toddler head Teacher
Brenda received her Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University in American Studies and her teaching credential from National University. She enjoyed teaching kindergarten and first grade before having children. Davis has been home to Brenda, her husband Karl, and their three boys (all DCCNS alumni) since 1994. Brenda enjoys seeing the world through children's eyes and enjoys working with young children again.
Director, PM Head Teacher
Liz as lived in Davis off and on (a little bit of Napa and Munich, Germany mixed in) for over 30 years. She graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Psychology and then later received her teaching credential with an emphasis on cross- cultural education. Liz is also credentialed with an ECE Site Supervisor Permit. Her three boys are all graduates of DCCNS and the family holds many happy memories of friends and experiences here. She has worked with children in many environments, as a camp counselor, soccer coach, Campfire leader, and in the elementary schools, but her favorite place to be is our Nursery School classroom. “It’s magical to watch children, parents and families work, play and learn together.”
AM Head Teacher
Paul graduated from the University of Michigan in 1987 with an MSE in Electrical Engineering. After working over 14 years in various Silicon Valley high-tech companies, he resigned to be at home to raise his children. Paul moved to Davis in 2006; his daughter and son both attended DCCNS from 2006 through 2010 where he fell in love with the school, the staff, and the children. Paul is credentialed with a Site Supervisor Permit. Paul has been working at DCCNS since 2012, and has completed multiple extra hours of continuing education in ECE. Paul is married to Howard Freedland, his partner for more than 20 years; they are parents to Alex and Dominic who attend Davis schools.
AM and Toddler Assistant Teacher
Patty has lived in Davis since 1988. Her main and most important job has been a stay-at-home mom raising 3 children (2 are DCCNS alumni) along with her husband, Dave. She attended UC Davis and acquired her bachelor’s degrees in Human Development and Italian Literature. She holds a Masters of Art in Early Childhood Education from Sacramento State University. Patty began working at DCCNS in 2007. She enjoys contributing to the Davis community by teaching young children and working with families.
PM Assistant Teacher
Rosa moved to California from her home country of Spain. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering and a California Preschool Teacher Permit. She worked as an Assistant Teacher as well as a Head Teacher for several years in a Parent Cooperative Preschool in Claremont, Ca. She moved to Davis in 2006 with her husband Timothy and her son Roberto and has been at DCCNS since 2007.
Donna moved to Davis from New York in 2013 to be near her grandchildren, one of whom attends DCCNS. Donna feels she was called to be a mother at a very young age because she instinctively knew what children needed to develop their spirits, minds and bodies- and she wanted to change the conventional way of seeing children. Donna considers this a gift that she was meant to share.
Donna has always trusted the children in her care to teach her to best serve them in their unfolding development. She is delighted and honored to be a part of this school and community, and looks forward to further exploring the wonder and joy of young children.