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Our Principal’s Message

Dear Sea Breeze Families,

Welcome to Saint Ambrose Sea Breeze School!  My name is Jerelyn Weber and I am your School Principal. I am so excited to begin the new school year with each child and the family they bring with them. It is my hope that this year begins a lifelong love of learning for your child. Your child will have the opportunity to discover new things, meet new friends and make many memories. This is a very important step in your child’s education, and I am committed to making your child’s school experience an exciting time, full of fun, growth and development.

While your child is at Sea Breeze, the dedicated and committed teaching staff will provide a wide variety of learning and play experiences throughout the day. Children will develop new social/emotional, cognitive, and physical skills. Children will also develop their thinking, reasoning, decision making, and problem solving skills. In each classroom, children will be actively engaged in activities which are relevant and meaningful to their lives and learning. I look forward to supporting and guiding you and your children as they make new discoveries and engage in learning adventures.

Our curriculum is play-based and we believe that children learn very vital life skills while actively engaged in play. Young children learn best by playing and following their own curiosities, by solving real problems, such as how to balance a stack of blocks, or how to negotiate a zipper, put together a picture puzzle and most of all, by making mistakes and trying again. Did you know that when children paint at the easel they are developing their imagination and creativity; and when they finger paint they learn concepts of size, shape and location that they will need as they begin to learn math skills. Although you cannot always read their writing, it is important that children scribble and draw so that they can learn the basic strokes of letter formation and the appropriate pressure needed to write correctly in the future.

I believe that children grow and develop most when there is a strong connection between home and school. You know your child best, and your input is critical to their success. Please always let us know how to best meet the needs of your child. My door is always open to you and I encourage you to contact me or your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns about your child. Together we will work as a team and make this an enjoyable and meaningful experience for your child!

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be an important part of your child’s education. I look forward to an exciting new school year with the Sea Breeze Families!

Staff Bios

 

Jerelyn Weber

My name is Jerelyn Weber and I joined Sea Breeze School in 2013 and have been working in the Early Education Field for over 30 years. I have been a Classroom Teacher, a Director, a Curriculum Developer and a Trainer of Early Childhood Teachers. I have also been an evaluator with NAEYC and NECPA and have evaluated hundreds of centers around the country.
I attend the University of Hawaii and UCLA. I have a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in Education. Prior to becoming an Educator, I served in the US AirForce.
I love serving as a Principal. My passion is developing positive relationships with everyone within the community, working with children as they grow, supporting teachers and staff so they can reach their highest potential, strengthening a connection between home and school and fostering a positive school environment. At our core, we know that the hometown school partnership is what allows us to provide a positive school experience for all children.
I believe each child has unique strengths, individual differences, and specific learning styles that are to be embraced to support growth, development and learning potential.
In my time away from school, I enjoy looking for antiques, shopping and spending time with my children and grandchildren.

 

Renee Sheldon

I have been at Sea Breeze School for 27 years and have been in the field of education for over 30 years. I am currently the Director and Kindergarten Teacher and have previously taught our Transitional Kindergarten class.  I attended Canada College, San Francisco State University and Notre Dame de Namur University. I have an AS in Early Childhood Education and a BA in Liberal Studies with a major in Elementary Education. I enjoy sports, cooking, boating and spending time with my family.

 

 

Cecilia McElroy

Hola! My name is Cecilia McElroy and I have taught Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten. I have worked at Sea Breeze school for 10 years and graduated from SJSU with a B.A in Child and Adolescent Development. I continued my education at NDNU to work on my teaching credential. My Husband and I currently live in San Carlos with our turtle Tina and our dog Mimi’s. I enjoy playing sports and spending time with my family during my time off. The best thing about teaching is interacting with little minds that will shape the world one day.  I believe that young children are like sponges and absorb everything they learn. This is why I am a huge believer in early childhood education.

I look forward in meeting you one day!

 

Mark Weber

Hello! My name is Mark Weber and I have taught Transitional Kindergarten and Preschool II. I have worked at Sea Breeze school for 7 years and I’m currently enrolled at Mission College studying for my Master Teacher Certificate in Child Development.

I like to spend time with friends and go to the mall on my time off.

 

Saira Medina

My name is Saira Medina and I have been at Sea Breeze for about 2 years. I have worked with after school and currently am working with preschool as a teacher assistant. I am currently attending CSU East Bay and my major is Psychology with a minor in Business Administration.

What I enjoy doing is going out to the beach, hiking, shopping, sightseeing, and spending time with family.

