Jenny Miller she/her
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
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
Theresa 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
Jaq 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!
Quin Miller he/him
Quin spent his first five years at Garden Day, first as the office baby, then as a student. Since graduating from Berkeley High he has cared for Jessica’s babies and has now returned to Garden Day as a substitute and part time teacher. In his free time he likes to explore the natural beauty of the Bay Area’s parks, trails, and beaches.
Risa Dye she/her
Risa Lenore Anderson Dye starts at Garden Day in the time of COVID after teaching as a weekly enrichment story-dance teacher. Since 2013 she has been sharing her energetic classes with the greater Bay Area and her colorful, interactive puppet shows with museums, libraries, and schools. Her business, Jelly Jam Time, congeals her passions into a practice of teaching story-dancing and performing puppet shows for young audiences.
For years, both on and off stages, Risa has been dancing, acting, clowning, creating costumes, stories, sculptures and puppets. She has taught preschool in Berkeley for more than six years and is passionate about the importance and possibilities of early childhood education. Alongside the children, as a teacher at Garden Day, she plans to bring many more stories to life.