About 

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As a mother and published author to the 2 year old Mensan (refer to News/Press Page) & with 10+ years in the childcare field, Sue Athwal holds a valid Multiple Subject Teaching Credential cleared through UCLA, with a degree in Liberal Arts and Psychology, and a Childcare Program Director's Permit . As the Founder of The Modern Schoolhouse, and Co-founder of The Modern Mom & Baby, she had the opportunity to work with organizations such as Make A Wish Foundation and Big Brothers & Sisters Club, while playing in the NCAA. During her teaching career, she worked in both public and private school districts, including Pasadena, Alhambra, Compton & South Central. She also served as an NCS (newborn care specialist) and high-profile nanny to many notable families in Los Angeles for over 8 years. With innovative teaching practices and self-created curriculum, Ms. Athwal is well-known for promoting early education, and helps children reach their full learning potential. She has also privately worked with students in their toddler years, who have then qualified for Johns Hopkins Center of Talented Youth & Mensa by the age of 5, including her own daughter who was American Mensa's youngest child to join with an IQ over 145 at 2 years old. With the wealth of knowledge and demand of high-quality childcare in need, Sue became inspired to open her own location, and give back to the community.

Supporting Staff 

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Hello, Teacher Angie! 

B.A in Early Childhood Education 

CPR-First Aid Certified 

Mandated Reporter Training 

"Hi my name is Angie, I have my B.A. in Early Childhood Education. My first job was in an early head start program, where I worked as a teacher assistant for 2 years where I began my experience in working with children from ages 2-5. I then expanded my experience in early education at Anna Bing Arnold Children’s Center. Here I learned how to apply critical thinking skills, communication and creating a safe learning environment with the children. Now, working at the Modern Schoolhouse, teacher Sue has guided me to becoming an effective teacher. Through the time being here, I gained experience on leading a classroom through a set routine and providing children with the opportunity to learn during circle time, outdoor play and independent work. Furthermore, I believe in a theorist named Lev Vygotsky who believed that children can learn through scaffolding therefore working together can create effective ideas/problem solving. Moreover, I love working with young children and seeing them grow throughout their time at the school. Two fun facts about me are that I've been skydiving and I  enjoy traveling with my loved ones." 

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Hello, Teacher Patty! 

B.A in Early Childhood Education 

CPR-First Aid Certified 

Mandated Reporter Training 

"Hi, I am Patty Rodriguez. I am a proud First Generation Graduate with a B.A in Early Childhood Education. I love and enjoy working with children. Everyday is something different here at The Modern Schoolhouse! We all learn new concepts from each other and it is a collaborative environment where I felt my ideas amongst the other teachers are all heard and used. My passion has always been working with children and I always imagined having a class full of students. I have gained a wealth of knowledge while being here. Teacher Sue has been a great mentor toward my experience and growth and I look forward to continuing to creating and building relationships with the children in an setting where they feel safe and loved."