Our Staff

Marty Herron
Director / Lead Teacher

Marty Herron is the lead teacher at the Susan Phillips Day School. She holds a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education from the Ohio State University.


Mrs. Herron has been nurturing young minds since 1990. Prior to operating SPDS, she taught kindergarten for three years at Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar. She also taught at Burbank Elementary in Columbus, Ohio.


She is a member of the National Association of Young Children (NAEYC). Mrs. Herron completed several workshops in the “Handwriting Without Tears” program and is working towards becoming a handwriting specialist. She has also taken numerous courses in American Sign Language (ASL) and frequently incorporates signing into her classroom curriculum.


In addition to her 27 years’ experience as a pre-kindergarten educator in both Ohio and Orange County, Marty and her students have assisted numerous families locally through various outreach programs, such as Toys for Tots and Share Our Selves (SOS).


In 2012 and 2016, Mrs. Herron traveled to the Mbhae School in Tanzania, Africa to teach disadvantaged children and volunteer at Tudor Village’s Light in Africa. She’s passionate about involving local families and school children in global causes that help the less fortunate and raise money that makes a difference.


Mrs. Herron is certified in child CPR and first aid and feels blessed to have had an opportunity to teach so many amazing and wonderful children throughout the years.


Marty has two children ages 17 and 14 and says, “I think being a parent gives you extra insight into the parent/child relationship. I was a good teacher before having children, but real life parenting scenarios have definitely helped me become more credentialed."

Cici Guarniere

Mrs. Guarniere was born and raised in Nacogdoches, Texas.  She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Applied learning and Development.  She has a major in Youth and Community Studies and a minor in Educational Psychology. She taught preschool, kindergarten, and first grade in Texas before moving to California with her husband, Max.  Mrs. Guarniere holds a  multiple subject teaching credential in the State of California.

In her free time, Mrs. Guarniere enjoys traveling and exploring new places, going to the beach, reading, and spending time with family and friends.  As an educator with experience teaching preschool, Mrs. Guarniere understands the importance of academics, as well as the social and emotional aspects of school during the formative years of a child's life.  Mrs. Guarniere strives to motivate students and share her love of learning with all.

Mrs. Guarniere is very excited to be a part of the Susan Phillips Day School Family!

Paula Crawford
Art Instructor

Mrs. Crawford is our beloved art teacher. She comes to class every week to help our students learn basic art techniques, be introduced to the Master of Art, and gain appreciation for creative endeavors.

Mrs. Crawford is a professional muralist, calligrapher and faux finisher whose work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times. She also painted custom furniture for Bellini Children’s Furniture for 7 years.

She has teaching credentials for both Kindergarten - 6th grade general education and special education. Mrs. Crawford has over 35 years of experiencce teaching in some of the best public and private schools in Colorado and California. She helped develop the kindergarten curriculum at The Pegasus School in Huntington Beach. She also works as a private tutor.

Mrs. Crawford is married and a mother of three children. She especially enjoys traveling, painting and gourmet cooking. She brings to our classroom imagination, love, and the motto that "everyone is an artist".