Mountain School teachers are such a special part of this school. These amazing women are our head teachers, who, as you'll read below, pour their heart and soul into teaching...
Teacher marie (4/5s)
Teacher Marie first found Mountain School in 1969 with her 4 year old son Stefan. She became an assistant teacher in 1975 and unbelievably has been here ever since teaching in the 2s, 3/4s and 4/5s classes and serving as director during the 1990s for 10 years or so, following Teacher Sally McElravey. The best preparation she had for teaching at Mountain School is having spent so much time outdoors with her family growing up in Oregon and then repeating that kind of experience with her husband Kent and her own children on annual backpacking trips in the Sierras for more than 20 years. Connecting with nature and being comfortable outdoors is such an important part of her life and a gift that began with her parents. She finds that whenever her grandchildren have been fussy or out of sorts they simply go outside to play and everything changes for the better for her and for them. "If I were to pick a perfect job for myself, I couldn’t imagine one better than having spent the last 40 years or so at this nursery school; it’s my idea of a match made in heaven. I so appreciate the support of teachers and parents ... and the friendships, more than anything in my life, except for my husband and children. I just feel so fortunate; I don’t think most people get all the benefits from their work that I do from mine. It’s so much more than a job."
teacher sharon (4/5s)
Bio to follow...
teacher Leslie (3/4s)
Teacher Leslie started as a parent in the Mountain School community in 1998 when her daughter Adrienne and husband joined the Saturday PM class. The following year, she started the Wednesday 2s with her son August. She was so grateful for the many things she learned about parenting, herself and her children that when she had the chance a few years later to assist in the 3s class, she eagerly accepted. Before Mountain School, Leslie received a BA from SDSU and an MBA from Santa Clara University and worked in the computer industry for 15 years. After several years assisting at Mountain School, she started working on an Adult Education Credential which was required at the time to move into a head teacher position. (At the time, LGSON's program was classified as adult education under the LGSUHSD.) She taught the Sat 2s for several years and then moved to the 3/4s when Laura Snyder, who had taught that class for 9 years, wanted to step down. In 2014, she took over the administrative director role from our beloved Teacher Jane. When she's not at school or on the trail, you might find her at Breathe Yoga, in her kitchen or with her nose in a book!
Teacher carolyn (3s)
Teacher Carolyn has been at Mountain School since 2012. 2016 was her first year in the 3s class. Prior to that she taught the Saturday 2s class and assisted in the Friday 2s. Before coming to Mountain School Carolyn worked as a Director and Teacher at various Child Development Centers throughout the Bay area. She also has experience working at after school programs and summer camps for school age children and has been nanny for many families over the years. She holds a Director level Child Development Teaching Credential. Carolyn just completed her BA in psychology at SJSU and is currently studying for the GRE (Graduate Requirements Exam). She plans to apply to grad schools in the spring of 2018 and start attending a master’s program in fall 2018 with the ultimate goal of obtaining a LMFT license and teaching child development at a University. When Carolyn isn't studying she spends her free time hiking, shopping at TJ Maxx, and doing yoga.
Teacher sarah (friday 2s & saturday 2s)
Teacher Sarah came to Mountain School as a parent in 1997 in the Wednesday 2s class. Teachers Jane Krejci and Jill Hyman were her son Adam’s teachers! "As older parents with one child, finding Mountain School was the most enriching experience we could ever have hoped for. So much to be learned through so much play. We might not have seen it that way without the gentle guidance. The sense of community and the inspiration to foster a love for all things natural....Our first early childhood school years had filled us with gratitude". Parent friendships have continued to this day. In providing this “bio” we would be remiss not to mention the fact that her son Adam passed away at the age of 12. As you might imagine, his life... and loss continue to be a significant part of Sarah's daily life. After years of bereavement help, she was at first hesitant but then thrilled with the opportunity to return to Mountain School as an assistant teacher for three years. She has now been a lead teacher since 2012. Some of the activities she shares were Adam- inspired from those days back in the late nineties at Mountain School. "So much of the joy that he passed on to me I love to carry every day, right into the 2s classes on Friday and Saturday". On a volunteer basis she has been involved with child loss support groups. When not at Mountain School, she enjoys time as a hospice volunteer, and does some garden work at Montalvo Arts Center. Each summer she volunteers to run off to Wavy Gravy’s circus camp Winnarainbow in Mendocino County as a nurse. This camp has provided fun, circus, and life skills to hundreds of underserved children each summer for nearly 40 years.
teacher lilo (wednesday 2s)
Teacher Lilo came to Mountain School as a student in the 4/5s class. She went on to Daves Avenue Elementary, Fisher Middle School, Los Gatos High School, Mills College (undergrad), Stanford University (MA in Ed) and now Santa Clara University (MA in Counseling Psychology/MFT Program). She was an exchange student twice in France (High School and Undergrad), and once at Wellesley in Massachusetts (for an undergrad semester). The year after she graduated from college (double majored in English Lit and French Studies), she worked as an English Language Assistant in a French Public High School (Lycee), followed by a couple of years in San Francisco in a law firm where among other things she worked with a Coder, trouble shooting an early billing software program (1990-91). When she finished Stanford, she taught Middle School in San Francisco to kids from Bayview, Hunters Point and the Mission for three years, and married her kids’ father along the way. Her stepdaughter, Kathleen, was 4 when Lilo married her dad, and she has just given birth to Lilo's first grandchild. (Her husband is a Veteran and a sophomore at Northeastern, and she is a lawyer in Boston.) Lilo stopped working for a couple years when she had her son, Aidan (now a junior at NYU), and she has taught part time at Mountain School since he started the 3/4s class all those years ago, taking a hiatus when her youngest, Declan, was born. Lilo's youngest is still at home and is now (2017) a Freshman at LGHS. Teaching the Wednesday 2s class at Mountain School is Lilo's passion. "The best job on the face of the planet is one in which with warmth I get to help children learn about themselves, each other, nature, and the glory of questions and investigating answers. When my own schooling is done, I hope to work in a therapeutic setting with young children. My therapy practice will hopefully pay the bills, and allow me to continue teaching and learning at Mountain School as long as I am upright."
Teacher jeanne (Saturday PM)
Bio to follow....