Our team of teachers are passionate working artists and dedicated early childhood educators!


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Kelly Wiley

Kelly graduated with a BA in Child Development from Chico State. She has worked with young children in licensed programs since 1983.

She owned and operated Golden Gate Music Together in San Francisco 2001-2016.

She created Golden Gate Children’s Art & Outdoor Explorations in the Fall of 2013. Her vision was and still is, to offer a Reggio Inspired Enrichment Program that allowed children to tinker and explore a wide range of materials and express themselves with many different mediums. To document their process and reflect back their ideas by asking questions. To provide a art & outdoor space that was the third teacher because it inspired creativity. To build strong relationships with and between children. To foster their development and to encourage joy.

Kelly was first exposed to Reggio Emilia in 1995 when working at the PG & E Children's Center in San Francisco. It was one of the first centers in the city to start implementing Reggio Emilia inspired classrooms. Funding from the center allowed for her to take part in local and nationwide trainings and roundtable Reggio Meetings. She has remained an active member of NAEYC and attends NAREA Conferences throughout the year. In April 2019 she will be going to Reggio Emilia, Italy to tour the schools and take part in the International study program.

One thing that I embrace as a parent of 3 children are their “mentors,” such as teachers and coaches that they have in their environment (at school and year-round in the USA Swim Team). The attachment that happens as a result of trust and building on their own experiences happens over time and helps them “power through” highs and lows during the process. These mentors are essential for helping them to reflect and to be confident in approaching and taking on new challenges, and to keep moving even though they may feel self-doubt. Mom to Raquel 14, Quinn 17, Sophia 20.....

Teachers / mentors that I have chosen in both of my programs are amazingly gifted and uniquely talented in working with children and tweens. They possess an insightful ability to connect with children.
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Maggie Stirk

Maggie has been a teacher for over 20 years in London and on the West Coast of America, teaching in Elementary Schools and Reggio Emilia based learning programs. She gained her BA in art and design in Lancaster University, where she also gained her teaching degree. Maggie is also a painter and works primarily with watercolors and ink.

During her time as a teacher, Maggie has been lucky enough to work with galleries such as the National Portrait Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, and the London Print Studio as a member of the creative arts panel within the UK’s Government’s Excellence in Cities Program.

Maggie fundamentally believes that children learn by doing, exploring, collaborating, playing, and helping one another. As such, she strives to foster a love of learning through creativity and wonder.

 
 
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Eliana Bustamante

Ellie grew up in Bolinas Ca, where she first began working with children in her mother’s summer camp. She quickly developed a deep love of playing, art making and conversing with little ones and went on to study Early Childhood Education at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz.

She loves to hike, play soccer, swim in the ocean and kick back with family and friends. She recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Art, and is now living in Dogtown of West Oakland.

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Andrew Selvaraj

Andrew is an art teacher and an artist with a BFA in Animation from Academy of Art University. He lives in San Francisco, but grew up in India, England, and Florida.

He loves art, education, and the interplay between being a learner and teacher. Andrew believes that the ultimate pursuit of any artist is to relive the rush of life, creativity, and unbridled freedom they felt when they were children playing.

He spends his free time drawing, painting, and writing fiction.

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Jacqueline Bushée

Jackie graduated from UC Santa Barbara in the Spring of 2019 with a BA in Environmental Science and a minor in Early Childhood Education. She has been working with children and leading various sports summer camps her whole life. In college, she volunteered in various Environmental Education programs that worked in local elementary schools, such as Sprout Up and Kids in Nature.

Jackie believes children are natural explorers and should be given the freedom to enrich their own learning. She previously worked at a Reggio Emilia inspired preschool before moving to San Francisco. In her spare time Jackie enjoys hiking, kayaking, and doing hot yoga.

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Luca Foggini

Luca Foggini is a art teacher and language enthusiast. He grew up in San Francisco, CA and attended CalArts for Experimental Animation, with a focus on stop-motion animation, which he currently teaches at Sunset Media Wave, a community center that serves as a platform to promote the work of young artists. Luca is dedicated to spreading knowledge of animation history and technique, and incorporates stop-motion into his work with children on the autism spectrum as an ABA therapist.

Luca also fosters a love for writing, having attended Ruth Asawa SOTA for Creative Writing, in which he wrote and performed his writing. Luca is studying ASL in the hopes of being an interpreter, and currently speaks Italian and Russian.