K-8 Daycare &
After-School Programs Staff

Mason Kaye

Director of
K-8 Daycare &
After-School Programs

Working with children has always been a passion of Mason’s. He has been a Sequoyah Daycare and Summerhouse staff member since 2016. Before that, Mason worked for the Eliot Institute intergenerational Unitarian family camp (253 campers, 30 staffers) in Washington for 16 years where he was the director of the middle school program, director of the high school program, and most recently the director of the entire camp. Mason studied music composition and film at Occidental College, then earned his MFA in writing music for movies at Columbia College Chicago. In addition to working with schools and camps, he has worked in the entertainment industry writing music for movies, and conducting recording sessions for other composers as well. He’s excited to be at Sequoyah and loves being in Pasadena. His father was born here, and his great grandfather was chief of obstetrics at Huntington Hospital, just across the street from the K-8 campus.

Beatriz Lagunas

Daycare Associate

Beatriz Lagunas, a Sequoyah grad, is a long-time member of Sequoyah’s Daycare staff and a founding staff member of the Summerhouse program. She brings her positive demeanor, organizational skills, and leadership talents to her position as Daycare Associate, assisting Daycare Director Mason Kaye. Beatriz loves playing with kids, hearing their stories, and learning new games from them. She especially enjoys sharing her love of arts and crafts with the students, helping them challenge their imaginations with innovative creative projects. Beatriz currently attends East Los Angeles College.

Omari Averette

Daycare Staff

Dani Best

Daycare Staff

Salome Crespo

Daycare Staff & Cook

Salome Crespo has been with Sequoyah as the Daycare Chef for more than five years. Salo learned to cook from her mom and has been cooking since she was 13 years old. She’s a mother and a grandmother, and absolutely loves being around children. Her favorite part of her job is watching Sequoyah students enjoy the food she has prepared for them.

Angel Lara

Daycare Staff

Kito Paul

Daycare Staff

Erik Grise

Lunch Staff