Faculty & Staff

Administration, Faculty, and Staff by Program

 

Elementary Program:

Randall Johnson, Elementary Program Director

IMG_6850smallRandall Johnson joined Katherine Michiels School in 1985 as an art specialist and preschool teacher, and became a Kindergarten teacher in 1993 and Elementary Program Director in 1995. A graduate of Washington State University, Johnson continued his studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. He also has trained with High Scope and Reggio Emilia for project-based learning, and received additional training in crisis prevention and intervention from Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma. A member of the Open Mind Board of Trustees, Johnson comes from a family of educators; two sisters are teachers, and his mother, Arden Johnson, taught Kindergarten for more than 20 years. Johnson’s son, Sam, and daughter, Elly, graduated from KMS. His background and devotion to children made him an excellent candidate to join the Open Mind Board of Trustees, which he did in 2000.

“I’ve learned so much about what truly matters in life from working with the children and staff here. Being an educator has taught me an amazing amount about what children can do if given the chance. I am proud to be helping to create progressive, innovative school programs that benefit and love children.”

Laura Zellerbach, Director of Curriculum and Staff Development

IMG_6851smallLaura Zellerbach started working at KMS in 2013. She initially discovered the world of children while working at the Toddler Center in the Psychology Department of Barnard College in New York City. It was here she first saw the excitement, wonder, and emotion that young children bring to every moment. After Barnard she went on to graduate school at Bank Street College of Education where she received her Masters of Science in Education. She became certified to teach newborns through second grade, and has since worked extensively with young children and their families in multiple settings. She believes passionately that every child should have high quality education starting from the very youngest years; she has worked with infants and toddlers in rural South Africa, and serves on the board of directors for Tandem, which is a non-profit promoting early literacy and family engagement in the bay area.

“I believe that all children should be provided with a stimulating, play-based setting where they can explore and interact with the world around them. The sense of community and connection between home and school at KMS create a wonderful environment for children. I feel so lucky to be able to spend my day working with children, parents, and teachers, and to experience the world through their eyes!”

Maria Luna, Director of De Colores Spanish Language and Culture Programs.

IMG_6833Maria Luna has been at KMS since 1983, and is the parent of a KMS Graduate. She is a qualified teacher with over 25 years of experience and a BA in Humanities. Maria has been teaching children from Preschool to 8th grade in public and private schools in the Bay Area, she’s a professional dancer with Ballet Folklorico Ensembles. Over the years, she has developed creative, innovative programs and curriculums that have reached a large number of students.

Mrs. Luna has collaborated with educational organizations such as World Arts Wests and Young Audiences of Northern California.

Alden Fletcher, Atelierista

IMG_6822Alden attended KMS from age 3 through 2nd grade. She is an alum of The Oxbow School, the country’s only studio arts high school semester program, where arts and academics are taught in an interdisciplinary, integrated approach – similar to KMS. She went on to get her degree in Painting with High Honors from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Before coming to KMS in 2008, she worked as an Assistant teacher at the UCSB Summer Arts Institute and as an Instructional Aid at the San Roque School in Santa Barbara. In addition to being an Ultimate Frisbee athlete, she has been co-director of “Cool camp: Summer camp” for the past 12 years.

“KMS formed the foundation of the person I am today. While I gained many things from my time at KMS, most important was a strong sense of self-confidence. It was a confidence that grew from the teachers trusting each child’s ability to make their own decisions. Having experienced the power of that teaching style and the effect it can have on a person’s approach to life, it is my goal in the classroom to continue to instill that quality in my students. I want them to know, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. (Dr. Seuss)”

Allen Kushinsky, Upper Elementary Teacher

IMG_6847smallAllen joined KMS in 2008 as an Upper Elementary Teacher. He received his master’s degree and teaching credential from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Upon graduation, he taught for one year at an independent school in Manhattan. The following year he returned home to start a career with Katherine Michiels School. After five memorable years with KMS, Allen traveled to Thailand, where he taught first grade at an International Baccalaureate School, and spent those two years cultivating a wonderful bond with a special person to whom he is now married. Oom and Allen live happily together in the Bay Area, just down the street from school. Allen returned from Thailand in 2013, and he is back on board the elementary program at KMS.

“KMS is a very special place for me because it puts the image of the child at the forefront of her learning journey. I am so happy to be re-united with a school that values the child as a competent collaborator and explorer, honors the relationships between students, families, and teachers, and fosters awareness of the learning environment at any given moment. It’s great to be back home!”

