OUR PHILOSOPHYPreschool group

San Carlos School District Preschool is built on the principle that children learn best through play!  In our rich, developmentally appropriate environment, positive self-identities and proactive communication skills develop through hands-on experiences.  As children engage in multi-sensory activities they are involved in experiences which build awareness of varied viewpoints.  Children are encouraged to explore, invent, and discover ways to create their own unique understanding of the world.  We also value family traditions and family involvement in the ongoing education of young children.  We believe in building a strong community through mutual respect, cooperation, understanding, and open communication.


We follow Developmentally Appropriate Practice, which is a guideline for educators designed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It is a guideline for maintaining a high quality program. The basics of these guidelines are as follows:

  • Curriculum is based on knowledge of how children learn.
  • Activities and learning experiences reflect concepts and ideas that are relevant to the child’s world.
  • Teachers understand the sequence of development, and that children develop at their own, unique rate.
  • Individual and cultural variation is celebrated.
  • Teachers provide many opportunities for children to work in small groups to practice problem solving.
  • Teachers provide opportunities for children to choose their own activities from varied learning areas based on program goals and information teachers have collected about each child.


We will begin accepting pre-registration forms for the 2018-2019 preschool year starting October 2, 2017. If you are interested in applying, please fill out the Pre-Registration form associated with your Home School.  Only one pre-registration form may be submitted. Full Day Pre-Registration form White Oaks, Full Day Pre-Registration form Heather, Full Day Pre-Registration form for Brittan Acres, Morning Class Pre-Registration form Heather, Full Day Pre-Registration form for Arundel by February 16, 2018 to:

Heather Preschool, 2757 Melendy Dr.
, San Carlos, CA 94070

School Phone at Heather Preschool: 650-654-7646

Brittan Acres Preschool, 2000 Belle Ave., San Carlos, CA 94070

School Phone at Brittan Acres Preschool: #1: 650-508-7330, #2: 650-597-1329

White Oaks Preschool, 1901 White Oak Way, San Carlos, CA 94070

School Phone at White Oaks Preschool: 650-632-8090

Arundel Preschool, 200 Arundel Road, San Carlos, CA, 94070

School Phone at Arundel Preschool: (number not available yet)

If you have any questions, please email Sue Dawley.


In the event that we have more applicants than we have spaces for, we will hold a lottery to determine preschool placement. W will begin notifying families shortly thereafter. Applicants will be notified by March 5, 2018, based on the results of the lottery.


SCSD Preschool Parent Handbook

Preschool Holiday Schedule 2017-18

HE AM Holiday Schedule 2017-18

SCSD Preschool Tuition


Sue Dawley, Director San Carlos School District Preschools

Sue received her BA in Child Development and has been working with children and families for the past 30 years as a Preschool Teacher, Director and Parent Educator.  Young children and families are her passion.  Helping families navigate parenting is one of her favorite things to do.  Watching children explore and learn during these early years is never dull!  The preschool program that has been developed by Sue and her staff reflect the joy of learning that every young child should experience during these early years.

Jeannine Solis – Assistant Director San Carlos School District Preschools

Jeannine has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and is passionate about working with children. She has worked with infants through Pre-K and enjoys being a part of this important time in children’s growth and development.

Jill Davino – Site Supervisor Heather Preschool

Jill has worked with children since 1992. She began teaching in the year 2000. She came to Brittan Acres after 14 years of teaching in Burlingame. Jill began substituting last year for the San Carlos School District and then became a part of their team permanently in June 2015. She graduated from Cal State University, Hayward in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Therapeutic Recreation (working with people with developmental disabilities). She went back to school to study Early Childhood Education. Her philosophy is that each child has their own learning style and when it is assessed, the teacher will help them succeed.  Effective learning requires communication between teacher, student, and parents. Learning thrives in a positive, safe environment.  Jill is happily married with three children.  She have one daughter, 24, and two sons, 22 and 17.

Effie Hejazi – Teacher Heather Preschool 

Effie is originally from Iran. She has two grown children of her own and over 20 years of experience working with children in schools. She worked as an elementary school teacher while living in Iran. In America, she has worked for 16 years as a preschool teacher at St. Matthias in RWC, CA. She has many certifications, including early childhood education and child development from Canada College in Redwood City. In her free time she enjoys reading, walking my dog, Pucci, and swimming. Her educational philosophy centers on the fact that teachers play a significant role in society in order to guide children on a path to success. Through her love for children and education, she believes she has played a significant role in many children’s educational and overall life developments.

Rosemary Freitas-Teacher Heather Preschool

Rosemary has been working with children from preschool age to school age for the past 20 years. She has her Early Childhood Education degree from Canada College and looks forward to expanding her education in the near future. Rosemary feels lucky to spend her days with so many wonderful little personalities as they play and learn together. In her free time, Rosemary enjoys reading, baking, riding bikes and walking on the coastal trails.

Jessica Damian- Aide Heather Preschool


Jessica is working toward her BA in Early Childhood Education. She is currently taking ECE classes and has 7 years experience working with children. Jessica speaks Spanish and loves teaching the children in our classroom Spanish words. She loves working with children and seeing them grow. She is open to learning new things every day. Jessica is the proud mother of two daughters.

