Our teachers are dedicated and licensed child-care providers

Catherine Miller, Program Director
Teacher Catherine has dedicated herself to educating preschool children for over 29 years. She holds a site supervisor's permit in child development from the California Credentialing Commission, and earned an associate's degree in early childhood education. Catherine also serves as a professional growth advisor for college students, and is a certified mentor for early childhood teachers and directors.

Catherine has taught at a variety of schools on the Peninsula, including serving as a director for a large school in San Bruno. Prior to becoming an assistant director of Pacifica Co-op Nursery School in 2000, Catherine owned an operated a home-based childcare facility. In 2006, Catherine became the director of the Pacifica Co-op Nursery School. Of all her work experiences, Catherine feels the Co-op has been her most fulfilling career experience. Since she believes that it really does "take a village" to raise a child, the Co-op provides an opportunity to walk this parenting path together. Catherine has two sons, Jamie and Liam, a graduate of the Pacifica Co-op Nursery School.

Monica Suarez
Teacher Monica has been teaching for over 16 years in a variety of classrooms from infants, toddlers, preschoolers, pre-kindergarteners as well as elementary school aged children and teenagers in high school. However, her favorite age group to work with are preschool children, because of their desire to learn and their curiosity about the world around them.

Teacher Monica obtained her B.A. degree from San Francisco State in Child and Adolescent Development, with an emphasis in working with young children and families. She also received her A.A. degree from Skyline College in Early Childhood Education.The desire to become a teacher came when she was expecting her first child, and enrolled in a child development class to prepare herself to parent her child. Little did she know that she would fall in love the curriculum and decide to change her educational path from nutrition to early childhood education. Monica believes that each child is unique and has their own style of learning. It is up to educators to provide them with the opportunities to be able to explore their environment and to engage them in the learning process. Monica has two children, Tochtli and Antonia, a student a the Co-op.

Brianna Martinez
Teacher Bri has been working with young children in some capacity since she was a teenager. After high school Bri began to work with her infant cousin. This experience taught her many things, but most importantly, about the first five years of a child’s life and the role we have as parents and caregivers. From then on she knew then that she wanted to nurture the differences in children, and help each child learn to use their unique qualities to be successful in life.

When Bri's two children started in middle school, she began to work with two and three year olds in a parent participation setting for 14 years. It was a wonderful experience for her working side by side with parents, and getting to know the whole family. In the last several years before joining our community at the Co-op, Bri worked at a bay area preschool with three to five year olds. Bri appreciates the opportunity to be a part of young children's first experience with school.