our teachers

Ask any parent and they’ll tell you our outstanding teachers are what set our school apart.

kristy roos-taylor

director, teacher (pre-kindergarten, parent & child)

Kristy Roos-Taylor

Kristy has been teaching at our school since 1999, and has been the school’s director since 2000. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1984 from UC Davis, and was awarded her teaching credential in 1999. Prior to the co-op, she spent 2 years teaching at Woodside Parents Nursery School and 5 years at Stanford’s Bing Nursery School. Kristy is passionate about play based education and is grateful that she gets to teach not only the children, but the parents as well. Kristy lives in Menlo Park with her husband and dog, and has two grown children and twin grandchildren. When she isn’t teaching, Kristy loves to read, run, and spend time with family and friends.

allison ledbetter

teacher (preschool)

Allison Ledbetter

Allison feels honored to be joining such a supportive and welcoming community of educators, parents, and children. She comes to the co-op with over eight years of preschool teaching experience in addition to over three years of running a successful home daycare. Allison holds a BS degree in Business and working as a co-op parent in her own children’s nursery school inspired her to join the teaching profession. She lives in San Carlos with her husband, three teenage children, two cats, one frog, and a hermit crab. When not teaching, Allison enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

mariana leberknight

teacher (young preschool)

Mariana Leberknight

Mariana loves being with children of all ages and is excited to be a part of the co-op community. She has an MA in Education and brings over 20 years of experience teaching students from preschool through high school. She homeschooled her four children, the youngest of whom is in college. Mariana has loved being a Girl Scout leader for the past 20 years. She enjoys hiking, rafting and traveling with her Scouts.