Our Staff

We invite you to meet our teachers and staff whose dedication to advocacy for quality early education create the framework for our curriculum. You can rest assured that your children are the focus of a roundtable of distinctive teachers who actively continue their research in the Reggio-Emilia philosophy for purposeful early learning practices. 

 
Julie Brackbill Director For the past 20 years, I have had the honor and the privilege to work alongside children and their families. Supporting children in how they discover and uncover their world has always filled my heart. Children’s imagination, curiosity, intellect, passion for life, unbridled creativity... Read More →

Julie Brackbill

Director

For the past 20 years, I have had the honor and the privilege to work alongside children and their families. Supporting children in how they discover and uncover their world has always filled my heart. Children’s imagination, curiosity, intellect, passion for life, unbridled creativity...

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Pauline Ascue Teacher I will begin my third school year with the Hanna community this fall. I am originally from Seattle and moved to sunny San Diego two years ago. Before joining the Hanna team, I taught for a Reggio-inspired program in Seattle for six years in a multi-age (2.5 years-5 years old) classroom... Read More ⟶

Pauline Ascue

Teacher

I will begin my third school year with the Hanna community this fall. I am originally from Seattle and moved to sunny San Diego two years ago. Before joining the Hanna team, I taught for a Reggio-inspired program in Seattle for six years in a multi-age (2.5 years-5 years old) classroom...

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Bianca Hernandez Teacher I am so thrilled to be learning alongside the children and staff at Hanna Fenichel. I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development. While receiving my degree, I became interested in the emergent curriculum... Read More ⟶

Bianca Hernandez

Teacher

I am so thrilled to be learning alongside the children and staff at Hanna Fenichel. I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development. While receiving my degree, I became interested in the emergent curriculum...

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Amanda Sarver Teacher I’m originally from Maine and moved to San Diego in 2004 to attend the Art Institute of San Diego. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in Interior Design, I worked Downtown as a designer with a local firm. I’ve always loved art and to be creative. When I discovered my passion for... Read More →

Amanda Sarver

Teacher

I’m originally from Maine and moved to San Diego in 2004 to attend the Art Institute of San Diego. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in Interior Design, I worked Downtown as a designer with a local firm. I’ve always loved art and to be creative. When I discovered my passion for...

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Patti Propper Aretz Teacher / Parent Educator When I was fifteen years old, I babysat for Paul McCartney’s three year old stepdaughter, Heather who lived in my NYC building with her mother.  I fell in love with both Paul and Heather. Paul was clearly taken, so I followed my love of children and began a lifelong journey of teaching... Read More →

Patti Propper Aretz

Teacher / Parent Educator

When I was fifteen years old, I babysat for Paul McCartney’s three year old stepdaughter, Heather who lived in my NYC building with her mother.  I fell in love with both Paul and Heather. Paul was clearly taken, so I followed my love of children and began a lifelong journey of teaching...

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Eva Beckman Teacher I was born and educated in Stockholm, Sweden. In my youth I worked in the fashion industry and also (and more importantly) in the Swedish early childhood education school system. This is a benefit provided by the Swedish social welfare authorities for working parents... Read More ⟶

Eva Beckman

Teacher

I was born and educated in Stockholm, Sweden. In my youth I worked in the fashion industry and also (and more importantly) in the Swedish early childhood education school system. This is a benefit provided by the Swedish social welfare authorities for working parents...

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Marissa Meza Teacher This is my third year teaching at Hanna Fenichel. I am a 3 day am/pm and transition teacher in Room 2. I love our school community and feel rewarded to teach in a Reggio-inspired environment. One of the biggest things I have learned throughout my time at Hanna... Read More ⟶

Marissa Meza

Teacher

This is my third year teaching at Hanna Fenichel. I am a 3 day am/pm and transition teacher in Room 2. I love our school community and feel rewarded to teach in a Reggio-inspired environment. One of the biggest things I have learned throughout my time at Hanna...

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Emily Scott Teacher My name is Emily Scott and I am a room 2 teacher for the 3 Day AM, 3 Day PM, and Transition classes. My passion is teaching, inspiring, and challenging children. The Reggio approach to learning and engaging children aligns with my personal views and educational background. I am thrilled... Read More ⟶

Emily Scott

Teacher

My name is Emily Scott and I am a room 2 teacher for the 3 Day AM, 3 Day PM, and Transition classes. My passion is teaching, inspiring, and challenging children. The Reggio approach to learning and engaging children aligns with my personal views and educational background. I am thrilled...

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BRE ACAMPORA Teacher I’m so excited to join the Hanna Fenichel community! The dedicated teachers and director have created a beautiful space for young children to explore and thrive. I’m happy to be a part of this special environment and look forward to providing a high quality early education for your children... Read More ⟶

BRE ACAMPORA

Teacher

I’m so excited to join the Hanna Fenichel community! The dedicated teachers and director have created a beautiful space for young children to explore and thrive. I’m happy to be a part of this special environment and look forward to providing a high quality early education for your children...

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Jeanine Gutowski Teacher I joined the Hanna Fenichel staff this June. Previously, I was employed for seventeen years as a prekindergarten teacher at a Reggio-inspired school. I am a mentor teacher for the California Early Childhood Mentor Program (since 2007). While taking college classes... Read More ⟶

Jeanine Gutowski

Teacher

I joined the Hanna Fenichel staff this June. Previously, I was employed for seventeen years as a prekindergarten teacher at a Reggio-inspired school. I am a mentor teacher for the California Early Childhood Mentor Program (since 2007). While taking college classes...

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Francie Montgomery Teacher I have spent the last seven years at Hanna Fenichel where I have been allowed to fulfill my dreams of being an outdoor teacher in a beautiful classroom that is situated under an amazing Brazilian pepper tree. I have a B.S. in Human Development with an emphasis in early childhood education... Read More →

Francie Montgomery

Teacher

I have spent the last seven years at Hanna Fenichel where I have been allowed to fulfill my dreams of being an outdoor teacher in a beautiful classroom that is situated under an amazing Brazilian pepper tree. I have a B.S. in Human Development with an emphasis in early childhood education...

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KARI STRANDSTRA Teacher I have been teaching in both preschools and elementary schools for fifteen years. I have attained a multiple subject CLAD teaching credential, Early Childhood Education units, and BA degree in Interdisciplinary studies. I have been a mentor teacher and attended...  Read More →

KARI STRANDSTRA

Teacher

I have been teaching in both preschools and elementary schools for fifteen years. I have attained a multiple subject CLAD teaching credential, Early Childhood Education units, and BA degree in Interdisciplinary studies. I have been a mentor teacher and attended... 

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