About : Team

Team

Cow Hollow School thrives using a combination of professional educators and parent participation. Our strong administrative leadership determines, alongside the extremely qualified faculty (many holding graduate degrees in early childhood education) the curriculum of the school and oversees admissions and operations. Each family at Cow Hollow School shares talents, skills and enthusiasm in many ways—teaching in the classroom, helping with school activities, serving on committees, coordinating fund raising events, and so much more.

Administration

Darcy Campbell, School Director – Darcy has been directing at Cow Hollow School since 2002. Darcy has over 30 years of experience working with teachers, families and children in the Bay Area. She has more than 25 years of Site Administration experience and has taught and learned from children three months to twelve years old. She teaches early childhood and elementary education courses at San Francisco State University and conducts early childhood training and consultations with families, schools, and educational organizations throughout the Bay Area. She is a strong advocate for children and specializes in reflective, responsive, collaborative teaching and parenting practices. She is an active member of and presenter for the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Darcy holds a graduate degree in early childhood development. ([email protected])
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Trevor Valentino, Assistant Director – Trevor has been teaching at Cow Hollow School since 2007. Trevor received his B.A. in African American Studies and English at the University of California, Berkeley. He later received an M.A. in early child education from San Francisco State University where he wrote about his collaborative experience with teachers in Kenya.  He comes from a strong constructivist perspective which endorses an emergent curriculum, child-centered approach to education. He is interested in inclusive early childhood programs and the effects such programs have on children’s social consciousness development.  He is currently studying how to support teacher collaboration within early child education settings. Trevor is also the Summer Program Coordinator which he has helped run for the last three years and part time Assistant Director during the school year.([email protected])

photo 4 Leslie Norris, Office Administrator and Director of Admissions– Leslie joined the Cow Hollow School community in 2004 as a parent. Since then, two of her children have graduated from Cow Hollow School with one interning during the CHS Summer Program. Leslie has served on the Parent Association and Cow Hollow School Board as Director of Community Enrichment and Visibility. Leslie began working as the school office administrator and admissions director in 2009. Leslie has taught at Mary Meta Lazarus Child Development Center at the College of San Mateo and The Lyceé Francais in San Francisco. She received her Masters in Early Childhood Education and California Teaching credential from Mills College. ([email protected])

Teachers

Tim Peak has been teaching at Cow Hollow School since 2011. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater with a dual bachelors focusing on Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. He has known since he was very young that he wanted to spend his life teaching and officially started working with children at sixteen. He has worked in a variety of educational setting, including most recently the University of California, Berkeley in their Early Childhood Program and then as a nanny. Tim continue his lifelong journey of teaching and learning, believing that working with young children is the best way to never forget about your own inner child. ([email protected])
 IMG_9063 Cheyenne Nakatani– Cheyenne will have completed her Bachelors degree of child and adolescent development from San Francisco state university in August of 2017. Her focus is early childhood education and plans to pursue a masters degree along with a teaching credential. She has been working with children ages 2-5 for the past 3 years both typical and special needs. She’s been passionate about entering this field since high school and has been able to grow in her curiosity, enthusiasm, and passion ever since joining the SF community. She believes that every child is capable and deserves to be guided, nurtured, and encouraged to develop critical thinking as a way to understand the world around them.

