Parker School has a team of dedicated, experienced, creative professionals who are committed to the developmental philosophy of the school.

All of our teachers hold Teacher Permits, Site Supervisor Certificates or Advanced Degrees in Education. With a ratio of 1:6, teachers at Parker School are committed to the safety and well-being of every child. We are proud of the longevity of our teaching staff. On average, the teachers have been at the school 5 years or more.


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Carlyn Brower

AM Nursery Head Teacher & Professional Development Director

Carlyn was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania before moving west in 2009. She has been in the Bay Area since 2011, receiving both her Child and Adolescent Development undergraduate degree and Early Education Master’s degree from San Francisco State University. She has been at Parker School since 2012 where she has been able to delve further into reflective teaching and professional development in her never-ending desire to be a better teacher.

In her free time Carlyn likes to cook, practice yoga, and play with her dog Gator at Baker Beach.

 
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Paul Chinn

PM Nursery teacher

Paul was born and raised in a small town in Kentucky and reflects on that experience as a guide for the importance of relationships and social values. He has a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College in New York City, and has followed that progressive, experiential thread through his 25 years in the field. Paul has experience in a variety of programs: migrant childcare in Upstate New York, the first Infant/Toddler program on Long Island, Intergenerational, Corporate-Sponsored, Reggio Inspired, and most recently, the San Francisco Unified School District. His joy in teaching comes from watching children (and adults) express and share their ideas, ask questions that lead to more questions, have “Eureka” moments, and learn to build community. He’s excited to work with the team at One Fifty Parker Avenue School both as a teacher and fellow learner.

For the past eight years Paul, his wife, and their dog Mudpie Grace have called San Francisco home. They enjoy bookstores, Rainbow Grocery, and record shops.

 
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Michelle Fleck

PM Nursery Head Teacher

Michelle started teaching at Parker School in 2009 and is thrilled to be a part of the Parker team. Originally from Whittier, California, Michelle has called San Francisco home for over 10 years now. She earned her BA in Fine Arts and took Early Childhood Education classes at San Francisco State University. She holds an ECE Teaching Permit and continues to take classes to grow as a teacher and deepen her knowledge of working with young children.

During her free time Michelle is also an artist and loves painting, being outside, drinking coffee, going to shows, and experiencing everything the city has to offer.

 
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April Gaston

PM Nursery Teacher

April was born and raised in the Bay Area and returned to Marin County after getting a BA in Anthropology from CSU Chico. After spending four years at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, gaining education and experience in Early Childhood Education, she joined the Parker community in 2014.

April loves hiking, camping, thrifting, traveling and crafting and spends as much time as possible in nature. She just started the Masters Program in Early Childhood Education at San Francisco State University and is so excited to continue to learn and grow in the field.

 
 
 
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Tabachae Lambert

AM Nursery Teacher

Tabachae is a native San Franciscan, having started her teaching career at the Head Start preschool program she attended many years ago. She has been a proud member of the AM Nursery since 2004. In her free time, she loves to read and travel and visit her family in Houston, Texas.

Tabachae holds an AA from City College in Child Development, a BA in Child & Adolescent Development with a concentration in Research and Public Policy from San Francisco State University, and has achieved her MA in Early Childhood Education as well as her ECE Program Director permit. Tabachae enjoys working with young children and their families, and counsels peers as a Professional Growth Advisor.

 

Andrea Hart

Director

Our Director, Andrea Hart, is an experienced early childhood educator and school leader. As of 2016, Andrea serves One Fifty Parker Avenue School as the primary steward of the educational mission and philosophy.

In her career, Andrea has supported nearly all aspects of building and serving high-quality early childhood programs, as well as parent and educator communities. Andrea’s first cohort of young children are now college graduates! Since that time, Andrea has developed the philosophy that a child learns best through play with the care and support of educated and thoughtful teachers who build partnerships with families. From this foundation, young children are best prepared to thrive in later school experiences and in life.

Andrea received a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from San Jose State University and a Master’s degree in Independent School Leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University. Andrea held the role of founding Preschool Director at the Harker School, a local K to 12 independent school, and the role of Teacher at the Bing Nursery School of Stanford University for over a decade. She has spent time serving on a local early childhood education board, and has been an instructor of early childhood leadership at a local community college.

