Teacher Mikka: Lead Teacher of the Apple Tree Class (2-3 yrs)
Mikka was born and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from San Francisco State University Fall of 2017 obtaining her BA in Consumer and Family Sciences with a minor in Labor Studies. Since 2012, Mikka has been assisting in Hula and Tahitian dancing where she has worked with students 3-12 years old. She has also worked in Behavioral Therapy where she spent one-on-one time with children on the spectrum of Autism. She believes every child deserves the best care in hopes of creating positive experiences in their lives.
Teacher Marisa: Lead Teacher of the Peach Tree Class (3-4 yrs)
Marisa was born in San Francisco and raised just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County. She recently graduated from the University of Oregon in the Spring of 2020 where she obtained a double BA in Sociology and Family and Human Services. From babysitting to camp counseling, and working at her campus' childcare center, Marisa has always had a passion for working with children and watching their development firsthand. Her philosophy for the classroom is to create a nurturing environment where children feel comforted and supported in their development and learning. Marisa's ultimate goal is to provide a compassionate and growth-oriented classroom atmosphere which encourages children to practice creativity, empathy and kindness.
Teacher Corinna: Director
Born and raised in San Francisco, Corinna always had a passion working with children. She graduated with her BA in Child Development from San Francisco State University in 2008. She has worked in every aspect of a preschool, from an Assistant, Teacher, to a Director. Her passion had then motivated her to open My Little Learning Tree in August of 2009 as a home-based preschool. With so much support from the community and her family, she eventually expanded into its current location. Corinna enjoys working hands on with the children, continuously building relationships with the families, and making a difference in the children’s lives. She strongly believes that communication is what helps the children in their development the most. She continues to work closely with her staff in curriculum planning to ensure the quality education for the children. Corinna feels that it is important to build a strong foundation to help the children grow and develop into well-rounded, kind, and caring people.
Teacher Chiori: Site Supervisor/Lead Teacher of the Cherry Tree Class (4-5 yrs)
Chiori Wong received her Child Development Teaching permit in 2013 from the Commission on Teaching Credentialing and her BA in Liberal Studies with a Teacher’s Prep emphasis from San Francisco State University in 2016. She began her love for children in the preschool age while in high school when she volunteered to be the preschool art teacher at her local church. She has worked as a Teacher’s Assistant for 4 years at a preschool center in San Francisco and later became a head teacher there for 3 years before her path with My Little Learning Tree crossed. She strives to use education as a positive inspiration in guiding young minds to build solid foundations in which they can create and contribute to the world that they live in. Compassionate, personalized and community orientated lesson plans are her strategies on transforming education to benefit her children’s self-identify, confidence and future.
Susanna Chan (Popo): Teacher's Helper (all ages)
Susanna is Corinna’s mother; the children often refer to her as Popo, which means grandma in Cantonese. She cooks the lunches for the children and is there to help out throughout the day. Popo is full of energy; constantly playing with the children -singing, dancing, and joking around. Her presence definitely helps bring a sense of family community into the program. She treats each kid as her own, constantly spoiling each one with lots of love, hugs, and kisses.
Teacher Paige: Teacher's Assistant (all ages)
Paige was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is currently in her third year at the University of San Francisco, studying for both a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Teaching. In Houston and San Francisco, Paige has worked as both a nanny and tutor with students ages 3 to 14. Driven by her own love of reading and writing, she has also taught creative writing and literacy classes for students of all ages. Paige’s passion for working with children originates from the gratitude she feels from being a part of an environment where learning is nurturing, community-oriented, and, most importantly, happening every single day.
Teacher Heather: Teacher's Assistant (all ages)
Heather was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to San Francisco in 2017 to begin her education at USF. She is currently in a dual-degree program earning her BA in French Studies and MA in Multi-Subject Elementary Education. She developed her passion for teaching through many years of being a summer camp counselor, volunteering and working in after-school programs, and nannying. Heather believes that every child is a brave and successful learner and she emphasizes the importance of personal growth, empathy, and building a safe and positive environment in her teaching practice.
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