Meet our Team

Experienced & Passionate

Maribel Garcia

Toddler Teacher

Maribel is a Half Moon Bay native (Go Cougars!). She enjoys cooking, hiking, sports and traveling. Maribel has worked with kids as far back as she can remember.

Cathy Kirkpatrick

Lead Teacher

Ten years with our school and 20+ years in the business means Cathy is one of the most experienced teachers in the Bay Area.  When not teaching, Cathy enjoys going to tennis tournaments and swimming.

Lisa Neynaber

Preschool Teacher

Lisa has worked in the preschool industry for two decades, and still brings enthusiasm to the job every day.  In her free time she enjoys time with her family and kids.  She also likes to paint.

Hazael Era

Infant Teacher

Hazael has earned a BA in Child Development from Sacramento State University, and has worked with children in a classroom setting for over 5 years. She enjoys hiking, loves teas and coffee, and plays music everywhere she goes.

Keani Dominguez

Infant Teacher

Keani earned a BA degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in education at San Francisco State University. Keani has worked with children for almost 5 years and loves every second of it! Outside of work, Keani loves to spend time with her husband, play with her puppy, visit family, and the Tahitian dance.

Yesenia Sarabia

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Yesenia was born and raised in Half Moon Bay. She's a wife with an amazing husband and a mother of two perfect children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and going shopping.

Itzel Ramierez

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

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Mikala Harrison

Teacher's Aide

Mikala graduated from Oceana High School class of 2020! She enjoys going shopping, Hiking, Spending time with her family, and loves to be around kids. 

Stephanie De La Rocha

Teacher's Aide

Stephanie is a Florida native who earned her BA in English at Florida International University. She has experience teaching children from early childhood all the way to high school level. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and baking.

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