 

Marissa Azucena

My name is Marissa Azucena and I am the mindfulness and meditation teacher at Sea Breeze as well as a support teacher. I graduated with my Bachelors in Psychology from the University of San Francisco in 2019 and I am a certified mindfulness and meditation teacher through the School of Positive Transformation. I have been working with kids for 5 years and 3 of those have been at Sea Breeze School.

Outside of work, I love to travel and have been to 8 countries so far and would love to continue to see the world!

 

Debra Darling

Hello! My name is Debra Darling. I joined Sea Breeze School in 1999. Over the past 22 years, I’ve had the privilege of working in many of our different programs and classrooms. Prior to joining Sea Breeze, I completed my BA degree in Human Development with an emphasis in childhood development from Cal State University, Hayward.  I also earned an Early Childhood Education Certificate and an AS degree in Early Childhood from Cañada College.

Outside of school, I’m a proud “born and raised” native of San Mateo and continue to live here with my husband and our two young children. I cherish spending time with family and close friends. In fact, family is at the heart of everything I do, which is why I’m so delighted to welcome you to our family here at Sea Breeze School.

 

Lulu Yang

My name is Lulu Yang. I have been at Sea Breeze School for over 10 years, during which time I obtained my master’s degree in Illustration from Academy of Art, SF.

I am working on my first children’s book in my spare time. I believe a good teacher can ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning.

 

Jamie Briones

My name is Jamie Briones. I graduated from Skyline College with my Associates of Science degree in Early Childhood Education in 2006. I am entering my 20th year of work in school settings and have been with Sea Breeze School for 15 years.

When I am not at work, I enjoy many things but especially: spending time with my husband and our son, reading, and anything Star Wars.

 

Rocio Villeda

My name is Rocio Villeda. I received my Early Childhood Education Certificate from Skyline College in San Bruno in 1998. I have been in the field of ECE for over 23 years, 18 of those years I have been a teacher at Sea Breeze.

In my free time I enjoy traveling, doing crafts and spending quality time with my husband, my boys and my family.

 

Tabatha Dirickson

My name is Tabatha Dirickson and this is my fourth year teaching at Sea Breeze School. I grew up, and still live in Foster City. I went to Canada College in Redwood City where I studied Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching preschool and after school care for 33 years.

During my off time I enjoy music, reading, baking and spending time with my family.

 

Elyse Bizon

I am Elyse Bizon and this is my 15th year teaching at Sea Breeze School. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Jose State University.

In my free time I like to travel as well as spend time with my family and friends. I love children and teaching the minds of the future.

 

Danielle Ghiozzi

My name is Danielle Ghiozzi. I have been in the field of early childhood education for 20 years. I completed my schooling at San Jose State University and Cañada College. I love working with young children and am grateful for the opportunities I have had in my career. I have been blessed to be with Sea Breeze School for 4 years. It is truly my dream job.

My husband and I LOVE movies, especially scary ones! We also enjoy visiting our daughter down in Santa Barbara. We hope to do a lot more traveling in the near future.

 

Andrew Perez

Hello Sea Breeze families my name is Andrew Perez, I’m currently a student at San Jose State University studying psychology and communications studies. I have been working with kids that range from preschoolers all the way up to 5th graders for 3 and half years and counting. And have been with Sea Breeze for 2 years. With my time working with kids, I have been tutoring and leading physical education classes for the preschoolers and kindergarten groups. It’s my pleasure in helping young children reach their potential and become the best versions of themselves physically and in the classroom.

Outside of Sea Breeze, I enjoy watching and participating in sports programs that include football, basketball, and soccer.

 

Cindy Cole

I am Cindy Cole. I am currently working on my bachelors in psychology. I am currently in my 4th year working as a teacher and 4th year at Sea Breeze.

I love to travel, spend time with my family and to listen to music.

 

Bela Kwan

Hi! My name is Bela Kwan. I have been in the childcare field for 10 years as a nanny, an afterschool teacher and a preschool teacher. I have been at Sea Breeze School for the past 5 years in both the preschool and afterschool programs. I have 12 Early Childhood Education units from Skyline College, an AA in Social Science from CSM and a BA in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University.

Something interesting about myself is that I love to travel to new places both internationally and domestic and I collect Starbucks mugs from each country and state I visit. I’ve been to 11 states and 10 countries.

 

Maria Lou Gaitan

My name is Maria Lou Gaitan, I have been working at Sea Breeze School for 10 years.  I have an ECE Certificate from Skyline College.

I enjoy creative art, reading and nature.