Charlotte Mosher, Elementary Math Specialist

IMG_6873Charlotte joined KMS in early 2016 as an Elementary Math Specialist. Her career in the education sector began over 20 years ago as a middle-school mathematics teacher in the NJ public school system where within a few years she was offered a teaching role within an award-winning program working with gifted youth. In 2001, Charlotte moved to California where she spent one year as a classroom teacher before taking a position as an Instructional Reform Facilitator with SFUSD. When motherhood arrived Charlotte took a few years off from work to raise her son. Upon re-entering the workforce she launched an independent tutoring business, eventually finding her way back to classroom teaching in the private school setting. Her passion for learning leads her to continuously nurture her professional development by participating in workshops and continuing education courses. One of her simple joys is checking her mailbox for NCTM’s Teaching Children Mathematics magazine arrival. As a dedicated teacher, Charlotte‘s goal is to inspire students to love mathematics as much as she does.

Gaydean Valdez, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher/Garden Coordinator

IMG_6829A classroom and garden teacher, Valdez received her certification from the Center for Horticultural Therapy Studies in Denver, and is a member of the American Horticultural Therapy Association, Northern California Chapter. Valdez joined KMS in 2002, bringing to the school her experience as a vocational supervisor and counselor for developmentally disabled adults and disturbed teens. She received her preschool teacher certificate from the American College of Early Childhood Education.

“I love being a teacher. Working with young children and their families is a daily gift. Each child is so unique with his or her own personality, temperament and talents. Yet they all show me the same thing-how to love unconditionally.”

Lilac Kenner, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

IMG_6825Lilac Kenner started working at KMS in 2017. She completed her bachelor’s in psychology from Ben-Gurion University in Israel in 2016. She is passionate about working with children and has taken every opportunity to do so. She first began working with children in 2013, taking part in a big sister program that reaches out to at-risk youth. It is here that she first discovered her love for working with children. She has since volunteered in a kindergarten for kids with below average literacy skills, worked with at-risk youth, and has been a behavioral technician for children with Autism. Her greatest goal when working with children is to empower them to become confident, curious and independent. She is adaptable, empathetic and enthusiastic about education. These qualities enable her to create exciting and appealing curricula for every individual student.

“Children are strong, resilient and competent. They simply need a nurturing and loving environment that will foster their imagination, potential and abilities; I aim to provide that ideal environment for all the children in my classroom.”

Preschool Program:

Yolanda Ancheta, Infant & Toddler and Preschool Director

YolandaYolanda Ancheta earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the National Teachers College in Manila, Philippines, majoring in History and minoring in Library Science. She taught high school for seven years and two years as a part time Colllege instructor at the De Lasalle Univeristy – Manila.  In 1993 she received her Certificate of Completion in early childhood education from the City College of San Francisco. Two years later Ancheta joined KMS in 1995 where she says she finds “inspiration and challenge” in her young students’ intelligence, eagerness and curiosity.

“My goal is to provide a happy and successful beginning to the child’s learning experience away from the home, with the hope that such a beginning will have a lasting effect on that child’s future development.”

Laura Zellerbach, Director of Curriculum and Staff Development

IMG_6851smallLaura Zellerbach started working at KMS in 2013. She initially discovered the world of children while working at the Toddler Center in the Psychology Department of Barnard College in New York City. It was here she first saw the excitement, wonder, and emotion that young children bring to every moment. After college she went on to graduate school at Bank Street College of Education where she received her Masters of Science in Education. She became certified to teach newborns through second grade, and has since worked extensively with young children and their families in multiple settings. She believes passionately that every child should have high quality education starting from the very youngest years; she has worked with infants and toddlers in rural South Africa, and serves on the board of directors for Tandem, which is a non-profit promoting early literacy and family engagement in the bay area.

“I believe that all children should be provided with a stimulating, play-based setting where they can explore and interact with the world around them. The sense of community and connection between home and school at KMS create a wonderful environment for children. I feel so lucky to be able to spend my day working with children, parents, and teachers, and to experience the world through their eyes!”

Maria Luna, Director of De Colores Spanish Language and Culture Programs.

IMG_6833Maria Luna has been at KMS since 1983, and is the parent of a KMS Graduate. She is a qualified teacher with over 25 years of experience and a BA in Humanities. Maria has been teaching children from Preschool to 8th grade in public and private schools in the Bay Area, she’s a professional dancer with Ballet Folklorico Ensembles. Over the years, she has developed creative, innovative programs and curriculums that have reached a large number of students.

