Jessica W. has been with St. Mark’s Nursery School since 2013 but has been working with young children in a professional capacity since she was just 16 years old. In high school she began learning about child development through her school’s child development vocational program and began working after school as a classroom assistant. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Jessica moved to San Diego with her daughter Rohan in 2008 and has called Pacific Beach her home ever since. Once settled, Jessica began to finish her child development coursework at Grossmont College while working as a substitute in various San Diego preschools before discovering St. Mark’s. What she loves most about working with young children is not just their innate love of learning but also having the profound ability to make a positive difference in the life of a child. In addition to teaching, Jessica enjoys writing, running, crafting, going to the beach, cooking, and anything involving the outdoors. Jessica feels St. Mark’s staff and families are an extension of her own family and she looks forward to helping your children grow!
Anita is pleased and honored to be the Director of St Mark’s School. She joined the team May 1, 2015 and feels truly blessed to work with such loving families and teachers.
Anita has been an Early Childhood Center Director for more than 20 years, with experiences including nonprofit religious schools, private preschools, and corporate preschools. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from National University, and her Masters in Educational Psychology and PhD from the University of Northern Colorado. The City Council for the City of Longmont, CO, appointed Anita to two terms on the Longmont Youth Services Advisory Board. While part of that board, she wrote grants, helped organize youth related community events, and advised the City Council on how to better serve children.
In the past Anita has coached youth soccer, bowling, and T-Ball. In her spare time she likes to read, golf, and bowl. Anita loves spending time with family, friends, and her two Papillion dogs (Lucy and Pita).
Anita is excited to work closely with you and St. Mark’s amazing staff to help your children become lifelong learners and happy, productive citizens. Her door is always open; after all, together we will do great things for the children. Anita is excited to share this journey with you. If you have any suggestions or questions for her please feel free to pop in and touch base!