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Meet our Team

Inspired & Passionate

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Sarah Welton

Director and Teacher

Sarah has been teaching for Reggio-inspired preschools since 2017 and holds her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Sonoma State University. Most recently, she taught at Beth Ami Community Nursery School, leaving in 2022. While at BACNS, Sarah became a mentor teacher-guiding new staff in teaching young children with the Reggio-Inspired philosophy through Jewish Values and later became the interim director.


Sarah believes that the teacher's role is to scaffold children's natural curiosities and wonder, allowing the child to develop a love of learning that will impact them throughout their life. She enjoys going on hikes with her fiancé, Michael, and their dog Peanut, as well as working on puzzles!

"Truly wonderful the mind of a child is." - Yoda


Makayla Smith

Morning Teacher

Makayla earned her Associates Teacher Certificate at American River College and has been teaching for nearly 15 years. She is extremely passionate about teaching and thinks that it is the most rewarding job there is. Makayla believes in the value of creating close relationships with both the children in her care, as well as their families. She has a deep love for social emotional work with small children and is very passionate about the Reggio Emilia Approach. She finds that there is value in giving children the freedom to be creative, get messy, experiment with ideas, and have open ended, provoking environments that foster wonder and imagination. She loves to build a connection with Mother Earth and the natural world with children, by bringing natural elements in whenever she can. She is excited to bring her Jewish background and values into the classroom and share them with the children. L’dor V’dor (From Generation to Generation). When she is not teaching, she spends her time outdoors, exploring national parks with her fiancé Josh and their fur baby Luna. 

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Jordana Green

Mid-Day Teacher

Jordana Green has lived in Sebastopol for a little over 2 years. She has worked in a variety of settings for over 30 years with infant through kindergarten children. She has earned a Master's Degree in early Childhood Special Education and is an  infant massage instructor. Previously, she worked at Gan Shalom Preschool, which was attached to a conservative Shul in the East Bay. She spends her time traveling and learning about various cultures, as well as cleaning up beaches, replanting native plants, and helping wildlife. She also enjoys cooking, especially with young children. 


Amanda Burwasser

Afternoon Teacher

Teacher Amanda has been a preschool teacher and nurturing children ages 2 through 5 for over a decade! She is originally a New York City Native who has lived in northern California for the last 9 years with her husband and their sweet Aussie shepherd, Jolene. She is a graduate at the Pratt Institute, with a BFA in Writing and a certification in Early Childhood Education from UCLA.  She is an author as well as a teacher, having written and published 6 children's book: series titled, "Project Droid", for early readers.  She really enjoys thoughtful art and crafts projects with children, making up songs and stories, gardening and just simply playing in nature! 

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