About

Mission

Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.  And do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:16).  
Incorporating the good news of Jesus in all it does, Building Blocks Christian Academy exists to equip children with the essential building blocks for this life and eternity.

Vision

Every child that attends Building Blocks Christian Academy will receive a loving, safe, exceptional education and most importantly, will learn how much their Savior Jesus loves them. 

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Meet the Team

Kaylen Orr

Director & Teacher

Kaylen has been with Building Blocks Christian Academy since its start in 2013. Before accepting the position at Building Blocks, Kaylen was a teacher and director at a small preschool in Escondido, California. Kaylen graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. When not teaching, Kaylen enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family. She is especially grateful for the warm Southern California weather after growing up in Wasilla, Alaska.

Sarah Rautenberg

Lead Teacher

Sarah is originally from Fond du lac, Wisconsin (Go Packers!), but has also called Detroit and Chicago home before moving to Los Angeles. She has experience teaching both elementary school and preschool. Sarah has a passion for Early Childhood Education and believes each child is a unique gift from God. Sarah joined the team at Building Blocks in 2016. She graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Sarah loves to travel, explore new places and cook new cuisines for her friends and family.

Sarah Ambrose

Lead Teacher

Sarah was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. After graduating from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota with an Early Childhood Education Degree she began teaching at Building Blocks Christian Academy in 2015. Sarah loves helping our youngest preschoolers learn and grow. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys kayaking and hiking. 

Juely Moreira

Assistant Teacher

Juely was born in Minas Gerais, Brazil and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. She graduated in General Administration in the Metropolitan University of Santos, SP Brazil. She has lived in California since April 2005. Juley has vast experience in working with young children as she has worked as a nanny caring for children from 0 to 13 years old. She received her certificate in ESL and a California certificate in Child Development at El Camino College in Torrance, CA. Juely genuinely enjoys working with young children and helping them learn and grow.

Aimee Nelson

Assistant Teacher

Aimee was born and raised in Los Angeles. Over her 10 years in the field of preschool, Aimee has been exposed to Montessori, Reggio, and developmental approaches in education. She holds an Early Childhood Education Certificate through UCLA Extension. Aimee loves engaging with children and is happy to be a part of the Building Blocks community.

Shenoa Butler

Assistant Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Steven Gabb

Campus Pastor

Pastor Steven Gabb, his wife Sarah, and their three children – Adia, Alexandra, and Anders – have been at Gethsemane Lutheran Church since 2007. They enjoy meeting and getting to know our Mar Vista neighbors, and look forward to partnering with the families in our community.

We are proudly partnered with the Gethsemane Lutheran Church.

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STUDENTS TAUGHT

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YEARS SERVING the  COMMUNITY

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FAMILIES SERVED

Testimonials

"I can't say enough about the teachers at Building Blocks! They are committed and loving and will go the extra mile to work with you and your child."

Sunny, Parent

3734 South Centinela Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Phone | 310.397.7500

Fax (call first) | 310.397.7500

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