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Lone Mountain Children's Center
The Presidio of San Francisco
1806 Belles Street
San Francisco, CA 94129

Phone: (415) 876-0057
Fax: (415) 876-0058

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We occupy a beautifully refurbished and spacious building on the grounds of The Presidio of San Francisco, just inside the 14th Avenue Gate at Lake Street. Our facility has an adjacent outdoor play area.


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Directions To Lone Mountain Children's Center:

The link above gives directions to Lake Street and 14th Avenue. Once you reach 14th Avenue and Lake Street drive North on 14th Avenue into the Presidio. Take a Right at the first Stop sign onto Wedemeyer Street, then the next Left at Brown Street, and then the next Left at Hays Street, (adjacent to a large oval shaped field). Lone Mountain is to the Left of the field, the building has all glass on the lower level.

Our Staff

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:

Jacque Grillo
Director and Teacher

Jacque is originally from the north shore of Boston and has lived in San Francisco since 1977. He holds a BS degree in Human Development, with a specialty in Early Childhood, from the University of Massachusetts. Jacque also holds an MA in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and California Teaching Credentials. His first teaching job was in a laboratory preschool at Harvard University. Jacque has been at Lone Mountain since 1977. In addition he is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), and for over twenty-five years has had a private counseling and psychotherapy practice. Jacque has been the school’s Director since 1996.


TEACHERS:

Patty Cotter
Teacher, Tu-Th and M-W-F Classes

Originally from Chicago, Patty attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and received a B.S. in History. After moving to New York City, she worked for three years as an infant teacher at a Bright Horizons. During this time, Patty obtained her M.S. from Brooklyn College in Early Childhood Education. She then became a head teacher in a preschool class at The Olive Treehouse Group. Patty lived and worked in Brooklyn until her relocation to San Francisco in 2014. This is Patty’s fourth year at Lone Mountain.

Deborah Crosby
Lead Teacher, Pre-K

Deborah’s prior teaching experience includes three years at St. Luke’s Preschool in San Francisco, and fifteen years at the Rosenberg Center, a full-day, full-year program, where she was the Pre-K teacher and interim Director for a year. Deborah has taught at Lone Mountain for eighteen years. Deborah offers a weekly pre-academics program in the Pre-K Class.

Cissy Harris
Floating Teacher, All Classes

Cissy holds a BA degree from UC Berkeley in Art and History, and an Elementary Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University. She has taught previously in public and private schools in Marin and San Francisco. Cissy has taught at Lone Mountain since 1988.

Evalynna Ho Teacher
Tu-Th and M-W-F Classes

Evalynna has a BA in Art History from UC Santa Barbara and has taken several child development classes to deepen her knowledge in the early childhood education field. She has been at teacher for over 10 years, working at St. James Preschool and the Little School. This is Evalynna’s second year at Lone Mountain.

Sophia Lau Kayasone
Teacher, Tu-Th Class and part-time Admin Assistant

Sophia attended San Jose State University and graduated with a BA in Child and Adolescent Development in May 2005. As a student at SJSU she worked as an assistant teacher at their Child Development Center. Before coming to Lone Mountain Sophia worked as a team teacher at Marin Day Schools/Bright Horizons in Foster City. Sophia has been at Lone Mountain for eleven years.

Laura Maxwell
Teacher, Pre-K Class

Laura grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She attended UNC Chapel Hill and received her B.A. in Psychology in 2011. During her undergraduate studies, she taught at a local cooperative preschool where she continued to teach full time after graduating. After moving to San Francisco in 2013, she taught for three years at Calvary Nursery School while pursuing her graduate degree from San Francisco State University. She was awarded her M.A. In Early Childhood Education in 2015 and this is her second year at Lone Mountain.

Rosemary Medeiros
Teacher, Tu-Th and M-W-F Classes

Rosemary is beginning her fifth year at Lone Mountain. She is originally from Winchester, Virginia. She moved to San Francisco in 2003 where she attended SFSU and received her BA in Broadcasting. She is currently pursuing her MA in early childhood education at SFSU. She has been working with young children for seven years. Before teaching at Lone Mountain, she was a teacher at Little Wonders Montessori Too. Rosemary loves music and plays guitar and ukulele both with the children and in her spare time.

Maria Picar
Lead Teacher
Tu-Th and M-W-F Classes

Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University in Physical Education with a dance emphasis and has owned her own studio, Ingleside Creative Arts and After School Program, “The Arts Connection” for over ten years. She has worked as an After School Coordinator for International Studies Academy High School in San Francisco, a reading Instructor for Mission Learning Center at Sanchez Elementary and at Bright Horizons Day Care Center. Maria was a teaching assistant at Lone Mountain from 1997-2003 and returned to Lone Mountain in 2007 as a full time teacher. Maria teaches yoga in the Pre-K and science in the MWF class.

