About Us

Jenny

Jenny  is a Co-Director and the pedagogical coordinator for Mark West Community Preschool. She received her Masters in Education from Sarah Lawrence College in 2002. Realizing the incredible importance of the first five years of life she focused on early childhood education.  Jenny taught Preschool at Purple Circle School In Manhattan NY.  After moving back to California she continued teaching at Old Firehouse School in Mill Valley.
Jenny supports the staff in using project work to guide the curriculum.
It is through the children’s ideas, interests and discoveries that the curriculum emerges, projects are created and all areas of learning are fostered. Through careful observation and diligent documentation we create a scaffolding to support each child’s development.  Each group of children bring their own ideas that inspire the classroom projects and push learning to new heights. Jenny feels it is the teacher’s role to create an environment that excites and engages children to gain knowledge.  Teacher’s co-construct learning with the children by encouraging inquiry and investigation of the world around them. It is the educator’s role to build deep meaningful relationships with the children allowing them to confidently navigate their environments. Education is ever evolving; it is the pedagogical coordinators job to stay at the forefront of this change by continuing professional development and collaboration with colleagues. The pedagogical coordinator works closely with teachers, parents and students to ensure the best learning experience.

Renee

I am the founder and co-Director for Community Preschools. I have been working with children my entire life. I have bachelor of science in Child Development and Early childhood Education. I understand your journey to find just the right program for your child. We are dedicated to ensuring a high quality experience for not only your child but your family as a whole. Preschool is the beginning of your child’s educational career second only to the important, learning and relationships shared between parent and child. I believe that devoted teachers, caring parents and eager children, can together explore the wonder and possibilities during the time we are together. We are working toward the common goal of preparing our children for the world and life ahead.

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Emma


I'm Emma Schurman. I was raised in Sebastopol and, after trying a variety of jobs, inspired to work with young children by my fabulous godson. I earned my BA in History and Africana Studies from Bard College, my Child Development Certificate at the Santa Rosa Junior College, and I'm beginning my graduate training in Early Childhood Education at Sonoma State in the fall. I'm so looking forward to working in such an exciting program and getting to know everyone!


Lindsey

  

I live in Sebastopol on four acres where my partner and I tend to three large gardens, and six Nigerian dwarf goats. I am extremely excited to join the Mark West team this summer! I have worked as the Garden Teacher and Coordinator for several elementary schools for the past 6 years, the last 4 at Dunham Elementary School in Petaluma. In that time, I discovered my passion for quality nature based education, with a child- centered approach. I was fortunate to witness the students in the garden learn how delicious fresh vegetables and fruit taste and how they make their bodies and minds feel. I facilitated the students to complete projects like creating a composting system for the lunch scraps, and our annual pumpkin patch. 

I am a student for life and have had been fortunate to have earned a Bachelors Degree in Pyschology with a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I am currently finishing my Masters Degree in Education with an Early Childhood focus from Sonoma State University. It is my calling to work in education and I feel so lucky to be apart of the crucial first five years of the children’s lives here at Mark West.  

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Ellie

 

My name is Ellie Wynkoop and I am honored to be a part of your child’s journey at Mark West Community Preschool. My greatest joy is to walk along side of a child as they seek to learn about the world around them. I want to nurture their individual interest and build a trusting relationship with the child and their family.

I am the proud mother of five children. While raising my own children, I became passionate about early childhood education. I received my BA in Visual Arts and decided to go back to school to pursue a career serving young children. I attained my Child Development Certificate and Child Development Site Supervisors Permit and in 2017 I became a Mentor Teacher for Sonoma State University and The Santa Rosa Junior College. This has allowed my passion for Early Childhood Education to be shared with student teachers. This has been a wonderful way to share The Reggio Emilia philosophy with the next generation of teachers.

I have been in the field for over 17 years and I intentionally sought to find a program that put children’s needs and interest first. This has led me to Mark West Community Preschool. I believe all children deserve a childhood filled with possibilities, imagination, curiosity, and amazement! I look forward to embarking on this beautiful adventure together. 

On a personal level I spend my time hanging out with my adult children hiking and cooking together. I love taking my dog Roxy for long walks and on the weekends I go to dinner and movies with my husband. I am the proud mother of five children ranging in ages from fifteen to twenty-five. While raising my own children, I became passionate about early childhood education. I received my BA in Visual Arts and decided to pursue a Child Development Certificate and a Child Development Site Supervisors Permit. While teaching in both private and public preschools, I became aware of the impact of quality Early Childhood Education on the children and how that could shape a child’s life. I have been in the field for over twelve years and I wanted to work in a program that put children and their needs first. This has led me to Mark West Community Preschool. I believe all children deserve a Childhood filled with possibilities, imagination, curiosity, and amazement! I look forward to embarking on this beautiful adventure together.

