Waverly’s preschool teachers have substantial knowledge of child development, years of experience working with young children, and a strong commitment to the philosophy of the preschool program.
Jeanny Tafoya is the preschool director/teacher. Jeanny has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College and a Master’s in Educational Psychology from California State University, Northridge, where she focused her research on brain architecture, empathy, and anti-bias education. She has ten years of teaching experience and worked closely with Oonagh Delaney and Connie Rodarte at The Little Preschool prior to coming to Waverly. Jeanny delights in spending her days with young children and brings a collaborative spirit and growth mindset to her work with colleagues and families. (Email)
Marina is a preschool teacher. She has an A.A. degree from the College of the Redwoods with an emphasis in early childhood education. Marina is one of the founding teachers of The Waverly School and has worked with young children for more than 30 years. Marina says, “I am inspired by how the students are willing to teach as much as they are willing to learn.” Marina’s son Emmett ‘08 graduated from Waverly. (Email)
Connie is a preschool teacher. Connie has a B.A. in Spanish and human development from the University of California, Davis. She previously worked at The Little Preschool as a preschool teacher and summer program director. Connie says, “Every day is a new learning opportunity when working with children. Their daily discoveries serve as a reminder of the importance of creating an environment that supports their developmental needs.” (Email)