About Us

Ms. Julia | Director

A Step Ahead_047Ms. Julia has been working with young children since she realized her passion in 2008. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the American University and completed Montessori coursework through the California State University, East Bay and Fountainhead Montessori Adult Education Program. She previously studied Child Development at Merritt College. She has made Maxwell Park her home since moving to the area in August 2012.

“My interest in Early Childhood Education stems from the desire I have to see children grow and learn. These first few years are the most critical for children to develop skills in socialization, cognitive ability, and desire for learning. During this time, children are just beginning to explore and learn about the world around them. It is a joy to watch them play and interact with one another.”

 

Ms. Vanessa | Assistant Teacher

A Step Ahead_037Hola! Mi nombre es Ms. Vanessa. Vivo en Oakland, pero nací en Honduras (Centro America.) En mi país me gradué de Bachillerato técnico en computación, y llegué a los Estados Unidos hace nueve años. He trabajado de cuidar niños en casa, y ahora tengo la oportunidad de trabajar con Ms. Julia. Me gustan muchos los niños. Tengo una familia pequeña de 3 niños y mi esposo.

En mi tiempo libre me gusta leer, escuchar música, jugar con mis hijos y compartir mucho en familia. Si Díos me permite trabajaré siempre en el cuidado de los niños y el aprendizaje de los niños. Ser maestra es una profesión que siempre amo.

Hi! My name is Ms. Vanessa. I live in Oakland, but I was born in Honduras (Central America.) I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, and I arrived in the United States nine years ago. Previously, I worked with young children at a family daycare, and now I have the opportunity to work with Ms. Julia. I love children. I have a small family of three children and my husband.

In my free time I like to read, listen to music, play with my children, and spend time with my family. God willing, I will always work with young children and watch them learn. To be a teacher is a profession that I will always love.

 

Ms. Lady | Assistant Teacher A Step Ahead_043

Hi my name is Ms. Lady. I’m originally from El Salvador (Central America), where I completed all my academic studies.

I discovered that working with children is a pleasure and joy for myself – I love being surrounded with their smiles, joy, energy and everything that means being a kid. I love to see them grow in every aspect of their life, and if I can contribute to make that happen, I will always do my best. I’ve been working the past 4 years with Sunday Kids School for my community church, privately with a few families and in an in-home day care. Now I have the pleasure to work with Ms. Julia at A Step Ahead Preschool.

 

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