Meet Our Awesome Staff

Karen Dahl

Owner & Administrator

I opened Coastal Kids in 1997 after discovering that I could not find what I was looking for in a preschool for my own children. I decided to trade in my corporate job for one I treasure every single day. I have been married to my husband Bob for over 30 years and we now have five – yes five children! Four boys and yes I finally had a girl! Brandon is 29 years old and graduated from UC San Diego and is married to my amazing daughter-in-law Julia who is our Administrative Director here at Coastal Kids they have one 5 month old son (so that makes me a grandma!), Adam is 25 and recently graduated from UCLA, Evan is 22 and attends college at University of Arizona, Ryan is 18 and attends El Camino College! Then there is Megan who is already 14 years old and a cheerleader at South High! She is surrounded by boys and loves every minute of it. We are very active in the community and enjoy sports (as I’m sure you can imagine with four boys)!

My entire life is dedicated to making sure that children are loved and well cared for. Which is exactly what I would want for my own children. This is how I train my staff – we love and respect every child we care for as if they were our own. I feel this is why when I have parents visit the preschool they tell me time and time again how comfortable they feel here at Coastal Kids – they feel like family. This is what we strive for and hope to accomplish every day. As you can see, my life is all about children – my own and everyone else’s who gives me the honor of caring for the most important part of their life.



Miss Jo

3 Year old Teacher

Miss Jo has worked at Coastal Kids Preschool for over 20 years! Miss Jo is one of our amazing 3 year old teachers’, she takes care of everyone’s needs and loves every child who walks in the door. She lives on a 52 foot boat with her husband, David. They have three grown daughters, one son, two grandsons, Hunter who is 11 and Easton who is 3 year old and one grandaughter, Sage who is 2. They enjoy sailing to Catalina, traveling and spending time with family and friends!


Miss Yvette

Fish Friends Director/Teacher

Miss Yvette has been with us for almost 20 years! She is our Fish Friends teacher for our 4 year olds. Her smile and laughter fill the class with so much fun, the kids love to sing and dance with her. Miss Yvette enjoys watching her 24 year old son Isaac playing basketball and football! She loves going to concerts.

Miss Evelyn

StarfishTots Lead Teacher

Miss Evelyn is our teacher for our 2 year olds. She has been teaching preschool for a few years and loves her little ones!

She has two adorable little daughters and enjoys being active in sports and fitness.

Miss Mea

Dolphin Friends Teacher

Miss Mea is our awesome teacher for our Pre-K kids. She has the patience of a saint and so much love to give the kids. She loves softball and coaches the girls softball team at South High with her brother.

Miss Michelle

Beach Buddies Teacher

Miss Michelle is our teacher for our awesome tots and loves it!  The kids adore her!

Miss Julia

Administrative Director

Miss Julia is our amazing Administrative Director! You will find her in the office taking care of everyones needs! She is the organization behind Coastal Kid’s great activities and just about everything else! If you have any questions please just ask her!