Teachers

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, 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 and Mary, our co-founders, are our Executive Directors and have 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.

as The Gruffalo

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.

as Sister Berenstain Bear

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.

as the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Joined our team in April 2015

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.

as The Pigeon (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus)

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.

as Frog and Toad

Joined our team in May 2019

Miss Kacee graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Adolescent Development. While in school, she coached gymnastics for 5 years which is where her passion for teaching flourished. Miss Kacee loves to travel and see the world. She lived in Australia for a year exploring and learning about the country. She also enjoys spending time at the beach and being active. Her favorite children’s book is “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister.

as The Cat in the Hat

Joined our team in September 2020

Miss Yarena has a Bachelors Degree in Child Psychology from San Francisco State University. She grew up in Los Angeles and moved to San Francisco during her senior year of high school. She says, “I love working with children and  learning and growing with them. I love laughing and having a great time, making learning fun and exciting.” In her free time, Miss Yarena loves cooking, exploring, drawing, reading and doing creative things. Her favorite children’s book is Pete the Cat! “I love how this book inspires children to regulate their emotions and keep a positive attitude towards life even when it gets tough and stressful. That is a motto that children should learn at an early age and that all educators should follow!” 

as Pete the Cat

Joined our team in September 2020