About Us

Renee

My name is Renee Whitlock-Hemsouvanh. I am the codirector of  Community Preschool. I have been working with children my entire life. I have earned degree in Child Development and Early childhood Education. I understand your journey to find just the right program for your child. We are dedicated to ensuring a high quality experience for not only your child but your family as a whole.
Preschool is the beginning of your child’s educational career second only to the important, learning and relationships shared between parent and child. I believe that devoted teachers, caring parents and eager children, can together explore the wonder and possibilities during the time we are together. We are working toward the common goal of preparing our children for the world and life ahead.

Jenny

Jenny  is a Co-Director and the pedagogical coordinator for Community Preschools. She received her Masters in Education from Sarah Lawrence College in 2002. Realizing the incredible importance of the first five years of life she focused on early childhood education.  Jenny taught Preschool at Purple Circle School In Manhattan NY.  After moving back to California she continued teaching at Old Firehouse School in Mill Valley.Jenny supports the staff in using project work to guide the curriculum. It is through the children’s ideas, interests and discoveries that the curriculum emerges, projects are created and all areas of learning are fostered. Through careful observation and diligent documentation we create a scaffolding to support each child’s development.  Each group of children bring their own ideas that inspire the classroom projects and push learning to new heights. Jenny feels it is the teacher’s role to create an environment that excites and engages children to gain knowledge.  Teacher’s co-construct learning with the children by encouraging inquiry and investigation of the world around them. It is the educator’s role to build deep meaningful relationships with the children allowing them to confidently navigate their environments. Education is ever evolving; it is the pedagogical coordinators job to stay at the forefront of this change by continuing professional development and collaboration with colleagues. The pedagogical coordinator works closely with teachers, parents and students to ensure the best learning experience.

Educators

Joe

 My name is Joe LeBlanc and I am a Bay Area native, born and raised in San Jose, California, where I began my career working with children at the YMCA. I received my BA from Sonoma State University in Human Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Throughout my twenty years of experience working with children, I have had the opportunity to explore the marvels of Early Education in a variety of settings ranging from university programs to local and state funded preschools. Appreciating that each child is an individual with their own ideas, inspirations, and cultural backgrounds is my primary influence to facilitate an environment that promotes exploration and collaboration. I recently completed a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Sonoma State University and I have spent the last two years working with children that have special needs, which has broadened my outlook of how children develop. I am honored to have the opportunity to be the director at Humboldt Community Preschool where I am excited to grow with the children and families in this emerging program. 

Amanda

  Amanda has been working in the Community Preschools organization since 2013, and is elated to continue at Humboldt Community Preschool for the second year. Growing up in San Jose and earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies at San Francisco State University, Amanda has over fifteen years experience working with young children in various settings around the Bay Area. Ranging from supporting homeless families in transitional housing to outdoor garden education, Amanda’s diverse experiences with young children serve to inform her of the significance of early childhood education and how it can significantly and positively impact children’s lives. Amanda has completed extended coursework in Child Development, and continues to broaden her professional development through study and attendance of conferences. She is passionate about developing relationships with children and families, and is honored to have the opportunity to observe children as they approach the world with curiosity and wonder. Working within the Reggio-Emilia inspired philosophy continues to expand Amanda’s understanding of the potential for children to construct their own knowledge, and the amazing things that happen when they are trusted to explore with freedom and creativity.   

Mia

My name is Mia  I was born in Petaluma and raised in Petaluma and Sebastopol. I attended a small elementary school from kindergarten through fifth grade in the beautiful countryside of Petaluma. In sixth grade I went to Summerfield Waldorf School and later graduated high school at a private school in the woods of Sonoma County. Through my schooling I was able to appreciate many qualities in the Waldorf philosophy. I enjoyed the array of art forms, farming, and cooking, and I was given opportunities to foster my creativity through many different lenses. I began doing childcare throughout high school for families within the community. I have always loved being around children and I was lucky enough to become a mom at twenty years old. I spent several years as a nanny for families as I was raising my son. I became an esthetician and a massage therapist and worked at Hotel Healdsburg and Calistoga Ranch. During the summers I volunteered my services at Me-One Foundation for Camp Wieser with families dealing with cancer. Thus far my career choices have been in the realm of caring, nurturing and developing true relationships with others. I am currently working on my major in Early Childhood Education at the Santa Rosa Junior College. I absolutely love and appreciate being in school and working within the field. It allows me to critically think, question, and put into action my experiences. My passion is to help guide children to find their own spark from within and create a safe place for children to deepen their own knowledge as they begin to build a foundation. My intention is to empower each child to develop self confidence and kindness throughout their life. Every child has a story to share and I am grateful daily that I am part of their experiences.