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Our qualified and dedicated teachers are at the core of the program. Our teacher-to-child ratios are intentionally kept small. Each staff member brings special skills to the table, contributing with their unique rich life and work experience.

 

ADMINISTRATION

Candace Martinez (Director of Preschool)

I have been working in preschools for over 17 years. I have a BA in Child Development and an MA in Early Childhood Education. The best part of my job is partnering with teachers and families as we navigate through the children's preschool years. On a personal note, my hobbies include reading, landscape photography, and exploring hiking trails with my husband and three children. 

Laurie Fiddes (Accounting)

I have been the bookkeeper for Mustard Seed Preschool and the church now for 10 years. I have a BA in Nutrition but discovered I liked working with numbers when I got a job as an underwriter for St. Paul Insurance.​ I went on from there to do bookkeeping for a friends business.  I could work at home while​ I raised my three boys who are now almost all in their 30's.  I enjoy greeting parents and children​ as they come and go here at MSP.  I also enjoy reading, gardening and spending time with family​ and friends.

Linda Noeum (Administrative Assistant & Site Supervisor)

 

This will be my 9th year at MSP, and I've been in the field for over 12 years. I've taught in the Kanga and Roo class and currently, the afternoon program supervisor and office admin assistant. I love getting to know all the children and building relationships with them, but I especially love watching them build relationships with each other. When I'm not surrounded by children, I love reading, drinking boba, and traveling. 

 

THE ROO CLASSROOM

Hannah Lam

 

I have been working in preschools for 5 years. This will be my fourth year in the Roo classroom. I graduated from San Francisco State University with my BA in Early Childhood Education. What I enjoy most about the world of preschool is watching the children grow and form relationships with their peers. Outside of preschool I love to go on food adventures!

Zoey Tizon

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Sherrie Saechao (Floating Roo/Piglet Teacher)

 

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THE PIGLET CLASSROOM

Sharon Lee

 

My name is Sharon Lee, I was born in South Korea. I have been teaching at Mustard Seed Preschool for over twenty years, most recently in the Piglet Class. I have a degree in child development and early childhood education. I majored in art, and I like to draw and paint in my free time. I really enjoy doing art projects with the children!

Emily Kaing

 

This is my third year at Mustard Seed. I went to school for Business Administration and I'm currently in school pursuing my degree in Child Development. I have been working with children for over 10 years. My passion and love for working with children started when I was working with preschool-aged children at my church. I enjoy watching the children learn and grow every year. Aside from preschool, I enjoy cooking, being with family, and going out to sporting events.

Sherrie Saechao (Floating Roo/Piglet Teacher)

 

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THE POOH BEAR CLASSROOM

Linda Noeum 

 

This will be my 9th year at MSP, and I've been in the field for over 12 years. I've taught in the Kanga and Roo class and currently, the afternoon program supervisor and office admin assistant. I love getting to know all the children and building relationships with them, but I especially love watching them build relationships with each other. When I'm not surrounded by children, I love reading, drinking boba, and traveling. 

Nai Saeteurn

 

Hello! This upcoming school year will be my 7th year at Mustard Seed. Before this, I worked at Ascend Charter School for 7 years, where my own children graduated from. 

It's a huge joy to watch little ones blossom--it gives me energy and keeps me young. I am devoted and passionate in creating a safe, caring, and loving environment for your child as I do for my own children. I love coffee and enjoy hiking and jogging. 

 

THE KANGA CLASSROOM

Erwin Vista

I’ve been working with the pre-K classes of MSP since 2004, but I’ve been working with children through play & movement, Christian ministry, and piano/music lessons since graduating from UC Berkeley in 1997. I received educators’ training from Cal State Teach and City College San Francisco, which taught me to appreciate the art of learning (where being silly can sometimes be a helpful thing). When I’m not in the classroom, I often try to visit the Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club to unwind in a game of bowls with friends.

Minna Brydon

I started at Mustard Seed Preschool as a Substitute teacher and since 2015 I am working in the Kanga classroom. I grew up in Tampere / Finland and received my degrees as a Social Educator and Kindergarden Practical Nurse from the Tampere Institute of Social Work. I have been a preschool teacher both in Finland and here in the Bay Area. I also had an afterschool program at my house for several years in Berkeley. I really enjoy working with young children. My other interests are gardening, the outdoors, baking, reading and I am a huge hockey fan.

Eliana Chandler

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Janine Keefe (Afternoon Supervisor)

I’ve been working with kids for about ten years and four of those have been with Mustard Seed Preschool. I have a degree in Graphic Communications and Animation. A few of the best things about the world of preschool is working with wonderful families, teachers and being able to learn from the children themselves and seeing their creativity and imagination at work! When I’m not drawing or painting, I spend my time eating at taco restaurants, buying books I probably won’t read and going out for a run resisting the urge to pet every dog and cat I see along the way.

 

AFTERNOON PROGRAM

Fiordalissa Cooper

 

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Sherrie Saechao

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Zoey Tizon

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Photos by Nathan Phillips Photography, Berkeley, CA