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Press Release: September 18, 2013
Habitot Children's Museum
Media Contact: Toni Mikulka (510) 647-1111 x31
Public Information: (510) 647-1111
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Bay Area Preschool Teacher Awards Ceremony at

Habitot Children's Museum on 9/30/13 - RSVP

(Berkeley, CA) September 2013

Member of the media are invited to cover and attend this event.
Please RSVP

Habitot Children's Museum celebrates the Bay Area's "Preschool Teacher's Make A Difference" Award winners on September 30th, 2013 at 6:30pm.

Now in its fifth year, the Bay Area’s “Preschool Teachers Make a Difference” Awards honors the outstanding accomplishments of preschool teachers as important leaders in the development of young children. RSVP to the event by visiting:

Winning teachers represent preschools in communities throughout the nine Bay Area counties. Each award winner receives $100 gift certificate in Do-A-Dot school supplies, free passes to Habitot, a free class field trip to Habitot Children’s Museum, a Folkmanis puppet, and materials from Discount School Supplies.

Habitot recognizes and thanks the following media sponsors and underwriters: Do-A-Dot Art, Discount School Supplies, Folkmanis Puppets, Red Tricycle, Oogiah, Parents’ Press, AskANanny, and Savvy Source.

The winning nominated teachers are:

- Alicia Cuevas, Wee Care Family Daycare, in Oakland
- Da’Monica Robinson, Lockwood Child Development Center, Oakland
- Faye Lucas, Lockwood State Pre-K, Oakland
- Michael McLaughlin, Hopkins Early Childhood Education Center, Berkeley
- Que Yi, Shu Ren International School, Berkeley
- Rebecca Dennis, Kids Place of San Anselmo, San Anselmo
- Laurie Truitt, The Model School Comprehensive Humanistic Learning Center, Berkeley
- Jolie McRae, Montclair Community Play Center, Oakland
- Elisa Pagliarulo, Stretch the Imagination, San Francisco
- Nancy Lehew, Our Savior Lutheran School, Livermore

The judges who selected this years winners were professionals and advocates of Early Childhood Education, and included: Dr. Stacy Thompson, former Department Chair and Faculty of Child Development at Merritt College, member of the Advisory Panel on Oakland Head Start, and current Dean of Academic Pathways and Student Services at Merritt College; Tanya Smith, Senior Quality Counts Coach for Alameda County First 5, which mentors and coaches teachers in licensed childcare centers; and Laura Arellano Owens of Growing Light Montessori Preschool, a 2012 “Preschool Teachers Make a Difference” Award Winner.

"Preschool teachers are rarely, if ever, recognized outside of our schools in this field. It means so much that Habitot not only created an award, but also plans a wonderful ceremony with fabulous goodies for us." -Winner Ramee Serwanga of Room to Grow Preschool

About Habitot Children's Museum

Habitot Children's Museum was founded by parents and educators fifteen years ago to meet the unique needs and interests of infants, toddlers and preschoolers in a safe and appropriate community setting. Habitot’s mission is to help the broad community of parents and caregivers raise curious, creative and confident children. Hands-on exhibits and programs focus exclusively on early childhood.

Since opening in 1998, Habitot has welcomed almost 1,000,000, filling a niche for new parents and caregivers who seek safe and enriching experiences for young children, 0-5, as well as parenting support, connection and information for themselves.

Habitot Children’s Museum has been recognized as the “best museum for families” by Bay Area Parent Magazine readers and as a “five star destination” by the Lila Guide. In 2010, 2011 and in 2012, Habitot was designated a “Top-Rated Non-profit” by GreatNonprofits, a leading provider of reviews and ratings of nonprofit organizations. In 2013 Habitot received the GuideStar Exchange Silver participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. See all awards

Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 647-1111