S T A F F
Cara Abulencia Melloh, Founder
Cara Abulencia Melloh is a 2nd generation Filipino-American. After graduating from UC Berkeley at the Haas School of Business with a degree in Business Administration and obtaining an MBA from USC, she worked in finance at a number of entertainment studios including Showtime and The Walt Disney Company. She left the entertainment world as the VP of Financial Planning and Analysis at Paramount Television to focus on her children. Cara started Tagalog Kids to create a playful and challenging environment where children (including her own) would be proud and happy to learn Tagalog, as well as gain a deep understanding and appreciation of the Filipino language and culture.
Mikee J. Lachica - Tagalog Teacher, South Pasadena
Born and raised in Cavite, Philippines, Ate Mikee is a native Tagalog speaker who has a passion for the Filipino/Filipino-American community at large. When she immigrated to the US in 2010 at age 12, she spent her teen years in West Covina, CA. Ate Mikee did not want her younger siblings to forget their native tongue, so she made sure to speak as much Tagalog to them growing up. Aside from the language itself, she tutored her younger brother and sister throughout their primary and middle school until she had to leave for college to attend UCLA.
At UCLA, she became very involved in the Fil-Am organization at school, Samahang Pilipino, by participating in their annual Cultural Night and being the former Administrative Coordinator. Previously, she was also a library tutor in high school, an event coordinator for a Dr. Seuss inspired reading program and an afterschool volunteer for Options Enrichment program in her former elementary school. Ate Mikee is not only proud of her heritage, but also finds joy in educating the younger generation.
Dannie Cruz- Tagalog Teacher, Culver City
Ate Dannie is fluent in Tagalog and English. She immigrated to the US in 2006, spent her teen years in National City, CA and moved to LA for college at UCLA. She spent six years tutoring elementary kids to high school kids in Math, Science, English and History. Additionally, she tutored in National City Middle School, UCLA Leeds Lab School, and with a Tutor Doctor. She took an advanced Filipino class in high school and a Filipino writing and literature upper division class at UCLA. Ate Dannie was also fortunate enough to be one of the coordinators for a student run class at UCLA, teaching about Pilipino empowerment and culture for three quarters. Ate Dannie is proud of her strong sense of initiative and integrity, and is happy to be with Tagalog Kids because she is doing something relevant to Pilipino culture and the community.