Meet Our Staff

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Meet Our Staff

All of the teachers at BHY have a minimum of 12 units of Early Childhood Education and most have an Associates and/or Bachelor’s degree in ECE.
We provide a fun and respectful working environment where each person’s ideas and values are honored.  Because of this, we have a low teacher turnover rate.



Director: Julie Ehrnstein

Julie has been a part of the CBB Community since her confirmation in 1981 and part of BHY since 2000.  Prior to her work at BHY Julie was the Lead Teacher at the Isla Vista Children’s Center and the Director of Centro Infantil and The Learning House Preschool.  She has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and a B.S. in Business Administration.


She was married at CBB in 1990 to Scott and has two beautiful children (both graduates of BHY), Lylah (12) and Emmett (9), who love to help their grandparents, Jesse & Rhoda Colman, cook for Sunday Morning Live.


When not at the preschool, you can probably find Julie chaufferring her children around town or sitting somewhere quiet with her nose in a book.



Lead Teacher: Linda Kaufman

Linda Kaufman was born and raised in Montreal, Canada.  She moved to Southern California in the summer of 1983 with her husband, Mike.  Mike and Linda have been married 30 years and are the proud parents of two wonderful people, Patty, 23 and Howard, 19. 

Linda has been an active member of the CBB community since she arrived in Santa Barbara in the summer of 1995.  After spending seven years as a soccer mom, room parent, and school volunteer, she enrolled in the ECE program at SBCC.  Linda joined the BHY staff in July of 2004 and has dedicated herself to caring for our youngest children since her arrival. 


In Linda’s words:  “The growth and development that occurs from birth to age 5 has always been amazing to me, particularly, the growth between the age of 1 and 3.  Having the opportunity to observe and facilitate the blossoming language, motor and social skills of children in this age group is my passion.”


In addition to her commitment to the children entering the preschool, Linda also dedicates her Sunday mornings to the temple’s religious school teaching the Kindergarten class.






Teacher                                 Jennifer Hopkins

Teacher’s Aide                      Susan Bies