About Us

Renee

My name is Renee Whitlock-Hemsouvanh. I am the Director of Hidden Valley Community Preschool. I have been working with children my entire life. I have earned degree in Child Development and Early childhood Education. I understand your journey to find just the right program for your child. We are dedicated to ensuring a high quality experience for not only your child but your family as a whole.
Preschool is the beginning of your child’s educational career second only to the important, learning and relationships shared between parent and child. I believe that devoted teachers, caring parents and eager children, can together explore the wonder and possibilities during the time we are together. We are working toward the common goal of preparing our children for the world and life ahead.

Jenny

Jenny  is a Co-Director and the pedagogical coordinator for Community Preschools. She received her Masters in Education from Sarah Lawrence College in 2002. Realizing the incredible importance of the first five years of life she focused on early childhood education.  Jenny taught Preschool at Purple Circle School In Manhattan NY.  After moving back to California she continued teaching at Old Firehouse School in Mill Valley.

Jenny supports the staff in using project work to guide the curriculum. It is through the children’s ideas, interests and discoveries that the curriculum emerges, projects are created and all areas of learning are fostered. Through careful observation and diligent documentation we create a scaffolding to support each child’s development.  Each group of children bring their own ideas that inspire the classroom projects and push learning to new heights. Jenny feels it is the teacher’s roll to create an environment that excites and engages children to gain knowledge.  Teacher’s co-construct learning with the children by encouraging inquiry and investigation of the world around them. It is the educator’s role to build deep meaningful relationships with the children allowing them to confidently navigate their environments. Education is ever evolving; it is the pedagogical coordinators job to stay at the forefront of this change by continuing professional development and collaboration with colleagues. The pedagogical coordinator works closely with teachers, parents and students to ensure the best learning experience.

Educators

Oly

I am beyond excited to be part of the Hidden Valley community! For over ten years I have been teaching preschoolers in Sonoma County. Within this past year I have spent my time at Mark West Community as the Redwood teacher. The work we did together supported the five year olds as they prepared for kindergarten. They left our community filled with confidence in themselves and a true love of school. 

I am graduate of Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University, majoring in Early Childhood Studies. I am also a parent to an eight year old boy who often inspires great conversations and stories. Teaching preschool is a passion that runs deep within me and I am eager to take on this new position. I am looking forward to working with the children and families of Hidden Valley beginning in July.

Patsy

My name is Patsy Fernandez. I am from Tabasco, México where I grew up and completed my high school, I used to take care of children since I was 13 years old and based on this I decided to be an educator to help children and provide everything that I wished to learn and to receive from my preschool teachers when I was a child. After I done with my high school in Mexico, I decided to move to USA to have a better education, to learn English and to have good opportunities in my development as an educator. I received my child development teacher certificate and I keeping working in my AA. Right now I’m the Spanish teacher at Hidden Valley community preschool, and I feel great introducing a new language to the children and to see them interested in the Spanish language, so I encourage them to keep working on it.

Callie

Hi there! My name is Callie Katapski. I was born and raised in Southern California 

before moving up north to attend Sonoma State University. I have recently graduated from SSU 

with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Studies and now call Santa Rosa my home. 

Teaching young children has always been a passion of mine and I have made it my goal to enrich

the lives of all the children who walk into my life. Knitting is my favorite hobby and has become

an important avenue of creativity in my adulthood, but is actually something that was taught to 

me by a beloved childhood babysitter. She is one of the reasons that I love to inspire young 

minds just like she inspired me. I am so proud to call myself an early childhood educator for 

Hidden Valley Community Preschool and can’t wait to meet all the new children who walk into 

the classroom every year to begin their nurturing and exciting journey in school.