Jenna Betterly Jenna Betterly – Jenna has been teaching at Cow Hollow School since 2008. Jenna received her BA in Child and Adolescent Development with a concentration in Young Children and Families from San Francisco State University. While earning her BA, she also worked at the Early Childhood Education center on Campus working with children ranging in ages from 3 -5 years old. Jenna is currently enrolled in the MA program in Early Childhood Development at San Francisco State University.                      ([email protected])
 IMG_0614 Marisa Gray– This is Marissa’s first year at Cow Hollow. She has five years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field working with children ages 6 months to 6 years. In 2015 she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Indiana. As a dedicated lifelong learner she returned to school at the University of San Francisco where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in International and Multicultural Education. Her research focused on developing multicultural curricula for early childhood classrooms with the objective of teaching students peace building skills.
Headshot Melissa Rivers – Melissa has been teaching at CHS since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from Sacramento State University, where she also ed at the children’s center on campus (a laboratory preschool). She has worked with children ranging in ages from 6 months to 6 years old for 10 years. She is currently enrolled in the masters program in Early Childhood Development at San Francisco State. In 2014, Melissa presented at CAEYC Conference with two of her colleagues on Children as Citizens.  (mgarcia@cowhollowschool.org)
Mica Headshot Mica Crittendon- Mica started working at Cow Hollow School in 2015. She has worked with young children 4 months to 5 years old for more than 8 years. From a very young age, Mica knew that working with children was her calling. While working towards furthering her education, she worked at a Child Study Center and also at an Arts Enrichment program in the East Bay. Mica received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development, with an emphasis in the young child, at San Francisco State University. She is currently enrolled in the Master’s Program also at San Francisco State University, and will receive her MA in Early Childhood Education in spring of 2015. Mica is inspired by children’s authenticity, curiosity, and innate ability to construct their own knowledge and she uses this as a driving force in partnering children and families. ([email protected])
Molly-pic Molly Sosnaud– Molly has been an early childhood educator for the past seven years, and began teaching at Cow Hollow in 2012. In addition to Cow Hollow, she has taught at a parent-teacher cooperative preschool, a Reggio Emilia inspired school, and a lab school. Molly received her B.A. in psychology and education from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and her M.A in Early Childhood Education from Mills College. While at Mills, Molly wrote her Master’s thesis on educators’ use of pedagogical documentation in a Reggio Emilia inspired preschool. Molly has presented at two Innovative Teachers Project Roundtables: “Global Citizenship and Social Justice as Values in Reggio Inspired Schools” and “Inviting Dialogue with Families.” She enjoys building relationships with other educators, families, and children and is thrilled to be back at Cow Hollow.
Patricia Phillips Photo   Patricia Phillips- Patricia began working at Cow Hollow School in the Spring of 2016. Patricia  was born and raised in Mexico City where she had a terrific childhood. She grew up speaking Spanish and French and traveling. After three years in Paris where she prepared for the Beaux Arts entry competition, she returned to America and earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts with emphasis in painting from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Becoming a parent inspired Patricia to become an early childhood educator. She likes to think that when Victoria, her oldest daughter started preschool, she too started preschool and embarked on a lifelong learning journey. She returned to college to study Early Childhood Education and obtained her Child Development Site Supervisor permit. Patricia feels very fortunate to work everyday in a field where nothing is ever the same, where children and adults alike are open to each day’s experiences, and eager to share what they learn.
 IMG_2100  Sam Prince- Sam started working at Cow Hollow School in 2017. He graduated from Bard College in 2014 with a B.L.A in The Written Arts. In 2017 he graduated from The University of Colorado in Denver with an M.A in Human Learning and Development with a concentration in Early Literacy. When he was a child in St. Louis, Missouri, Sam attended one of the first Reggio inspired schools in the US. Last year he taught at a constructivist school in Boulder, Colorado.  He is inspired by children’s boundless wonder and fearless curiosity about the world around them.
photo (8) Jamie Kelty, Teaching Artist – Jamie has been with Cow Hollow School since 2012 and has enjoyed the privilege of sharing art experiences with children since 1992. She works also as an assemblage/collage painter with a variety of mediums which translates well into exploring a multitude of materials with children. She received her B.F.A. in painting and her K-12 art teaching certificate from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Jamie taught art in schools in Kansas, Missouri, and New York City.  She worked at the The Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York teaching in public programs and in schools, creating programming, and managing the Fine Arts Studio teaching artists. Jamie regularly presents studio workshops for parents and educators through The COLLABORATORY at Cow Hollow School and The Innovative Teacher Project in San Francisco. (studio@cowhollowschool.org)
NinaSaraceno (1) Nina Saraceno, Movement specialist- Nina began her dance training at age four with the Ana Roje School of Ballet.  She also studied and performed as a fourth generation Isadora Duncan dancer with Sylvia Gold and Dicki Johnson Macy.  She eventually went on to teach Duncan technique and repertory to children and adults. As a late teen, she designed and implemented a creative movement program for 5-12 year-olds at Running Brook Day Camp in Waltham, MA. Nina performed professionally with the Boston Dance Company during high school then received her bachelor’s degree in Dance and Psychology from Skidmore College in 2003.  These degrees were put to use in the Boston area with Project Joy and Boston Children’s Foundation’s Rainbow Dance program. She co-developed and led therapeutic playgroups and dance classes in a number of Boston area preschools and Head Start centers.  These programs used music, movement, yoga and imaginative play to promote self-esteem, self-expression, mind-body cohesion and social awareness. She also continued her dance career performing with Anna Myer and Dancers of Boston 2003-2008.  She danced with Ariel Rivka Dance while living in NYC and is a current member of Palanza Dance in San Francisco. She has also participated in projects with Garrett & Moulton Productions, Project Tremolo, Interweave Dance Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company among others. Nina loves to teach and is fascinated by the human body, its capabilities, intelligence and expressive nature.
samb-headshot Sam Burke, Substitute Teacher- Sam Burke will be substituting this year with us at CHS. Sam received her BA in Human Development with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Sonoma State. She moved to San Francisco to acquire her California Teaching Credential and has taught Transitional kindergarten in the Bay Area for the past three school years. Sam has worked with children ages three months to thirteen years old in a variety of settings but is particularly passionate about early childhood education. She is currently a literacy coach and creates individualized intervention plans for struggling elementary-aged readers. Sam looks forward to joining the CHS family and collaborating with the passionate team of educators.
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Katy Detrick– Katy is just beginning her time with Cow Hollow School as an intern while continuing her education at San Francisco State University. She will be graduating in Fall 2017 with her B.A. in Early Childhood Development. Katy has a genuine passion for early childhood education and for creating strong relationships with children and their families. She is excited and motivated to grow as a teacher, and is excited to learn from the Cow Hollow team.

 

Parents

Teaching Parents – Parents in the Cow Hollow School Community teach in their child’s classroom alongside the teachers and are an integral part of the classroom community. Families in the two’s and three’s classes are scheduled for parent participation days once per month. Families in the four/five’s classes are scheduled for parent participation days 2-3 days per semester.

Parent Association – The Parent Association is committed to developing and strengthening the family-school partnership, and building a strong community to enhance the experience of all children. All CHS parents are members of the Parents’ Association. The Parent Association is led by a dedicated Executive Committee.

Room Parents – Room Parents serve as the liaison between, and partner with, their child’s class, teachers, and Director.