Leadership and Staff

Christa Edwards

Interim Executive Director

Christa began a second career at BlueSkies in 2010, following five years in the publishing world. She has been a volunteer, a Teacher and Head Teacher in the Infant Toddler program, and was the Assistant Program Director 2016-2021 before leaving for a year and returning as Interim Executive Director. 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.

 Ameena Muhammed

Program Director, HedCo Infant Toddler Center

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.

Selam Gebremichael

Program Director, Ellen Sherwood Nursery School

Selam has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and Development from Pacific Oaks College. She was a Co-Lead Teacher in our pop-up Kindergarten class, started in 2020 during the public school closures because of COVID-19. She was hired as Program Director in the Nursery School in early 2021, had a baby, and has been back since December of 2021. She has two prior years’ preschool experience and three years of elementary school experience working to develop educational programs for children age 6-10.

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.

Medina Bey

Teacher, Schoolroom

Medina has a California State Child Development Teacher Permit and more than 25 years of experience in the early childhood field. She has raised four children of her own and is a strong believer in children learning through play. She joined BlueSkies in August 2020 in the Playroom, moved to support the Homeroom in 2021, and is now co-teaching in the Schoolroom.

 

Selam Gebremichael

Program Director, Ellen Sherwood Nursery School

Selam has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and Development from Pacific Oaks College. She was a Co-Lead Teacher in our pop-up Kindergarten class, started in 2020 during the public school closures because of COVID-19. She was hired as Program Director in the Nursery School in early 2021, had a baby, and has been back since December of 2021. She has two prior years’ preschool experience and three years of elementary school experience working to develop educational programs for children age 6-10.

Benjamin Haywood

Master Teacher, Homeroom

Benjamin has been working at BlueSkies since he was a teenager! He has worked in most of the classrooms at the school, and has

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. At the age of seven she started helping a kindergarten class to read, and at that moment she knew her passion was teaching. She holds a B.A. in Human Development/Early Childhood Development with a minor in Sociology from California State East Bay, and she has over ten years of experience working with children.

LaTonya Williams

Teacher, Playroom

Tonya started at BlueSkies in 2021. She has over 14 years’ experience with young children.

Miriam “Mimi” Segalini

Master Teacher, Playroom

Mimi has been at BlueSkies since 1986! She has worked in many classrooms at the school over the years, and has been in the Playroom since 2010.

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.

Kea Seng

Teacher, Wobbly Walkers

Kea started in the Wobbly Walkers in 1988. She moved to Southern California in 1991 then returned to us in 1993 and has been here ever since. She has 18 ECE units.

LaTeka Jenkins

Teacher, Wobbly Walkers

Teka started at BlueSkies in July of 2018. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education.

Keila Hurtado Magana

Teacher, Wobbly Walkers

Keila joined BlueSkies in 2020. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Child Development and has worked with young children since 2017.

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.

Sandra Rodriquez

Teacher, Baby House

Sandra has been at BlueSkies for over 17 years. She has 12 Early Childhood Education units and two children of her own.

Tianna Pierson

Teacher, Baby House

Tianna joined BlueSkies in 2016. She has a son who attended BlueSkies. She has 15 Early Childhood Education units, and is working toward her A.A..

Nicole Chavez

Teacher, Baby House

Nicole joined BlueSkies in 2021. She has a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and the equivalent of a California State Child Development Permit.

Sarah Chan

Substitute Teacher, HedCo Infant Toddler Center

Sarah started at BlueSkies in 2020. She has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from  Saint Mary’s College, and is working on a Master’s degree in Education.

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.

Mu Da

Teacher, Todds

Mu started at BlueSkies in September of 2019 as an Assistant Teacher. She has worked as a substitute in many classrooms and has been in the Todds exclusively this last year. She pursuing a degree in Child Development and currently has 32 units.

Meseret Daba

Teacher, Todds

Meseret has a B.A. in Theatrical Arts from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, and she is pursuing a degree in Child Development with 18 units so far. She has worked in both Wobbly Walkers and Todds.

Serena Bailey

Teacher, Todds

Serena started at BlueSkies in 2021. She has over 15 years of experience with young children and 24 Early Childhood Education units.

Dyana Arteaga

Substitute Teacher

Dyana started at BlueSkies in 2019. She is currently enrolled in ECE courses. Her son, Alessio, is in the Wobbly Walkers.