Teacher Tiffany has been an Early Childhood educator for over 15 years and loves being a part of children’s first school experiences. She loves the close-knit sense of community at Bunker Hill and prioritizes building relationships with each and every family. Teacher Tiffany holds a Site Supervisor Permit with CA CTC and an AS in ECE from Cañada College. She has known since kindergarten that she wanted to be a teacher, and now she champions hands-on play-based learning for preschoolers. She especially enjoys science and literature in early childhood education and has been taking classes to learn how to write children’s books.
Teacher Tiffany has two children who are suddenly now adults themselves- as they grew, she was very involved in Girls Scouts, parent boards, Little League, and parent participation schools. Now at home Teacher Tiffany has three fur babies who keep her very busy going on hikes and on weekend trips to Tahoe.
Mollie is excited to join the Bunker Hill community this year. She has taught preschool through first grade for over ten years, and most recently was a co-op parent with her own two children. Her special interests in Early Childhood Education are learning through play and hands-on exploration, messy and open-ended art, special needs and cultural inclusion, incorporating the vast and magical world of children’s literature into the learning environment, and nurturing the relationships between all community members in order to provide a happy and healthy learning environment.
Mollie is drawn to Bunker Hill by its amazing outdoor space, its rich play-based curriculum, and its strong sense of community.
Favorite teaching tools are-
Observation to really understand a child’s development and interests. Flexibility in how we approach a child’s needs in the environment.
Favorite children’s author and illustrator is Tomie diPaola, though she is equally inspired by beloved classics and newer, culturally inclusive children’s literature.
When Mollie is not at school she can be found adventuring with her family, discovering new places even as a Bay Area native, and practicing the art of slowing down and living mindfully.
Teacher Sarah uses her background in design to encourage children to view the world through a lens of wonder. She co-oped with both of her children at Bunker Hill, and fell in love with the generous and empathetic community fostered among our teachers and parents. Teacher Sarah embraces our sticky friends spirit, and has a passion for working with young children and Early Childhood Education. She believes that children benefit greatly from a connection to nature and jumps at the opportunity to help them explore the natural world in our meadow and 93 acre woods. When not picking up bugs, Teacher Sarah can be found crafting small costumes for her gecko.
Teacher Michelle has been working with children of many ages for over 20 years. She studied ECE at Skyline College and has held a Site Supervisor Permit with CA CTC since 2007. Through her career, Teacher Michelle has found a love of all things ooey and gooey and is never one to shy away from a messy project! She is amazed by preschoolers’ thirst for information and knowledge, how excited they are about each day, and the incredible thinking that they do! Teacher Michelle loves to find opportunities to be curious about science with children and explore the world around us.
Teacher Michelle grew up on the Peninsula and still calls it home with her husband and 7-year-old son. When she is not at school, you can find her exploring the area’s creeks and rivers with her son looking for the perfect muck to build aqueducts in or on a baseball field cheering on her favorite Little League player.
Katie has a Bachelors in Political Science (Pre-Law), an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education, and is currently working on her Masters in Political Psychology. This will be her 6th year teaching preschool. Outside of school she loves hiking, camping, yoga, reading and Harry Potter. In addition, she loves painting and art, she is looking forward to doing a lot of art through this school year with our friends. She is very excited to be a part of such a wonderful school and community!
Favorite teaching tool: Communication, Freedom of expression
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!
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