Michelle Lau – Aide Heather Preschool

Michelle has been working with young children for six years, specifically at Heather Preschool for the last three. She is currently working toward receiving her Early Childhood Education certificate as well as her A.A. Degree. Michelle thoroughly loves the work she does with children. They continually bring joy and laughter to her days at work.

Diane Bobich – Teacher Heather Preschool


Diane received her Bachelor of Arts and teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University in 1990 and has been teaching for the past 25+ years.  She started her career teaching elementary school children (grades K-3) and later transitioned to the preschool level, which she loves.  Diane believes that children thrive in a joy-filled classroom. Nothing makes her happier than coming to work each day to sing, play, and learn together.

Alicia Young – Site Supervisor Brittan Acres


Alicia received her BA in Sociology as well as her Early Childhood Education Certification. She has been working with children over ten years and enjoys creating a learning environment that is fun and exciting. She tries to inspire children to want to learn more about themselves and the world around them. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling to Lake Tahoe.

Monica Houman – Teacher Brittan Acres Preschool

Monica has been working with children for the last 29 years. Her experience includes work in a Montessori setting, a Reggio Emilia setting and work with children who have had sensory issues. Monica has also worked with high school students with special needs and has helped them get set up with jobs in the community. She spent 5 years working with preschoolers in the San Francisco School District and has been with the San Carlos School District for the last 2 years. Monica has a love for education and continually works on furthering her educational experience. Monica’s native language is Spanish so we have the benefit of her teaching Spanish to the children every morning in our Spanish Circle Time.

Desola Amos – Teacher Brittan Acres Preschool


Desola was born in England and raised in Nigeria.  She migrated to the United States in 1986 to be married to her husband.  She and her husband have raised 5 girls and 1 boy.  Desola received her degree in Sociology and Psychology in 1984.  She continued her education in 2000 in the field of education. She has been teaching for the past 15 years.  In her free time, Desola loves to read and knit.

Trina Sida – Aide Brittan Acres Preschool

Trina is originally from Orange County and is currently attending the University of San Francisco for her Master’s in School Counseling – PPS. She previously attended CSU Dominguez Hills and has her Bachelor’s in Psychology. She has worked with children from the ages of 18 months to 13 years old. She has also worked as a ABA Therapist supporting children with autism and/or developmental disabilities. Trina played roller hockey for six years and is a huge Anaheim Ducks fan. On her free time she likes to hike and explore national parks.

Sue Fosgett – Teacher White Oaks Preschool

Teacher “Suey” has over 20 years experience teaching pre-school. She has an Early Childhood Education Certificate from Canada College. She grew up in Pacifica and Redwood City, where she currently lives with her two sons. Teacher Suey starts her workday at Tierra Linda Middle School as a Para educator and ends her day at Brittan Acres.  In her spare time she enjoys the Beach, reading and going to sporting events and concerts with her sons.

Charlotte Owdom – Teacher White Oaks Preschool


Charlotte has her certificate for Early Childhood Education from Cañada College with a background in communications studies.  She has been working with children in the San Carlos community for 8 years now, from working in children’s events and parties, to being a nanny, and then finding her true love for teaching and childhood care. She worked at Bay Club Redwood Shores for 4 years as the lead teacher in the childcare centers, where she worked with infants starting at 6 weeks old all the way through to children 12 years in age.  Charlotte has a true passion and excitement for preschool teaching in the San Carlos School District SMART-E preschool program at White Oaks Elementary.

Kathi Comstock – Teacher Arundel Preschool


Kathi graduated with Honors in English Literature from San Jose State University. She did her Graduate year at San Jose State University and received a Kindergarten to Ninth Grade Credential. She and her husband live in San Carlos. Their daughter was educated through the San Carlos School District. While working a 32 hour week in the Corporate world, she was fortunate to be able to volunteer weekly in her daughter’s classrooms at Brittan Acres Elementary. Her philosophy is that every child has the right to express what they believe and she encourages them to do so through their words.

Monika Skinner – Teacher Arundel Preschool

Monika is currently attending San Francisco State University, studying Child and Adolescent Development and Special Education.  Monika loves children and works hard at understanding them to encourage them in their development and education.  Monika enjoys swimming, rain or shine, playing piano and spending time with family in her free time.

Katie Cornell – Aide Arundel Preschool

Katie lives in San Mateo with her mom, cat and 3 dogs.  She is the youngest of 4 children in her family.  Her older brothers all have children giving Katie lots of fun aunt time.  Katie has been working with children of all ages for 15 years.  She went to San Jose State University and De Anza College to complete her units in Child Development.  Katie enjoys spending time with her mom on the weekends as well as going to baseball and football games with her brothers or just spending time with their families.  She also enjoys her pets and going to music festivals.  Katie understands that children learn best when they experience things on their own and use their imaginations.

Nicole Artale – Aide Arundel Preschool


Nicole has worked with children for four years, ages 3-6 and loves every minute of it. She is currently working on getting her Early Childhood Education certificate and Associate’s degree from Cañada College. Her favorite things about her job are watching the children learn and discover new things as they play and doing yoga with the kids at afternoon circle. In her free time she enjoys reading, painting, and going to the farmer’s market with her husband.