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Bay Meadows KinderCare

Mimi Schmalz,
Center Director

1350 Wayne Way San Mateo CA 94403
Ph: (650) 577-0257
Ages:
18 MONTH-OLDS to 6 YEAR-OLDS
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: near Hillsdale Blvd. & Saratoga Dr in San Mateo

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: None

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at San Mateo KinderCare strongly believe that each child grows and develops at their own pace. Our teachers honor these differences by providing children with customized attention and activities that enable them to learn and grow at their own paces, in their own way. Our teachers have an average tenure of five years at our center and an average of ten years in the Early Childhood Education field. Our teachers are all Early Childhood Education certified. We have a couple of teachers who have their Master Teaching Permit. We support our teachers in their professional development and ongoing education. All of our teachers are here because the love the joy of teaching!

Mimi Schmalz, Center Director

""I love coming to work every morning and seeing the children's smiling faces and learning from them!""

Mimi has worked in the Toddler room moving her way up to the Prekindergarten room. After six years of  teaching, she became the Center Director in the summer of 201. She has worked in the Early Childhood field for the last 16 years and previously worked as a nanny prior to coming to KinderCare. Mimi has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, working towards her Bachelor's Degree. In her free time, she enjoys to spend time with her family and friends.  

Previous Experience:

Mimi previously worked as a nanny before joining KinderCare.

Year Started:
1/1/2004
Tenure:
10 Years
Years in ECE industry:
16 years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Working towards Bachelor's Degree

Haydet Rivera, Assistant Director

""I love the rewards that come with working with children, no matter how big or small. Watching them develop and learn in a safe and healthy environment reinforces why I choose to be in this field. It truly makes me love my job""

Ms. Haydet started with KinderCare in 2006, teaching the prekindergarted class, until she became the Assistant Director in 2011. She has been in the early childhood developpment field for 11 years, managing a home child care and working as a substitute teachers while attending school. She is currently working on her Master's degree in Education with an emphasis in ESL.  

Previous Experience:

Haydet previously worked for Bright Horizon as a support staff teacher. She also managed home childcare for six years and has worked as a substitute teacher.

Year Started:
1/1/2006
Tenure:
8 Years
Years in ECE industry:
11 years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Nohemy, Toddler Classroom

"I love to walk in and see all the smiles on the children's faces."

Ms. Nohemy has been with KinderCare for over ten years. She has fourteen years experience in Early Childhood Education working with Preschool children and Infants. She loves seeing the children’s unique way of learning new things every day.

Year Started:
1/1/2004
Tenure:
10 Years
Years in ECE industry:
14 Years

Ms. Estela, Discovery Preschool Classroom

"I love all the smiles and hugs from the children."

Ms. Estela comes to us with a love and passion for what she does, she is always communicating with parents on the children's progress no matter how big or small it is.

Year Started:
1/1/2014
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years

Ms. Nancy, Discovery Preschool Classroom

"The children at this age are all very eager to learn; as evidenced by their look of complete interest whenever we introduce a new book or activity."

Ms. Nancy enjoys engaging in new adventures with the children and always has new ideas on how to enrich the curriculum. She is also the grandmother of two children who attended Baymeadows KinderCare.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Nancy worked at our sister center, CCLC in Redwood Shores

Year Started:
1/1/2014
Years in ECE industry:
3 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Stephanie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

"I love coming into a room of happy faces everyday and knowing I am making a difference in a child's life."

This is Ms. Stephanie's first job in a child care center and has thrived in her new environment. She is continuing her education and hopes to complete her degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their son.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Stephanie worked as a nanny for several years and has also worked in Human Relations.

Year Started:
1/1/2014
Years in ECE industry:
1 Year
Education:
Pursuing Associate's Degree

Ms. Cara, Toddler Classroom

"I love working with young children. They are continually teaching me new things."

Ms. Cara comes to us  with a strong background in Early Childhood Education.  She has her Site Supervisor certificate and many years of experience. Cara is also a published children's author.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Cara has worked for several years at Child Careers.

Year Started:
1/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
10 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Lina, Toddler Classroom (Support)

"Discovering new things with the children and connecting with them on a daily basis."

Ms. Lina is full of enthusiasm towards young children. She is often found sitting on the ground interacting with the children.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Lina worked as a nanny and a volunteer tutor in ESL.

Year Started:
1/1/2014
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Anela, Preschool Classroom

"I love seeing their smiling faces and teaching them new things."

