Stepping Stones teachers are highly qualified to enhance each child’s growth and development in a stimulating atmosphere of warmth and understanding. Our low teacher to student ratios (1:6) allow your child to develop as an individual as well as part of a group in a happy, safe, and nurturing environment. All of our teachers are First Aid and CPR certified, and we have teachers who speak Arabic, French, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish and Tagalog.
Your child will interact with each teacher at Stepping Stones throughout the day. During group play times each teacher takes time to read, play and talk with all of the children. Your child will also have 2 teachers assigned to his or her classroom, depending on your child’s age.
Lisbeth, our cofounder, is our executive Director and has strong daily input into the direction of our program.
Miss Ruqoiyah is our school director. She comes to us with a Bachelor's Degree from UCLA in both History and Applied Developmental Pyschology. She taught preschool at the UCLA Krieger Center for three years before moving to San Francisco. She was a center manager for a low-income preschool in the Fillmore District for another two years before joining us. She loves the arts and loves to prepare creative activities for the children. She hopes they find their own creativity and teach them about telling their stories/feelings through the arts. She is bilingual and speaks her native language of Cham. She actively encourages the students to learn as many different languages they can! And her favorite children's story is Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems.
Joined our team in October 2012
Miss Bria is our assistant director. She joins us with her Bachelor's of Art degree in Child Adolescent Development (with a focus on school-aged child and family) from San Francisco State University. She also holds a certificate in helping Children and Youth with disruptive bahaviors. Bria worked as a nanny for a wonderful family for two years before she joined a teaching team at a Hebrew Preschool in the Outer Sunset as a Lead Teacher. While she was getting her B.A., she worked at Hillcrest Elementary School in the afterschool program where she worked with high needs youth in the outer Mission and she was a substitute for us when we needed her. Bria is an avid cyclist! Her favorite children's book is The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.
Joined our team in January 2016
Miss Perlita has been in the Early Education field for over 17 years and she is our longest standing teacher at the school. Miss Perlita loves to sing songs with the kids and dance. Often, she organizes story time, where she encourages each child to use their imagination to make up a story to share with the other students. She is also bilingual and speaks Tagalog. Her favorite children's story is Rumplestiltskin.
Joined our team in March 2002
Miss Mary has been teaching children for years and has been at Stepping Stones for many years. With her many talents, she also holds a B.A. in Business Administration. Miss Mary is always willing to engage the students in helping her with projects and she always has something positive to share about your child’s day when you arrive at pick up time. And she loves to cook with the children! And her favorite children's story is Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.
Joined our team in June 2008
Miss Elan has been teaching in the field for about 4 years. She has experience with both preschool and school-aged children. She started our preschool as a substitute teacher for a year before she officially joined our team. She loves children and Miss Elan is also fluent in French and Korean as well as having a dance background! Her favorite children's story is The Emperors New Clothes by Hans Christensen Anderson.
Joined our team in July 2013
Miss Saron was a schoolteacher when she lived in Cambodia. She taught students aged 5 through 10 years of age. She received her teaching credential from the Norton University in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. When she immigrated to the United States, she has been working odd jobs and she joins us at Stepping Stones Preschool ready to teach again. It is what she loves the most. Her favorite children's book is The Napping House by Audrey Wood.
Joined our team in October 2014
Mr. Andrew has his Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and completed his Multi-subject teaching credentialing program from CSU Monterey. While in college, he spent years teaching children how to swim and how to play violin. While he was in his credentialing progam and after, he taught at Hillcrest Elementary School, a low-income school in the Outter Mission. Mr. Andrew is also a watercolor and stencil artist. He enjoys bringing both art and music to the children. He is a classically trained violinist and has played violin since the age of 10 and also plays the viola and piano. He also is bilingual and speaks Mandarin. His favorite children's book is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.
Joined our team in April 2015
Miss Annalynn joins us with her Bachelor's of Science degree in Graphic Communication from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She has been teaching young learners since 2012 and taught at the Stanford Madera Grove Child Care Center before joining our team at Stepping Stones. She joined the field of education to fulfill her yearning for a career that would make a difference in young lives and we feel lucky to have her passion in our preschool. Her favorite children's book is Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.
Joined our team in July 2015
Miss Tesha joins us with her Bachelor's of Science degree in Child Development and Psychology also from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She taught preschool in the Cal Poly Early Childcare and Education Center, where she assisted the director in curriculum development and staff management. Tesha also has experience working with elementary school children and taught swim lessons at Splash Swim School for 3 years to children of all ages (6 months and up). Tesha is also an athlete who enjoys running, biking, swimming, and soccer. Her favorite children's book is The Magic Fan by Keith Baker.
Joined our team in December 2015
Miss Jenny joins us with her Bachelor's Degree in Child and Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University. She taught infants and toddlers at the Genentech Bright Horizons before joining our team. She is a bilingual speaker and speaks Cantonese. And on her spare time, she participates and coaches others in weightlifting! Jenny is able to squat 300 pounds! Her favorite children's book is Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.
Joined our team in October 2016