About Our Staff
Meet Our Staff

We carefully select teachers for their warm and caring nature, credentials and experience. Together, we bring a full range of educational and cultural backgrounds, providing bilingual Spanish-speaking teachers to every classroom; we also have teachers who speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese. Many staff are committed to life-long learning and continue to pursue advanced credentials and degrees during their employment with us. All staff are re-certified biannually for CPR and go through background checks: fingerprints, coursework, credentials & references.

Alma.jpg
Alma Ortega

Director

Alma has been with us since 2000. She previously taught the PreK class for many years, and she was the assistant director for several years before her promotion to director in 2015. During her tenure as a teacher, she held a Site Supervisor credential, with which she was mentored and supervised aspiring students from Canada College's Early Childhood program. Alma also serves as a Professional Growth Advisor to teachers who are applying or renewing their Teacher Permits. Some of her recent achievements include: designing and implementing a unique Parent Partnership Agreement to increase teacher-parent communications, bolstering the PreK curriculum to reflect Common Core school-readiness objectives, and Spanish Immersion Circle Time. Alma holds an MS in Teaching and Dual Language Learning, a BA in Early Childhood Education, and a Director's Permit from the State of California.

Kathy2017.jpg
Kathy

Administrative Manager & Accountant

Kathy takes care of business matters in the administrative office along with Alma. She manages business operations running the Center, such as resource planning, family billing, human resources, website, and marketing. Kathy has served in various management, administrative, and board membership roles throughout her corporate and non-profit careers, and she has been with us since 2003. Kathy is a CPA, has a BS in Business Administration, and 20 units Early Childhood Development.

Carol.jpg
Carol

Pre-K Teacher - Eagles

Teacher Carol brings a rich teaching experience, having been a kindergarten teacher for the Redwood City School District. She enjoys multi-sensory modes of teaching, as with cooking projects, introducing the children to new foods, etc. She also takes pride in introducing children to life science through hands-on experiences, such as growing seeds and growing and harvesting vegetables and flowers in the garden.

Carol holds a BA degree in Liberal Studies and is working toward her Site Supervisor Credential from the State of California.

Becky.jpg
Becky

Pre-K Teacher - Eagles

Teacher Becky co-teaches the Eagles Class with Carol. Her philosophy is to educate the whole child in fun, interactive, and multi-faceted methods in order to set the stage for life-long learning. Her experience is mostly in special education, and she is fluent in American Sign Language. In her personal life, she enjoys reading, as well as participating in and going to theatre shows.

Becky has a BA from Sacramento State University with a major in Child Development and a minor in Counseling. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood studies. She has been with us since 2016.

Valerie.jpg
Valerie

Preschool Teacher - Woodpeckers

Teacher Valerie co-teaches the young four-year-olds in the Woodpeckers class with Varsha. Valerie has a wealth of experience having been in the field for about two decades. She has a Masters Degree in Education. She enjoys teaching and working with children. She has been with us since 2017.

Varsha.jpg
Varsha

Preschool Teacher - Woodpeckers

Teacher Varsha co- teaches Woodpeckers with Valerie. Her personal philosophy is that each child is an individual who should be respected for unique ideas and beliefs. In the classroom she utilizes the power of spontaneity, and children's willingness to learn, and the spirit of having fun.

Varsha has over a decade of experience working with children of all ages, infants to teenagers. She has had the privilege of running her own home-based daycare for more than a decade. She possess a Bachelors in Education, majoring in Child Development and Geography with a minor in Language Arts. She is currently working towards ECE certification. She has been with us since winter 2018.

Nancy.jpg
Nancy C

Preschool Teacher - Redbirds

Teacher Nancy co-teaches the Redbirds class with Elizabeth. She has terrific results in creating a positive experiences for the "reluctant" potty trainers. Previously a nanny, she has transitioned into the classroom setting, bringing her enthusiasm for young children to SCC since 2013.  Nancy has completed 24 units of Early Childhood Education. Nancy also holds a teaching certificate from Mexico City, and is pursuing further college studies.

Elizabeth.jpg
Elizabeth

Preschool Teacher - Redbirds

Teacher Elizabeth co-teaches the Redbirds class with Nancy. Having worked with young children since she was 16 years old, she strives to provide a the best educational environment while respecting the early education standards of the NAEYC. Her goal as a teacher, is to guide through attentive modeling and positive reinforcement. She has a teaching permit pending, an ECE certificate from Canada College, and is pursuing her A.A degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with us since Spring 2021.

nelly.jpg
Nelly

Preschool Teacher - Owls

Teacher Nelly teaches the two-year-olds in the Owls classroom with Ruth. Utilizing her international perspective from Lima, Peru, she loves to teach children about the world around us, and about people in different countries.

Her commitment to quality early education shines through in all the little things she does. She co-created the philosophy for our "Spanish Immersion Circle Time" program in 2013, and she also co-developed our pilot "Early PreK" Woodpeckers program in 2014. She has also mentored and supervised aspiring students from a nearby college for their classroom experience. She holds a BA in Education, and a Site Supervisor Credential from the State of California. She has been with us since 2004.

