Mario Zettler


I grew up in the state of Saxony, in the east of Germany. When I was little, I had this thought, “I wanna do something good in the world.” After exploring many different internships in the wide field of social work, I came to the conclusion that I would  love nothing more than to guide the youngest among us and be a part of their first steps in life. I never regretted this decision. To pursue my chosen career path, I moved to Leipzig in Germany and went to the “Johanniter-Akademie” to get my first degree in General Education. From the moment of graduation in 2014 I have been working with children ever since. I've gained experience in early childhood education’s vast variety. I worked in an elementary school with first graders for 7 years and also in a German Montessori Kindergarten for a couple of years.  During my career I continued my education and attended the “Diploma University” to achieve my B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education and also a B.A. in Leadership and Management. But how did I end up in beautiful San Diego? In 2016 I took a sabbatical to travel for one year. I moved to Washington D.C. as an Au Pair. I traveled around and like so many, I fell in love with our beautiful state of California. Once seen, it was never forgotten. So, I took a job offer in San Francisco, California and spent one year teaching Kindergarten. It was a coincidence that I found “Die Rasselbande.” But I'm glad I was curious enough to go fly down San Diego and get to know the amazing staff and the director Martina in person. So I ended up packing my things again and now I am more than happy and motivated to join the community of “Die Rasselbande Preschool"

Tanja Skousen

I started my journey here at Rasselbande in spring 2015. I had entered the field of early child hood education many years ago when I started my studies at the “Fachhoschule fuer Sozialpadagogik” in Germany. I have since earned my Early Childhood Education Teacher Certificate from the UCLA and completed my Baccalaureate Degree in Human Development- Early Childhood Development and Education.

I moved to the US, specifically Tucson, AZ in 2003. Where I married and started my family. My Son, Husband and many four legged and feathered Friends moved to San Diego in 2010. Here the opportunity arose for me to stay home with our son and to round out my education. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family. I am also passionate about running on the beautiful trails that San Diego and the surrounding area have to offer.

The true joy of my work is the opportunity to guide children through their development and to create an environment in which their stage of development drives their learning.


Léa Mincato


I was born and raised in France in a little town close to the German border.

After I graduated High School, I studied German for three years and spent my Summer breaks working as an Au Pair in Bonn. Once I completed my Bachelor's degree, I decided to move to Germany to work for a year as a language assistant in a bilingual Primary School and a bilingual High School in Saarland. I really enjoyed that experience and it brought me to start a new path in Germany. I moved to Karlsruhe where I completed a Master's degree in Primary Education. At the end of my studies, I did an internship of a year and a half in a bilingual Primary School where I taught French and Science to First and Second graders.

I then had the opportunity to move to San Diego. Here I worked for language schools (L'Alliance Française and the German Pacific School) and mostly taught children aged from 2 to 15 years old. I also worked for a year as a Preschool teacher at La Petite Ecole, where I was in charge of a class of 4 to 5 years old.

I am now happy to work at Rasselbande and I am glad to be able to use my German on a daily basis again!

During my free time, I definitely enjoy the nice Californian weather either hiking, camping, or spending time at the beach. I also love to evolve in a multicultural environment, whether in my private or professional life and I hope to pass on my curiosity to the new generations.