Mrs. Luna has collaborated with educational organizations such as World Arts Wests and Young Audiences of Northern California.

Alden Fletcher, Atelierista

IMG_6822Alden attended KMS from age 3 through 2nd grade. She is an alum of The Oxbow School, the country’s only studio arts high school semester program, where arts and academics are taught in an interdisciplinary, integrated approach – similar to KMS. She went on to get her degree in Painting with High Honors from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Before coming to KMS in 2008, she worked as an Assistant teacher at the UCSB Summer Arts Institute and as an Instructional Aid at the San Roque School in Santa Barbara. In addition to being an Ultimate Frisbee athlete, she has been co-director of “Cool camp: Summer camp” for the past 12 years.

“KMS formed the foundation of the person I am today. While I gained many things from my time at KMS, most important was a strong sense of self-confidence. It was a confidence that grew from the teachers trusting each child’s ability to make their own decisions. Having experienced the power of that teaching style and the effect it can have on a person’s approach to life, it is my goal in the classroom to continue to instill that quality in my students. I want them to know, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. (Dr. Seuss)”

Carlota “Loty” Arteaga, Preschool Teacher

IMG_6817Loty joined KMS in 2006, supporting the Pumpkins in the KMS Preschool Program! She is also an essential component to the success of the De Colores Spanish Culture and Language Program under the direction of Maria Luna; by contributing her energy and knowledge she acquaints children with key concepts through conversation, song and play. Loty worked as a High School advisor for six years in her native Peru. She is currently completing her degree in Child Development at City College of San Francisco. Loty is the devoted mother of two children.

“I love the way KMS lets the children explore and choose, so that they can learn and discover new things on their own. I admire the teamwork and cooperation that exists between the teachers.”

 Lea Lamzon, Preschool Teacher

lea Lea Lamzon started working at KMS in 2006. As a teacher originally from the Philippines, she has extensive experience working with children as a babysitter and in private schools. She is also a Certified Nursing Assistant.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I enjoy being part of a team of people that shares the same passion for working with children, wonderful parents and a supportive staff.”

Jette Dahingo, Preschool Teacher

IMG_6839Jette started working at KMS in 2015. She is a graduate of BS Child Development and Education from Miriam College, Philippines.  For over ten years, she has taught all subjects in preschool and English in grade school.  She has also worked as a preschool coordinator and assistant to the director, all in the Philippines.  She just moved to the United States in 2014 and feels privileged to continue her teaching career at KMS.

“This is my first year at KMS and I am very excited to meet and work with a new community.  I’m looking forward to sharing my skills and talents and learn from everybody in the KMS family.”

 Dracy Silva, Preschool Teacher

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Dracy started working at KMS in 2016. She is originally from Nicaragua, and moved to the United States at age 18. During the process she learned English, made new friends, and discovered her passion in working with young children. She attended Skyline College in San Bruno, where she met amazing educators. They all furthered her knowledge in Child Development and Psychology. In 2014, she transferred to California State University East Bay, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development with an emphasis in early childhood. Dracy believes that educators have the power to teach children how to think, not what to think. Children have the ability to learn in their environment through free exploration and activities based on their interest.

“I feel excited and honored to be a part of KMS and continue to learn from the children and their families.” 

Madhubanti “Moon” Bhattacharya, Preschool Teacher

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Moon started working at KMS in 2017. She is an excellent communicator, bringing changes in the lives of many students. She models children’s futures and navigates them with the right guidance and moral support. She performs to the expectations of KMS and is a team player. Her education includes early childhood education and a masters in English. Her expertise ranges from brilliant interactions, strong command over three languages, and efficiency in technology.

 

Infant & Toddler Program:

Yolanda Ancheta, Infant & Toddler Co-Director and Preschool Director

YolandaYolanda Ancheta earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the National Teachers College in Manila, Philippines, majoring in History and minoring in Library Science. She taught high school for seven years and two years as a part-time College instructor at the De Lasalle Univeristy – Manila.  In 1993 she received her Certificate of Completion in early childhood education from the City College of San Francisco. Two years later Ancheta joined KMS in 1995 where she says she finds “inspiration and challenge” in her young students’ intelligence, eagerness, and curiosity.

“My goal is to provide a happy and successful beginning to the child’s learning experience away from the home, with the hope that such a beginning will have a lasting effect on that child’s future development.”

