Staff Bios

Bea Isabela Bundang

Lead Preschool Teacher

The most important thing about learning to me is building relationships. I’ve been in the field for over 10 years, and have realized that a child learns best when they are able to form close bonds with their parents, teachers and friends. I also believe in the environment as being the third teacher. That is why music, gardening, hiking, and exploring nature have always been the core tools I’m most likely to use in and out of the classroom. I discovered Lands End School on a hike while doing my education practicum! It has definitely been a joy working here for the last several years, and it is the reason I get up every weekday morning!

Chantelle Mak

Seawolves Preschool Teacher

My name is Chantelle Mak and I work with our Seawolves Preschool class. Born and raised in San Francisco, I left home to attend college at the University of California, Santa Cruz where I studied Psychology and Education. There, I’ve learnt about positive learning and discipline techniques and built upon my passion for working with children. I look forward to supporting each student’s growth as well as learning from my students every day! When I’m away from the classroom, I enjoy cooking, drawing, and spending time with my family.

Alexia Narvaez

Coyotes Teacher

Background:
I’m Nicaraguan and I was born in San Francisco. I’m 23 years old with the dream of being an educator. I’m a Musician, Artist, and Special Effects Makeup Artist.

Education:
At College of San Mateo, I studied Music and received an AA. At San Francisco State University, which I’m currently enrolled in, I am aspiring to achieve a Bachelor’s in Early Child Education, and teaching Credential.

Teaching Philosophy:
I feel that the most important aspect in supporting a student through their needs and encouraging positive outcomes. Being there for students and having fun with them throughout the day is the key.

Instruments I Play:
Trombone, Piano, Guitar, Drums / Auxiliary Percussion

Favorite Things:
I love to go to the ocean, going on hikes, and especially being in nature. I love to watch movies, tv shows, and telenovelas. I am always open to trying new foods, especially when I travel, and my favorite kind of food is spicy food.

Sulei Guan

Coyotes Teacher

Hi, my name is Sulei Guan. I really enjoy working at The Lands End School  and it has been one of the best times in my life. I have been able to meet many different friends and families and share lots of happy moments with them. More importantly, I like to share a lot of life skills and knowledge with my students at an early age. During my spare time, I also enjoy reading information/materials regarding child development and listening to different types of music. In the future, I will keep improving myself.

Maria Estrella Martinez

Lead Infant Teacher

Family: I am proud to have raised two good, beautiful and bright children. My son, Manuel is a student at UCSB. My daughter is a student at UCLA.

Education: I graduated from Ventura Community College with an A.A. in Child Development Studies. I have taken further Child Development Studies at San Francisco Community College and have over 32 units in Child Development.

Work experience:

Child Care Careers – 1 year.

Lands End School – 12 years.

Hobbies and passions: I love teaching, caring, and working with children. I share with them my happy and positive smiling personality. Their education and development is my greatest priority. Children and families deserve professional services. Other than that, one of my hobbies is clothes shopping and decoration. I value family greatly.

Marybeth Peralta

Infant Teacher

Hello I’m teacher Mary. I am a San Francisco Native. I have been teaching at the Lands end school since April 2019. Throughout my life I have dedicated alot of my time taking care of children including kids with special needs. I started my child care career assisting teachers at many different pre-schools around the Bay Area in 2018. Outside the classroom I spend my time volunteering at the SPCA, Muttsville and at Aquarium of the bay. Before I started teaching I was a Vet technician specializing my care for cats for 7 years.

Michelle Bierer

Infant Teacher

I’m Michelle and I have been a teacher at The Lands End School for a year. I am a certified Assistant teacher, majoring in Psychology, with my core Early Childhood Education credits from CCSF. I was born and raised here in San Francisco and am of Native Hawaiian descent. My culture is a huge part of my life and I value family above all else. My 17 nieces and nephews are where I began my personal childcare experience starting over 20 years ago, while my professional experience began as a substitute teacher. All my life, teaching has been a passion of mine and I believe that children are so important to the future of our little blue planet.

Jennifer Quach

Lead Toddler Teacher

Jennifer was born and raised in SF. She has graduated from SFSU with a degree in Child Development with an emphasis on early childhood.

Jennifer started working at LES in 2014 and has been in the toddler room ever since. Her favorite part about teaching is observing the progress of the children’s cognitive understanding.

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys being a homebody, gaming, binge watching, but also occasionally travelling to national parks.

Marie Harvey

Toddler Teacher

I have been working with children for 31 years. I love making children laugh and love watching them grow and become independent. My teaching is letting the children learn through play.

Yamelin Torres

Toddler Teacher

My name is Yamelin Torres, I was born in Peru and came to the United States at the age of 13 years old. I studied Early Childhood Education at San Francisco City College. I have been working at The Lands End School since 2012. I am very passionate about working with children and implementing activities to provide children with the necessary learning experiences to grow educationally, socially, and emotionally. I adapt to each child’s learning style differently and respond appropriately and accordingly. I love to see children grow up and see their smiles every day that brightens my day. I love to dance and listen to music, go for hikes, walks, and travel. I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I especially love animals. I have a little Yorkie that I adore and play with every day.

Leena Jimenez

Floater Teacher

Hello, my name is Leena Jimenez. I have been working with children for over 20 years. I am currently working as a floater teacher. I enjoy every aspect of teaching and I have realized in all my years that they can teach us as much as we can teach them. I am a mother of 2 and I enjoy spending time with my family.

I am originally from Los Angeles, CA and moved to San Francisco in 2004. I have been working in Early Childhood Education since 1999. I started working with The Lands End School in 2005 and came back as the Director in 2018.

Most of my work has been focused on play-based learning, but I have had the opportunity to gain experience under the Montessori method as well. My personal practice as an educator is to make sure that all children have a joyful experience in school, that they are able to identify and communicate all their emotions, and have a strong sense of self by the time they move on to Kindergarten.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, crafts, and most recently binge watching anything on Netflix.

Joanna Prado

Director