Our parenting classes are designed to facilitate the parents’ role in their child’s growth and development within a variety of learning opportunities. They had been held in Westchester through LAUSD at Emerson Adult School since 1976, serving thousands of families, and fostering relationships that have endured for three and a half decades. We are continuing to use that model at Covenant and are proud to say that we are now enrolling the children of “children” who attended Emerson with their parents.
Teacher Ellen Barnett
Ellen lives in Westchester and is the mother of two boys. She has a BA in political science and history from the University of Iowa where she also studied education. After college Ellen worked for many years as a management and information systems consultant where she trained and worked extensively in group facilitation. Before having children Ellen returned to school to pursue her interest in emergency medicine and made a career change to become an Athletic Trainer (ATC) working with sports teams to prevent, respond to and care for athletic injuries. She continues to work in this field part-time while raising her boys. Becoming a mother, and being involved with parents and their children, Ellen’s interest in teaching was rekindled. She obtained her state adult education teaching credential in Parent Education and began teaching in the Emerson program. She moved with the program to Covenant five years ago.
Ellen loves working with parents of young children to support them in finding their own personal parenting philosophy and style. She believes that our classes provide parents with knowledge, tools and peer support to guide them in the ever-challenging, but incredibly rewarding, journey of raising children. When not working, Ellen enjoys coaching baseball, playing in the ocean, and reading, but most of all just spending time with her family.
Teacher Kathy Sultan
Kathy was born in Los Angeles. She attended UCLA where she got her B.A. in Anthropology and her elementary teaching credential. Kathy continued her education at Cal State Long Beach where she got her M.A. in early childhood education in 2010. She is currently the Director of Covenant Presbyterian Church Preschool.
She is the mother of three beautiful daughters and the active grandmother of six grandchildren.
In her “free” time Kathy likes to spin, walk, talk, read, play bridge, watch sports, and spend time with her husband and family. Most of all she feels that it is a privilege to be surrounded by a wonderful community of parents and children.
Teacher Melissa Remer
Melissa Remer lives in Westchester along with her husband, two daughters, ages 4 and 2, and son born in December. When her oldest child was 7 weeks old, she began attending the Emerson Infant Class, meeting many of her closest friends there and becoming engrossed in the local community. She continues to attend the toddler class with her 2 year old while her 4 year old attends Covenant Preschool.
Melissa received a B.A. in Economics and Accounting from Claremont McKenna College, where she took child development and child psychology classes along with her economics and accounting classes. She volunteered for several years at The Children’s School, the preschool run by Claremont McKenna College, as well as at one of the local elementary schools. After graduating and working in accounting for a year, she attended the University of San Diego School of Law where she received her J.D. Melissa went on to practice in the area of insurance litigation, most recently helping families of children with autism and special needs get insurance coverage for their needed therapies. After her first daughter was born, she decided to reduce her time spent practicing law while she raised her young children. She trained as a parent education facilitator and is now enjoying leading parent/child classes.
Teacher Kirstin Logsdon
Kirstin lives in Westchester with her husband and two children. Both of her children attended the Emerson and Covenant programs. She grew up in Oregon and received her B.A. degree from Montana State University in Motion Picture Television. She worked in Commercial Production for 7 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom.
Kirstin interned in the toddler program while also working as an aide and teacher’s assistant. She now is teaching one infant class in addition to teaching the Preschool Bunny class. Kirstin is a natural with adults and children and also contributes much support to her children’s schools and teachers.
Teacher Melissa Shepard
Melissa Shepard lives in Culver City with her husband, and three boys, ages, 8, 6, and 3. Melissa has attended the Emerson Toddler classes with her oldest and youngest son. Additionally, she has also taught the classes in between the children being at home full time. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Los Angeles in 2006.
Melissa received her B.A. in Social Work from Lipscomb University and her M.S.W. from Cal State University, Long Beach. Melissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and worked with children and families in the foster care system as well as the Department of Children and Family Services before becoming a full-time stay-at-home mom.
Melissa spends much of her time volunteering at her children’s elementary school, as well as children’s ministry program at her church. In her spare time Melissa enjoys working out and cooking. She has found great support in the Covenant Toddler Program for both herself and her children. She enjoys providing support and being able to help moms and children navigate this stage of life.