The Discovery School Staff
Rachael joins the Bay Area Discovery Museum after having spent more than 25 years working with children and their families in the United States and China. Her professional background includes working as the Director of Education for the Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) in New York City; writing educational commercial interstitials for Nickelodeon Junior; running the American Community Preschool in Beijing, China; working with Kids Gallery Ltd, Hong Kong, to publish a reading program for emergent readers; and developing Mrs. Lin and Friends for an ETV, EDB production. Prior to joining The Discovery School, Rachael worked at Dulwich College Beijing (DCB), teaching Year 2 (first grade) and coordinating the Physical, Social, Emotional and Health program for the DCB Early Years School. She holds a master’s degree from Bank Street College in New York.
Elisa joined The Discovery School team in fall 2014. She has worked in various roles at the school, including manager, interim director, and now enrollment coordinator and lead teacher. In fall 2015, she spearheaded and taught The Discovery School’s Toddler & Parent Exploration program. Previously, Elisa taught at Cow Hollow School in San Francisco, and Stretch the Imagination in San Francisco and Corte Madera. She received a B.S. in human development with an emphasis in early childhood and a minor in education from University of California, Davis. She is currently working towards her master’s in early childhood education at San Francisco State University.
Chiara has spent the last six years as an early childhood educator in Brooklyn, NY and Marin County. Prior to working in the classroom, Chiara’s professional experiences include working as a behavioral therapist for children with autism, and facilitating independent living transitions for traumatic brain injury survivors in Santa Cruz, CA. She received her B.A. in developmental psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and has since then acquired her Master Teacher Permit from the State of California. Chiara’s pedagogical focus and approach is deeply rooted in the philosophies of Reggio Emilia along with a social-constructivist approach to learning in early childhood. She believes the child is a unique individual who is competent and capable of creating new meaning from rich and intentional learning experiences facilitated by the educator.