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Meet Us

Stacylynn Caristo, Director
Stacylynn Caristo, Director

Hello there, my name is Stacylynn and I am the proud Director here at Estrella PCA! I joined the Cadence (formally Phoenix Children’s Academy) team in 2013 and have truly enjoyed being part of this family. I love that PCA has allowed me to help shape the minds of the future while using my creative genes! My husband and I have been married for 12 years and we have of two amazing children, Addison,8, (my free spirit who keeps me on my toes) and Rocky, 1, who lives up to his name- he just rolls with life. We have a few random pets that we love like they are our own children and keep things exciting. Our life is crazy and should be televised but I am sure everyone says that! I love my job because it allows me to be creative and think outside the box. We love to plan and prep fun and educational events for the children, but even “winging it” is great too! I work great under pressure and truly enjoy making our school a home. Stop by and see us “Up the Hill!”

Evangelina Parrilla, Assistant Director
Evangelina Parrilla, Assistant Director

Hi, my name is Evangelina Parrilla and I’m proud to be a part of Phoenix Children’s Academy. I joined the company in 2010 as a Preschool Threes Teacher and worked my way up to an Assistant Director. I grew up in Arizona, graduated from Agua Fria Union High School, and attended EMCC for Sign Language. I’ve been teaching for over 20 years and it’s been an amazing journey working with children. I love seeing them grow and learning new things every day.

When I’m not at PCA, I enjoy traveling, shopping, and having some family time with my wonderful husband, Luis. My husband and I have been married for 12 years, but we’ve been together for 17. We have a sweet, strong-minded toddler whom I call my little blessing named Julian, along with an 8 yr old Maltese/Poodle, and several tropical fish, so our life is very busy.

My goal as an Assistant Director is to provide you with security and to create a positive, safe environment where your child can prepare for the future. I believe young children learn best through play and being creative in their own way, having fun every step of the way. I look forward to meeting you and helping you along the way.

Mrs. Maria, Teacher
Mrs. Maria, Teacher

Hola! My name is Maria de Lourdes Encinas and I have the Nursery teacher here at Phoenix Children’s Academy. I have been married for 25 wonderful years and have 4 sons. My family means the most to me and I truly love my job at PCA. I have worked in the childcare field since I gradated high school and love working with children. I believe that children are our future and should be guided toward the right path and shown a great deal of love. Please stop by and say hello!

Mrs. Marisa, Teacher
Mrs. Marisa, Teacher

Hello, let me introduce myself. I am Marisa Guerra and I am an Early Learner Preschool teacher here at Phoenix Children’s Academy. I have been in childcare for over 15 years and with our Estrella location since we opening in 2011. Teaching children is my passion. I love working with children and watching them change and grow each and every day. Not only am thrilled to be a member of our PCA family, I am so excited to be part of the Estrella Mountain Community. I look forward to getting to know you and your families so that I may share my excitement with your children! When I am not working I enjoy working around the lake and spending time with my husband of 15 years and our beautiful children, Isabel (14 years) and Antonio (10 years).



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Address & Directions

17670 West Elliot Road
Goodyear, AZ 85338



Monday - Friday
6:30am - 6:00pm
Recognized as a Cadence Education 
School of Excellence

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence

Estrella Mountain, Goodyear, AZ