Shannon Coleman

Shannon has spent her career working with young children and their families. She has worked in special education for early childhood and has been at Greendell since 2012. She has a BA in anthropology and an MEd in Early Childhood Special Education. She loves being part of a community where every child gets what they need.


We have a highly qualified staff of ten teachers committed to our program. Our teachers are all professionals and hold Designated Subjects Adult Education Teaching Credentials from the State of California in Parent Education. Also our teachers all have either a B.A. or M.A. degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field and meet or exceed state requirements for fully qualified pre-school teachers. Our teachers adhere to the standards of appropriate practices as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Together the staff represents 150+ years of teaching experience.

Maria Abilock Sara Kopit-Olson Karen Stein
Karla Berry Jason Laskowski Marjan Wilkes
Terri Goddard Jenn Pierson Laura Zweig
Becca King    

Maria Abilock

Maria Abilock teaches a Twos class and co-teaches the Toddler Dinner Class. PreSchool Family has been an important part of her family since 2004.

“I love working with children and parents at PreSchool Family, but I also love spending time with my husband and our two boys, growing my own fruits and vegetables in the garden, and collecting eggs from our chickens.”

Karla Berry

Karla Berry teaches a Threes class. She has been teaching at PSF since 2011 and she was a parent in the program with her two children. Before that she taught kindergarten and 1st grade for ten years.

“I can’t imagine my life without chocolate, books, music, and PreSchool Family.”

Terri Goddard

Terri Goddard teaches a Fours class and co-teaches the preschool Dinner Class. She has been at PSF since 2005. She was a parent in our Young Fives program.

“What keeps me smiling is spending time with my family & friends, travel, taking on new exercise challenges and working at PreSchool Family!”

Becca King

Becca King teaches a Twos class. She was a parent in the program.

“I enjoy working with children, camping and traveling with my family, taking yoga classes, and eating Rick's ice cream.”

Sara Kopit-Olson

Sara teaches the newborn class and an 18-30 month class. She has been a parent in the program with her three children since 2007.

“I love to practice yoga, be around friends and family, read, bake, and play with my kids as much as possible.”

Jason Laskowski

Jason has been a parent at Preschool Family since 2010. He teaches the 12-18 month old class, an 18-30 month class, and co-teaches the toddler Dinner Class.

“Spontaneous free time with my family recharges my batteries.”

Jenn Pierson

Jenn Pierson teaches a Threes class. Jenn is a passionate believer in parent participation programs and was a parent at PSF as well! She is a former elementary school teacher.

“My favorite things include snuggling kids and singing songs, giggling and being creative, crafting, and reading myself to sleep every night.”

Karen Stein

Karen Stein teaches the 6-12 month class. She began teaching at PSF for two years in 1980 and 1981. She returned to PSF in 1988 and has been teaching here since then. She was also a parent in the program with her 2 children.

“I like reading a book and the newspaper in bed at night.”

Marjan Wilkes

Marjan Wilkes co-teaches a Fours class with French Yarbrough and co-teaches the preschool Dinner Class. She was a parent in the program with her two children and has been teaching since 1995.

“Being with four year olds is a great excuse to be silly and messy.”

Laura Zweig

Laura Zweig teaches a Threes class and has been teaching at PSF for more than 25 years.

“I teach dance and movement to children of all ages and students in my pre-school classes enjoy lots of cooking projects.”


Fiona Gersh

Fiona grew up in Ireland and loves living in sunny California.

“I enjoy skiing with my family at Squaw Valley.”

Patricia Germanow

Patricia moved from the east coast, Boston most recently, and loves California.

“I love outdoor adventures! A trip to the beach, a hike, a swim or a bike ride with my family makes a great day.”