Clever Endeavors preschool and kindergarten in Orange, California

Clever Endeavors
Early Care & Education, Inc.

491 North Hewes Street
Orange, California 92869
Facility #304370506
(714) 639-6233

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A happy student

Offering young children an exceptional early childhood experience

Meet Our Staff

Jamie Michaels, Owner/Director

Jamie Michaels Jamie's boys

Jamie Michaels is the owner and director at Clever Endeavors Early Care & Education, Inc. She has owned and operated the school since 1992. After the birth of her sons, she left the steel industry to open the school and pursue a career that afforded her the opportunity to spend time with her children. Jamie attended Fullerton College and earned an Associate's Degree in Child Development. She continued her education, earning her Bachelor's Degree in Business with a focus on Organizational Management as well as a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis on Leadership in Early Childhood. She holds her Child Development Program Director Permit through the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing, which fulfills requirements for teaching as well as directing two sites. Jamie's two sons were her inspiration for opening Clever Endeavors, and she thoroughly enjoys managing the daily operations of the school.


Amanda Rounds

Marcie Goldfarb

Amanda found her calling while taking a high school elective for preschool teachers. The class prepped her in many ways for working in the field, but she did not fall in love with teaching until she stumbled upon a local preschool looking for afternoon teachers. She applied immediately and has spent the years since exploring and expanding her role as a teacher. Amanda continued her education at Saddleback Community College and Santiago Canyon College, and is currently attending Ashford University pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies.

Some of Amanda’s other passions include cheering for the Angels, hanging out with friends, and spending time with her mom, dad and younger sister.


Christina Boediarto

Christina graduated from California State University, Fullerton in May 2011 with her Bachelor's Degree in Child and Adolescent Development. She went on to complete the multiple subjects credential program as well. Christina holds a Child Development Teacher Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Christina grew up surrounded by her mom's family and having 30 cousins of all ages. She loved to play school with them. In high school she realized she liked teaching children, so started volunteering in Sunday school and babysitting children around her neighborhood. When she began college, she was hired as a 2-year-old teacher at the CSUF Children's Center and later continued to work in the field at another area preschool. Christina started at Clever Endeavors in August 2012 in our 4-year-old classroom. She loves children and loves how they teach her as much as she teaches them. For fun, Christina enjoys spending time with her family, friends and boyfriend and doing lots of fun ‘under the sun' activities. Her favorite things to do are lounging around the pool and shopping. She still loves babysitting when she has free time.

Christina Boediarto

Cynthia Dow

Cynthia Dow

Cynthia Dow realized her passion for children when she took an introduction to child development course in college. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Child and Adolescent Development with an emphasis on Family and Community Settings and with a minor in Psychology. Cynthia began interning at Clever Endeavors Early Care & Education, Inc. in the Spring 2012 semester. Upon completing her internship, she was offered a position as a teacher's aide for the 2's and 3's. She currently works as a co-teacher for the 3's and 4's. Her future aspirations are to become a child counselor and work with children all around the world. For fun, Cynthia enjoys reading, hiking and hanging out with family and friends.


Karina Alejo

Karina Alejo is the three-year-old teacher at Clever Endeavors Early Care & Education, Inc. and has been a teacher at Clever Endeavors since we opened in June 2006. Karina is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Adolescent Development with an emphasis on Early Childhood. Karina is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Social Work at CSULB. Karina holds a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and has been working in the field for ten years. Besides teaching, Karina loves to spend time with her nephews Andrew, Eli and Izzy. They love going Disneyland together and riding the Buzz Lightyear ride!

Karina Alejo

Rachel Rosenthal

Rachel Rosenthal

Rachel Rosenthal is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton, University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Adolescent Development with an emphasis in family and community. She is currently attending Vanguard University for her Masters in Clinical Psychology. Rachel has always had a love for children and began volunteering at a very young age. She strives to make a difference in the lives of children and their families. Rachel has worked in nonprofit and school settings with infants through adolescents. Her future goals include opening a nonprofit for families in need. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends cherishing life’s little moments. Rachel holds a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.


Sarah Shawesh

Sarah Shawesh is a graduate from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Adolescents studies, with a focus on Early Childhood Development and a concentration on Language and Literacy. Additionally, Sarah has earned her Master's Degree in Human Development. Sarah holds a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Sarah started working with young children in a church nursery about 13 years ago. That experience led to her love of the early childhood field. Along with studying the field, Sarah has worked in classrooms of all ages; infancy through kindergarten. Sarah joined the Clever Endeavors Early Care and Education, Inc. staff as the teacher in August 2009.

Sarah Shawesh

Stacy Lorenz

Stacy Lorenz

Stacy Lorenz has been a teacher of the 3's and 4's at Clever Endeavors Early Care & Education, Inc. since 2006, beginning with the school's inaugual fall session in Orange. Prior to joining the staff here, Stacy was a teacher at a Montessori school in Costa Mesa for 10 years. Stacy earned her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education and holds a Child Development Teacher Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Stacy is finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and Family Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Stacy has worked in the early childhood education field for over 20 years. Stacy is a mother of two and enjoys spending time with her family. In her spare time she likes to read, run and swim.


Tammy Hoover

Tammy Hoover graduated from San Diego State University in 1991 with a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development. She worked in the corporate world for a number of years in various capacities ranging from executive assistant to recruiting and training. Tammy began volunteering at Clever Endeavors Early Care & Education, Inc. in November 2006 when her son started preschool in Miss Karina's class. In February 2007, Tammy was hired part-time as a teacher for the two-year old classroom. Tammy now works in the office on a variety of administrative projects including our monthly newsletters and various literacy school projects including Scholastic book orders, our school library and Clever Endeavors' lending library bags. Tammy possesses a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing so she can fill in as a substitute teacher or school director as needed.

Tammy Hoover



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