Ms. Paula


Ms. Paula

Paula Stoddard - Director

Hello I am Paula Stoddard and I have the pleasure of serving as the director of Kids on the Hill Preschool. I have over 40 years of experience in early childhood education as a Montessori teacher, co-op preschool teacher, the director of small and large schools and as a community college instructor in child development.

I have A.M.I. Montessori teacher certification, an Associates degree in early childhood education as well as Bachelors & Masters degrees in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. I consider myself a lifelong learner and am always seeking classes and information regarding the development of young children and the strengthening of parenting them!

I have two young adult children. My daughter Amy lives in Chico with her husband Jason and my adorable grandchildren - Leo and Lucy.  My son Mark and his wife Melissa live in Salinas and enjoy the Monterey Bay area very much!

Over 40 years I have seen many societal changes affecting the lives of young children. Yet I know this to be true—many of their needs are the same; to be loved and provided for, have a safe environment, be nurtured in their growth, to be read to often and have the freedom to play, play, play!

The staff and I at KOTH strive to provide a caring, beautiful, and enriching environment that meets these needs and we want to partner with parents as they enjoy this very important early time in their child’s life!

Ms. Barbi

Ms. Barbi

Barbi Martinez - Teacher (Tadpole Room)

My name is Barbi Martinez and I am the teacher of the two year old Tadpoles class.

My formal education in early childhood is from coursework I have taken at the College of Marin. To stay current on the latest information on young children’s learning and development I continue to participate in many ECE (early childhood education) workshops and conferences throughout the Bay Area.

I moved to Marin in 1985 as a live-in au pair. I began my college ECE courses at that time and have 30 years experience working in various programs for young children aged 6 weeks to 5 years old.

I live in Greenbrae with my husband and teenage son. When I am not working at KOTH I enjoy being in my garden, going on adventures with my family and cooking!

I believe in providing plenty of playtime for children as they learn the most by hands on experiences exploring their world. My goal as the Tadpole teacher is to get these little ones excited about school and enthusiastic about learning!

Ms. Shannon

Ms. Shannon


Shannon Symmes-Wagner - Teacher (Butterfly Room)

I’ve been in the early childhood field since August, 2002 when I got a job as an aide in a co-op in Novato while nanning for a family part time. I quickly realized that my passion was teaching and I began taking ECE classes while working at the co-op.  

My education background in Early Childhood Education was done through course work at a combination of courses through Santa Rosa Junior College and College Marin. I am a fully certified Early Childhood Educator since 2003 and want to continue my education through Napa valley college online courses as I’d like to be Director qualified someday. 

I live In Corte Madera with my three boy’s age: 11, 9, and 7. The boys go to the Cove Elementary. I just love the community that surrounds Kids on the Hill and other great local schools. 

I feel truly blessed to have found my true passion in life. Working with children makes my days happy! I always strive to have them know how supported, respected, and special they are. I believe that the early childhood years are a key to a loving foundation that builds happy and confident lifelong learners. What an honor to be to be a part of these pivotal early childhood years!


Dolphin Room

Dolphin Room


Teacher (Dolphin Room)

New teacher information coming soon! 

Ms. Jackie

Ms. Jackie


Jackie Giuliani - Teacher (Tiger Room)

My name is Jackie Giuliani. I am the teacher of the Tiger PreK class. 

I live in San Anselmo with my husband, Charlie. We have raised our two children, Nicholas and Chelsea here in Marin. My daughter is in a Masters Program in elementary education and my son is in Forensic Accounting.

I became interested in early childhood education when my own children were very young and in preschool. It was through the work I did in a co-op and other preschools that I found my life calling.

I have a B.A. in History from Sonoma State. I completed my Early Childhood Education coursework at the College of Marin. My early childhood education classes and fieldwork provided invaluable information and experience that broadened my skills as a teacher of young children.

I have worked in many different programs and I feel strongly that a play-based program truly provides the best learning environment for young children. Kids on the Hill is a most beautiful place and supportive community for children. I am so grateful to be a part of it!