Where We Learn and Play
We know that children learn best through play.
The Ross Preschool provides a play-based, nature-oriented program facilitated by a team of nurturing professionals.
Engaging activities fill each day with joyful learning, collaboration and exploration.
The teachers at Ross Preschool are highly experienced professionals who are dedicated to helping our students grow emotionally and intellectually. We maintain student-to-teacher ratios which are often lower than other programs and state requirements.
David Allen-Hughes, M.Ed.
David has been working with preschool and elementary school children and families for over 20-years. David was born in Kenya to a Swiss mother and British father. He attended preschool in France before moving to Ross & Mill Valley. David went to boarding/prep school in Massachusetts, then earned a Bachelors Degree from Sonoma State as well as a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and Masters in Education from Dominican University. David, who worked for many years as an elementary school teacher and principal, is also a credentialed Preschool Director. David is the founder and former owner of a few local summer camps: Camp Doodles & Marin Ranch Camp. He is also one of the founders of the San Francisco International School, a non profit that manages the Marin Camp Fair at Dominican University and Camp ChickaBoom. In his free time, David loves to cook, read, ski, play tennis & he travels whenever he can.
Glenda is the Lead Teacher of the Butterfly Room, our Pre-K program. Glenda literally has decades of incredible experiences working with preschool children in Marin. She studied Early Childhood Education and Child Development at San Francisco State and College of Marin and was the long-time Director of St. Rita’s Preschool in Fairfax. Glenda was born in the Philippines (she speaks Tagalog & Kapampangan) and raised in San Francisco. In 1997, Glenda moved to Fairfax with her loving husband (they’ve been married since 1990) and is the proud mother of Marisa (15) who attends Marin Catholic. Glenda loves the outdoors and going on lots of walks and hikes. Mostly, Glenda is passionate about children and education, and she loves her family.
Holly Salamun, M.Ed.
Holly has been teaching in the Caterpillar Room at The Ross Preschool since 2012. Holly developed the science curriculum and created an after–school enrichment program, including yoga component for children. In addition to helping to revise some aspects of our learning curriculum, Holly is an entrepreneur who started her own summer camp program. Holly studied Education/Child Development for her Bachelor’s Degree at Sonoma State, earned her Master’s in Education and is also a certified yoga instructor. Holly is known for designing engaging art projects and enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors with her students. Holly loves Phoenix Lake and is often seen hiking the beautiful mountains of Marin.
Laura has worked with children for nearly her entire life. Growing up, her mother ran a daycare out of their family home. Laura first started working for The Town of Ross in 1998 as a camp-counselor and then as a preschool teacher. She pursued another career before deciding The Ross Preschool was where she wanted to stay. Laura loves summer camp and has served as the Director of the Ross Recreation Kindercamp program. Laura has three wonderful boys at home, ages 9, 7 & 5. She attended the Berkshire School followed by Cuesta College and College of Marin where she studied Early Childhood Education. Laura is an assistant teacher in the Butterfly Room. On the weekends, Laura loves to take her family to Muir Beach.
Andrea’s love of children first brought her to work at Manor Elementary School and Saint Raphael's Preschool before she finally joined the The Ross Preschool team as an assistant teacher. The play-based learning philosophy and dedicated team of teachers greatly appealed to what she knew - children learn best through play. Andrea, who was born in Brazil, moved to the Bay Area in 1997 where she opened Brazil Marin, a Specialty Store. Andrea eventually sold her company so she would have more time to dedicate to raising her children and pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Andrea has been married for 17 years and has two girls, Elena (15) and Julia (11). Andrea loves spending time at the beach, camping and skiing.