Leadership

In the end, the most important part of any school is its people. Turtle Rock is made up of a remarkable group of caring, creative and gifted teachers and staff. Each member of our leadership team is here not only because they are incredibly talented, but also because they are deeply passionate about early childhood education and having a positive impact on young lives.

Our Leadership Team

Maajed Abahusayn

President & Owner

As President & Owner of Turtle Rock Preschool, Maajed Abahusayn oversees the overall operations and strategic direction of the school. Mr. Abahusayn takes pride in advancing the already excellent reputation of the school since acquiring it in 2006. He is at school regularly, interacting with staff, administration and families at school functions.

A lifelong Irvine resident, Mr. Abahusayn is proud to call Irvine home. He and his wife, Tahaane, have two young children: Carolina and Raif.

Mr. Abahusayn, having attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of California at Irvine, has a background in management, business development, and information technology. He is also actively involved in a number of non-profit and education related boards and committees.

Patricia Abahusayn

Administrator

Patricia’s interest in education was passed down from her mother. She grew up surrounded by discussions about children, teachers and education as her mother was a principal for over 25 years in Tucson, Arizona. Patricia graduated with a BA in Education from the University of Arizona. She has taught both elementary and high school children, both domestically and overseas.

Patricia has three children, six grandchildren (one currently attending Turtle Rock Preschool), and is happy to be in a work environment that involves children. The owner of the school, Maajed Abahusayn, is Patricia’s son. As Administrator, she enjoys meeting with parents and working with the teaching and administrative staff to ensure Turtle Rock provides the best early learning experiences possible for each child. Patricia has traveled and lived around the world and is especially pleased at the diversity of both the families and staff and is committed to providing the children an enriching and culturally diverse education.

Kristen Bold

Director of School

Kristen was selected as the Director of School in 2014 and brings over 20 years of experience in early childhood education. She joined Turtle Rock Preschool as Assistant Director in 1996 and became the school’s Program Director in 2005. She started her career in the classroom as an infant teacher and received her BA in Child Development and Family Studies from California State University Long Beach.

Kristen is a respected professional who cares deeply for young children and their development. Her two boys, Kenny and Kory, are both alumni of the school and Kory still returns each year for the Summer Camp program. Kristen enjoys watching her boys’ play many sports, spending time with her family & friends and cuddling with her 2 little pups, Lexi and Bebe.

Francesca Chemberlen

Curriculum Director

Francesca joined Turtle Rock in 2002 as a teacher, and became our Accreditation and Curriculum Coordinator in 2006. She was appointed as the school’s Curriculum Director in 2014. Her primary focus is the design, implementation and coordination of curriculum throughout our programs. She is also responsible for maintaining our NAEYC Accreditation standards, and led our successful renewal initiatives in both 2007 and 2012.

Francesca has a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis on Social Work from Concordia University in Irvine. Additionally, she maintains a degree in Early Childhood Development from Lewis Clark State College in Idaho. She loves to spend time with her husband and children, Paisley and Hayden, visiting places around California; often traveling to Boise, Idaho to spend time with family. She is passionate about Belgian Malinios and has two; Surr and Thorn.

Crystal McNamara

Assistant Director of School

Crystal has been at Turtle Rock for over sever years, starting as a teacher in our preschool program. She graduated in 2011 from California State University, Long Beach with her Masters in Early Childhood Education with the desire to serve families in an administrative capacity.

Crystal is married and resides in Rancho Santa Margarita. In her free time, Crystal enjoys interior decorating, taking photographs and spending quality time with her husband and daughter, Tatum. She also loves eating at her family’s local pizza restaurant. Crystal lived in Hong Kong for six years during her youth and still enjoys traveling to Asia and learning about new cultures. She feels fortunate to be part of the Turtle Rock family and enjoys the diversity that exists within the school.

Jasmin De La Cueva

Assistant Director of School

Jasmin began her career at Turtle Rock as a Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Teacher in 2006. She began working in our elementary-age Summer Camp program in 2013 and became our Camp Coordinator the following year. She was promoted to Assistant Director of School and Event Coordinator in 2017.

As a student at Santa Ana College, she became fascinated with the development of children and the different theories of the field. After graduating with an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts, she then continued her education and graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Studies, with an emphasis in preschool-aged children. Jasmin’s passions include baking and creative crafts as well as spending time with her husband, family, and dogs.

Jamie Grantham

Business Manager

Jamie joined Turtle Rock in 2015 and has been involved in private and independent school administration for over 10 years. As Business Manager she is responsible for all financial matters at the school, and is the school’s accountant. She find’s tremendous joy in working with children and families. Jamie taught physical education to middle school students for two years, and discovered a love for teaching athletics to young girls.

Jamie has three children and resides in Huntington Beach. She enjoys any activity that takes her outside, and has a special passion for triathlons. Jamie also loves to read, travel and volunteer for the Challenged Athletes Foundation – which provides opportunities and support to people with physical challenges.