Kim Garcia-Meza holds a BA from Stanford University, a Bilingual Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from SFSU, a Masters in International and Multicultural Education, bilingual emphasis from USF, a year of field research on bilingual education in Argentina, a Preschool Site Supervisor Permit from the State of California, and ten years of experience as a lower primary Spanish bilingual teacher in San Franciscos Mission District. Before beginning Las Mañanitas, she taught weekly literacy activities to Spanish-speaking toddlers and their families in the Mission District with The Reading Tree - a San Francisco based non profit dedicated to promoting early literacy. She was an active parent volunteer at Flynn Elementary (where her three children attended the Spanish immersion program for their primary years) and currently volunteers at San Francisco Friends School where her two youngest children are students in 5th and 8th grade. Her oldest daughter is a sophomore at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep. Kim currently serves on the Citizens Advisory Committee for SF's Office of Early Care and Education.
Kim and her husband Peter's three children have all been raised to be fully bilingual in Spanish and English. Kim and Peter's combined family heritage give their children the distinction of being tri-cultural (Japanese-Mexican-Bolivian). Kim's personal search for a quality preschool experience in Spanish for her own children led her to begin Las Mañanitas.
Patricia Flores is a native of El Salvador who comes from a family of professional educators and has herself many years of experience working with young children. She has completed her basic Early Childhood Education units from SF City College. Prior to coming to Las Mañanitas, Patricia worked for SF Head Start Programs. As a founding Las Mañanitas teacher, this is her tenth year as part of the Las Mañanitas teaching team.
Patricia and her husband Jaime have two college aged sons, both of whom have been raised to be fully bilingual in Spanish and English.
Ana Burgos is a native of El Salvador with many years of experience volunteering with preschool age children. Prior to coming to Las Mañanitas, Ana worked in a Montessori preschool program. She has completed her basic Early Childhood Education units from SF City College. This is her fifth year as part of the Las Mañanitas teaching team.
This year we have weekly art lessons in Spanish thanks to our partnership with littleartistas.com! We are very happy to be able to offer this amazing experience to all of our students.
Performing Arts Workshop
This year we have weekly dance/movement lessons in Spanish thanks to our partnership with Performing Arts Workshop! We are very happy to be able to offer this amazing experience to all of our students.
*Kim and Patricia graduated together in May 2009 from Lifeways, a six-month intensive training program in Spanish focused on the needs of the whole child in the early years.
All three teachers participated in an online "Garden to Table" training focused on cooking and nutrition with preschoolers (earlysprouts.org) and in the year-long CLASS training through Children's Council.
Tree Frog Treks
This year we have monthly science lessons in Spanish thanks to our partnership with Tree Frog Treks! We are very happy to be able to offer this amazing experience to all of our students.