Downtown Orange Preschool
The first stop on a journey of a lifetime

Preschool Staff

Meet Our Staff


Ms. Cheri

Hello! My Name is Cheri Payne and I am Blessed to serve our children, families and staff here at Downtown Orange Preschool as the Director.

My Early Childhood Education career began in the year 2000. I have had the pleasure of working in the classroom with all ages of children as well as in Administration. It brings me such joy to witness young children develop emotionally, academically and spiritually while in our care.

Welcome, you have come to a very special place.


Ms. Carol
Faith, Family and Community Coordinator

My name is Carol Hilton and I am the Faith, Family and Community Coordinator at the First United Methodist Church of Orange. I have been an educator for more than thirty years and I am excited to now extend my position to the Downtown Orange Preschool.

Helping young children develop a love for learning and get a great start on their educational journey has been the joy of my life. I am looking forward to getting to know our students and their families and helping with all the activities of the preschool.


Ms. Jessica

My name is Jessica Padilla. I enjoy working with children and I graduated from a Community College where I majored in Child Development. My hobbies are crafting, reading, and exercising. I am married, but do not have any children yet.

I am very excited to work here at the Downtown Orange Preschool, and I look forward to meeting wonderful families and to work and watch your children grow.


Ms. Michelle

Michelle Bauman is a city of Orange native.

She has been working for several years in after school daycares and as an assistant teacher at another preschool. She holds a BA in Psychology from Vanguard University.

She recently got engaged. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, and camping. She looks forward to working with the children at the Downtown Orange Preschool.



Hello, my name is Sarai, I am a fully qualified Preschool Teacher and have met the educational requirements of the state of California Title 22.  I am certified in CPR and First Aid.  I have been working with children for 4 years.  I am currently attending Santa Ana College to obtain a Child Development A.A. and my teaching permits.

My hobbies include spending time with my family, shopping, the gym, and hiking.