Ella Seibel
Teacher, Pre-K Class

Ella was born and raised in Lawrence, KS and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Life, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from the University of Kansas in 2005. She started her teaching career as an assistant at a Montessori preschool in Lawrence and eventually became the lead teacher of her own classroom. She stayed in this position for six years, before going back to school and earning a Master’s in Early Childhood Education. This is her fifth year at Lone Mountain. Ella teaches a weekly Pre-K class in pre-academics.

Shaun Spring
Teacher, Pre-K Class

Shaun was born in Honolulu and was raised in San Jose. He attended San Francisco State University and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in History. Shaun has completed a number of child development classes and continues to take more classes to strengthen his skills as a teacher. Shaun has taught at The Stonestown Family YMCA summer camp, as an associate teacher for the YMCA preschool, and as an after school teacher at Commodore Sloat Elementary School. Before coming to Lone Mountain Shaun taught at Marin Day Schools/Bright Horizons Sherith Israel Campus in a class of 3-4 year olds. This is Shaun’s fifth year at Lone Mountain. Shaun teaches a weekly Pre-K class in pre-math.


WEEKLY TEACHING SPECIALISTS:

Alonzo King LINES Ballet - Community Programs
Dance Instruction, Pre-K Class

Alonzo King LINES Ballet is a celebrated contemporary ballet company that has been guided since 1982 by the unique artistic vision of Alonzo King whose choreography is renowned for connecting audiences around the world to a profound sense of shared humanity. LINES Community Programs expands and develops a way in which Alonzo's work, philosophy, and approach are integrated into the lives of students, youth and families. Residency program HeART with LINES brings dance teaching artists into the classroom as students develop their own ideas through the creative process and have an entry point into the world of dance.

Marci Briskin, My Gym Children's Fitness Center
Gymnastics Teacher, M-W-F Class

Marci Briskin is the owner of My Gym Children's Fitness Center. She holds a BA from University of Wisconsin. She opened My Gym Children’s Fitness Center eleven years ago. My Gym offers noncompetitive gymnastics mixed in with movement and dance. Marci has offered weekly movement instruction at Lone Mountain since 2011

Coach Kayla Dzurek, Playball San Francisco
Outdoor Sports Program, Pre-K Class

Coach Kayla of Playball San Francisco teaches at over 10 preschools in the city. Coach Kayla grew up in Maryland and is currently attending University of San Francisco and studying sociology. Her background includes working at a preschool in Santa Barbara, babysitting, as well as playing soccer for 10 years. Dee Dee Bundy is the owner of Playball San Francisco which teaches the basic skills for six different sports including soccer, baseball, volleyball, basketball, hockey, and tennis. The program is non-competitive in nature and emphasizes the importance of life skills such as courage, flexibility and persistence. This is Playball’s fifth year at Lone Mountain.

Maggie Mickaili
Spanish Instructor, Pre-K Class

Maggie is a native San Franciscan, raised in a Spanish speaking home. She has 16 years of extensive experience teaching in both English and Spanish to children ages toddler through elementary. She has designed and implemented Spanish music and movement programs throughout the Bay Area. Her experience includes having worked as Lead Teacher and Director/Administrator of a language immersion school. Her goal is for her students to be excited about speaking another language and have lots of fun in the process! This is Maggie’s first year at Lone Mountain.

Shun Shifu Eric Mitchell
Martial Arts Instructor, Pre-K Class

Shun Shifu Eric Mitchell began his martial arts training at the age of 10 and discovered his passion for the art of Kung Fu. This combination of passion and commitment to traditional Chinese Martial Arts (Kung Fu, Tai Chi, self-defense) is demonstrated in his adherence to teaching for the benefit of his students of all ages. This is Shun Shifu Eric Mitchell’s fourth year at Lone Mountain.

Andrew Skewes-Cox
Music Teacher, M-W-F and Pre-K Classes

Andrew is a native San Franciscan. In 2006 he earned his degree in Music from the University of California Santa Cruz. He has been teaching music in the Bay Area ever since. This is Andrew's tenth year at Lone Mountain.

Tree Frog Treks
Science and Nature Instruction, Pre-K Class

Tree Frog Treks teaches fun interactive in-school science enrichment programs that introduce kids to concepts in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and natural history. Tree Frog Treks allows children to meet live reptiles and amphibians face-to-face. The themed curriculum cover integrated science topics and reinforces learning through hands-on science experiments, art projects, movement and song. All the Tree Frog Treks lead teachers have college degrees, many have Master's degrees, and all have been thoroughly trained in the curriculum and how to introduce children to live reptiles and amphibians. This is Tree Frog Treks fifth year at Lone Mountain.