STARS Preschool

About Us: Program Staff

Jynx Lopez

Jynx E. Lopez
Owner / Director

I was raised in San Francisco Ca, where I remember playing with my five sisters on the islands on 19th Avenue. There we would create castles, forts and imaginary houses that we would live in. It is these early memories where my passion for working with children was formed. After getting married, we bought a house in Monte Rio and started our family, I currently have two grown sons and two grandsons. In order to stay home I became a family child care provider specializing in preschool. In 1996 I founded the Monte Rio School Age Center which later became the STARS Preschool Program. From 1996 to 2009 I continued my education by first focusing on my 24 child development units so that I was able to obtain my Site Supervisor permit and in 2005 I earned my bachelor's degree in Organizational Behavior which enabled me to obtain a Director's permit and expand the business to multiple sites. In 2009 I earned my Masters Degree in Education (Early Child hood Education). I have used my experience and education in my preschools with the staff and children and in the community with other directors, teachers and administrative professionals.

I have been trained by Thelma Harms and Debbie Cryer in the use of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS) assessment tool, and by Teachstone In the CLASS tool. With that training, I have worked as an independent contractor for Sonoma County office of Education doing Quality Improvement Validations. I am also a Mentor Director.


Tara Rogers

Tara Rogers
Admin Assistant

I have lived in Sonoma county for over 40 years, raised in Monte Rio and currently live in Duncans Mills, and graduated from the old Monte Rio School.

I am married and have 4 children, 3 older boys in their twenties and my youngest child has been attending Monte Rio School since kindergarten and is in the 8th grade, she also attended STARS Preschool. I am in the Parents Club and volunteer for all of my daughters field trips and have worked as a substitute Para Educator for Monte Rio School. I have a certificate for Administrative Assistant and currently work in the office for STARS Preschool. I am currently attending SRJC taking child development classes. I also work for IHSS working for the elderly.

I enjoy reading, music, working with children, animals and spending time with friends and family, I have a big heart and love to help people when I can, I have opened my home and my arms to care for several of my children's friends and some of my own.


Mel Wainwright
Family Case Manager / Food Program Manager / Office Assistant

I have worked for STARS Preschool since 2011. My job responsibilities include case management and the food program reporting. I am available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00am - 4:00pm to enroll families and answer questions you may have. I grew up in Graton and really enjoy working with the families in West Sonoma County. I enjoy meeting the children and their families and seeing the children thrive and grow in the preschool setting.


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