Adelina Lopez, Infant/Toddler Co-Director

adelinaAdelina has worked in the Early Childhood Education field since 2007. She started at KMS in 2015 as a Floater/Sub and eventually was offered a permanent position as an Infant/Toddler Teacher. She knew at an early age that she wanted to work with children. She entered the Infant Room one day and never looked back!

“I love bonding with a baby and having the privilege of watching these little beings discover the world around them, and celebrating their milestones.”

 Laura Zellerbach, Director of Curriculum and Staff Development

IMG_6851smallLaura Zellerbach started working at KMS in 2013. She initially discovered the world of children while working at the Toddler Center in the Psychology Department of Barnard College in New York City. It was here she first saw the excitement, wonder, and emotion that young children bring to every moment. After college she went on to graduate school at Bank Street College of Education where she received her Masters of Science in Education. She became certified to teach newborns through second grade, and has since worked extensively with young children and their families in multiple settings. She believes passionately that every child should have high quality education starting from the very youngest years; she has worked with infants and toddlers in rural South Africa, and serves on the board of directors for Tandem, which is a non-profit promoting early literacy and family engagement in the bay area.

“I believe that all children should be provided with a stimulating, play-based setting where they can explore and interact with the world around them. The sense of community and connection between home and school at KMS create a wonderful environment for children. I feel so lucky to be able to spend my day working with children, parents, and teachers, and to experience the world through their eyes!”

Maria Luna, Director of De Colores Spanish Language and Culture Programs.

IMG_6833Maria Luna has been at KMS since 1983, and is the parent of a KMS Graduate. She is a qualified teacher with over 25 years of experience and a BA in Humanities. Maria has been teaching children from Preschool to 8th grade in public and private schools in the Bay Area, she’s a professional dancer with Ballet Folklorico Ensembles. Over the years, she has developed creative, innovative programs and curriculums that have reached a large number of students.

Mrs. Luna has collaborated with educational organizations such as World Arts Wests and Young Audiences of Northern California.

Alden Fletcher, Atelierista

IMG_6822Alden attended KMS from age 3 through 2nd grade. She is an alum of The Oxbow School, the country’s only studio arts high school semester program, where arts and academics are taught in an interdisciplinary, integrated approach – similar to KMS. She went on to get her degree in Painting with High Honors from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Before coming to KMS in 2008, she worked as an Assistant teacher at the UCSB Summer Arts Institute and as an Instructional Aid at the San Roque School in Santa Barbara. In addition to being an Ultimate Frisbee athlete, she has been co-director of “Cool camp: Summer camp” for the past 12 years.

“KMS formed the foundation of the person I am today. While I gained many things from my time at KMS, most important was a strong sense of self-confidence. It was a confidence that grew from the teachers trusting each child’s ability to make their own decisions. Having experienced the power of that teaching style and the effect it can have on a person’s approach to life, it is my goal in the classroom to continue to instill that quality in my students. I want them to know, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. (Dr. Seuss)”

 Fany Alvarez, Infant/Toddler Teacher

IMG_6866Fany started working at KMS in 2017. She has dynamic experience as a private childcare provider, preschool teacher, and as an infant/toddler teacher. She enjoys working with children because of her involvement with their development and growing processes. Fany has many talents when working with kids which include singing, dancing, and an overall understanding and loving perspective. She is hardworking and excels in working as a team at KMS.

Andrea Quimson, Infant/Toddler Teaching Assistant

IMG_6844Andrea Quimson started working at KMS in 2016. She has been working with children for most of her life. Growing up with two much younger siblings at home, she not only learned how to take care of them, but to also be their companion and guide them as they grow older. Her previous experience includes working at her local church’s nursery every Sunday as well as working at Evergreen Valley Child Care Center as a teacher’s aid. She is currently a student at San Francisco State University, a Sunday School teacher at San Jose Church of Christ, as well as a proud staff member of Katherine Michiels School’s Peach Program.  

Jessica Galarza, Infant/Toddler Teaching Assistant

IMG_6845Jessica has been working at Katherine Michiel’s School since 2016 when she was a freshman in high school. Through the work study program offered by Immaculate Conception Academy (ICA), Jessica was presented with the opportunity to spend the summer supporting the De Colores camp under the supervision of Maria Luna. What she discovered was that she not only loved the connection she had with the children but she realized that this was something she definitely wanted to continue doing later in life. Fortunately, Jessica was able to grow with the De Colores summer camp for another two years and soon after she was asked to support them in their after school activities. Little by little her presence in the school began to grow and over time she had the privilege of being able to aid and understand various age groups. Jessica is currently studying at City College of San Francisco and is looking to major in Math but is taking some child development courses to try and strengthen her skills as a teacher.

