working with young children. Upon graduating from Moorpark College, she began her career working as a preschool teacher for the Conejo Valley School District’s First 5 Program. Joanna Joined NDLC Preschool in 2017. She believes each cild is special and unique, and as teachers it is a privilege to help their young students discover their gifts and purpose.


jESSIE wolinsky, TEACHER

Jessie Wolinsky received her Associate Degree from Moorpark College in Child Development. Jessie has always been drawn to educating young children, and considers herself extremely fortunate to be able to do what she loves everyday! In addition to working at NDLC, she teaches yoga to elementary school children at a local after school program. Jessie also began a fundraising group in 2007 called, Jessie’s Sight Savers which raises money for the foundation fighting blindness. Jessie’s time thus far as a member of the NDLC staff, has given her so much joy- which she plans on continuing as she works with her students!


DSC_0132Sister Shirley Marie Mcgovern, Receptionist

Sister Shirley earned her M.A. in education at the University of San Francisco and received a Certificate for Child Development from Moorpark College. She served as a teacher and principal in Catholic elementary schools for 25 years. She has worked as an aide/receptionist at NDLCP for 10 years. Sister loves working with children and seeing them grow.



Erika Heckler, TEACHER

Erika Heckler holds an Associate in Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Moorpark College, and a Bachelors in Science Degree from University of La Verne. For over three years, Erika has sat on the board as Communication Chair for the non-profit organization, Ventura County Association of Education Of Young Children (VCAEYC), the local affiliate for National AEYC. One of her responsibilities, is networking and connecting with others in the field of education. Erika has a true passion for educating young children, and considers her line of work truly fascinanting. She is continuously gaining insight on implementing different methodologies within the classroom; enriching the world around her young students!