Teacher Marisa has been an Early Childhood educator for 20 years. Working with preschoolers is her passion, and she recognizes that the parent/guardian partnership is what makes it most successful. Her experience comes from working as a lead preschool teacher and coordinator for 14 years and a director for 6 years in programs that support hands-on, play-based learning with a parent participation component. Teacher Marisa takes pride in keeping current with research and teaching trends in the field and strives to incorporate new ideas into the curriculum whenever possible. She holds a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from California State University East Bay and a Director credential from the state of CA.
Teacher Marisa loves spending time with her husband and their three children exploring walking and biking trails around the bay area, she enjoys trying out new gluten-free baking recipes, and of course hanging out with her mischievous yellow Lab named Luna.
Teacher Sarah has a background in design and enjoys crafting of many kids. She is also Bunker Hill alumni, she spent the past 6 years 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.
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.A note from Teacher Sarah
Teacher Lexi has studied early childhood education at Sonoma State University and hopes to work next toward her Master Teacher certification while teaching at Bunker Hill. She has experience working with preschool aged children both in home and school settings, and is passionate about learning through play and the outdoors. Teacher Lexi is so excited to work alongside parents to bring messes, problem-solving, and curiosity to 3Day!
Bunker Hill drew Teacher Leslie in with Banana Slugs and Fanny Hill. She is a sixteen year preschool teacher with a passion for exploring the outdoors with young children. Her enthusiasm for childhood started early with five younger siblings. Leslie describes herself as a lifelong learner holding a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Early Childhood Development from San Jose State University. She also maintains a Site Supervisor Permit through the office of education.
She loves to get messy and creative in the classroom. Her true passion is empowering young children and simply being present for the phenomenal development that happens in the preschool years. Leslie lives on the coast with her two children and five pets, including one pandemic puppy named Jelly Bean.
“I feel so lucky to join the Bunker Hill community. I’m looking forward to learning and growing together. There are so many opportunities for magic in a co-op school with such abundant access to the outdoors. I can’t wait to put my purple rain boots on and get outside with the Pre-K class!”A note from Teacher Leslie
Teacher Laura has been working with young children for over 25 years. As an Early Childhood educator she has worked with typically developing children and children with Special Needs in inclusive settings as well as a Special Day Class. She’s received her ECE education through the San Mateo County Community College system and has attended numerous trainings and teaching conferences throughout the years. For Teacher Laura, being a teacher and making those important connections with children and families has always been a sincerely rewarding part of her career.
She loves spending time with her husband, two grown children and her dogs. They have a cabin in the Sierras where they spend time together as often as they can. She enjoys walking local trails, gardening and floral design. She is also a big baseball fan- Go Giants!!
Sticky the Banana Slug
Meet Sticky, Bunker Hill’s beloved banana slug mascot! Sticky is often found while hiking in the 93 acre woods at the back of campus. Children in our programs delight in identifying him and his relatives while hiking and learning about his natural habitat. He is famous for inspiring Bunker Hill’s motto, where sticky friends are quickly made, which is also a reference to the sticky fun children experience with a variety of mediums, including slime! Sticky is lovingly embraced by the community in song, art projects, and slug references throughout the school including Bananagrams, Banana Screens, Sticky Notes and Sticky Packets!