Our Staff

Tracy Monachelli

Mrs. Monachelli

Owner / Director / Kindergarten Teacher

University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate Sierra Nevada College, Graduate Teacher Education

The Treasure Chest has been open since July 2007.

As a Washoe County Licensed Teacher K - 8, I am very proud to have such a quality program as part of our community. I have worked in early childhood since 1992 and transitioned to working with school age children.

I thoroughly enjoy the preschool years and feel that our program is now complete since implementing our full day Kindergarten. I am blessed to work with such wonderful families and I am passionate about teaching.

I have 5 children of my own and strive to give all children the unconditional acceptance they deserve. Our philosophy is to encourage a child’s individuality and to facilitate learning in a safe and nurturing environment.

Mrs. Bratina

Mrs. Bratina

Lead "Dolphin" / 3-4 teacher

I am a new member of the Treasure Chest family. I have worked with preschool age children for over fifteen years. I have also worked as a preschool administrator. I enjoy working with preschoolers because of the uniqueness and curiosity with which they explore the world around them.


Mrs. Stephanie

Infant/ Toddler Director and lead Infant Teacher.

I have had the pleasure of being part of the Treasure Chest learning Center family since our doors opened in 2007. My desire has always been to work in a positive environment and a high quality preschool. After being in Early Childhood Education for 20 years, I have finally found my “treasure”. Having my own children in the program, I am very proud of the education and milestones achieved here. In addition to administrative duties, you will find me in the classroom. I have combined my passion of teaching and cooking to enhance our Kindergarten program. I look forward to introducing myself to you and your child.


Ms. Nicole

Lead "Minnow" / 2-3 teacher

I started working at the Treasure Chest toward the end of 2014. At that time I was pregnant and didn't allow myself to become part of the "family" until January 2015 when everything changed. I had given birth to my beautiful angel and I was a new person.

Working at TCLC I've met some amazing people along with parents and students. The Treasure Chest is like my "home away from home." I am able to teach those kids something they'll know for the rest of their lives. It is a very proud and happy feeling. It's the proud moments and Tracy Monachelli (our amazing, compassionate Kinder teacher) that have inspired me to go to school to become an elementary teacher myself and spread the love I have of teaching!

The Treasure Chest is an amazing place to work and an even better place to bring your kids. Full of laughter, learning, fun and love!


Ms. Gina

Co-Director and Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

I have been with the Treasure Chest family since early 2009. After my children started at the Treasure Chest Learning Center, I knew that I too wanted to become a bigger part of the Tresure Chest family.

I have my Associates of Art degree with empahasis in early education.

I thoroughly enjoy working with all the amazing children and their families. Truly the kids enrich my life every day. They provide adventures and memories that will be forever treasured.


Mrs. Jody

Assistant Teacher

Grandma Murphy

Ms. Grandma Murphy

Assistant Teacher