Ruth.jpg
Ruth

Preschool Teacher - Owls

Teacher Ruth teaches in the Owls class with teacher Nelly. Some core values she emphasizes with her students are: respect for yourself and others, and a love for learning. She teaches these through fun activities, and role modeling. She loves to sing, dance and make learning fun! She has worked with young children from different backgrounds, special needs and English language learners. Ruth has worked in early childhood education for approximately 5 years. She holds a BA in Sociology with a minor in Child Development. She has been working with us since August 2021.

Manuela.jpg
Manuela

Toddler Teacher - Hummingbirds

Teacher Manuela co-teaches the Hummingbirds class with Gabby.  She offers intriguing puzzles, toys, and books and she takes great pride in teaching Baby Signs™. Manuela engages the children in Circle Time using puppets and singing songs. She enjoys doing art activities with the children and taking stroller walks around the block to explore the world outdoors.

Manuela has a a Certificate in Early Childhood Education, and a Child Development Teacher Permit from the State of California. Manuela has been with us since 2007.

Gabby.jpg
Gabriela

Toddler Teacher - Hummingbirds

Teacher Gabby co-teaches the Hummingbirds class with Manuela.  She enjoys planning fun art activities, games, singing and dancing with the children. She helps the toddlers learn self-help skill. Gabby has fifteen years of previous experience, and has a certificate in Early Childhood Education.   She is currently working towards her AA degree. Gabby has been with us since 2019.

Helen.jpg
Helen

Infants - Butterflies

Teacher Helen She teaches the Butterflies (newly walking to 18 months). Her focus is to provide the children a variety of experiences and opportunities to allow them to develop curiosity, initiative, problem-solving skills, as well as to help them develop a sense of self and belonging. Helen also speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.

Helen has an AA degree from San Francisco City College, and a Site Supervisor Permit from the State of California. She has been with us since 2013.

Fabiana-2021_new_edited_edited.jpg
Fabiana

Infants - Butterflies

Teacher Fabiana is one of our newer teacherrs, bringing to SCC a wealth of knowledge in early childhood education. She loves teaching the Butterflies (18-22 months) at SCC using LearningGames™ and Baby Signs™ in the daily activities.   Fabiana works and plays with the children using age appropriate toys and books, with much love.

She recently graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in Psychology and is continuing her education toward a Master’s Degree in Child Psychology and is also taking ECE classes. Fabiana is also bilingual (English/Spanish). Fabiana has been with us since January 2021.

profile_qjv4Kpd0Sm2I2yx25gXy_doreatha (1).jpg
Doreatha

Infant Teacher - Ladybugs 

Teacher Doreatha is the primary caregiver for younger infants (crawling to beginning walking). Doreatha holds an AA degree in Early Childhood Education, and has 17 years of experience working with young children. Doreatha loves to cook everything from sweet potato pies to mud pies. She enjoys hands-on activities, loves getting dirty, and dancing to music from the 80's. Doreathea is excited about learning and exploring with the ladybugs class.

Nancy Le.jpg
Nancy Le

Infant Teacher - Ladybugs

Teacher Nancy Le is the primary caregiver and teacher for our youngest infants (5 months to crawling). Her focus is to provide the children a warm and personal setting to support exploration and development. She talks to them throughout the day, reads books, plays music and plays Learning Games. Nancy also speaks Vietnamese, and Cantonese. She previously worked at a Montessori school and she also ran a home-based Montessori daycare.

Nancy has 28 units in Early Childhood Education and has over two decades of experience as a mother, and Montessori teacher. She has been with us since 2013.

Maria Luisa.jpg
Maria Luisa

Floating Teacher

Maria Luisa helps to fill in wherever needed to assist the other teachers with breaks, days off, and special projects. Maria Luisa has been with us for many years and has taught at all age levels. She's a graduate of Canada College's ECE Certificate program, and she continues her education by regularly attending workshops. Maria Luisa has been with us since 2007.

Maria.jpg
Maria

Floating Teacher

Teacher Maria enjoys playing and doing fun art projects with the children. Maria assists with the Spanish Circle Time in the PreK class, as well as helping out in all classrooms. She has 15 units of Early Childhood Education. She has been with us since 2011.

Aaliyah.jpg
Aaliyah

Floating Teacher

Aaliyah is one of our newest staff member and she helps with teacher's breaks, parent drop/offs, and special play time moments with the little ones. She has five years of previous experience, and 36 units in Early Childhood Education. Aaliayh is also bilingual (English/Spanish). Aaliyah has been with us since June 2021.

chi.jpg
Chi

Floating Center Support Aide

Chi is our newest staff member and she helps with teacher's breaks, parent drop/offs, and special play time moments with the little ones. She has 3 units in Early Childhood Education.  Chi has been with us since December 2021.