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!
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!
My name is Bobbi Powers. I joined the Kids on the Hill Preschool community in 2001 as the teacher of the three year old class— the Butterflies.
While in the third grade I decided I wanted to be a kindergarten or preschool teacher and worked toward the goal. Since graduating with a BA in Elementary Education, I have taken many ECE classes while teaching, mostly in curriculum and social development. I taught Kindergarten in Michigan and preschool in Colorado before moving to Marin County in 1989 with my son. My first position here in Marin was directing the after-school program at Marin Montessori and then I came to Kids on the Hill.
I enjoy working with young children and helping them to discover who they are. As a teacher I consider well-developed social skills to be the key to all other learning. I believe every child should be valued as an individual and treated with respect.
Besides being interested in preschool education I also have a fascination with the outdoors and with animals. I am a long-time member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I enjoy visiting the beach, the redwoods, and sometimes the mountains. I try to pass on my love and appreciation of the natural world to the children in my life.
My name is Jenny Ferrari and I am the teacher of the Dolphin class at Kids on the Hill.
A native to the Bay Area, I was born and raised in San Francisco and later relocated to Marin. I now live in Greenbrae with my two children, Savannah (7) and Mason (6) both of whom are KOTH alumni!
I hold a bachelors of science in Journalism, with a minor in Ethnic Studies from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I first experienced my passion for early childhood education volunteering at Head Start during college. I obtained my early childhood education and administration certification from Gateway Seminary (formerly know as Golden Gate Seminary.)
Prior to coming to KOTH, I taught at a local preschool in Marin for several years. I have been both a parent and teacher at KOTH and I share a deep passion for early childhood education with my fellow teachers here.
Living in beautiful Marin County, I prefer to enjoy the outdoors any chance I get! Enjoying a hike, run, walking my dog, or a day at the beach is how I spend my time with my family away from work.
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!