About Us

- Stephanie, Owner &  Lead Teacher -
  • Master's Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College

  • Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University

  • Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from San Jose State Univ.

  • Early Childhood Education Permit from California Commission for Teacher Credentialing

  • 10 years experience working as an ECE Mentor Teacher with the California Early Childhood Mentor Program

  • CPR/Pediatric First Aid certified with Health and Safety Training

  • 8 years experience as a Master Teacher and Co-Director at Barron Park Preschool in Palo Alto 

When I opened Beansprouts Preschool in 2008, I sought to use not only my experience and education, but my deep sense of respect for childhood, to design a program  that  meets children's needs at the deepest level.  My expertise in the field has allowed me to tailor my practices based on continuing education and the ever-evolving philosophy of how to meet  the children right where they are.  


Some of my specialties include creating musical experiences with children, setting up fun, wholesome environments for preschoolers, mentoring early childhood educators, and developing loving relationships with children and families.

- Maria, Lead Teacher -
  • Early Childhood Education coursework at De Anza College

  • Ongoing professional development thru conferences and staff training

  • CPR/Pediatric First Aid Certified

Maria has worked at Beansprouts since 2009, when she stumbled across our ad seeking an assistant. Since then, she has developed her skills as a teacher through her own experience as a parent, the mentoring she receives at Beansprouts, and her studies in Early Childhood Education at De Anza College.  Maria is loved by all - children, Beansprouts staff, and the families who continue to hire her for babysitting and other family services.  Maria brings laughter, child-friendly activities, and positive discipline to the classroom.

- Alyssa, Lead Teacher -

·         Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from San Jose State Univ.

·         Associate’s Degree in Liberal Sciences from De Anza College

·         Registered Behavior Technician Certified

·         CPR/Pediatric First Aid Certified

I began as a student teacher at beansprouts in 2016 and I’m blessed to be back as a part of the Beansprouts family! Over the years, my life has centered around children in a variety of ways, from working as a babysitter to volunteering at a school for the deaf and hard of hearing and then working at an after school daycare. When at beansprouts, I am always learning new things from the children, Stephanie and Maria. It is important to me to create and maintain an environment where children can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them, especially through play.

- Barbara, regular substitute teacher -

I feel fortunate to be able to be a substitute at Beansprouts Preschool in the unique child-focused environment.   It provides me the opportunity to share my passion of Early Childhood Education with the children and their wonderful parents.   Working with both Stephanie and Maria has been truly amazing as well.  I have worked in a variety of programs in my long career, both public and private, including owning my own school!  It has always been important to me to use my education that I was fortunate to receive at two wonderful schools;  San Diego State University for my Bachelors and Pacific Oaks for my Masters.


Thank you for sharing your children with me whenever I am lucky enough to be at Beansprouts!  Hope to see you soon!