Mitzy Molina, Director
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw
My favorite quote was instilled in me by my mentor, my mother. Starting in my adolescence, I was exposed to the early childhood field because my mother has an in-home preschool program. I worked in her program and opened my own in-home preschool program, then focused my attention on my education. With varied experiences in the field, opening preschool programs, directing, teaching, substituting, early intervention, and more, my intention is to use effective strategies to personalize learning for each child. The inspiration of the Montessori methods comes alive with mixed age groups learning from each other, a strategically planned environment, and lesson planning based on each child’s development. Simultaneously, Chinese immersion education fills the classroom. Childhood is the foundation and we prepare children for a prosperous educational journey.
M.S. Early Childhood Studies, Administration, Management, Leadership
Director Permit of Early Childhood Education Certification, CA Educational Department
Adult/Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED (American Red Cross)
Jenny Hsu, Teacher
I was born and raised in Beijing, China. I immigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area 20 years ago. Previously, I had worked at a reputable organization offering a modified Montessori program to young children as a teacher for six years. I had a real interest in human behavior and obtained a B.A. degree in Psychology at San Francisco State University.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to be able to work at St. Mary’s Preschool. I believe in its philosophy and the Montessori teaching method. I strive to create a classroom where children are well cared for and safe. I value each child as individuals, and his or her need for attention is supported. I am very aware of cultural differences in education. Chinese people value education and career, while Americans put more emphasis on good character and faith. When I teach, I ensure that not only the children’s academic needs are met, but also that their favorable behavior is praised and encouraged.
B.A. in Psychology, San Francisco State University.