Leadership and Staff

 Ameena Muhammed

Program Director

Ameena holds an M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of Jos in Nigeria and has been at BlueSkies since 1989. She is the go-to expert for infants and toddlers as well as inclusion for children with special needs, was the Infant Toddler Program Director for more than 20 years, and has been the overall Program Director at BlueSkies since 2016, ensuring high standards of program quality through teacher coaching and support. Ameena trained in the R.I.E. philosophy with its founder, Magda Gerber and has completed four years of training at Children’s Hospital Oakland in Early Childhood Mental Health and Reflective Supervision, as well as having taught early childhood education courses with the N.A.C. through Cal State Hayward.

Julia Owens

Operations Director Julia joined BlueSkies in 2016, and brings over 15 years of experience in nonprofit programs and fundraising, with an emphasis on and passion for creating positive experiences for youth. She is a Bay Area native and holds a B.A. from UC San Diego.

Christa Edwards

Assistant Program Director

Christa began a second career at BlueSkies in 2010, following five years in the publishing world. She has been a Teacher and Head Teacher in the Infant Toddler program, and has been the Assistant Program Director since 2016. Christa holds a B.A. from Scripps College. She is fascinated by the study of how children learn, how children develop a concept of self and, on the adult side, in building teaching teams and strengthening and supporting teachers.

Rosalia Arteaga-Romo

Head Teacher, Schoolroom

Rosalia holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from San Francisco State University, became a teacher in the Wobbly Walkers in 2012, and the Head Teacher in 2014. She worked in the Wobblies until 2019, at which time she shifted to be Head Teacher of our Schoolroom classroom.

Prenties Shade Brown

Head Teacher, Homeroom

Prenties has an AA in Early Childhood Education from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Special Education. She has 15 years of experience working with young children.

Jumaia Stevenson

Head Teacher, Playroom

Jumaia joined BlueSkies in 2021. Prior to moving here, she worked as a director for seven years in the Early Childhood field. She holds a B.A. in Human Development/Early Childhood Development from California State University. She has over ten years of experience working with children.

Janaye Crawford

Acting Head Teacher, Todds

Janaye has a B.A. in Education with focus on Early Childhood Education. She has over four years experience in the Early Childhood field, and an additional four years of experience as a kindergarten teacher.

Michelle Lollock

Head Teacher, Wobbly Walkers

Michelle has been at BlueSkies since 2014. She has 20+ years of experience working with children. She earned her Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from SF State.

Maria Villanueva

Supervising Teacher, Baby House

Maria started at BlueSkies in 2003, left to take care of her children in 2005, and returned in 2008. She has 23 Early Childhood Education units and over 14 years’ experience working with children.