Heather

  

Hi! I’m Heather and I am so excited to be a part of the Mark West Community Preschool where I have been teaching since August of 2015. I have two children, a girl and boy, in elementary school. Prior to coming to Mark West as a teacher I ran a large family childcare for seven years. During that time, I enjoyed developing curriculum and working with my assistants and parents to provide the best possible environment for their children. I’m currently attending SRJC working toward obtaining a degree in child development. I have an associate teacher permit with the State of California and an associate teacher certificate with SRJC. I’m an avid participant in the 4c’s (Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County) attending meetings and workshops where I have received numerous competency certificates related to child care and education. I am excited to learn more every day about the Reggio Emilia approach as I engage with the children and build relationships with all the families.

Kenny

My name is Kenny! I’m just thrilled to have an opportunity to work with such a great school and its community. I was born and raised in Stockton, CA. From 2009 to 2011, I worked as an early intervention preschool aide Autism preschool for San Juaquin Office of Education. When I left Stockton, I spent a good chunk of my degree in Fresno, CA attending Fresno City while working as a Special Education Paraprofessional for Clovis Unified School District. I eventually transferred to Sonoma State to complete my degree in Early Childhood Studies with specialization in infant and toddler care, and challenging behaviors as well as Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential. My passion for children has supported my endeavors and academia and I’m ecstatic to be a part of such a warm community that is not only welcoming but supportive of each other. I have grown to love the co-exploring of their world and building the excitement that comes with new discoveries. I look forward to new memories and the relationships that follow Mark West’s community!

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Aimee

Hi there! My name is Aimee and I am overjoyed to be a member of Mark West Community Preschool. As a Santa Rosa native, I am happy to be providing local children and families with a quality early learning environment. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development from UC Davis. During this time, I worked with adults and children with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings. I was also a toddler teacher at a child development center in Davis. My dedication and passion for the early years, along with my love of learning lead me to Sonoma State University, where I earned a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. While in the program, my focus was on nurturing the connection between children and the natural world. Mark West Community Preschool and the Reggio-Emilia philosophy is a wonderful fit for me and the values I hold as an educator. I am excited to continue to learn and grow while in this position, and I look forward to building relationships with children, families, and fellow teachers.  

Alyx

When it comes to supporting the development of young children I believe there is nothing more nurturing than the early relationships formed between a child and their caregivers. Working alongside families and their children is what I find most exciting about my position as an early childhood educator, creating a deep relationship to support them as their child grows within this exciting time in their development. Mark West has proven to be an environment in which children are surrounded by adults who believe in them, support them, and give them the opportunities to take ownership of their ideas, space, and creativity. I am grateful to be a part of this community, one that aligns so similarly with what I believe to be true for children in our world today. I studied Early Childhood Development at the Santa Rosa JC before completing my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education at Sonoma State University. I have worked in a variety of programs both in southern Oregon and Sonoma County. When I am not in the classroom I enjoy being outside in nature, at the lake or really near any body of water is where I feel the most in tune with this bustling world we live in. I am so pleased to be a part of this community and look forward to growing alongside the families and children that are a part of it. 

Danielle

My name is Danielle Decker and I am a Santa Rosa native. I have worked with children from a young age and have always enjoyed watching their natural love of learning and exploring their world. I studied Child Development at Santa Rosa Junior College and California State University, Sacramento, earning a Child Development Teacher Certificate in 2000 and a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development in 2003. I have worked at a diverse selection of early childhood programs in both Sacramento and Sonoma County, including substitute teaching at both Santa Rosa Junior College Children’s Center and Beth Ami Community Nursery School. It was through these opportunities that I discovered how much I love the commitment to a child-centered learning opportunity the Reggio Emilia approach gives, and I am excited to be a part of this new community.

Specialists

Destiny

Studio Teacher

  

Hi, my name is Destiny Marroquin. I was born and raised in Santa Rosa California. In the year 2008 I graduated from McKinley High School in Hawaii. I am currently a student at the Santa Rosa Junior College working on receiving my AA in Psychology , to transfer to Sonoma State in hope of majoring in Child Psychology. I am a proud parent ,of one loving son, who has shown me how creative and loving a young mind can be. I absolutely adore working with and helping children and watching them learn and grow. I can't wait to see what excitement lies ahead at Mark West Community Preschool.

Hannha

Food Specialist


My name is Hannah and I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with your children at Mark West Community Preschool. I have always loved being around children and having the chance to explore and grow with them. I have been working in a school setting for the past five years. My first three years were spent working at River Montessori Charter School as the aftercare director and an instructional assistant. Most recently, I worked at Union Elementary School as a para-educator. Although most of my experience is with school aged children, my passion and education is based on Early Childhood. I have just received my Early Childhood Education Certificate from Santa Rosa Junior College and am in the process of finishing my general education for my AA in Child Development. I plan on transferring to Sonoma State in the next year to earn my BA in Early Childhood Education. Outside of work, I enjoy being out in nature, hiking, working on my passion of photography, spending time with my family, and taking care of my pet bunny. I am honored to have the chance to learn and create with your children in the beautiful space at Mark West!