“I strongly believe that communication is immensely important in one’s life. I want to be able to show all the young minds what that looks like.”

 Maria Valencia Peterson

mariaMaria started working at KMS in 2017. She is extremely excited and thrilled to be part of the KMS family because it gives her the opportunity to have a positive nurturing impact on the children at KMS. She believes all children deserve the right to be treated with respect, to be loved and a have strong sense of security wherever they are regardless of their family structure, background, gender, religion and physical well being. She will do her best to promote and support children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs at by guiding them as the endeavor to try new experiences that will improve their development. Allowing children to play and explore their surrounding with supervision is important to her as it allows them to grow with a sense of independence that in turn enables them to make the right choices and learn from the not so good choices. She strongly believes in having positive trusting relationships with not only the children but also their parents, relatives and close family friends. Her views are that parents have the right to be respected and have input in how their children are learning and growing at KMS. Children’s earliest development and learning takes place through these relationships, particularly within families, who are children’s first and most influential educators.

After School & Enrichment Programs:

Nikki Nutterfield, After School Coordinator

IMG_6869Nicole Nutterfield started working at KMS in 2017. She is a San Francisco Native whose passion for social justice and performing arts began at a young age while her mother worked for the Upward Bound Program at the University of San Francisco guiding first generation, low-income high school students through college. With almost two decades of technical experience in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, and contemporary, she enjoys exploring the often-blurry line between these disciplines and more pedestrian movement. She began working for the San Francisco Zoo’s Animal Resource Center at the age of twelve, educating children and working hands-on with the animals. Nicole then went on to receive further dance training at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, where the dance curriculum allowed her to experience training under instructors associated with Alonzo King LINES Ballet and ODC Dance Commons, here in San Francisco. Her exposure to the importance of education and her familiarity with the University of San Francisco, naturally motivated her to attend and pursue her BA in Performing Arts & Social Justice with a concentration in Dance. Her college career allowed her to facilitate movement based curriculum classes with folks of all ages and it was through these courses that the intersectionality of her passions came from combining skills gained through experiences with those she found in the PASJ program – mainly, care and compassion for community engagement and improvement.

“I am a dancer who uses movement to understand the world. In whatever I do, I believe that art needs to be done wholeheartedly and with intention. I am open to discourse and discussion. I am not fluent and I hope to be challenged. I am a person who carries all of my identities, relationships, and experiences in every thought and action. I believe that art comes from the soul. As a teacher and artist, it is my job to evoke something in the heart. Whether it is joy, sadness, or anger; I want to stir something in order to get them to think.

Caleb DuBois, After School Teacher

calebCaleb started working at KMS in 2017. He grew up in San Francisco’s Mission district where he first discovered his love for martial arts at the age of 5. Since then, his achievements in martial arts grew and has allowed him to go to 8 countries! He’s learned so many incredible things along the way, from how different cultures do different things to discovering new foods and places. The most important thing he’s learned is children are the future and should be celebrated by being given the tools and skills they need to succeed. Caleb’s love of helping people doesn’t stop at Katherine Michiels School, he hopes to become a firefighter, and is well on his way with an opportunity to get an emergency medical technician certification and later, a paramedic certification from the University of California San Francisco.

Eugene Lee, After School Teacher

IMG_6857Eugene started working at KMS in 2017. He grew up in San Francisco and after practicing architecture for several years, he decided to focus on arts education and received a California Teaching Credential in art.  He has spent the past seven years working with preschool and school-age children in both public and private school settings.  Eugene believes in the power of learning through projects: asking questions, developing and reworking ideas, and deepening one’s understanding through the process.  Having worked in schools with the Reggio Emilia approach, Eugene hopes to build upon the children’s knowledge here at KMS and facilitate greater projects and learning experiences.

