Lafayette Staff

Alyssa
Teacher

My name is Alyssa Corcorran. I am a Bay Area native who graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Psychology. After college I practiced behavioral therapy for children with autism for 5 years. I then helped open the GLMS Lafayette campus and have been a teacher there ever since. I love teaching children social and emotional skills and watching them grow and learn.
In my free time I travel to different countries and learn about new cultures. I love to cook and spend time with my family. My daughter was born early 2020 and she keeps me very busy.

Jackie
Assistant Teacher

Hi. My name is Jacquelin. I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I am a bilingual speaker, speaking both English and Spanish. I am a Diablo Valley Community College student majoring in Education because I am so passionate about being part of children’s learning. I love to spend time with my family and staying at home to bake!

Jenny

My name is GuoZhen (Jenny) Zhu. I am from China. I am trilingual, I can speak Mandarin, Cantonese and English. I’m interested in exploring children’s growth, education, and psychological development of their different stages. Now, I am taking courses at Diablo Valley College to improve my teaching skills and pursue my dream to be an excellent early childhood teacher. I’m also a mother of two children, and I believe that children need positive and healthy guidance in their growth path.

Mari
Teacher

Hi my name is Mari Martinez. I was born and raised in Chavinda Michoacan Mexico. My first language is Español. I came to California when I was 17 years old. One of the things I love to do is cook. I also love to listen to music and go outside for walks. I especially love to spend time with my family. Some of the things I love to do with the children is teaching them Español, doing art projects and gardening. I am so happy to meet you all soon!

Marisela
Teacher

Hi my name is Marisela Alferez. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, and I speak English and Spanish. I received my education at Chabot Community College and California State University East Bay receiving a BA in Liberal Studies and minor in Human Development. After college, I started working with children through different settings. From volunteering at public schools to working at another Montessori school. I have learned so much from children and their development. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors and exploring the beauty that California and the rest of the world have to offer as well as enjoying food and yoga.

Mireya
Director

Hello! My name is Mireya. I was born in Mexico City and I came to the United States when I was 11 yrs old.

I am fluent in Spanish and English. I  grew up in Richmond,  Ca. I have over 16 yrs of teaching experience.  I love working with children of all ages but my preference is working with Pre-k /Kindergarten. I enjoy teaching the children movement class and also teaching them Spanish.  I like to learn about different cultures and travel to different continents.

Natalie
Teacher

Hello! My name is Natalie. I grew up in the bay area and currently living in Martinez with my twin sister. I am fluent in Spanish and English, and I have 8 years of experience working with children from 2 years old up to middle school. I realized that my true passion is working with preschool age children and that is where I have been for the past 5 years.In my free time I like to go on nature walks, watch movies, and attend social events. What I love most about working with young children is their curiosity and watching them learn and gain the self-confidence to make friends. The best feeling is when you have broken through to a child and you see them have that “ah ha” moment.

Patricia
Montessori Head Teacher

My name is Pat, I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. I am fluent in Tagalog. My earliest memory in a Montessori environment was working as a “teacher’s aide” for a day in my aunt’s classroom as a young girl. Clearly, it has left a lasting impression. Right after graduating in college I migrated to Fremont and took the AMI Montessori Teacher Training. I have been working in the classroom for almost two decades, it is an absolute joy to work with children. I spend my free time gardening, cooking and hiking with my family. I have two children, aged 10 and 8. We love the beach life and also our little pet bunny.

Rasika
Teacher

My name is Rasika and I was born in Sri Lanka. I have also lived in Tennessee and California. I speak Sinhala, English and Hindi. I have 15 years of teaching experience and have been with Growing Light since 2017. My favorite student activities are: Art, yoga, science projects, music and movement. I love to do Yoga, dancing, cooking and spending time with my family as well as my cute little children in my small school.

Roxanna
Montessori Head Teacher

Hello!  My name is Roxanna and I was born in Maine.  I’ve lived in Lebanon, Greece and India as well as RI, NH, OH, IL, NM, CO and California.   I  have taught children since I was a teenager (first as a swim instructor during the summer) and then as a preschool teacher.  I worked at GLMS in Berkeley 30 years ago!  I teach yoga and meditation and love teaching these practices to the children.  The thing I love the most about working with preschool age children is how they are completely uncensored in the way they relate and how much love they carry in their hearts.   I enjoy travel, being in nature and spending time with my children (18 and 21.)