Teachers

Jenny Miller she/her

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Jenny has always been happy in the company of small children and learns at least as much from them as they do from her. She worked her way through college at the nursery school on campus, getting a B.A. in architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. She later earned a teaching credential from the Northern California Montessori Teacher Training Center in Mountain View, CA. Jenny joined Garden Day as the art teacher in 1996 and has been there ever since, currently as classroom teacher and director. She loves getting to know the children, and being a part of a vibrant and caring community of young families.

Jenny is the parent of three grown children, and the guardian of one big-hearted Australian Shepherd and one laid back tabby cat.

 

Jessica Cathey she/her

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Jessica came to Garden Day in 2012 with the intention of teaching for a short period of time before moving on to start her own preschool. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the teachers, the children and the community, and she soon decided that Garden Day fully embodied her bliss.

Jessica holds a B.A. in Human Development from UCSD, as well as a Masters of Education with a multicultural emphasis from National University. She brings a nurturing and imaginative vitality to the classroom, and she loves animals and enjoys sharing this passion with the children. She also enjoys sharing her talent as a former voice-over artist by creating voices for the characters in the books she reads aloud.

Jessica easily forms deep connections with the children and their parents and views her work life and her home life as one and the same. In 2017 she and her husband welcomed their daughter Raya and in 2019 the three of them became four when their son Cruz was born.

 

Theresa Malki she/her

imageTheresa feels passionate about the importance of play in the lives of young children. She enjoys a deep sense of meaning in developing positive and trusting relationships with children in her care, and joy in watching them discover and learn. Favorite activities with children include gross motor activities, animal and science exploration, messy art, and cooking. Theresa has a B.A. in art practices from UC Berkeley, and early children education from Merritt College and Pacific Oaks College.

In her spare time, Theresa studies and reads Italian, enjoys the arts, stays fit at the YMCA, grows organic food in her garden, writes, and loves raising her chickens. She has two adult children. She loves working at Garden Day!

 

Jaq Daziel they/them

Whitagram-ImageJaq started teaching dance classes at Garden Day in 2014 and fell back in love with teaching in a preschool setting. Over the last 12 years, they have worked within many different sectors of childhood care and education, such as a dance, piano and acting teacher, choreographer, preschool teacher’s aide, after-school program instructor, family assistant, camp counselor and private nanny.

Jaq holds a BFA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in dance and an AA in Human Services from University of Alaska, Anchorage. They also hold an MFA in Dance with an emphasis on gender studies from Mills College. In order to teach daily in the classroom, they went back to school to attain their Early Childhood Education credentials from Merritt College.

Jaq believes that working with children is an opportunity to provide a place of trust and safety for them to try new things and learn in fun and unique ways. They’re honored to be a part of so many small human’s growth and development and, of course, continuing to teach and create dance with them!

 

Maneeta Doshi she/her

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Maneeta attended Garden Day as a preschooler and years later revisited the school at the age of 19 as a volunteer. She quickly becoming enamored with the teachers and student body, began working more and more as a teacher, and has now been at the school for five years. She is a Barnard College alum, recently fulfilling her final college credits by working on an essay that explores the merits of unstructured free play for the cognitive, socio-emotional and physical- motor development of young children. She is now working as a full-time morning teacher and part-time afternoon teacher at Garden Day. Maneeta believes that working closely with children allows teachers the opportunity to discover more about how children learn at individualized paces and that children offer incredible insight into the human psyche. Maneeta’s goal as a teacher is to pay special attention to each child and discover their unique style of learning.