Our program provides a safe, nurturing, loving, and caring environment by having a well-rounded, educated, CPR- and First Aid-trained staff. To assure safety and supervision, we keep a low child/adult ratio of 5:1.
Teacher Marlene (Director)
I have been in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years as a childcare provider, lead teacher, and director.
I value the importance of building community, trust, and relationships with the children and their families, providing a circle of support and guidance for each child.
Taking from many learning theorists and teaching methods, I believe that children discover their understanding of the world though interacting and exploring it along with their peers and community. As a teacher, it is my role to facilitate, guide, and inspire each child’s love of learning.
I was born and raised in Southern California and moved up north to Marin about 5 years ago and love it.
I completed my Early Childhood Education units at College of Marin and started working as an Associate/Lead Teacher for an after school program with the Mill Valley School District. During my time-off in the summers I would substitute at preschools and developed a love for the preschool age and loved working with the younger kids. I have also been a Teacher Aide at the elementary schools as well as a nanny for a family I met through the school.
I enjoy being around children, learning from them, getting creative with them and teaching them new things. In my free time I love being outdoors, doing yoga, working on various crafts and most of all spending time with my fiancé and two year old daughter.
I was born in Long Beach, California and moved to Sacramento, where I worked for Easter Seals Supported Employment Program. I went on to work for Easter Seals in Colorado and Santa Cruz’s SEA Program (Special Education Augmentation), mainstreaming and working 1:1 with children, educators, families, and The Department of Rehabilitation.
Through the years I have facilitated Early Childhood Education Workshops, piloted implementation of Multi-Age Classrooms, worked in the Community, Classroom, and School Office for 24 years, with the last 10 years being a dedicated Preschool Director.
I am overjoyed to be in the classroom educating, supporting, and nurturing children, families, and my community!
I believe children to be our teachers, future leaders, and our hope. The children and families make contributions to my daily life and continue to remind me of my purpose.
I spend my free time reading, being outdoors and one with nature as often as possible, and enjoying family time with my husband Stephen, our five children, five grandchildren, while enthusiastically awaiting the birth of our sixth grandchild.
“It is not half so important to know as to feel when introducing a young child to the natural world.” -Rachel Carson