SMART-E Preschool Staff

San Carlos School District Preschool Staff

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. In her free time she enjoys time with her husband and family.


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. In June 2015, after 14 years of teaching preschool in Burlingame, Jill came to the San Carlos School District preschool program. 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 grown children, one daughter and two sons.


Rosemary Freitas-Teacher Heather Preschool

Rosemary has been working with children from preschool age to school age for the past 25 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.


Mia Maffei – Aide Arundel Preschool

Mia received her early childhood education certificate from the community colleges. Mia has worked as a nanny for 8 years. She is excited about her transition to a classroom of preschoolers. She loves working with children because she gets to play, laugh, imagine and create with them all day. Children help her see things from a different perspective. She loves watching children develop and knows she is in the right field of work. Mia also loves helping children learn that not everyone is the same but everyone should be treated the same. Mia comes from a very large family and enjoys spending time with them, watching sporting events, going to the park, and eating great food. She also loves going to Disneyland every chance she gets!


Effie Hejazi – Teacher Heather AM 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 her 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.


Diane Bobich – Teacher Heather AM 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.


Jessica Damian- Aide Heather AM Preschool

Jessica is working toward her BA in Early Childhood Education. She is currently taking ECE classes and has 9 years experience working with children. Jessica speaks Spanish and loves teaching the children in her classroom Spanish words and phrases. 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 and one son.


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 30+ 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 6 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 several times a week at Circle Time.


Alisi Mafi – Aide Brittan Acres Preschool

Alisi attended Sacramento State University where she received her BA in Child Development. During her time as a student, Alisi volunteered at the university childcare center as well as Child Protective Services for the County of Sacramento. She loves working with children because it gives her a sense of happiness and fulfillment to see their young minds grow and develop. She enjoys spending time with her family and going on new adventures with her friends.


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 18 years. In her free time, Desola loves to read and knit.


Suzanne Krayne – Aide Brittan Acres Preschool

A Belmont native, Suzanne attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, and first worked with young children. She has 15 years’ experience with children ages 3 months through 5 years. She lives in San Carlos, where her daughters attended Arundel Elementary and Tierra Linda Middle School. Suzanne enjoys seeing children play, learn and grow, and loves the energy, creativity and fun they bring to each day!  In her free time she enjoys reading, sewing, baking sweet treats, and spending time with her family.


Dorothea Wong –  Teacher Brittan Acres Preschool

Dorothea has always had and interest in working with children. After her first week of volunteering at a local preschool, she pursued her study of Liberal Arts,  receiving her BA degree from San Francisco State University in Liberal Studies. During that time she had the opportunity to work at The Nueva School, Beacon Day School, Childcare Careers and New Futures High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She gained much experience working with children ages 2 to 12 years old over 15 years of experience. Her belief as a teacher is to continue to empower, encourage and be a positive role model for young children so that they can be lifelong learners who are confident and competent members of society.


Sue Fosgett – Site Supervisor White Oaks Preschool

Teacher “Suey” has over 20 years experience teaching pre-school. She has an Early Childhood Education Certificate from Canada College. Suey is organized and values the team teaching approach in our district preschool program. She grew up in Pacifica and Redwood City, where she currently lives with her two sons. In her spare time she enjoys the Beach, reading and going to sporting events and concerts with her sons.


Rita Fischer – Teacher White Oaks Preschool

Rita has been working with preschoolers since 2001. She is passionate about giving children a positive school experience! Rita received her certificate for Early Childhood Education from Canada College. Rita loves taking walks with her husband, spending time in coffee shops, listening to jazz, and visiting botanical gardens.


Nicole Artale – Teacher White Oaks Preschool


Nicole has worked with children for the past six 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.


Michelle Lau – Teacher White Oaks Preschool

Michelle has been working with young children for eight years, specifically at Heather Preschool for the five. 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. Patience is one of her greatest abilities, giving each child encouragement and room to grow.


 Mary Silva – Teacher Arundel Preschool

Mary has worked with children for 7 years ranging from newborn to school age children. Mary is currently studying at Chabot College and will soon transfer to Cal State East Bay to finish her degree. Mary has found that working with children is her true passion. She strives, always, to be the adult she needed when she was young, from encouraging children when they don’t believe in themselves to teaching them to treat others with respect. Mary grew up in the Central Valley and moved to the Bay Area in 2009. She has one daughter and lives in the East Bay. Some of her hobbies are watching basketball with her husband, huge Warriors fans, reading, painting with her daughter, going on walks and taking trips to the beach.


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 17 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.