Sharon Dahme is the director of the San Geronimo Childcare Center and the Pre-K (Redbirds) teacher. She has worked with children for over 35 years. After completing Early Childhood Education at the College of Marin, Sharon ran her own Family Daycare Center in her home for 10 years. Sharon taught at the San Geronimo Childcare Center for 9 years before becoming Director in 2001. She is committed to the Play-based style of learning that blends both child-directed and teacher-directed activities that include art, stories, dramatic play, large motor activities and hands-on natural science. She is the mother of three adult children and a longtime resident the San Geronimo Valley and Marin.
Bernice West has been a co-teacher at SGCC in all three programs. She has worked with children for over 45 years; assisting in her mother’s home day care, teaching elementary school, and then preschool and childcare. Bernice has a special fondness for early childhood development and the concepts of learning through play, children exploring their environments, and supporting children’s cultivation of language. She has a BA in liberal studies, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and additional ECE credits from the College of Marin. Bernice is the mother of 2 teenage daughters and has lived in Lagunitas for over 20 years. When not at SGCC, she enjoys time with her family, reading, walking, and gardening.
Margaret Krauss joined the preschool in 2002 and is currently the lead teacher in the Toddler (Chickadees) room, having also worked with the 3, 4 and 5 year old’s.
She has a California State Early Childhood Education Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University and Waldorf training. Margaret was born and raised in Marin. She has four adult children and six grandchildren.
Margaret and family have lived in Australia and Brazil where she was also a teacher.
Angelina Papia is the 3-4’s (Bluebirds) teacher at SGCC. She has worked with children for over 20 years as a nanny, childcare provider, First Five Kindergarten Readiness teacher, and preschool teacher. She received her Early Childhood Education training from the College of Marin and is working to complete a Bachelor degree. Ang is the mother of two school-age sons, Dylan and Miles. Raised in the San Geronimo Valley, she has a deep connection to the community and passion for teaching young children.
Cindy Weller is passionate about early childhood education, the power of play, and children spending time in the outdoors. She believes it is through intentional play that children develop skills to socialize, critically think, problem solve, and self-manage—enhancing their sense of wonder, creativity and curiosity. For the past three years, Cindy taught at a Reggio Emilia Preschool in Corte Madera. She has 12 Early Childhood Education units, along with an MA in Marriage Family Therapy. Cindy is the proud mama of two boys; Jake is 14 and Matt is 12. She has worked with children: teaching at play-based schools, doing humanitarian work in several developing countries, counseling in public schools, and behavioral coaching in Child Protective Services (CPS).