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Bay Meadows KinderCare

Mimi Schmalz, Center Director
1350 Wayne Way, San Mateo, CA 94403

  • Ph: (650) 577-0257
  • Open: 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F
  • Fax: (650) 577-0129
  • Ages: 18 MONTH-OLDS to 6 YEAR-OLDS

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

Bio:

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.

Quote:

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

  • 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

  • Other Languages Spoken:

    Spanish

Haydet Rivera, Assistant Director

Bio:

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.

Quote:

"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"

  • 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

  • Other Languages Spoken:

    Spanish

Ms. Nohemy, Toddler Classroom

Bio:

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.

Quote:

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

  • Year Started: 1/1/2004
  • Tenure: 10 Years
  • Years in ECE Industry: 14 Years
  • Other Languages Spoken:

    Spanish

Ms. Anna, Discovery Preschool Classroom

Bio:

Although Ms. Anna is new to the field, she adores working with children, as she was a nanny prior to coming to KinderCare. She is currently working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education. She loves that the children always know how to put a smile on her face.

  • Year Started: 1/1/2012
  • Tenure: 2 Years
  • Years in ECE Industry: 1 Year

Ms. Anela, Preschool Classroom

Bio:

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.

Quote:

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

  • Year Started: 1/1/2012
  • Tenure: 2 Years
  • Years in ECE Industry: 9 Years
  • Education:

    Bachelor's Degree in Communications

  • Other Languages Spoken:

    Bosnian, Croatian

Ms. Beverly, Preschool Classroom

Bio:

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. Josie, Preschool Classroom

Bio:

Ms. Josie is one of our newest teachers and brings a lot of energy to our center. 

Previous Experience:

Ms. Josie previously taught Kindergarten to second grade children.

Quote:

"I love watching the children grow and and watch them having fun."

  • Year Started: 1/1/2013
  • Tenure: 1 Year
  • Years in ECE Industry: 4 Years
  • Education:

    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education

  • Other Languages Spoken:

    Chinese

Ms. Alison, Prekindergarten Classroom

Bio:

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.

Quote:

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

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

Ms. Jasmine, Prekindergarten Classroom

Bio:

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.

Quote:

"I love watching children explore and grow."

  • 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

Bio:

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

  • Other Languages Spoken:

    Tamil, Telugu, Hindi

Ms. Kayla, Kindergarten Classroom

Bio:

Ms. Kayla has been teaching young children for the past four years, coming to us last year after student teaching in public schools. She has her Bachelor’s Degree and her Early Childhood Education certificate. She enjoys teaching Kindergarten because she loves having the children come in the beginning of the year and watching them grow and develop and knowing they are ready to go off to first grade.

Quote:

"I love seeing the growth of my students, being able to encourage them and help them reach their goals."

  • Year Started: 1/1/2012
  • Tenure: 2 Years
  • Years in ECE Industry: 4 Years
  • Education:

    Bachelor's Degree, Early Childhood Education Certificate

  • Other Languages Spoken:

    Spanish

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

Bio:

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.

Quote:

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

  • Year Started: 1/1/2005
  • Tenure: 9 Years
  • Years in ECE Industry: 13 Years
  • Education:

    Bachelor's Degree in Communications

Ms. Marilu, Cook

Bio:

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. 

Quote:

"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."

  • Year Started: 1/1/2002
  • Tenure: 12 Years
  • Years in ECE Industry: 13 Years
  • Other Languages Spoken:

    Spanish

Ms. Anamika, Support Staff

Bio:

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

Ms. Rebecca, Support Staff

Bio:

Ms. Rebecca will be graduating this June, earning her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Childhood Psychology. She is inspired knowing that every day a child is at school and is receiving a positive life experience. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing former students and how they have grown.

  • Year Started: 1/1/2013
  • Tenure: 1 Year
  • Years in ECE Industry: 16 Years
  • Education:

    Pursuing Bachelor's of Science Degree in Childhood Psychology

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