Background History

Through hard work and determination the Materia family opened up Roots and Wings Learning Center to teach and develop children not only academically, but spiritually as well.

Emmanuel Materia, who is the Executive Director of Roots and Wings Learning Center has over 24 years experience teaching or working with kids. He has taught Kindergarten and First Grade in California and VPK at Roots and Wings. He has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and his Masters focuses in Education of Cross-Cultural Teaching. He also has had the experience of being a Social Recreational Director of a Boys and Girls Club where he not only developed fun activities for the after school program, but also implemented programs to teach the older kids conflict, stress and health management skills. If he can find time away from his busy schedule, he volunteer coaches at different youth sports programs.

The late Salvatore Materia has worked with children and adults in his early adult years as a Camp Counselor. He became a business man at 45 years of age buying and managing real estate.

Retired Lucita Materia is an experienced teacher who has taught for over 40 years in both the public and private school systems in California and the Philippines. She has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with majors in Kindergarten Education and Humanities and a Masters Degree in School Counseling.

Roots and Wings Learning Center is over 12,000 square feet and is conveniently located in the World Golf Village Area. The center is equipped with a small gym, computer and S.O.A.R. (Student Outreach and Recreation) Room. The S.O.A.R. Room has lego tables a movie projector corner, video game consoles and a comfy reading area.

Our School Is About Life!

Setting a strong foundation for your child’s learning years by providing them the soil and the nest where they become their best! We believe that every facet of life is important, Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual and Emotional.

We believe that every child is unique and valuable because their life comes from God. We believe that one of the purposes of life is to improve the life of all people everywhere. We believe that if we have helped a child become more human, more able to believe in the ultimate value of life, more helpful – we have prepared them for life.

– Adopted from Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, California


Committed to:

Quality childhood development programs. Developing children from the earliest stages to become:

  • Life Long Learners
  • Global Citizens
  • Well Rounded Individuals

Providing extended service to children already in school and in need of extra guidance after school.


Our Vision

To lead, build up and equip our children to know God and to love and serve HIM through others, while developing them in all areas of their lives through a high quality and developmentally Christian education in a safe, loving, nurturing environment.