Ross Cottage Nursery School, a central Marin preschool offering  exceptional child care and day care in a beautiful setting. Ross Cottage Nursery School, a central Marin preschool offering  exceptional child care and day care in a beautiful setting.
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Our Director and Staff

Michelle_3_girls paintMichelle Zoila-Shaffer, our director, has been a mother for over 15 years. Children have always been, and continue to be her true passion. She believes that with the right environment and care, a child will be happy and thrive.

Michelle founded the ECE philosophy of small, community-based, child-centered teaching. This offers each child many different roles and helping jobs within their small communities. These roles change as they grow to suit each learning stage in an age appropriate way.

Michelle holds a bachelors degree from Emerson College in Boston, MA., has done some graduate work at UCLA, and In her chosen field of Early Childhood Education, she has completed her undergraduate studies, and is currently pursuing a masters degree. She uses her education and extensive experience with children to bring a high level of professionalism to Ross Cottage Nursery School, as well as a love of learning, lots of fun and joy, and exceptional care to the children who attend.

Kerri Besette, our assistant director has over 23 years of experience as a preschool teacher as well as an early elementary school educator. She holds a BA in Education and has over 12 units in Early Childhood Education. Kerri also has a long time love of children and delights in watching them learn.

Kindness and acceptance are a constant message given to each child at RCNS. Each child gets as much individual attention as possible, as our caregiver / child ratio is excellent.

line_upRCNS's director and staff are fully trained in CPR and first aid, and have had an extensive background check and fingerprints taken. They also have early childhood education and extensive child care background and experience.

 
     
     
 
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