Ms. Anela joined our team last year after being a nanny for eight years.She has her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Studies and is currently working on achieving her Early Childhood Education certificate as well as her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. She loves watching the kids grow.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Anela previously worked as a nanny.

Year Started:
1/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
9 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Communications

Ms. Beverly, Preschool Classroom

Ms. Beverly enjoys watching the children’s faces light up with confidence whenever they learn something new. Knowing that each day is a new day to learn new things inspires her to come to work. Ms. Beverly has an Associate's of Arts degree in Child Development and is working on receiving her Bachelor's Degree. She is also a Certified Medical Assistant.

Year Started:
1/1/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
5 Years
Education:
Associate's of Arts Degree in Child Development

Ms. Raquel, Prekindergarten A Classroom

"The children have such unique personalities and are at a crucial stage of their development."

Ms. Raquel is a great addition to our staff. She has an extensive background in Child Psychology and Behavior. She enjoys interacting with the children.

Previous Experience:

Ms Raquel was a Special Education ABA Therapist in an elementary school.

Year Started:
1/1/2014
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Psycology and Behavioral Sciences

Ms. Gina, Prekindergarten Classroom

"I'm never bored, the children are full of questions they always find a way to challenge me."

Ms. Gina likes the communication between staff and management. She is pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She enjoys to read and come up with unique and new curriculum ideas for her classroom.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Gina has been a nanny and worked at a home daycare for the past 10 years

Year Started:
1/1/2014
Years in ECE industry:
5 Years
Education:
Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education, Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

Ms. Jasmine, Prekindergarten Classroom

""I love watching children explore and grow.""

Ms. Jasmine has been teaching children for the past five years and holds her Master Teacher permit. She came to us last summer after working with children ages two and four. She loves watching children explore and grow.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Jasmine previously worked at Mission College Child Development Center.

Year Started:
1/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
5 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Human Services, Master Teacher's Permit

Ms. Sridevi, Prekindergarten Classroom

Ms. Sri loves the great feeling she gets knowing that she plays a major role in kick starting a child’s life. The innocent smiles and selfless love of children inspires her every day. Ms. Sri has a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Engineering.

Year Started:
1/1/2014
Years in ECE industry:
4 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Engineering

Ms. Emily, Preschool Classroom

"I felt welcomed on my first day of work, the teachers and children are so sweet."

Ms. Emily has previously worked at Palcare in Burlingame and brings to us many great new ideas. Her oldest daughter is currently in our Prekindergarten classroom. 

Previous Experience:

Ms. Emily comes to us after working for several years at Palcare.

Year Started:
1/1/2014
Years in ECE industry:
3 Years
Education:
Pursuing Associate's Degree

Ms. Alison, Kindergarten Classroom

""I have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of the children and instill in them a love of learning!" "

Ms. Alison has been teaching Prekindergarten for the past eleven years. She joined our team last year coming from teaching another Prekindergarten class. She loves that she gets the opportunity to positively impact the lives of children and instill in them a love of learning.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Alison previously worked at a Montessori preschool before joining KinderCare.

Year Started:
1/1/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
11 Years

Ms. Jody, Learning Adventures Classroom, Health and Safety Coordinator

"I love getting new faces in September and watching how they transform and grow throughout the school year."

Ms. Jody has been in the Early Childhood field for over thirteen years, teaching both Prekindergarten and Kindergarten. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications as well as her Early Childhood Education certificate. She loves that she gives children the opportunity to learn, grow and discover new things.

Previous Experience:

Prior to starting at KinderCare Ms. Jody was an editor for a Bay Area Parent magazine for five years.

Year Started:
1/1/2005
Tenure:
9 Years
Years in ECE industry:
13 Years
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Communications

Ms. Marilu, Cook

""I have a lot of love for all the children. It brings me joy to know the children like my cooking and sometimes the parents ask me for my recipes.""

Ms. Marilu has been with KinderCare since it first opened its doors in 2002. She truly has a passion for making every meal a great experience for the children and staff. 

Year Started:
1/1/2002
Tenure:
12 Years
Years in ECE industry:
13 Years

Ms. Anamika, Support Staff

Ms. Anamika is currently attending classes, working towards her Early Childhood Education degree. She has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Natural Sciences. Ms. Anamika loves the smiles on the children’s faces as they understand a new skill. She is inspired by learning new things along with the children.

Year Started:
1/1/2014
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Natural Sciences

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