Staff

Gisa Nico started Butterfly Garden Preschool in 2004 after teaching special education for the Santa Monica-Malibu School District. She has her Master's degree in special education and a teaching credential in California. With over 22 years of experience in the field of education, she has not only served as a public school elementary teacher, but also as an educational therapist in a private clinic for students in middle and high school. Gisa received over 70 hours of specialized reading instruction to serve the diverse needs of students the clinic. She enjoys volunteering as a special education consultant for agencies that need teacher training on special needs or help modifying curriculum for students who are differently abled. Her educational interests include: art education, the Montessori method, Cognitively Guided Instruction in math, and curriculum development. Gisa is thrilled to serve the families and children at Butterfly Garden Preschool!!!!

Marisol Hurtado-Rivera is starting her 8th year at Butterfly Garden. When Marisol was younger she attended a Montessori school from kindergarten all the way through middle school. Marisol loved the way the Montessori method gave her the opportunity to grow and this sparked an interest to become a Montessori teacher herself. Marisol studied the Montessori method (in Spanish) while living in Mexico. She started working with kids in the elementary grades in Guadalajara in 1999. Then, she moved to the United States and started working at a Montessori preschool. She decided to get her certificate in the Montessori method (in English this time). She has also worked as a Spanish teacher in Austin, TX as well as offering spanish classes after school at Butterfly Garden. Marisol is excited for the oportunity to continue her career as the Montessori teacher at Butterfly Garden Preschool.

Kendall Hailey is the proud mother of Butterfly Garden graduate Charles Miller. Kendall published "The Day I Became an Autodidact and the Advice, Adventures and Acrimonies That Befell Me Thereafter" when she was twenty-one years old. A memoir of educating herself without going to college, it was voted one of the Best Books of the Year by the American Library Association. She has since gone on to write for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and other publications about education and has taught reading and creative writing for homeschool charter schools and, informally, for children in her neighborhood on her front porch. Her most recent publication was an essay about Charlie in Scholastic's "Open A World of Possible: Real Stories About the Joy and Power of Reading," a book which is being distributed free throughout the country to schools and libraries. Kendall has worked with preschoolers running camps in the summer as well. Last year, Kendall was the substitute teacher at Butterfly Garden. She is happy beyond words to be joining the staff this year at Charlie's alma mater.

For more information contact gisa@butterflygardenpreschool.com

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