Emma Asmaryan Fominaya M.Ed., (Miss Emma): Before co-founding Camelback Holistic Preschool, Miss Emma embarked on a rewarding journey in education, teaching in both Washington D.C. and Arizona. Her true passion lies in nurturing young minds, setting the stage for a lifelong love of learning.
Miss Emma’s impressive background includes dual master’s degrees in child psychology from Yerevan Pedagogical University and early childhood education from Ottawa University. With over 17 years of experience as a ‘Highly Effective Teacher,’ she brings a wealth of expertise to our school community.
As the driving force behind our teaching curriculum and methodology, Miss Emma ensures that every child’s educational journey is nothing short of exceptional. She provides ongoing training to our dedicated staff and personally guides small group literacy sessions in our PreK classroom.
Terence Fominaya M.A., (Mr. Terence): With more than 22-years in education, Mr. Terence’s experience spans a wide range of ages, from 1-year-old children to high school seniors. While he has taught across various grade levels, a significant part of his journey focused on middle school and freshman year students, where he shared his expertise as both a math and science teacher. Beyond the classroom, Mr. Terence also dedicated his time to working with at-risk children as a case manager for a local non-profit.
His academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Florida State University and a master’s degree in environmental studies from Prescott College. During the school’s formative years, he worked in environmental regulation, but his dedication to Camelback Holistic Preschool eventually led him to join the school full-time.
Today, Mr. Terence wears many hats at our school. From handling office tasks and maintaining parent communication to being the go-to fixer for everything that needs repair, his dedication shines through. Additionally, he shares his knowledge and passion with the children, stepping in wherever his expertise is needed, ensuring a well-rounded educational experience for every student.