Staff

Teachers:


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Ronald W. Dickinson
Rainbow Room Teacher
Total Teaching Experience: 41 years
Teaching Experience at Daisy : 22 years

Philosophy: “Every child is a new ray of hope. I believe children thrive with exposure to social dynamics and that multicultural understanding, creativity and skills thrive in this environment. While some structure is necessary, I believe that freeform play has an important role in development.”

Credentials: Ron has been working in the childcare industry for over 30 years and he’s been at Daisy since 1994. Beyond his thousands of hours of experience, Ron earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from DeAnza Community College.


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Vickie Stoller
STEAM TK Teacher
Total Teaching Experience: 25 years
Teaching Experience at Daisy : 4 years

Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is based on the foundation that children learn best through play, while simultaneously acquiring skills that are geared to each child’s stage of readiness and development.

I thoughtfully create a rich and meaningful environment that fosters curiosity, active and reflective learning, hands-on cooperative exploration, risk-taking, perseverance, passion and joy.

My approach to learning recognizes the tremendous capacity and desire of all young children to discover and explore their immediate environment, enabling them to transform their natural curiosity into learning.

I am committed to the idea that a developmentally appropriate curriculum/practice is designed to help children cultivate a positive self-concept, enhance creativity, and enrich each child’s life socially, intellectually and emotionally. I embrace an emergent curriculum approach. Topics for in depth studies are built on the interests of the children.

I encourage children to use critical thinking and problem solving skills in their daily experiences, as they actively construct their understanding of the world based on their own prior knowledge, skills and experience.

I have a passion for learning and reflect on my practice each day. I embark on the journey with the children, exploring new possibilities, ideas, and theories as they arise. I seek to guide discovery and to instill a life-long love of learning in all children.

Biography
Vickie has been teaching pre-kindergarten classes at Daisy Child Development Center since 2013. She earned her B.A. in Humanities with a minor in Child Development from New College in San Francisco, California.

She received her Early Childhood Degree Certificate from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California. Vickie has earned a Program Director Early Childhood Certificate from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

She has taught in a variety of pre-school and kindergarten settings throughout the East Bay Area.Most recently, she was an Early Childhood Specialist at UC Berkeley’s The Lawrence Hall of Science for 12 years, teaching science and math classes to pre-school through 2nd grade children.

Credentials:I graduated from New College in San Francisco with a B.A. in Humanities with an emphasis in Child Development. I earned my Early Childhood degree from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. I hold a Program Director Early Childhood Certificate from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing. I have taught at a variety of preschool-kindergarten school settings including 12 years at The Lawrence Hall of Science teaching pre-school through 2nd grade science and math. I have a passion for learning and reflect on my practice every day. I want to guide discovery, not give answers. I take the journey with the children, exploring ideas and questions as they arise.


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Lisbeth Palma
Galaxy Room Teacher’s Assistant
Total Teaching Experience: 17 years
Teaching Experience at Daisy : 17 year

Philosophy: “I enjoy engaging children in arts and crafts, music, dance and sports. I also speak Spanish, my first language, to the children daily. I love working with children and appreciate their sense of humor. I want to help them learn new skills every day and to keep them safe.”

Credentials: Lisbeth joined the Daisy staff in 2000, first working in the Star Room before joining the Galaxy Rangers. Lisbeth has taken Extended Education classes in Child Development, learning about setting limits with children, and toddler curriculum.


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Catherina Hoang
Rainbow Room Teacher
Total Teaching Experience: 16 years
Teaching Experience at Daisy : 15 year

Philosophy: “I believe that the time children spend growing and learning in a safe, stimulating and loving environment will provide the foundation for their development for the rest of their lives.”

Credentials: Catherina has been at Daisy since 2004 and is currently working towards a degree in Early Childhood Development and Computer Skills. She came to Daisy after working at Parent-Child Development Center in Oakland, where she planned curriculum, handled child assessment and screenings, and worked in the classroom.


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Nikki Thomas
Galaxy Room Teacher
Total Teaching Experience: 15 years
Teaching Experience at Daisy : 14 year

Philosophy: “Children are little comedians and they make me laugh every day. It gives me joy to be with them. I like learning how they come up with their theories when they’re in the middle of constructing some kind of creation. I believe in giving the children as much freedom as possible to explore their environment and their relationships to others.”

Credentials: Nikki started her career in Early Childhood Education in 2004 at Parent-Child Development Center in Oakland and she joined the Daisy staff in 2006. Nikki has studied at Merritt College and Cal State East Bay for her Early Childhood Education teaching credentials.


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Hoang Vo

Total Teaching Experience: 8 years
Teaching Experience at Daisy : 2 years

Philosophy:I believe that children learn through play. This is how they make sense of the world around them. Children are very spontaneous, creative, and honest in their feelings. I believe that children also need appropriate limits, as well as a routine which provides predictability throughout their day. Teachers need to support them to express themselves, and interact with their peers in acceptable ways

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Genesis Suarez
Rainbow Room Assistant Teacher
Total Teaching Experience: 2 years
Teaching Experience at Daisy : 1 years

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