Meet Our Staff
Milestones Preschool, licensed by the State of California, prides itself in hiring only the most professional and caring teachers, all of whom are extensively trained in early childhood development. Our team includes teachers who hold bachelors and masters level degrees in Child Development and Education, have many years of teaching experience, and have additional training and experience working with children with developmental delays or disabilities. Our low 1:5 teacher to student ratio ensures that your child receives individualized and personal attention regardless of ability. One of our core values is a respect for individual learning styles which 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.
Director of Inclusive Early Childhood Education
Jennie has been in the early childhood field for nearly 15 years, and has served as an early childhood special education teacher in both special day and inclusive classrooms. Currently she is the Director of Inclusive Early Childhood Education. Jennie is a passionate early childhood educator and believes each child has unique strengths, individual differences, and specific learning styles to support growth, development, and learning potential. She believes building a strong relationship and open communication with families is a key to supporting student learning and development. Jennie also teaches yoga for all abilities and all ages. Jennie has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education, California Teaching Credential in Early Childhood Special Education, and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
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!