Dedicated Preschool Teachers
Our teachers focus on forging a connection with each child in order to foster a lifetime love of learning. Our 3’s and 4’s mixed-age class are led by Teacher Michelle and Teacher JoLea. Having two teachers co-teach that class ensures your child receives individual attention from our experienced and capable teachers. The 2’s class teacher works with 2 parent helpers each school day to provide a warm and caring introduction to school for our youngest children.
This is Teacher Meghann’s first year teaching at Burlingame Preschool. Over the last five years, she has worked with various schools and programs in New York City, Connecticut and Portland, as a co-teacher, head teacher and curriculum designer. As a graduate of the University of Hartford with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, she merges her love for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) into all of her classroom activities. She is passionate about teaching children to learn through nature and play, offering challenges and interest that invite the children to become fully involved in nature and encourages critical thought, wonder and creativity! Heavily trained in Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and the Reggio- Emelia Educational Philosophy, her nature-based curriculum integrates concepts from science, technology, engineering, music, arts and math to truly celebrate the holistic development and different learning styles of each child!
2016-17 is co-teacher Michelle’s seventh year at Burlingame Preschool. Her prior experience includes working as an educator in Portland Public Schools, directing an after-school art and science program, and coaching track and cross country. Michelle is a licensed Yoga Calm for Kids instructor and has a bachelor’s degree in communications. She is excited to share with her students a passion for fitness, art, science and mindfulness.
Teacher JoLea has been a Burlingame teacher for 8 years and has experienced the school as both a parent and a teacher. She has a master’s degree in special education and 20+ years experience working with young children. She loves finding connections between classroom activities and the natural environment that surrounds us all. Teacher JoLea has several years of experience in using American Sign Language and believes that incorporating it into the school’s curriculum benefits all our children! Our students thrive off of her enthusiasm, positive attitude, and innovative teaching techniques.
This is Teacher Donna’s first year teaching at Burlingame. She has over 20+ years working in professional childcare. Teacher Donna has a BA in Geology with a minor in Communications. She also has teaching coursework in literature, math, art, music, and human development. She appreciates and believes in a play-based philosophy and loves the community and team work of committed parents and educators. Teacher Donna thrives being around children and truly loves watching the development that happens in young children socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. She is also a long time practicing yogi. Welcome Teacher Donna!
We are hiring for Fall 2017 Teacher Positions! Join Our Team!