PRESCHOOL FACULTY & STAFF

Administration

Laurie Cerefice

Program Director

Vince Piña

Assistant Director of Preschool / Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Colleen Fitch-Avila

Assistant Director of Preschool

Laurie Cerefice

laurie@serendipityschool.com

Education

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential — Notre Dame de Namur University
B.A. in Liberal Studies — San Francisco State University

E.C.E. (Early Childhood Education) — 16 units

Relevant Experience

Preschool Director — Serendipity School — 2016 to Present

Preschool through 2nd Grade Teacher—Serendipity School — 1995 to 2016

Vince Piña

preschool@serendipityschool.com

Education

A.S. in Early Childhood Education—Cañada College

ECE Certificate—Cañada College

Relevant Experience

Assistant Director—Serendipity School: Since 2007
Teacher/Pre-K Teacher—Serendipity School: Since 2004

Teacher for Family Day Care in San Mateo: 1996-2004

Colleen Fitch-Avila

preschool@serendipityschool.com

Education

Conley Business School

ECE Certificate—Cañada College

Relevant Experience

Assistant Director—Serendipity School: Since 2009
Office Administrator – Serendipity School: Since 2004
Floating Teacher – Serendipity School: 2000-2004

Corporate Business Administration for 17 years

Classroom Teachers

Vince Piña

Assistant Director of Preschool / Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Kathy Lam McDonald

3s Teacher

Jennifer Evanchik

2s Teacher

Madelyn Pacas

3s Teacher

Sasha Fuller

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Marcia Guzman

3s Teacher

Colleen Hahn

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Carla Murray

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Patrice Warto

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Lauren Banner

3s Floating Teacher

Soma Debroy

Pre-Kindergarten Floating Teacher

Elvia Hernandez

Preschool Teacher’s Aide

Meaghan O’Connell

2s Teacher

Ginny Johnson

2s Teacher

Vince Piña

preschool@serendipityschool.com

Education

A.S. in Early Childhood Education—Cañada College

ECE Certificate—Cañada College

Relevant Experience

Assistant Director—Serendipity School: Since 2007
Teacher/Pre-K Teacher—Serendipity School: Since 2004

Teacher for Family Day Care in San Mateo: 1996-2004

Kathy Lam McDonald

kathy@serendipityschool.com

Education

Education

ECE Certificate—City College of San Francisco

Relevant Experience

Teacher—Serendipity School—2007 to Present

Preschool Teacher in South San Francisco—2000-2007

Jennifer Evanchik

jennifer@serendipityschool.com

Education

ECE Certificate

Relevant Experience

Serendipity School 2017 – Present
Learning Links 2013 – 2017

Serendipity School 2000 – 2010

Madelyn Pacas

madelyn@serendipityschool.com

Education

21 ECE Units

Relevant Experience

Teacher—Serendipity School: 2017 – Present

Merry Moppet 2007 – 2017

Sasha Fuller

sashaf@serendipityschool.com

Education

AA Degree — In Progress

E.C.E. Units — 21 units, Foothill College, Cañada College 2002

Relevant Experience

3’s Teacher — Serendipity School — 2016 to Present
PreK Teacher — Millbrae Nursery School — 2014 to 2016
PreK Teacher — Merryhill School — 2011 to 2014
Preschool Teacher—Merry Moppet — 2007 to 2009

Preschool Teacher—Woodside — 2005 to 2007

Marcia Guzman

marcia@serendipityschool.com

Education

Aragon High School—San Mateo 2001
ECE Units & General Education—College of San Mateo 2010
B.A. Child & Adolescent Development—San Francisco State University 2012

Master Teacher Permit—In Progress

Relevant Experience

3’s Teacher—Serendipity School: Since 2013
Bridge Point Academy—Teacher 2010

Youth Services Tiny Tots & Pre-K—City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation 2001-2006

Colleen Hahn

Colleen@serendipityschool.com

Education

B.A. in Child Development: California Sate University, Chico – 2015

Relevant Experience

Serendipity Preschool – Since 2016
Serendipity Elementary School – 2012 – 2016

Chico State Child Development Lab Preschool Room – 20015

Carla Murray

carla@serendipityschool.com

Education

ECE Certificate—Cañada College
A.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management—City College S.F.

A.A. in Radio Broadcast Announcing—College of San Mateo

Relevant Experience

Preschool Teacher—Serendipity School:  Since 2008

Preschool Teacher—Hoover Children’s Center:  1998-2008

Patrice Warto

patrice@serendipityschool.com

Education

Program Director Credential—Notre Dame de Namur University
Site Supervisor Credential—Notre Dame de Namur University
Master Teacher Credential—Notre Dame de Namur University
B.A. in Liberal Studies—Notre Dame de Namur University
A.S. in Early Childhood Education—Cañada College

ECE Certificate—Cañada College

Relevant Experience

Preschool Teacher—Serendipity School: Since 1997
Preschool Director—Serendipity School: 1997-2016
Preschool Teacher for over 35 years: 1974-2009

Assistant Director/Teacher in Burlingame for 10 years: 1987-1997

Lauren Banner

Education

24 Units ECE: Cañada College, CSM

Relevant Experience

Serendipity Preschool – Since 2016
Nanny – 2000 – 2015

YMCA Child Watch Caregiver – 1999 – 20015

Soma Debroy

Education

B.S. in Bioscience—University of Calcutta, India

ECE Certificate—Cañada College

Relevant Experience

Pre-K Teacher—Serendipity School: Since 2004

Preschool Teacher in India: 2001-2004

Elvia Hernandez

elvia@serendipityschool.com

Education

Relevant Experience

Teacher’s Aide—Serendipity School: Since 1999

Meaghan O’Connell

meaghanko@serendipityschool.com

Education

3 ECE Units

9 ECE Units in Progress

Relevant Experience

Mon Petit Village French Immersion Preschool

Ginny Johnson

Education

12 ECE Units

Relevant Experience

Preschool Teacher — Serendipity School — 2018 to Present
Preschool Teacher — Hoover Children’s Center— 1985
Preschool Teacher — Stepping Stones Preschool — 1981 to 1984

Specialist Teachers

Michael Quadro

Music Teacher

William Potter

Physical Education Teacher, & Website

Michael Quadro

preschool@serendipityschool.com

Education

Certified Music Together Teacher

Relevant Experience

Michael (Mr. Q) is a talented singer-songwriter and a favorite children’s music performer on the S.F. Peninsula.

William Potter

will@serendipityschool.com

Education

Single Subject Teaching Credential — In Progress

B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Education — San Francisco State University

Relevant Experience

Physical Education Teacher — Serendipity School — 2005 to Present
Presenter CAHPERD State Conference — 2015
Presenter CAHPERD Bay Area District Physical Education Workshop — 2014, 2015
Director 40th Annual Elementary Physical Education Workshop — 2013
Committee Member Elementary Physical Education Workshop — 2007 to 2015
Physical Education Teacher — the Nueva School — 2002 to 2005

Summer Day Camp Director — “Up and At’em” Summer Program — 2003, 2005