Meet our talented teachers

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Susan Minor

Founder, Instructor

After home-schooling her two children, this bustling and artistically gifted woman couldn’t sit still for a brief “empty nest” moment.   Susan then put her talents, energy and skills into building an Enrichment Program that would meet the needs of home-schooled and traditionally-schooled students for classes in Languages, Music, and Art. 
 

Susan is an accomplished pianist since childhood and is a member of the Music Teachers Association of California.  Many of her students participate in the annual "Certificate of Merit" program having attended language immersion school in France, Susan also teaches French Intermediate and Advanced for ages 9+.   Susan applies these skills with her semi-immersion style of instruction and includes cultural studies in her programs. After years of honing her art skills and winning 1st Place at many competitions, and studying under Alicia Garver, Susan now leads the Fine Arts Program.

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Bernadette Rigney

Lil' Sprouts Art (Virtual), Violin Instructor & Strings Ensemble Director

This multi-talented woman started her artistic career soon after birth. Bernadette spent much of her free time sketching and filling multiple sketch books with drawings as she grew up. At age 7, she started art lessons under the direction of Mariola Paini, in Orange County. Bernadette took a Pen & Ink course in our Fine Arts program and now leads our Lil’ Sprouts classes and assists in our Fine Arts Program.

Musically, Bernadette started playing the violin in 2003 at the age of 5 under the direction of Ms. Cynthia Faisst, a certified Suzuki Teacher in Orange County.  Each year, she joined over 100 children to perform at the annual Orange County Suzuki Festival. In 2012, she joined a beginners Orchestra which was directed by Ms. Marci Maynard and also became part of a stringed quartet; playing every year for the Tehachapi Farmers Market.  In 2015, Bernadette joined the Antelope Valley College Symphonic Orchestra. Since then, she has performed several times with them under the baton of Dr. David Newby.

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Colette Rigney

Piano & Strings

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Julia Minor

Piano

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Daniela Peregrina

Spanish & English as a Second Language Instructor

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Fiona Nelson

Lil' French Froglets & Piano

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Jon Weir

Guitar & Ukulele

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Tara Lebrun

Instructor, French - Beginner

Tara was born in Bakersfield, a Mom to 3 beautiful daughters she homeschools, and is married to a handsome Frenchman! She loves to share the fun and beauty of the French language by stirring those learning juices early.

 

Tara studied French in High School and College. She continues her conversational language skills as she has lived in France every summer since 2010. When not teaching or taking care of her family, Tara likes trail hikes, bicycling, painting, gardening, baking, good tea, and traveling.

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Lindsay Gang

Voice Instructor

This multi-talented woman started her artistic career soon after birth. Bernadette spent much of her free time sketching and filling multiple sketch books with drawings as she grew up. At age 7, she started art lessons under the direction of Mariola Paini, in Orange County. Bernadette took a Pen & Ink course in our Fine Arts program and now leads our Lil’ Sprouts classes and assists in our Fine Arts Program.

Musically, Bernadette started playing the violin in 2003 at the age of 5 under the direction of Ms. Cynthia Faisst, a certified Suzuki Teacher in Orange County.  Each year, she joined over 100 children to perform at the annual Orange County Suzuki Festival. In 2012, she joined a beginners Orchestra which was directed by Ms. Marci Maynard and also became part of a stringed quartet; playing every year for the Tehachapi Farmers Market.  In 2015, Bernadette joined the Antelope Valley College Symphonic Orchestra. Since then, she has performed several times with them under the baton of Dr. David Newby.

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Ashley Bruhl

Lil Sprouts Art - In-Person

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Preseda Preston

American Sign Language Instructor

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Colette Rigney

Piano & Strings

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Fiona Nelson

Lil' French Froglets & Piano

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Jon Weir

Guitar

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