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Bay Area Preschool Teacher Awards Ceremony & Celebration

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Habitot Children's Museum

2065 Kittredge Street

Berkeley, CA 94704

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As part of Habitot Children's Museum's mission to increase learning through play to help develop curious, creative and confident young kids, the museum hosts and organizes the 9th Annual Bay Area Preschool Teacher Awards for the Early Childhood community. Preschool teachers nurture curiosity in young children, build their social and emotional skills, inspire their imaginations, and open the doors to lifelong learning. The importance of a quality preschool experience can not be underestimated.

This year, sixty-eight nominations were received for forty-three preschool teachers working in any of the nine Bay Are counties between May 1st to July 20th. All nominees receive a special prize certificate, and ten finalists receive a grand prize consisting of teaching supplies from Discount School Supply, Folkmanis puppets, class field trips to Habitot Children's Museum, parenting resources, media recognition, and a award for display at a public ceremony on September 25th, 2017.

To help welcome in the new school year, Habitot invites parents, teachers and advocates for early childhood education to join us in recognizing the enormous contributions of our preschool teachers and educators in the Bay Area.

Please join us in congratulating these outstanding men and women to let them know how important they are to the growth and development of young children.

Stephanie Alford, Fun in the Sun Childcare, Oakland

Devon Anderson, Child Education Center, Berkeley

Shonece Barney, St. Michael's Preschool, Concord

Alissa Bauer, Whiteford Preschool, Newark

Roland Bergfelt, Skytown Parent Cooperative Preschool, Kensington

Kelly Brown, St. James Christian Schools, San Leandro

Kathy Chew, Children's Community Center, Berkeley

Karen Conrad, Lafayette Nursery School , Lafayette

Pat Cosgrove, Gay Austin School, Berkeley

Shayna Cureton, Forest Freedom School , Berkeley

Sean Degaetano, Duck's Nest (Telegraph Campus), Oakland

Jan Ertola, Pleasant Hill Recreation, Pleasant Hill

Danielle Gabellini-Newton, Creative Play center, Pleasant Hill

Jennifer Gonzales, Appleseed Little School, Lafayette

Marianieves Hansen, Angel's Montessori School, Concord

Lucy Karanja, Nomura Preschool, Richmond

Lupe Lopez, La Plazita Preschool, Oakland

Amy Louie, Amy's Nursery, Burlingame

Cheryl Marsh, Old Firehouse School, Walnut Creek

Sherryse McAleenan, Trinity Lutheran Preschool, Walnut Creek

Mary McRae, Morello Hills Christian Preschool, Martinez

Blake MCSunas, Peekadoodle Academy of Danville, Danville

Julieta Munoz, Mi Mundo Preschool, Berkeley

Loretta Nelson, First Covenant Treehouse Preschool & Kindergarten, Oakland

Shilpa Parekh, Bright Future Montessori, Dublin

Jennifer Paschall, Seedlings , Lafayette

Marta Passalacqua, Nanny's House Child Care and Preschool, Lafayette

Laura Quesada, Emerson Elementary School, Oakland

Mary Rhodes, Kind Childhood Development Center, Berkeley

Carmen Romo, Panache Enfants, San Ramon

Sara Sangco, The Renaissance International School, Oakland

Norma Santiago, Escuela Billingüe Internacional, Oakland

Jamie Skinner, Love for Learning, Brentwood

Molly Skuse, Berkeley Urban Garden School, Berkeley

Vanettra Smith, Where the Wild Things Play, Pleasant Hill

Poorna Swa, Challenger School, Newark

Lindsey Toomajian, Oak View Nursery School, San Rafael

Cierra Townsend, Mills College Children's School, Oakland

Maylis Treuil, Old Firehouse School, Lafayette

Risa Vierra, Diablo Valley Montessori School, Lafayette

Claire VonHosten, Peekadoodle Academy of Danville, Danville

Beck Wright, Oak View Nursery School, San Rafael

To learn more about Habitot Children's Museum or the awards program, please visit: www.habitot.org

This event would not be possible without the support of Habitot's Bay Area Preschool Teacher Awards 2017 Sponsors, EastBayPreschools.com, 510 Families, Folkmanis Puppets, and Discount School Supplies.

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