Our teachers and staff take pride in their commitment to making our program unique and dynamic. Our teaching staff is trained in early childhood education as well as child development and have the appropriate credentials for working with young children. Seabird Preschool teachers are committed to providing an enriching and nurturing learning environment that emphasizes all aspects of development. This includes providing activities and guidance in a play-like setting in order to promote social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. Our teachers are expected to foster positive relationships with the children and their families, while maintaining professionalism at all times. As specially trained, highly dedicated individuals, our staff takes a passionate interest in educating young children.
Hi, my name is Mei Chan. My career in the Early Childhood education began with the birth of my first child more than 25 years ago. After obtaining my teaching credential, I was looking for employment that would let me stay close to my son, that is when I started working as a teacher and led preschool classrooms for over 5 years. I fell in love with being a teacher and wanted to stay and grow in the field. Later I transitioned into administrative role and have been directing preschools in the East Bay for the past 20 years. I used my skills to implement a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program, increase preschool capacity from 80 to 120 students, and grew two separate preschools from the ground and up.
Most of my teaching years were spent in the play-based combination school for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Over those years, I witnessed how play-based philosophy together with an emergent hands-on curriculum stimulated children’s learning ability and enabled them to continue to develop their interest in learning to grade schools.
Being an educator in early childhood is my calling. I enjoy supporting children and their families as well as preschool staff and work with other teachers as a unit to provide the best childcare possible. My passion is to mentor children to be the best they can be and show that they are special the way they are. I use lots of humor in my teaching because there is nothing brighter than a child’s smile and love creating stories for children to enjoy and learn at the same time. I am bilingual, I speak English and fluent in Cantonese and conversational Mandarin.
I join Seabird Preschool with my extensive experience in the role of Director. I am excited to start this new journey to provide the utmost quality care for the children and families and build the foundation of learning for our students.
I look forward to being part of your child’s early learning years!
For more information in Mandarin and Cantonese, you may speak with Mei.
Hello, my name is Yulia Iskandar and I am a General Manager of Seabird Preschool. I have a Master’s Degree from University of Oregon in Teaching foreign languages. I am the founder of SF Gathering Place, a center for early childhood development that offers activities such as pre-natal yoga, soccer and music. I love children and find it gratifying to see them learn and grow every day. I believe all kids deserve to have a safe and fun educational environment to learn and develop in.
I have two children of my own and as a mom I know that play is a child's most important work. Here at Seabird Preschool we strive to create and maintain an environment where children develop and learn through play and fun activities.
I look forward to fostering enriching relationships with students and their families in order to ensure success here and in their future.
For more information in Russian, you may speak with Yulia.
Hello, I’m Karin! I have been working in the field of Early childhood development for over six years. I have taught in a variety of preschool settings including in-home, non profit and centers.
I love working with children in the early stages as they are coming into their own, exploring new friendships and navigating an exciting world around them. It is a joy to witness first milestones and new accomplishments and I’m honored to be a part of that!
I enjoy bringing aspects of myself to the classroom setting including art and yoga! Teaching and nurturing young children is my calling and I am delighted to be part of such a wonderful school here at Seabird.
Hello! My name is Jennefer and I have been in the education field and working with children for over seven years. I found my true passion four years ago when I began teaching preschool. Since then I have received my Bachelors Degree in Child Development with a focus in Early Childhood from San Francisco State University.
While working with children from ages 0-12, I found that the preschool age is a magical time in learning where children have an amazing gift to absorb everything around them. Creating a stimulating, cooperative, and rewarding environment for children to learn in is one of my main goals as an educator. Everyday is an opportunity to expand a child’s world and knowledge and I love doing so through play and conversation.
I look forward to teaching at Seabird and along with the children learning something new everyday.
Hello, my name is Ava Sims! I have 10 years of experience working with children and it is so special and enjoyable assisting these little ones grow! I am passionate about leadership development and I like collaborating with a team towards a common goal. That goal for me is helping children reach their full potential and become creative, smart and loving young people.
I started volunteering at Camp Have A-Lot Of Fun, a summer camp for children, when I was 11. Then I became a leader of the camp at 16 and when I turned 18 I became an assistant Coordinator to the whole camp. While in college I became a floater at a preschool and discovered that working in a classroom with children was my passion. I moved home to Sacramento and continued to teach in the two-year-old classroom. I love building special relationships with each child and incorporating music, dance and movement into my circle time and transitions.
I find being in the classroom is my calling and I can not wait to join the Seabird team and provide best care to Seabird students!
My name is Lenel Guzman, I was born in Valencia, Venezuela. My father is Venezuelan and my mother is Californian. At the age of one, I moved to San Francisco, CA with my family. My mother worked at the UCSF Women’s Resource Center, I went to the day care at UCSF Parnassus. Here in San Francisco, I first saw a skateboard at the age of 3 and have been riding on one ever since.
At the age of 4, I moved back to Valencia, Venezuela. I went to a Venezuelan preschool where I honed my bilingual abilities. I then studied all of my elementary until the 7th grade at an International school English/Spanish. At the age of 13 my family and I move to Switzerland.
At the age of 13, I’m living in Bern, CH where I went to a French/German school. I graduated high school in Switzerland and went to Paris to study Biology for a year and half until my family and I return to Venezuela/
In Venezuela I studied Psychology and worked as a language teacher with kids up to adults, teaching French, Spanish and English. I got married, and due to the economical and political situation I moved with my wife to the USA.
We moved to Fort Worth, Texas where I worked as an Illustrator illustrating for a young teen’s book called “Legends of Tarantutas” by Omar Holguin. After the project was over I moved with my wife to San Francisco where I have been working for the past 2 years as an early childhood educator.
I love to play music and sing, paint and illustrate, and being silly and happy with children. I’m not only my student’s teacher but I’m their friend as well.
Greetings to the children, parents and faculty! My name is Clark Milan, and I am happy to join the team at Seabird Preschool.
My background includes 30 Child Development units, along with 16 years of experience in Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs; positions involved both leadership and resident classroom teaching. Throughout my career, I’ve attended workshops and helped facilitate extra curricular activities that emphasized Kindergarten Readiness, such as Learning without Tears and Everyday Mathematics.
What I enjoy most about working in this field is watching the children celebrate every accomplishment they make. Whether mastering a self-help skill or writing their name for the first time, it’s rewarding as a teacher to observe a child’s progress, watch them succeed and share those milestones with their families. Their success even helps me, because it’s a reminder to celebrate life’s special moments, no matter how big or small that particular moment may be.
In addition to my background in Child Development, I’ve taken several Journalism courses and wrote for local newspapers, both online and in print.
Thank you, to everyone for this new opportunity. I look forward to working with a new group of early childhood educators, and I’m certain that our ideas and collaborative efforts will demonstrate a positive impact at Seabird Preschool.
Hello! My name is Joey Lei and I am excited to join Seabird Preschool as a teaching staff. I have been working with children for as long as I can remember. I have B.A. degree in Child Development from San Jose State University and I have long discovered that working with children truly makes me happy.
My first experience working with children goes back to high school where I worked as an academic tutor to Elementary school children in the after school program. Since then all the roles that I have taken on have revolved around children. Early childhood is my favorite age because this is the period of life when most of changes and discoveries happen within the shortest amount of time.
In my free time I enjoy going for a swim, spending time with family, and exploring nature. I am always up for a good adventure! I am happy to become a part of Seabird community.