Abby Gratzer-Owens

toddler Class head Teacher / Playgroup Leader

Abby has been a preschool teacher for almost 20 years and loves being a part of children's first school experience. Abby grew up in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and studied Early Childhood Education at Santa Barbara City College before getting her degree in Art History from UCSB. She moved to Davis in 2001, meet her husband Corey and they have 3 children, Elliot and Oliver are DCCNS alumni and Lily will be starting her preschool experience in fall 2017. Abby also has her Montessori teaching credential and loves art projects, singing, children books and the looks of joy and wonder on preschoolers' faces as they arrive at school. She is thrilled to be joining the amazing teaching team at our wonderful DCCNS!


Liz Allewelt-Smith

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.”


Paul Wolford

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.



Patty Yeung

AM 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.



Rosa Gregorio

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.


Cara Baker

Toddler Class Assistant Teacher

Cara graduated from UC Davis (where she met her husband Alex in the dorms!) with a BA in English in 1999. After a brief stop in Berkeley, they returned to Davis for good. Cara received her Master’s of Library and Information Science in 2008 and worked a few years at Woodland Public Library before deciding to stay home with her two daughters. She came to be a preschool teacher by way of parenthood — all those late nights and motherly growing pains led her to go back to school to earn Early Childhood Education units and make it official. After 5 years staying at home with her family, she is eager to get back to work in her new field and see all those beautiful, shining toddler faces!

 DCCNS' annual auction in 2018 celebrating decades of DCCNS teachers.

DCCNS' annual auction in 2018 celebrating decades of DCCNS teachers.