Escondido Teachers

Room 9 AM Master Teacher

Christina Mendez

760-744-1150 Ext. 3332

My name is Christina Mendez and I have had the privilege of being part of the ECE Lab School for about 7 years. I have worked at both the San Marcos Campus and the Escondido campus. I have really enjoyed working for the lab school as I have grown and learned so much. I majored in Human Development with an emphasis in Children’s Services and received my Bachelor’s degree at Cal State San Marcos. I currently hold a site supervisor permit and also have an Associate’s Degree in Child Development with an emphasis in Working with Families.

I love to implement a lot of art in the classroom and watch the children use their creativity, hands, and imagination. Not only does art help development within the brain, but it is a way of self-expression and communication. Outside of the workplace, I am a wife and a mommy and I couldn’t be any happier. I enjoy doing outside activities, traveling with my family, music, and sporting events.

Room 9 PM Master Teacher

Marta Soto

760-744-1150 Ext. 8156

My name is Marta Soto, I have been working at the Palomar College ECE Lab School since 2019. I am the lead teacher for Room 9 PM. In 2020, I graduated from Palomar College with an A.A. in Child Development. I have learned so much through Palomar College and the Lab School and I currently hold a Master Teacher Permit.

I enjoy seeing children grow and develop their minds through play. I love to do art, read books and do other activities with the children. It gives the children an opportunity to express themselves about what they drew or what they like about the stories. Not only do I love teaching them, but I also learn from parents and children. In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband, family, and nephews. I am an auntie of eight beautiful nieces and nephews. I love going to the beach, watching movies, going to Padres Games, and music concerts. 

Room 10 Master Teacher

Martha Cortes-Rodriguez

760-744-1150 Ext. 3376

I have been working for the ECE Lab School at Palomar College since 2010 and I have my BA in Human Development, concentration in Children Services as well as my AA as a Preschool Teacher. I also hold my permit as Program Director and I am certified as a Mentor Teacher. 

I enjoy working with parents and helping them understand the importance of Socialization, Self-regulation, love, and interest in Literacy and Math activities and Physical Development which are focus areas for our center.