Olivia Tsang, Director of Operations, taught preschool and kindergarten along the Peninsula before finding her way here to St. James Preschool in 1998. Olivia has a BS in Early Childhood Education and a BA in Psychology at the University of Cincinnati, and more than 20 years of professional experience in the Early Childhood field. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Olivia has made San Francisco her home since 1997. She enjoys traveling, biking, hiking, and trying new restaurants in the Bay Area.
Nicole Banks, Rabbit Class and Extended Day teacher, is a native San Franciscan who graduated from City College in 1996 with an AA in Child Development. Nicole began her teaching career at a Daly City preschool and worked her way up to Site Supervisor. She missed interacting with children and returned to the classroom at a co-op. In 2003, Nicole’s teaching journey led her to the preK classroom at St. James. Nicole enjoys spending her free time reading, and watching sports.
Lori Keating, Rabbit teacher: An East Coast native and recent transplant, Lori received a BA in English Literature from Rosemont College. Shortly after her first child was born, she began teaching Pre-K reading at a neighborhood Montessori school. After five years and another child, Lori moved on to teach kindergarten and second grade at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ. During her fifteen years there, Lori continued her education at Bank Street College of Education, took Writer’s Workshop courses at Teachers College at Columbia University with Lucy Caulkins and studied literacy, specifically Guided Reading, at Lesley University with Gay Sue Pinnell and Irene C Fountas. Outside of the classroom, Lori enjoys spending time with her family, especially reading to her grandson. She is also an enthusiastic runner and cyclist, and when she is not putting in mileage, she can be found either walking her dog, in the kitchen baking or maintaining her garden.
Victoria Sutton, Wildcat teacher, has been at St. James since 2001. Her three children attended the school, and she volunteered and served on the Board of Directors. Victoria’s prior early childhood education experience included teaching Sunday School preschool at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church. She has volunteered at every grade from classroom to school auctions in the public and private schools her children attend. Her previous work experience includes a stint at SF MOMA. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of California, Davis.