Margot was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. She taught at Ross Valley Nursery School in Kentfield. She has an A.S. in Early Childhood Education and an A.S. in Art from the College of Marin. She continues to take classes at the College of Marin on an on-going basis and has her credentials in Administration. She also has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, Canada. Her area of expertise within the field includes community building, art and creativity and outdoor exploration. "I look at every child individually and nurture a sense of self worth and esteem." She is a member of the National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She serves on the President’s Council of the Wilderness Society with her husband. She is married, lives in San Anselmo and has three children -- two sons and a daughter.
DENISE WAITE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/CO-FOUNDER
Denise was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She has been teaching for over 35 years. Her initial teaching experience was in K through 5th grade. She received her B.A. degree in Education, has her California Elementary Teaching Credential, a Pre-K Teaching Credential, and a State Certification in Early Childhood Education from San Francisco State University. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and attends the National conventions as well as the State conventions yearly. Her love for teaching was recognized at the age of 8, when she would go with a family friend to her classroom during the summer months and observe the setting up of her classroom before the school year began. “It was what I knew I wanted to do and become.” Her areas of interest and experience within the field include developmentally appropriate practice, community building, storytelling with young children and exploring the outdoor environment. She loves teaching appropriate simple poses of yoga to children, developing and gaining a sense of self through balance and strength. She is a strong advocate for children, their families and the community. She is married, lives in Kentfield and has two adult children.
LISE BARR, CO-FOUNDER
Lise was born and raised in Marin County, California. She has been a preschool teacher in Marin for more than 30 years, 25 of those years at Ross Valley Nursery School in Kentfield. She received her California Early Childhood Teaching Permit and an A.S. from College of Marin. As a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, she keeps current in the early childhood education field, attending state and national conferences each year. Her passion is working with young children. She is delighted to be in the school of her dreams with the "best teachers" she knows. She is married and has three adult children and two grandchildren.
Liz was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She has most recently been teaching preschool in Marin County for the past ten years and has completed course work in Early Childhood Education at the College of Marin. Having obtained a B.A. in Recreation Administration from San Francisco State University, she was the Recreation Coordinator for the town of San Anselmo for over 10 years. She loves this community and brings a strong sense of compassion and tenderness to teaching young children. You will hear her say, “Your children are my children until they go home.” Liz lives in West Marin with her husband and their two dogs.
Leah was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Marin County after graduating from high school in 1974. She received her B.A. in Biology from Dominican University in 1990. She completed College of Marin's Early Childhood Education program in December 2013 and is a credentialed Preschool Teacher through the State of California.