Updated 5:27 p.m.: Resume and statement of former Centerpointe Christian Preschool Director Greg Robataille
"I made the decision in early February to resign from Centerpointe for personal reasons unrelated to the current situation. I learned of the tape incident for the first time last week. I'm saddened by it and my heart goes out to the family. As a parent with a family still active in the church and with children still attending the preschool, I know this incident is not reflective of the Centerpointe school or community."
According to Robataille, he worked as the Director at Centerpointe from August 2011 to February 2013 and supervised a staff of 25. Before Centerpointe, he was the Site Supervisor at Village Infant/Toddler Center and Preschool in Burbank, in Southern California from February 2007 to August of 2011 and led staff of 13. Robataille says he was the Assistant Director at Bethel Lutheran Church Preschool from January 2006 to May 2007. He started as a teacher at the Bel Air Presbyterian Church Preschool in September of 2003 to December of 2005.
A child care worker who the state said bound the hands and feet of a 2-year-old child who refused to nap has been identified as Angela Calcagno, a Livermore resident and graduate of Valley Christian schools in Dublin.
It was a media circus this morning at Centerpointe Church and Preschool, where church staffers were responding to reporters about how Calcagno tied up a child who refused to nap.
The state confirmed the incident and issued a citation to the school. Pleasanton Police are investigating.
The incident came to light March 1 at a social event when the teacher, who no longer was working at the school, actually showed a photo of the bound 2-year-old to others who were there, including the girl's mother, who also was a teacher there.
When the mother found out, she reported it to the church and then police March 4. The church told its congregation on Sunday.
The former director of the preschool, Greg Robatille, left his job in February, according to his media spokesman, David Satterfield of G.F. Bunting, a San Francisco public relations company.
"He was completely unaware of this incident until the school told him last week," Satterfield told Patch via email.
Patch readers are questioning Robatille's qualifications. Based on his Linked-In profile, which is no longer posted, he didn't list any prior experience managing a preschool. The profile states that he has a master's degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College with specializations in early childhood development.
According to church elder Tim Hunt, Robatille resigned Feb. 10 and left two weeks later.
While Robatille was director, the church did receive several citations from the state, including one in which an unqualified 17-year-old was supervising a group of young children.
The program is now being run by Pastor Mike Barris and a licensed teacher. The parent of the victim is no longer a teacher at the school.
"She resigned last week because it was too much," Hunt said.
Click here to read the church's response to the incident.
Patch is at the press briefing and will update this story throughout the morning.