Meet Our Team
Sheila Dalva-Hornback, BS
Director, Eric & Sheila Samson Family Early Childhood Learning Center
Sheila is responsible for overseeing the Eric & Sheila Samson Family Early Childhood Center programming, which includes the Aronoff Preschool, Parenting Center, Camp Yeladim, and Library. Sheila has a Bachelors degree in Business from University of Phoenix and an extensive customer service and sales background. When she is not showing off the preschool, Sheila enjoys family time, cooking, hiking, swimming, camping and an occasional lazy day!
Assistant Director, Early Childhood Learning
As a member of the Eric & Sheila Samson Family Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) management team, Jamie is the “glue” that holds the ECLC together, meeting the needs of parents, teachers and children. She is an Orange County native and has taken continuing education coursework at Saddleback Community College. She and her family lead an active outdoor lifestyle and are especially fond of our local beaches.
Ally Johnson, BA
Assistant Director of the Aronoff Preschool, Director of Camp Yeladim
Ally works closely with administrative leaders, teachers and parents to develop curriculum and teaching practices that reflect our school’s Reggio inspired philosophy and Jewish values. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies, as well as a multi-subject teaching credential from the state of California. Ally completed her education at California State University, Fullerton and has over sixteen years of teaching experience in various age groups. In her spare time, Ally enjoys going on road trips to national parks with her husband.
Before moving to the West Coast Tricia was born and raised in New York. She spent every Sunday at the JCC and Wednesday evenings in religious studies to prepare for her bat mitzvah. She currently attends Temple Bat Yahm with her family.
Tricia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Arizona State University and majored in the fields of Early Childhood Development and Sociology. Tricia has a strong background in sales and previously ran her own tutoring company. She also has 20 years’ experience working with preschool-aged children at Newport Coast Preschool and Temple Beth Sholom. Her experience in both sales and education has prepared her for her role as Director of Admissions.