Tracie Nelson is the Director of St. Stephen’s Preschool, head teacher in the 3’s classroom and works in the 2’s classroom. She has worked with preschool children for 20 years and has her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She attended California State University at Fullerton, USC and St. Mary’s College. After college, she did graduate work in child psychology. Tracie was born and raised in Southern California. She has raised two sons and two stepdaughters with her husband Doug in Orinda. Her children are currently attending college and starting their careers.
Kitty Wendt is the Assistant Director, head Pre-K teacher and a lunch bunch teacher at St. Stephen’s Preschool. She has been working at St. Stephen’s since 1999. She has her Bachelor’s degree in education from San Diego State University. Kitty was born and raised in Marin. She and her husband Brad have two children who are currently attending college and starting their careers.
Liz Haughey is the bookkeeper and administrative assistant for the Preschool, and the bookkeeper at St. Stephen’s Church. She sometimes substitute teaches in the classroom. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University. She was born and raised in Saratoga, CA. Liz has two sons, one at Butler University and one at De La Salle.
Laurie Smith is a teacher in the 3’s classroom and teaches art Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to the 3’s and Pre-K students at St. Stephen’s Preschool. She graduated from USC and received her Teaching Credential from University of California at Berkeley. Laurie has been working at St. Stephen’s since 1996. Laurie was born and raised in Berkeley. She and her husband Todd have five children and have been blessed with young grandchildren.
Melaney Clark is the St. Stephen’s Preschool 2’s class head teacher, a lunch bunch teacher, and a part-time enrichment teacher. She has completed all college courses in early childhood development, and has worked at St. Stephen’s since 2004. Melaney was born and raised in Orinda. She started and owned a pool and spa service company before deciding to become a preschool teacher. She has two sons in college.
Corrie Broughton has completed all courses for Early Childhood Development. She previously worked at a preschool in Lafayette. She is a teacher in the 2’s and Pre-K program along with working during lunch bunch. She and her husband John have 3 daughters, one attending college, one in high school, and one in middle school.
Abby Crooks has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and has spent the past ten years working privately with students that have learning disabilities. She is an enrichment teacher. She and her husband have a three year old daughter and a newborn son.
Liz Nykodym has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Davis, as well as her single subject Spanish teaching credential and M.A.E. in Curriculum Instruction from Chapman University. Liz will be teaching Spanish enrichment. Liz has spent the past several years raising her three children in Orinda with her husband Scott.
Nancy Parry has spent many years in Early Childhood Education with more than 25 years as Director in Lafayette teaching 3’s, 4’s and 5’s. She is also a guest speaker and has taught classes at Acalanes Adult Education for twenty years. Nancy is a teacher in the 3 and 4 combination class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She and her husband Steve lived for many years in Lafayette but now reside in Danville. All their grown children live in the area for now and they have 5 grandsons.
Katie Tanner has been working at St Stephen’s nursery on Sundays for the last 6 years. She received her Bachelor degree in Organizational Communication in 2007 from San Francisco State. Katie is a teacher in the 3’s and Pre-K class. She and her husband Jason have two daughters in elementary school.
Mary Katherine Patterson completed her B.A at Arizona State University in Humanities and a Master’s in Social Services Administration from University of Illinois. She came to early childhood education through her experience teaching dance and creative movement in preschools and studios. In her spare time Mary Katherine enjoys dance, yoga, hiking, and playing the guitar. She and her husband and three children live in Orinda. Mary Katherine is a teacher in the 2’s and 3’s classroom and also teaches dance during Friday lunch bunch.
Melissa Silvestri has finished her coursework in Early Childhood Development at DVC. She is a lunch bunch teacher with all age groups and teaches yoga during lunch bunch on Wednesday. She has three children at St. Perpetua’s School in Lafayette and enjoys teaching fitness classes.
Joella Ochs graduated from Miramonte High School in 2014 and is attending DVC. She has finished her coursework in Early Childhood Education. She was born in Oakland and raised in Orinda. Joella helps out in all the classes. She has been working with children since she was 16 years old and hopes to have her own classroom someday.
Fr. Dr. Steven Hassett
Rector, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church