Andrea is a Bay Area native, having lived in San Francisco for the better part of the last six years. She now calls Noe Valley home. Andrea enjoys the sound of a fog horn, yoga, and all the time she can possibly spend out in nature.

 

 
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Julie Ma

Childcare Head Teacher

Julie has been at Parker in the Childcare program since 1995. She holds a BA in Child Development from San Francisco State University.

A native San Franciscan before moving to Fremont after getting married, Julie enjoys teaching children of many ages and continues to look forward to each year at Parker School.

 
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Ursula Machado

Little Red School Bus Co-head Teacher

Ursula has been in the field of education, working with children and youth throughout California, since 2007. She grew up in Southern California and earned a BA in Law and Society and a minor in Education at UC Santa Barbara. In 2010 she served as an AmeriCorps member for a charter school in West Oakland that began her career focus in National & Community Service and Early Childhood Education. In 2014, she earned her MA in Early Childhood Education from San Francisco State University.

Social constructivist Lev Vygotsky has influenced her approach to pedagogy, curriculum, and learning with children. She loves globetrotting and did a cross-cultural teaching experience in China in 2013. This trip impacted her role as a teacher-researcher, as she developed a deeper understanding of the significance of culture and social context that influence development. Since 2014 she’s been involved with the Fabretto Children’s Foundation in Nicaragua with colleagues Sam Rugamas, Emily Schmidt, and Natalie Perez and continues to support service learning and outreach within the Parker and global communities.

When she's not at work or school, Ursula spends time with family and friends, frequents the beach, travels, eats new foods, or dances the night away, which all fit perfectly with the spirit of the Little Red School Bus program.

 

Josh Berkowitz

AM Nursery Teacher

Josh grew up in Los Angeles but has called San Francisco home for over twenty years. After earning a BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art, he worked for several years as a graphic designer. When his daughter was born, he decided it was time for a change; he returned to school to study Early Childhood Development at City College, earned his Site Supervisor permit and launched his second career as a preschool teacher. As a teacher, he wants children to experience the joy of discovery, feel comfort in who they are as people and know that what they think matters.

He enjoys taking advantage of the culture the city has to offer with his wife and daughter, going to live music performances, drawing and cycling around the Bay Area.

 
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Emily Schmidt

Little Red School Bus co-Head Teacher

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Emily has spent the better part of the last 20 years working with Bay Area children in one capacity or another - as a nanny, a piano teacher, then as a teacher on the Little Red School Bus since the program's inception in 2011.

She got her BA in music from UC Berkeley and plays and sings in several bands in the area. She brings her ukulele and her love of music to her work at Parker School and is very excited to jump into another year of exploration and adventure on the Little Red School Bus.

 
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Courtney Holton

PM Nursery Teacher

Courtney graduated from Western Michigan University in 2015 with a BA in Early Childhood Education and has assisted and taught preschool aged children for the past four years. Being exposed to many different philosophies has helped her learn what she truly believes as a teacher and Parker’s approach seems to fit perfectly. She fell in love with San Francisco at a young age, dreamt of living and working here for many years, and has been traveling to and from the city to visit her dad and his partner for over eight years. Parker School will be a great place for her to grow as a teacher and as an individual. On a personal note, she enjoys exploring the city, watching movies, and cuddling with her cat Jiji.

 
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Ellie White

Transitional Kindergarten Head Teacher & Admissions Coordinator

Ellie was born and raised in the Bay Area and spent her high school years on the east coast. She graduated from Pitzer College with a BA in Psychology, and went on to take additional Child Development courses at San Francisco State University's College of Extended Learning and at San Francisco City College.

Ellie first began teaching at Parker School in 1996 and was immediately inspired by the play-based approach to learning and the dedicated staff. She has worn many hats during her time at Parker and particularly enjoys her role as a teacher in the TK program. In her free time Ellie can be found enjoying the company of her husband and her French Bulldogs. Reading, hiking, exploring Northern California, daydreaming, and napping are some of her favorite pastimes.

 

Anita Postell

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Anita was born and has lived in the Bay Area her whole life. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies from San Francisco State University. Anita has spent the past eight years giving back to her community through working with youth K-12th grade in various capacities. Most recently she worked with the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club where she led programs and supported parents, administrators, and children for six years.

During her free time Anita likes to travel, attend community events, and sporting events.