Meet the Preschool Team


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.

Oonagh Delaney 19 20

Oonagh Delaney

Oonagh is the interim preschool direc­tor-teacher. Oonagh has a B.A. in Theater Arts and English Liter­a­ture and a Post Grad­u­ate Certifi­cate in Educa­tion from the Univer­sity of Manches­ter in the U.K., and Early Child­hood and Site Supervisor/​Program Direc­tor Certi­fi­ca­tion through the Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Los Angeles. She has over 25 years of expe­ri­ence in educa­tion and has been the owner, direc­tor, and lead teacher of the highly regarded The Little Preschool in North­ridge for the last 13 years. Oonagh’s youngest son Sam is in 12th grade; her older sons, Patrick 16 and Eamonn 15, grad­u­ated from Waverly.

Marina Dahlen 19 20

Marina Dahlen

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.

Marie Harper 19 20

Marie Harper

Marie is a preschool teacher. She has a B.A. in psychol­ogy, an M.A. in human devel­op­ment with special­iza­tion in lead­er­ship in educa­tion and human services, and an M.S. in early child­hood studies with special­iza­tion in teach­ing and diver­sity in early educa­tion. As the preschool­ers work on social and emotional devel­op­ment, Marie supports them by being present. She explains, Listen­ing to them is so impor­tant because what I might see as the problem is often so differ­ent than what a child sees as the problem. I listen to show chil­dren that they are valued and respected.”