Meet Our Staff
Milestones Preschool prides itself in hiring only the most professional and caring teachers, all of whom have bachelors and masters level degrees in early childhood development. Our low 1:5 teacher to student ratio ensures that your child receives individualized and personal attention. One of our core values is a respect for individual learning styles that enables your child to progress based on his/her strengths and needs.
In addition to your classroom interaction with the teachers, you will meet them at regularly scheduled parent conferences that include review of your child’s developmental screenings, classroom portfolios, and the teachers’ anecdotal observations.
Our teachers consult with Abilities United’s physical, occupational and speech therapists to foster appropriate behavioral activities for your child in and out of the classroom.
Milestones Preschool Manager and Inclusion Specialist
Charlotte brings more than a decade of experience in the field of education. Before joining Abilities United, she was a researcher and project manager at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she has held positions as an education policy specialist, a grant writer and data analyst, a child case study researcher, developmental assistant for children with special needs, and a preschool head teacher. Charlotte holds a Master’s of Interdisciplinary Studies in human development from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Applied Psychology and Human Development division. She studied and wrote her thesis on preschool teachers’ theory of mind development, understanding of teaching, and attitudes and beliefs about teaching. She holds a B.S. in human development from the University of California at Davis. In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys spending time with her husband and two Carolina dogs (American dingos), long distance running, hiking, surfing, and backpacking. She also enjoys painting, interior design, and renovating her home in Pacifica.
Stacy Matsuura holds a master’s degree in early childhood education with a child development program director’s permit from California State University, Fresno. She has worked as an early childhood caregiver in a preschool laboratory at the University of California at Davis, provided preschool staff development, and presented on Reggio-Emilia documentation. She came to the preschool from the Abilities United Adult Services department, where she was an independent living skills instructor. Prior to joining Abilities United, Stacy served as an adult service specialist working with adults with disabilities, and as a Child Life volunteer helping chronically ill children cope with hospitalization. She has worked as a campus monitor, as well as a teacher’s aide and teacher’s assistant with school-age children. Stacy is an avid hiker and nature enthusiast, and enjoys movies, golfing, and spending time with friends and family.
Rebecca Richardson has more than 19 years of teaching experience as well as 44 early childhood education units from De Anza College. Her work has focused on children with and without disabilities and their families. Before joining Abilities United, she taught in a private, play-based preschool and in an accredited U.S. Air Force Base preschool. She completed a two-year training program through NAEYC, the national preschool accreditation agency, while working for the U.S. Air Force. Rebecca has also spent the last several years working in a social skills program at a private speech pathologist’s clinic. Rebecca has a special interest in bringing art, music, and animal therapy into the classroom. She enjoys spending time with her family, being out in nature, and finding good books to share!
Shannon Hughes holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and special education from Arizona State University. She brings three years of experience working in both inclusive and traditional preschools. Most recently, she gained experience in collaborating with speech, occupational, and physical therapists to best support her students’ needs. Shannon is excited to bring her experience working with 2-5 year olds and apply her knowledge to Milestones Preschool’s truly inclusive environment. When she’s not working, Shannon loves to bake, watch Netflix, and play with her dog, Pansy.
Sheryl Troy holds a bachelor’s degree in History from UC Santa Barbara, Master Teacher level early childhood units from Santa Barbara City College, and a teaching credential from Cal State Northridge. Sheryl has been working in the field of education for over 20 years. Her diverse experience in the field includes a Director of both early learning and afterschool programs (including a state funded NAEYC accredited program), a Family Services Coordinator for the Family Student Housing community at UC Santa Barbara, and a live in caregiver for an adult with autism. Sheryl has also served as a Head Teacher for several preschool programs. In addition, Sheryl has worked as a training facilitator for the California School Age Consortium, a Teaching Assistant for early childhood education classes at Santa Barbara City College. Sheryl is a trained mediator and has received training and practice in Reflective Practice through Stanford. For fun, Sheryl loves to cook, hike, read, explore the local and world cuisine, and dance. She is exploring the possibility of becoming a certified Zumba instructor!
Olivia Saachi recognized her passion working with preschoolers while providing childcare to multiple families with toddlers and young children. She earned a bachelor’s degree in literature from Seton Hill University and has earned 12 units in early childhood education and 60 units towards a multi-subject teaching credential from Charter College of Education, California State University, Los Angeles. Before moving to the Bay Area, Olivia was a substitute teacher for grades K-12 at charter schools throughout Los Angeles County. She wants to obtain additional early childhood education units to further her comprehension and mastery in preschool education. Olivia is inspired by Milestones Preschool’s dedication to inclusion and its focus on all areas of child development. When not working, Olivia enjoys jogging, swimming, and spending time with her two adorable nephews.