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.
Jen has been passionate about working with young children her entire adult life. Graduating from Wheelock College with a BS in Early Childhood Education and an MS in Language and Literacy Studies, her varied classroom experiences have all worked together to shape her teaching philosophy. Before joining the Parker School family, Jen taught in an inclusive public Pre-K in Brookline, MA. Here she collaborated with a team of therapists and specialists to create a quality curriculum accessible to a wide range of learners. She began teaching at Parker in 2015, and continues to find inspiration in our commitment to emergent play-based curriculum.
Jen was born and raised in Massachusetts, spending young adulthood living in the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood of Boston. She arrived in San Francisco in 2015, and has loved exploring the city ever since! Jen currently resides in Burlingame with her husband. Together they enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, and cheering on their beloved Boston sports teams!
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.
AM Nursery Teacher
A native San Franciscan, Emily first came to Parker School as a substitute teacher in 2015, and proudly joined the AM Team in 2017. She has a BA in Fine Art from UCLA, and holds core units in Early Childhood Education from UCLA's College of Extended Learning.
Before her time at Parker School, Emily worked in non-profit development at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She also freelanced as an artist and illustrator and taught painting classes to adults (prior to knowing her heart was in teaching children). In her free time she enjoys painting, cooking, and spending time with her husband and their son, Adam.
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.
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.
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 discovering a passion for Early Childhood Education and spending four years gaining education and experience at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, she joined the Parker community in 2014 and has felt at home there ever since. In 2017, she earned her MA in Early Childhood Education from San Francisco State University and continues to dedicate herself to growing and learning as an educator.
April is passionate about building a warm and trusting community of children, teachers and families at Parker School. She strives to foster a learning environment that promotes open-ended thinking, flexibility, a strong sense of self, collaboration and ingenuity, as well as a connection to the natural world. In her time away from Parker School, April loves any activity involving nature, reading, crafting, traveling and spending time with her dog, Addie.
Andrea has served One Fifty Parker Avenue School as the primary steward of the educational mission and philosophy since 2016.
In her twenty-something years as an early childhood teacher and director, Andrea has supported nearly all aspects of building and serving high-quality early childhood programs, as well as parent and educator communities. Over the years, 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 holds 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. Prior to joining Parker School, she was the founding Preschool Director at the Harker School, and a 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 and made the move from the 'burbs in 2009. Since the arrival of her son, Evan, Andrea finds that free-time & fun have been radically redefined to include children's story times at the local children's bookstore, a million pushes on the swing at the toddler park, and going to bed as early as possible on Saturday nights. (She wouldn't have it any other way.)
Transitional Kindergarten 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. She finds that Parker School perpetually challenges and shapes her as a teacher and as an individual in all the right ways. On a personal note, she enjoys exploring the city, watching movies, and cuddling with her cat Jiji.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AM NURSERY TEACHER
Tiffany grew up in a tight knit family and was the oldest of all her siblings and cousins. Having always been in the company of small children, caring for them is something that simply comes second nature to her. Around age 9 she knew she wanted to be an early childhood teacher and has never questioned that calling. Just as soon as she got her driver's license she began her career working with children.
Tiffany brings a wealth of experience from a multitude of positions as a nanny, dance instructor, nursery teacher, parent-tot teacher, after school program director and summer camp director. Her own experience as a mother brought her to find a love for Waldorf education. She has since completed a Waldorf teacher training certificate program and was most recently employed at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula before returning to college to further her education.
Tiffany is mother to two delightful teenage daughters, a family dog, a ball python, and a flock of six chickens. In her spare time she loves creating textile crafts and enjoying many of the live musical acts San Francisco has to offer. Her favorite part about her own childhood was baking cookies and going to dance class. She studied classical ballet and contemporary jazz dance for 15 years, and cookies (with milk) is still her favorite food to eat.
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.
Little Red School Bus Teacher
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Jen has lived in San Francisco for 20 years. Jen received her BA in Anthropology from San Francisco State University and studied Child Development at City College of San Francisco. Prior to her time at Parker School, Jen was in restaurant management. After working many years in the industry and starting a family, Jen decided to change careers. Beginning in 2017, Jen took on the role as substitute teacher at Parker School and quickly realized that she had found a very special community. Jen is looking forward to joining the Little Red School Bus team in 2019 and exploring the Bay Area with her Parker School Friends.
In her free time, Jen enjoys spending time at Baker Beach with her son and dog – Dalton and Maebelle. Jen also enjoys ceramics and travel and is currently training for her fifth bike ride down the coast with AIDS Lifecycle.