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 

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.”

 

 

 

Mariana Nguyen

2 Day 

Teacher Mariana has her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Children’s Literature and her Child Development Teacher Permit.  She has had the privilege of working with children for the past 9 years.  She has experience in general and special education setting both in preschool and elementary school.

Teacher Mariana is married and has one son.  She enjoys traveling, reading, and being active in her community.

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Note from Teacher Mariana:

I believe that children learn by doing, exploring, playing, and collaborating.  I strive to foster a love of learning through creativity and wonder.”

 

Beau Hamada

Aide 

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.

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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.”

“Ensuring children are given the proper tools to support their development forges a path for their future endeavors. When we support capable learners and put focus into our youth, we can create a brighter future.”