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Meet the Team

Niki Tellechea director

Niki Tellechea


I have had a passion to work with children since I was a child. I started working with children in the church nursery in elementary school, and from that early age, I knew that I wanted a career in childcare and development. I went to college and got my degree in Liberal Studies and from there I continued on into the child development certificate program and ended up working my way to achieve the top certificate, site supervisor. Since 2005, I have been the director at Lighthouse, and absolutely love the privilege of helping children grow, learn, and know more about God's love for them.

Alicia Gonzales Lead teacher

Alicia Gonzales

Butterflies Teacher

I was born in San Diego, and grew up on the beautiful island of Kauai. I am passionate about family, community, and caring for young children. This passion has been apart of my life since she was a child myself. I came to Beach Chapel in 2010, and shortly there after, I started in the preschool as an assistant. I have been a lead teacher since 2012 at Lighthouse. I am very involved in the church, and serve in multiple ministries. I consider it an honor to be able to share the love of Jesus with my students and their families.

Megan Moffett lead teacher

Megan Moffett

Pre-K Bluejays Teacher

I have been teaching at Lighthouse Christian Preschool for 8 years. I am currently the lead teacher of the Pre-Kindergarten classroom. I am so thankful that I am able to speak into the lives of the 4 &5 year olds. I love being able to spread the love of Jesus to each and every one of my students in my classroom. I have two big brothers and one little sister. I currently reside in Escondido with my husband and dog Maurice. Some of my favorite things to do are going to the beach, crafting and spending time with Jesus.

Chrystin Buster lead teacher

Christyn Buster

Busy Bees Teacher

I was born and raised in a small, rural town in SoCal. I grew up riding horses, running around barefoot and catching ladybugs in mason jars. Despite my rural upbringing, I always had a feeling I would end up by the ocean. Now, after a long time of waiting, I recently moved to Carlsbad. Early on, I was always involved in serving in children’s ministry and quickly discovered my heart for teaching little ones about Jesus. Growing up, I began leading several different children’s ministries and served as a Sunday School teacher for seven years. As a Biochem major, I also studied child development and always pursued an interest in early education. Now, with several years of teaching experience, I have joined the Lighthouse Christian Preschool family, ready to teach, lead and inspire my students. Aside from teaching, I enjoy being a dog momma, daughter, reading on the beach, weight lifting, and jiu jitsu.

Wendy Walsh assistant teacher

Wendy Walsh

Assistant Teacher

I am really looking forward to all the learning and fun we will have this year! Here is a little bit about me: My husband, Johnny, and I have two boys that are 10 and 7 years old. We have a fluffy guinea pig named Buttercup and a bulldog named Cruz. When I am not here, I oversee the Junior and Senior High Youth Ministry at Beach Chapel and make sure I carve out a lot of time for fun with my family at the beach or watching a movie.

Lizzie Butler assistant teacher

Lizzie Butler

Assistant Teacher

I am so excited to meet you all this year! I have been a teacher at Lighthouse since 2020 and I’ve loved every second of it! I have always known since I was a child myself that I would be working with children so this is definitely my calling! When I was younger, I lived in lots of cool places and have seen lots of awesome things all around the country. I can’t wait to have more experiences with you all this year!

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