Master Teacher + Director + Consultant
Kim has been owner of Barron Park Playschool since 2001. In addition to her administrative work, Kim continues to work in the classroom as a teacher. Kim excels at designing environments in which children can safely learn and explore. With over 20 years of experience educating and operating preschool/childcare centers as well as a degree in Creative Arts from San Jose State University, Kim has a rare understanding of the ways in which children perceive and interact with their world. Kim has led workshops and trainings on creativity and curriculum both locally and nationally and has been an early childhood development mentor teacher. Kim identifies herself first as a mother, and uses what she has learned as a mom to partner effectively with families and the community.
Master Teacher + Mentor Teacher
Craig has been a part of Barron Park Playschool since the school began in the Bay Area back in 1981, but feels he is only part of the way towards a lifetime of teaching and learning. Craig is a master teacher and educator - often sharing his experience by mentoring local college students during their Early Childhood Education teaching practicum. Craig maintains his love of teaching by re-inventing his curriculum based on the needs of the children. The kids love his silly songs and playful nature - he is known for leading rousing choruses of "Matilda the Gorilla" and the kids' favorite, "Ghost Riders," accompanied by his Q-chord. Craig is also a master story-teller and enjoys bringing nature into the classroom. Craig complements his experience with an outstanding and adventurous attitude and ongoing studies at local institutions. Although he is a veteran of education, he approaches each day with the eye of an apprentice.
Tom Gannon, MS Creativity and Leadership
Master Teacher + Administrator + Consultant
Tom has been with Barron Park Playschool since 2008. He has a M.S. in Creative Studies and Change Leadership from Buffalo State College, a B.S. in Business Administration from San Jose State University, and 24 early childhood education units. He brings over 18 years of experience utilizing creative problem solving and design thinking into our program to help children be creative and confident with their own problem solving abilities. He has a warm and loving relationship with the children and enjoys including them in big and small building projects around the school. Tom oversees the administrative responsibilities of the school along with overseeing the facility. Tom is a credentialed site supervisor.
Teacher + Curriculum Specialist
Anne has always been fascinated by young children’s insatiable desire to learn and explore. She taught many years in French at the International School of the Peninsula and for Music Around the World before joining the Barron Park Preschool team in 2016. She holds a French teaching degree with a concentration in teaching foreign languages to young children, and 35 Early Childhood Education units. She loves to design new games, special activities and art projects based on the interests and the development needs of the children. She can spend hours making puppets, cutting fabric, painting and figuring how to make papier maché accessible to three year olds or looking for the perfect songs and stories that will support emergent curriculum.
She is the blessed mother of four wonderful children. Connecting with the school’s families is of the utmost importance for her.
Emily enjoys creating immersive learning opportunities for children to actively engage with their interests and what they are learning. Emily believes it is important for children to be in a welcoming environment where they feel heard and included. She actively fosters opportunities for children to explore and interact with their environment, developing confidence and empathy. Emily has several years of experience as an after school care instructor and preschool teacher. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Regis University and Certificates of Achievement in Early Childhood Education and Inclusion Support from Cañada College. In her free time she enjoy going to the beach with her dog and baking various treats such as pies and croissants; and loves taking the time to learn something new such as sewing and pottery.