Olivia Tsang, Assistant Director and Turtle Class teacher, 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.
Our teachers are committed, hard-working Jacks and Jills of the teaching trade that work together as a professional team. Each classroom at St. James Preschool has at least two teachers, and each teacher knows each and every child at the school.
Roger Setterfield, School Director, began at St. James Preschool in August 2006. He received his training in Science Education from Manchester University, England. He holds a BA in History from the University of Washington, and an MA in Education from Stanford. His 35+ years of teaching and teacher education include more than 20 years in early childhood education. He enjoys cooking and gardening and, of course, storybook reading to SJP children. He lives with his wife, Jolanta, and two cats in Marin.
“What I love about SJP is the way my daughter peeks through the windows in the school in the morning, eager to see her teachers and classmates. She spontaneously hugs the teachers. That tells me there is a loving bond there. What better place to start learning?”
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 with her husband, reading, and watching sports.
Paul Korntheuer, Rabbit Class teacher, was a preschool teacher at the Gateway Child Care Center in South San Francisco and the Stonestown YMCA St. Francis Preschool in San Francisco before he joined our team in 2005. Paul has an AS in Early Childhood Education from City College, a BA in Early Childhood from SFSU, and holds a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit from the State of California. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and his daughter attends UC Davis. On weekends, Paul can be found hiking, gardening, or enjoying live music.
Satoko Feher, Turtle Class and Extended Day teacher, first joined St. James in 1999. “Toko” graduated from Niigata Women’s College in Japan with a major in Early Childhood and subsequently worked in preschools in Tokyo. After arriving in the US in 1995, Toko continued her studies in Early Childhood at City College and holds a Child Development Administration certificate and a State of California Child Development Site Supervisor Permit. On weekends, Toko enjoys reading, gardening, crafting, knitting, sewing, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Serene Masarweh, Wildcat Class and Extended Day teacher, joined St. James in 2012. She graduated from SFSU in 2000 with a BA in Psychology. After working in sales and office management, Serene decided to follow her passion and returned to school to study child development. She holds a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit from the State of California. Serene believes all kids deserve to have a safe educational environment to learn and grow in. She enjoys being in nature, live music, traveling, exploring vegan recipes, and spending time with her niece.
Katie Hribar, Wildcat Class teacher, was born and raised in New York, and received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from NYU. With a double masters in Elementary Education and Special Education, she taught in the NYC public school system for five years before giving birth to twins Bobby and Guy. Her family moved to SF in 2010, where the boys graduated from St. James in 2015; her daughter, Adelaide, is currently enrolled. On the weekends, you’ll find Katie exploring the Bay Area with her family. She also volunteers and advocates for the adoption of homeless pets.
Devinah Crespo, Wildcat Class and Extended Day teacher, was born and raised in San Francisco. Devinah earned her BA in Early Childhood Studies from Sonoma State University and has been teaching in the field since 2010. Before joining St. James, Devinah was the Lead Preschool Teacher at the Bright Horizons/Marin Day School’s SF City Hall Campus. In her free time, Devinah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going on hikes around the Bay Area, traveling, and watching her Bay Area favorite teams: Giants, Warriors, and the 49ers.
Cindy Drake, Rabbit Class and Extended Day teacher, brings many years of preschool teaching experience, including working at Temple el Emanuel, Tenderloin Childcare Center, and Gay Austin Preschool in Berkeley. She studied early childhood courses at both San Francisco State and City College. Cindy loves talking with the children on all topics of conversation and greatly appreciates their natural sense of imagination, adventure, and curiosity. Cindy is a longtime resident of San Francisco and her interests include city walks, nature, animals, reading, cooking, and film.
Victoria Sutton, substitute teacher, is a neighborhood mom and 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.