Our Teachers

Kelly Bower

Director, Pre K Teacher and Freestyle Fridays Teacher

Kelly Bower has been at Bunker Hill since 1999 and has taught preschool since 1986 in California. She has a BA in Child Development from Humboldt State University and a Masters of Public Administration from Notre Dame in Belmont and also holds a California Child Development Director’s Permit.

Kelly is married and has three children, two sons and a daughter. A Bunker Hill alumni family, participating in the Pre-K program with our youngest son. They enjoy beach walks with their dogs,  sunsets, and spending as much time as possible together as a family.

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Note From Tacher Kelly:

“At Bunker Hill I enjoy working with families and the great teaching staff. The outside areas create inspiring curriculum and motivate me, as a teacher, to explore learning in our natural environment. At Bunker Hill the home/school bond is strong and valued and working with families, not just children, makes a huge difference in the quality of education provided. I am proud to be part of such a great community.”

Vanessa DeGrazia-Nielsen

3 Day Teacher

Vanessa DeGrazia-Nielsen has been working in the early childhood education field for nearly 20 years. She earned a B.A. in Child & Adolescent Development through San Francisco State University and gained experience as a Preschool Teacher for several years before helping families of young children through the Head Start program as a Family Service Worker and later as a Disabilities Assistant. Vanessa has also been employed with the regional center as a Counselor to assist families and children with disabilities through case management services.

Vanessa is married with two young children and loves to be creative, cook, bake, hike, explore, go on adventures, and spend time with her extended family. She started working at Bunker Hill when her son was enrolled and is excited to continue her journey working with and learning from young children and families.

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Note from Teacher Vanessa:

“I love being around preschoolers and learning to see the world through their eyes. I believe young children learn through fun, hands-on experiences and hope to bring a nurturing, playful, and exciting element to children’s development through play. I also enjoy supporting other parents and being part of such an enriching community that is a co-op.”

Beau Hamada

2 Day Teacher, Co-Teacher 3 Day and Pre K

Beau began her work with children in High school through her love of sports. Since she was very involved in multiple sports she would volunteer at volleyball and basketball camps for children ages 5-12. This definitely grew her love for working with children. From there, Beau worked as a Nanny for multiple families and expanded her work with children and her education at Sonoma State University where she graduated with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education.


Note from Beau:

“I love working with children because I truly believe being able to watch and influence a child’s growth and development is one of the most gratifying privileges, and helped me realize how rewarding a career in Early Childhood Education could be.”


Sarah Bustin

2 Day Teacher’s Aide

Sarah has a background in design and enjoys crafting of many kids. She is also Bunker Hill alumni, she spent the past 6yrs co-oping with her two children embracing the Bunker Hill spirit and developing a passion for working with children and now wants to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education.


Note from Sarah:

“I believe children benefit from a connection to nature and Bunker Hill is a perfect place to experience it. I also love the sense of community at Bunker Hill and how much we can learn from each other.”