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Shelley has been working in Early Childhood Education for over 22 years and has been a director for the last 17. She joined Happy Hall in 2014 and is really enjoying being part of a neighborhood school that has such a strong community. She received her B.A. and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Santa Clara University. She has also taken some Early Childhood Education classes from different community colleges in the bay area. In her free time Shelley enjoys taking day trips with her husband and twins as well as watching movies, camping and playing with her dogs.


Alyssa joined Happy Hall with a rich background in early childhood education. Set to graduate with an associate in arts in Spring 2023, she previously served as a teacher's assistant for 2-3-year-olds at Young World Preschool and as a school-aged teacher for 2nd and 3rd graders at Ynez Elementary School. With strengths in classroom management and a special touch for arts and crafts, Alyssa incorporates her passion for art, drawing, and painting into her teaching methods. In her leisure, she enjoys writing, poetry, movies, and exploring new music.


With a background in working with children of diverse age groups at the San Bruno Recreational center and the San Bruno Library, Jordan is passionate about creating a stimulating environment for students. Her strengths lie in communication and classroom management. In her leisure time, Jordan is drawn to the world of arts, enjoying activities like drawing, coloring, and immersing herself in music and reading.


Meghan, currently pursuing her bachelor's in Business Administration, has previously donned multiple hats - from a swim aid teacher to a barista. Her diverse experience lends well to her skills in classroom management and childcare. A lover of baking and cooking, Meghan also enjoys studying car mechanics and spending quality time with her pets.

Assistant Director

Desiree serves as the Assistant Director, holding a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work and a Masters of Social Work. With a diverse background encompassing management and teaching roles in both the Bay Area and the East Coast, Desiree brings a wealth of experience in supporting students and families to achieve their goals. Certified in first aid and CPR, proficient in Microsoft Office, and bilingual in Spanish, Desiree prioritizes creating inclusive environments and effective communication across cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Outside of work, she finds joy in hiking, beach outings, traveling, and embracing new adventures, guided by the motto, "Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game."


Ariel, a Skyline College associate and a graduate in Education from California State University, previously contributed to the ASES program for Creative Brain in Los Angeles. She's not only adept at classroom management and parent-teacher communication, but also brings her love for crocheting, hiking, and Tahitian dancing to create a vibrant and enriching atmosphere for students.


Kiara is ardently working towards an associate degree in child development. Her past experience includes roles in afterschool programs and extensive babysitting. When she's not focused on ensuring the well-being and academic growth of children, Kiara showcases her talents as an eyelash technician and shares her impressive work on social media.


Rosa, currently attending San Mateo college, honed her multitasking and communication skills while working in fast food. She's also volunteered at school events, further solidifying her connection with children. Passionate about nature and family, Rosa integrates these elements to provide a homely and engaging environment for students.

Intervention Specialist

With a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Sonoma State University and currently pursuing a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Touro University Worldwide, Conner brings a rich blend of academic knowledge and practical experience. He began his journey with school-aged children in 2017 and further expanded his skills in a residential treatment center, addressing the needs of children facing emotional and behavioral challenges. Now, as Lomita Park's Intervention Specialist, Conner not only serves this location but also assists across Happy Hall sites, offering his expertise in behavioral intervention, parent-teacher communication, and more. In his downtime, Conner enjoys disc golfing, hiking, rock climbing, and is an avid fan of hockey, particularly the SJ Sharks. He firmly believes, "Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." -John C. Maxwell.


Janet, with her liberal arts background from Skyline College and a B.A. in English from SFSU, has honed her skills teaching English abroad in Taiwan. She brings a blend of traditional teaching and a love for the outdoors, having worked at an outdoor-centric preschool in San Francisco. A dedicated mom of two, Janet finds joy in Polynesian dance and gardening, exploring the therapeutic benefits of plants and herbs.


Matt Howell combines his educational background from City College of San Francisco with hands-on experience from the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, where he led a STEAM program for young learners. His prior role as a Fan Engagement Intern with the 49ers honed his event organization skills. Away from work, Matt’s pursuits include outdoor adventures with his dogs, enjoying sports, and contributing to a non-profit focused on harm reduction. He lives by the ethos: “To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times, what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a special heart that listens.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald


Soemi is currently attending Skyline College and brings with her a wealth of experience. She formerly served as an After-School Teacher for CAM Educational Services, aiding K-5 students with homework and designing fun art activities. When she's not focusing on classroom management and nurturing a positive learning environment, Soemi enjoys spending quality time at the gym and with her loved ones.

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