Sunnymont-Westside teachers have extensive education and training in teaching young children and in providing parent education to their parents. But most importantly, our teachers have passion about children's learning and about childhood.
Justine Saffir is our director and teaches the Little Ones and 3 Day Classes. Justine has been teaching at Sunnymont-Westside for over 15 years, and brings to the classroom her love of expanded curriculum. She's the one who dumps brightly colored fall leaves inside the school each fall. She's also the one who brought in not only smelly fish, but also life-sized pictures of plankton, a herring, octopus, a tuna, a great white shark, and yes even an orca whale for the children to decorate during an exploration of the food chain from the Slippery fish song. Justine has a passion for understanding children's individual temperament and needs, and for spreading positive discipline skills to the entire world. Justine has a degree in psychology, a teaching credential, and is the mom of 3 children who went through co-op schools.
Lisa So teaches the 4 Day PreK Class. Lisa has been at Sunnymont-Westside as a staff member for over 5 years, and was a Westside parent for 4 years before that. Lisa brings her open-mindedness and can-do attitude to Sunnymont-Westside and rarely says no to any idea that the children, their parents, or her co-teachers bring to her. Lisa treasures the effort our entire school community puts into cultivating children's growth in a positive and nurturing environment, and is a master of helping children find their own strengths. Lisa has a master's degree in Social Work, a teaching credential, and has worked at various nonprofit agencies as a social worker, program manager, and volunteer trainer before turning her talents to teaching. She's the mom of two children who are attending co-op schools.
Debbie Barnes Campi teaches the 2 Day Class. Debbie has been at Sunnymont-Westside for over 10 years. Debbie is the drama whiz, who brings in compelling props, and whose impromptu group dramatizations of The "Three Little Pigs"-- pig and wolf hats included of course--are legendary. Debbie also has a knack for using familiar curriculum in new ways, bringing new dimensions to the children's learning, and leaving her colleagues saying, Whoa, I never thought of that! A preschool student recently wrote "I love Debbie because she's always happy to see me!" Debbie has a master's degree in early childhood education, a teaching credential, and is the mom of a blended family of five children who have all attended or are attending co-op schools.