Since joining The Lake School in 1997, Teacher Kay has consistently brought passion and dedication with her each day. Teacher Kay is an artist and brings her talent into the classroom.
Loved by students and faculty alike, passionate about animals, and using her creativity outdoors, Teacher Steph has been declared "The Queen of the Yard" making sure all the animals are loved and cared for, and that the there is never a dull moment in the backyard.
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Chianai has been teaching children of all ages for over 15 years; over the last 7 years she has had the pleasure of teaching TK at Thornhill Elementary. She has a passion for teaching and receives joy from participating in the growth and development of young children. Her fun loving, creative spirit ensures her students will always have a blast while learning.
Mallard TK teacher
Marisol began her teaching career as a substitute in a variety of preschool settings, working with children from 3 months to 5 years old. When she was called as a sub to The Lake School, it was a natural match! She continued on as an assistant in the youngest classes. Marisol has a boy and girl of her own and a genuine love for all children. Her teaching is guided by the belief that every child is unique!
Keyla has found her happy place in teaching preschool for the past 2 years; she enjoys being the children's role model, supporting their growth and helping them to feel comfortable and safe. In teaching, Keyla looks to discover each child's interests and unique learning style in order to help them develop their own potential. She loves to bake and walk in the park with her dog China and her partner. She is excited to grow her career by joining the Lake School and by completing her degree in education.
While studying adult relationships and personal growth, Theda was inspired to learn more about the early beginnings of human development. So she dove into an Early Childhood Education program at Cabrillo College, where she received her Associate's Degree and discovered a desire to work with young children in a preschool setting. Working, playing, and learning with young children while guiding them in their growth has been such a joy for her ever since!
Kat grew up in Athens, Georgia, and spent many years continuing education and exploring New York's beautiful Hudson Valley. It was there she discovered the joy of working with children outside! Since relocating to the Bay Area, she has taught garden-based science at a public Montessori school, and brings a passion for sustainability, exploration, and developing curiosity to her teaching. When she's not gardening or hiking, you can find Kat playing roller derby with her team, skating around Lake Merritt, and trying new recipes. Kat is looking forward to growing with the students in the Finch Class, and getting to know The Lake School community!
Head of School Maia Gallo
Maia has been teaching children from birth to high school for over 20 years. With a Masters degree in early childhood education, Maia is passionate about Play Based learning and making sure every child is seen as a unique individual.
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