Faculty

Department Lead – Nursery/Toddler
Candice ThurmanCandice Thurman has been working with children for more than 10 years. Her varied experience includes working as a nanny, volunteer service in the Children’s Ministry at her home church, teaching in in the Preschool and Infant Center of a local family shelter and taking the lead as the Director of Children’s Ministries at Family Life Christian Center. Currently Candice is Department Lead for NCP which encompasses parent communication, early intervention, training and mentoring teachers, planning curriculum, and working on the environment to ensure that developmental areas are in place. Candice resides in San Jose with her husband and they share an amazing friendship and love story.
30+ units in Early Childhood Education
PITC training
Supervision and Leadership Training
Extensive Ministry Training

Department Lead: Wise Owl/Butterfly – Bldg. B
Shelly Frost has been working with children for over 25 years.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Bethany University.  Her varied experience includes working as a Elementary Extended Care Director, Preschool Teacher, Assistant Preschool Director, and Preschool Director. Her volunteer work has included activities leader and singing on the worship team for two different church singles groups, Sunday School teacher, spelunking activity leader, dog walker, and helping the homeless. Currently, Shelly is the Staff Scheduler and Transitional Kindergarten Teacher at NCP.  She attends West Gate Church in San Jose. She enjoys outdoor adventure sports, exercise, and helping people.
30+ units in Early Childhood Education
PITC training
Supervision and Leadership Training

Department Lead: Caterpillar/Ladybugs
MonaLisa LopezMonalisa Lopez has been with NCP for 4 years and holds fifteen years’ experience working with preschool children. She attended San Jose City College where she studied Early Childhood Education and Administration and continues to further her education through workshops, training and conferences. As a member of Cathedral of Faith, Mona knows the Lord’s love and faith for her is strong and her relationship with Him continues to grow every day. Mona is an active mom to three beautiful children and her heart is to “help children learn and grown into proud, successful individuals.”
26+ ECE units—San Jose City College
Certified in PITC
Certified in Creative Curriculum
Trained and Certified in DROP (Children Assessments)
Certified in “Positive Discipline” by Jane T. Nelson