Meet The Team


Adrian Agramon


Mr. Agramon started working at Carden Whittier Private School 24 years ago. He is happily married with two children. His son and daughter from Carden. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and two Pitbull dogs named Max and Charlie. He enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and watching baseball, basketball, and soccer.


Kathy Beaubien

Mrs. Beaubien serves as the director of the preschool at Carden Academy and also currently teaches in the pre-k classroom. This marks Kathy's 44th year of teaching at Carden. She values her on-going training by the Carden Foundation, and she greatly appreciates Carden's academic philosophy of teaching to the whole child. She believes this approach is important for a child's overall success. In her spare time, Kathy loves spending time with her family and enjoys being a grandma to her two grandsons.

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Amber Bushman

Bio coming soon.

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Minerva Carrion

Mrs. Carrion's Carden journey began  with her search of quality education for her own children. Experiencing her children's growth through Carden has inspired her mission to preserve Carden for generations to come. Mrs. Carrion partakes in all teacher training provided by the Carden foundation and strives to protect the integrity of the Carden method. Her pledge to Carden Academy is inspired by her four children three of which currently attend.


Jasmin Chavez

Mrs. Chavez has been in the educational field for 21 years. She has attended Pasadena City College as well as Rio Hondo College. She continues her education because there is always something new to learn. Mrs. Chavez is currently a Preschool teacher at Carden Academy of Whittier. Teaching and helping children reach their personal milestones is very rewarding.

"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

                             - Winnie the Pooh


Joyce Cota

Bio coming soon.


Kaiya Engelhard

Ms. Engelhard was born and raised in Whittier, California. She attended Carden School from preschool through eight grade, and eventually returned to teach. Now in her 23rd year, she has taught French, fourth grade, and fifth grade. In her free time she enjoys plays and musical theatre and is an avid nature lover. She is proud that her daughter is a student at Carden Academy.


Zitlaly Esparza

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Jeannie Gardner

Ms. Gardner first came to Carden School 32 years ago when she was searching for a well-rounded private school for her own two children. She has been teaching kindergarten since 1987. She started the sports program at Carden School 26 years ago and became the Athletic Director. She has taught Jr. high P.E., scheduled all Jr. high sports games and coached various after school sport teams. She has a passion for teaching and working with children, and considers it a privilege to teach the Carden curriculum. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, going to the beach, Anaheim Ducks hockey, and loving her eight grandchildren.


Elizabeth Green

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Jenece Hernandez

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Lorie Largent

My name is Mrs. Largent, and I am in my 18th year of teaching the Carden curriculum. During my first two years at Carden, I taught P.E. for Kindergarten through third grade. Then I spent 9 years in first grade. I could not be happier to have the opportunity to come back to first grade this year. I absolutely love teaching, and it is my mission to instill a love for learning so that my students develop a desire to become life-long learners.


Deborah Lopez

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Mallory Lopez

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Jacquie Munnerlyn

Mrs. Munnerlyn started working in the office of Carden Whittier Private School over 25 years ago. She is currently the Assistant Director at Carden Academy of Whittier. She was born and raised in California, graduating from Westmount College with a B.A. in Sociology. The Munnerlyn family started at Carden Whittier Private School with her late husband attending second grade in 1968. She is grateful that her children attended Carden and grateful to have been able to be a part of many families lives over their years at Carden. She feels that at Carden we teach the children the process of how to learn and to have a love of learning which are attributes that she has seen in her family and in the lives of our Carden Graduates.


Laura Murrell

Mrs. Murrell was born in Montebello, California, and has been a resident of La Habra for 31 years. She completed her early childhood education classes through UCLA. Her mother-in-law is one of the original employees with Carden Whittier and encouraged her to start working at the school. Laura's son also attended Carden Whittier while she was teaching preschool there. Her love of teaching young children kept her here for 37 years. She finds it truly inspiring to to be teaching young children after all these years. 


Pete Ortiz

Mr. Ortiz grew up in Pico Rivera, CA but has lived in Whittier for the last 11 years. He attended St. Paul High School and then continued his education at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. During this time Mr. Ortiz began his work with students as a high school Cross Country and Track coach at his Alma Mater, St. Paul. He then joined the Navy Reserve and has been serving in the Navy for just over 10 years. During this time, he began coaching at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights and soon took his first teaching job at Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Habra. He has been teaching for the last four years but is in his second year at Carden Academy. He has taught 5th and 7th homerooms as well as Jr. High Math. He is very excited to be apart of the Carden Family. During his free time Mr. Ortiz enjoys playing sports and doing activities with his children. One of his favorite activities is to BBQ for the family! He has three children, two of which are now part of the Carden family as well, and a baby girl who just turned one. 


Nina Ortiz

I am Mrs. Osborne, and I have had the privilege of being a Carden Certified Educator for thirty-one years. Throughout my time at Carden, my experience has taken me from teaching preschool to first grade, and now to my present class of second grade. During my tenure, I have played an active role in after-school and summer school programs. I attended UCLA Extension, where I received my Early Childhood Education certification. Originally from Orange County, I now reside in Whittier with my husband of thirty seven years. I have two adult children, who both graduated from Carden, and together we have fond memories of their time at this wonderful school. My interests include spending time with my family, which is my biggest joy, exploring new restaurants, traveling, and watching my favorite teams in the NBA and NFL.


Linda Parker

Mrs. Parker was born in Pasadena, California, and has been a resident of Hacienda Heights for 33 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Chico in 1984. Since she is a Carden graduate, she is well aware of the academic standards Carden Academy of Whittier attains. Linda was the Campus Coordinator for Carden Whittier School since 1995 and always has a can-do attitude. She is willing to do whatever is required to keep the school a safe and pristine environment for the children.


Stephanie Phillips

Bio coming soon.


Justine Puentes

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