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, Cantonese, 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! 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 Destinie is our assistant director. She joins us with a Child Development certification from Chabot College. She has been in the field of Education since 2005 and early education since 2010. Miss Destinie is a compulsive reader and participates in many charity events including marathons. She is also a foodie and loves Disneyland. Her favorite children’s book is Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.
Joined our team in February 2018
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
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 program and after, he taught at Hillcrest Elementary School, a low-income school in the Outer 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 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
Mr. Trever joins us with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Human Development from Cal State East Bay. He believes, “A good teacher not only is able to educate effectively, but is also able to understand their students and guide them through their challenges. Considering that the first five years of a child’s life are the most crucial, they need a positive role model consistently in their lives. This is what inspired me to become a teacher.” Trever started working in early childhood the summer of 2012 in Castro Valley and has been continuing his education to further his career as a teacher at Cal State East Bay. He has lived in the Bay Area his entire life and currently lives in San Francisco. For fun Trever is either riding his bike and hiking through national parks or he’s at home studying or cooking. His favorite children’s book is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.
Joined our team in September 2017
Miss Emily is a San Franciscan native who has been working with children since 2014. She graduated from City College in Child Development and has been working with children in Afterschool programs and camps and now preschool. Miss Emily loves to sing, hula hoop, and bargain shop! Her favorite children’s book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
Joined our team in May 2018
Miss Silver also goes by her first name, Sterlingsilver, and has been in early childhood education since 2014, from Santa Cruz from San Francisco! Although, she always aspires to be a forever student as well as a teacher. She has an immense passion for educating children, and making sure they feel safe and loved. Miss Silver believes that by teaching the younger generations how to learn and love, then we’re contributing to better future society…and world! Outside of class, Miss Silver spends most of her time in nature and cooking for her friends. She was raised in the mountain country of Virginia so she’s a small town girl at heart that likes to play in trees and swim in lakes still. Her favorite children’s book is “The Colors of Us” by Karen Katz.
Joined our team in May 2019
Miss Katie was born and raised in Southern California and moved to San Francisco six years ago. She joins us with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from UC Riverside and a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Early Childhood Education from UCLA. She has experience working with children with autism and special needs as a speech therapist. Prior to joining us, she led the two year-olds class at a child development center in San Mateo. Miss Katie loves reading stories, creating engaging activities, and singing and dancing along with children. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time outdoors and with her family. Her favorite book is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss.
Joined our team in July 2019