PRESCHOOL FACULTY & STAFF

Administration

Laurie Cerefice

Program Director

Vince Piña

Assistant Director of Preschool / Young Pre-K 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) — 20 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 / Young Pre-K Teacher

Kathy Lam McDonald

3s Teacher

Jennifer Evanchik

2s Teacher

Madelyn Pacas

3s Teacher

Janel Mesick

2s Teacher

Marcia Guzman

3s Teacher

Carla Murray

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Patrice Warto

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Lauren Banner

3s Floating Teacher

Sandra Bianchi

PK Floating Teacher

Elvia Hernandez

Preschool Teacher’s Aide

Ginny Johnson

2s Teacher

Stacy Harmon

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Alisa Thompson

Pre-Kindergarten 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

Janel Mesick

janel@serendipityschool.com

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

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

Sandra Bianchi

Relevant Experience

Pre-K Floating Teacher—Serendipity School: Since 2004

Elvia Hernandez

elvia@serendipityschool.com

Education

Relevant Experience

Teacher’s Aide—Serendipity School: Since 1999

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

Stacy Harmon

stacy@serendipityschool.com

Education

B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development: ECE
Site Supervisor Permit from California Commission of Teacher Credentialing

Relevant Experience

Preschool Teacher—Serendipity School:  Since 2018

Preschool Teacher at various schools since 2013

Alisa Thompson

alisa@serendipityschool.com

Relevant Experience

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher — Serendipity School — 2020 to Present

Specialist Teachers

William Potter

Physical Education Teacher, & Website

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