 

Cheyenne Johnston

Hi! My name is Cheyenne Johnston and I became a part of the Sea Breeze School staff in November 2020. I currently have 12 ECE units from Canada College and am currently finishing my certificate in early childhood education. I have 2 years’ experience teaching in preschool as well as 4 years’ experience working in home daycare assisting with infant/toddler playgroups. I believe in the power of learning through play and that each child deserves a nurturing and stimulating environment that encourages and respects their curiosity, independence and capabilities in physical and social-emotional growth. Something interesting about me is I have been a part of an SRI International research study for the last 8 years and have been one of their longest continuing candidates for their study.

 

Kathleen Donnelly

My name is Kathleen Donnelly. While I have been at Sea Breeze School since August 2019, I have been in the Early Childhood Education field for over 30 years. I have taught in many schools from Parent Board schools to Corporate Centers. I have worked with children from infant and toddler age to prekindergarten. I have an AS degree in Child Development from College of the Canyons and infant-toddler units from San Jose City College.

When I am not spending time with children, I enjoy reading, writing, and watching movies. I look forward to getting to know the children and families at Sea Breeze School

 

Sharon Dick

I am Sharon Dick. I have been a teacher at Sea Breeze School for 3 years. I started teaching in 1984. I have taught at St. Mathias School for over 30 years. I really love teaching and I have learned so much from children over the years. I have an Early Childhood Education certificate and my AA from Canada College. I have gone to many ECE conferences over the years to update my education.

All children need is a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them.

 

Carol Frisch

My name is Carol Frisch. I have lived here in Foster City for over 36 years! I have 2 sons and 5 grandsons! I have always enjoyed working with and teaching young children. I enjoy spending time with my grandsons, shopping, playing with my 3 dogs, and being with friends and family. I have been with Saint Ambrose Sea Breeze School for 34 years! I completed my studies at Canada College and have taken extra courses throughout my career that include workshops and seminars offered by different schools over the years. I am now the Health and Safety Coordinator at Sea Breeze and enjoy working with all of the children.

 

Sheila Sigmund

My name is Sheila Sigmund. I’ve been teaching and working with young children for many years. I love my job because through it I have the opportunity to connect, create, learn, and teach. I believe children learn best through play: manipulating, questioning, communicating, problem solving, interacting, experimenting, and having fun! As I come to know a child, I try to provide opportunities for them to pursue activities and interests they are excited about. I like to bring new materials and experiences to the classroom for children to explore. I believe it’s important that children receive guidance to learn and develop social and emotional skills, including conflict resolution. Its my goal to establish a safe, comfortable, engaging, inclusive, interactive, respectful, loving, and fun environment for children where mistakes are understood to be part of learning, and that creative thinking and new ideas are welcome. Within that environment, I work to build and maintain a supportive community where there is respect, trust, belonging, and care.

I have lived in the Bay Area my whole life and have traveled the world. I’m a wife and mother, and I enjoy my many hobbies including various crafts, gardening, walking and caring for my dog, bird watching, music, reading, movies, and being outdoors. I’ve earned an associates degree with 34 units in early childhood education, and early childhood certificate, and a child development sit supervisor permit and have participated in countless seminars and trainings as, like the children, I continue to grow and learn.

 

Verene Ferrona

I am Verene Ferrona. I attended Canada College to get my ECE units to teach.  I have been working with children for 25 years and at Sea Breeze School for 6 years. I have also raised a daughter and a son. My philosophy: Children are unique and wonderful and so much fun. What a wonderful gift!

In my spare time, I love to garden, sew, bake, spend time with my family, and travel to my favorite place, Hawaii.

 

Aida Irizarry

My name is Aida Irizarry. I have been working at Sea Breeze School since August, 2006. I have been an After School Director since then. I am a people person and love to work and play with children and get to know their families.

My main goal is to let the children have fun while learning. It is my philosophy to make each child feel special and make them feel confident in whatever they are good at. I believe in giving them the strength and foundation to be leaders. If they are weak, I give them the tools to be strong.

I love to make the children laugh and enjoy being at school. It makes me happy to see them happy!

I became a teacher because while I watched my own 3 children get older, I knew I still wanted to help other children find their potential. I love to watch them talk, laugh, and be silly. I also like to teach them educational games, which a few of them are already playing at adult levels. I am proud to have taught them these games, so that someday they can say Mrs. Irizarry taught me that game at Sea Breeze School!

I enjoy spending time with my family. We love eating out and have fun reminiscing about anything and everything. I love to sing, dance, and watch movies too!