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. 

**ALL of our teachers have had the COVID-19 vaccine and are fully vaccinated.

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

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 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.” Yarena is bilingual and speaks Spanish. 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

Miss Kylie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child & Adolescent Development from California State University, Fullerton. She has been working with children for the past 4 years and starting her career in the field of early education after she graduated in the Summer of 2019. Miss Kylie has a dog and is often going on hikes and going to parks. She enjoys art museums, reading, healthy cooking and photography. She even develops her own film! She also describes herself as “a crazy plant lady.” Her favorite children’s book is “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein.

as the Boy from the Giving Tree

Joined our team in February 2021

Miss Sabrina has her AA in Early Childhood Education from De Anza College and is currently a student at San Francisco State University to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development.  She started working in the child development field when she was 18 years old as an assistant teacher at a home daycare/preschool center in her hometown Morgan Hill, CA.  A year later, she began working as a teacher for another child care company and worked with preschool and school-age kids for 6 years.  Miss Sabrina approaches teaching with a calm, nurturing, and soft demeanor because she believes children learn best in an environment that they feel safe, loved, and respected in!  “I desire to impact the children I teach through a positive unbiased learning experience that allows each child, with or without special needs, to be expressive artistically and become passionate about creating and exploring.”  Her favorite children’s book is “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen.

as the Bear from We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Joined our team July 2021

Miss Bianca graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies- Preparation for Teaching. While in college, she danced Mexican Folklorico. She has been working with preschool children since 2015. On her spare time, she takes care of her puppy named Java, who is a whirlwind of fun. Miss Bianca highly enjoys traveling, coffee, Disney, and BTS! Her favorite children’s book is “Don’t Touch My Hair” by Sharee Miller. 

as the Pout Pout Fish

Joined our team August 2021