Berkeley Hills Nursery School is a community of teachers, parents and children working and learning together through play.
We provide a safe, warm and nurturing environment in which the uniqueness of each child is honored.
The children come together as a community where they learn to develop relationships based on trust and respect, while exploring new ideas and the world around them.
The teachers, informed by the children's emerging interests, facilitate hands on and cooperative learning situations that foster their students' social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth.
Kathleen turned her focus to the field of education after having studied Engineering at Santa Clara University and was inspired by the growth and development of her two children. While studying Early Childhood Education she was mentored by Terry Gillen, the former head of Berkeley Hills Nursery (with 35 years of tenure at BHNS) and taught in the Blue Room.
Two of the teachers in the 3-4 class have children who graduated from BHNS. One teacher was also a BHNS alum! Kathleen also provides additional assistance with the younger children to ensure a good teacher/student ratio.
One of the teachers in the Blue Room sent their child to BHNS, and two others are parents. All of the teachers at the school are well educated, with the range of tenure at the school from three years to twenty years of service.