Open Mind Administration:

Randa Atkins, Administrative Director

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Randa grew up in San Francisco’s vibrant mission district, where her family embraced the culture and arts as she was growing up.  After graduating from Katherine Michiels School’s preschool program, she went on to Rooftop Elementary School and Children’s After School Arts (CASA), The Bay School of San Francisco, and later the University of Pennsylvania. It was in high school that Randa first began subbing, planning curriculum for, and teaching young children in her own dance classes. She taught toddlers creative movement, intro to ballet, and jazz dancing at the studio where she studied herself: Shan Yee Poon Ballet School. From there, her passion for teaching young children and working in schools only grew. After graduating from UPenn, she attended CCSF to gain her early childhood education credits towards her site supervisor permit. She has since worked as a lead teacher, teacher mentor, site supervisor, and curriculum specialist in various bay area early childhood settings. She regularly attended the San Francisco Child Care Planning and Advisory Council both during and after her studies, nurturing a passion for local education policy and management. In 2016, Randa and a fellow passionate educator founded IteachKids.org, a site for educators and parents alike to find creative inspiration for lesson plans that focus on and are drawn from the arts. Considering starting her own school, Randa was more than excited to return to KMS in 2017 in this administrative role when offered. Randa brings a passion for community, children, and educators and as an alumna, aims to carry the torch of KMS philosophy, establishing KMS as a trans-generational institution for years to come.

“My dream is to change the culture we live in into one that supports and loves our invaluable teachers. Only through empowering our teachers can we build the next generation of thoughtful citizens.”

Erin Sullivan, Office Administrator and School Receptionist


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Erin started working at KMS in 2017. She grew up in the Bernal Heights district of San Francisco. She graduated with a degree in Psychology from Humboldt State University and has since moved back to San Francisco. With a passion for social justice and creating a sustainable community in the city she grew up in, she has always been drawn to education and working with youth.  Working in the administrative sector of KMS allows her the outlet to engage her mindset into a career.

Mentors:

Katherine Michiels, Founder

Katherine MichielsA graduate of San Francisco State University with a major in biology and a minor in dance, intending to become a physical therapist. In 1976 Katherine Michiels decided to change her interest to Early Childhood Education and continued her studies at Skyline College. There she met and was profoundly influenced by David Giveans and his progressive early-childhood teaching model. At his suggestion, she studied the British Infant Schools in London, and later visited more than 50 educational facilities in various countries. Michiels’s daughter, Mary Katherine, graduated from KMS.

All my life I have been drawn to children and felt their joy. When I realized I wanted to make a difference in this world, I decided I could do it best by working with and being an advocate for children and childhood.  Establishing the Katherine Michiels School and later accepting the invitation to Chair the Board of Open Mind: A Project for the Education and Development of Children are the direct result.

Naama Zoran, Developmental Psychologist and Education Consultant

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Naama Zoran began her mentoring relationship with KMS in 2000 and continues to consult and provide training sessions with the school. She has worked in early childhood development for over 30 years, has extensive experience with the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy, and was among the founders of the birth – three Early Childhood Department for the Ministry of Education in Israel. Naama brought the Reggio Emilia approach to Israel in 1998, and she is the Reggio Children International representative for Israel, in the Reggio Emilia International Network. Since 2011, Naama has been the Director of Education of MJP, a preschool in Mequon, Milwaukee.

Naama’ s extensive experience with the Reggio Emilia early educational philosophy, her annual lectures at the N.A.E.Y.C. conventions, her publications and her hands-on work with children in Israel and here at KMS, have led to the development of the KMS approach based on the best of the Reggio Emilia philosophy and the relationships between child, parent and teacher, between home and school.

Bonnie Murray Tamblyn, Certified Council Facilitator and Trainer

Bonnie photo from internetBonnie Tamblyn is a Certified Council Facilitator and Trainer with the Center for Council Training at The Ojai Foundation and serves in an advisory body to the TOF Board. She currently is writing curriculum for the Council in Schools Program. Bonnie first interned as a Council Facilitator in 1993 at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences and then taught there for 17 years. She facilitated at Palms Middle School, where she met Joe Provisor, and brought the program to Santa Monica Alternative School (SMASH) and Archer School for Girls. She conducts yearly Council Intensives for GiRLFeST Hawaii, whose mission is to prevent violence against women and girls through education and art. A singer-songwriter as well, Bonnie’s passion is building community, giving voice to the human story, whether told in a Council Circle, or shared on stage with a guitar in her arms.

Bonnie’s mentor-ship with KMS started in 2011 when she trained our founder, faculty and directors to be facilitators of Council, connecting social-emotional to academic learning.  With her continued mentor-ship and deepening of Council, KMS is the first preschool/elementary in northern California to embrace the practice of Council.