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Our Staff:Alice Ho Seher, Director - Alice grew up in North Beach and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in English. She has a Master's Degree in Human Development with a Specialization in Leadership in Education from Pacific Oaks College. She also holds a Director's Permit. Alice has been involved in the Early Childhood field for over twenty-five years.  Alice and her husband have three children who attended Holy Name School, went on to St. Ignatius College Preparatory and two are now in college. She enjoys reading, yoga, hiking, watching the Golden State Warrior and spending time with her family and friends.  

Liz Ibalio, Head TeacherLiz has a B.A. from USF and a teaching credential from SF State. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Teaching Reading at USF.  She has taught in SF public schools and Catholic schools for over ten years.  Liz has worked with children in the Bay Area for over twenty years. Liz also has a Site Supervisor Permit.  Liz lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children, all of whom attend Holy Name School. She loves to spend time with Fred, her husband and her children, walking their dogs, riding bikes and baking goodies for friends and family. Ms. Liz and her husband can be seen around town trying new restaurants and coffee shops or at the playground with their children Jacob, Claire and Sophia.

  Jennie Cesena, Teacher - Jennie was born and raised in the Bay Area. For high school, Jennie graduated from Mercy Burlingame. She has a BA in Health Science, and a degree in Early Childhood Education. Jennie has a Site Supervisor Permit, and over twelve years of experience in the ECE field. In her free time, Jennie enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, family, friends, watching TV, going to the movies, snowboarding, doing puzzles, exploring, and having fun. She is happy to be a part of the Holy Name community. 

 Karen Brennan, Teacher's Aide -Karen grew up in the Sunset District attending St. Anne's and Sacred Heart Cathedral. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of San Francisco. She then moved to Ireland and attended University College Cork earning a teaching credential. After teaching elementary school for five years, both as a classroom and special needs teacher, Karen returned to the University College Dublin and received a Higher Diploma in Special Needs education. She then taught in an established special needs program at a high school in Dublin for two years.  Karen moved back to San Francisco in 2012 with her husband to spend more time with her parents, and has been busy raising her two children who attend Holy Name.  

 Sandra Guzman, Teacher's AideSandra was born and raised in San Francisco. She recently graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BA in Psychology.  During her last semester at USF, Sandra spent her 100-hr onsite service learning at Holy Name Preschool, and has enjoyed making meaningful connections with the kids along with listening to their random stream of consciousness. Sandra hopes to continue serving others, leaving impactful imprints along the way. In her free time, Sandra enjoys watching indie films, going to music gigs, hiking and finding new brunch spots. Sandra is fluent in Spanish.

 Kristina Oshita, Teacher's Aide - Kristina grew up here in San Francisco. She attended St. Brendan’s K-8 and then graduated from Sacred Heart in 2014. Kristina is now a senior at Sonoma State University and is graduating with her degree in Early Childhood Studies, with the focus on special needs and development. In her free time, Kristina enjoys working out, hiking, and finding new views to take pictures of. Kristina is very eager to be teaching at Holy Name and can’t wait to start making connections with everyone!

Pilar Manning, Head Teacher Pilar was born and raised in San Francisco.  She is glad to be a part of a tight community here at Holy Name Preschool in our ever-growing city.  Pilar graduated from SFSU with a BA in Child and Adolescent Development with a concentration in the Young Child and Family. She has a Site Supervisor Permit and over twelve years of experience working with infants/toddlers up to age 5. In her free time,  she enjoys going on adventures with her husband and two boys. Pilar loves all things Pinterest, sewing, baking, reading, doing yoga, being outdoors, and camping-even if it’s just in her backyard!

Kathryn McKnight, Head TeacherMs. Kathryn earned her B.A. in Psychology with a focus in Child Development from SFSU.  She is currently working towards obtaining her Site Supervisor Permit.  Kathryn has enjoyed working with children at a professional level for nearly a decade, including having coached youth soccer as well as having built an exceptional reputation as a private care-sitter in the SF and Bay Area. Here at Holy Name Preschool, Kathryn has taught in both the Red Fish and Blue Fish classrooms. She uses her knowledge from this experience to successfully prepare our children for the transition from RF students to BF students. Aside from her love for teaching; in her free time Kathryn enjoys exploring the city, cooking, hiking and being outdoors with her husband, their daughter and their 2 small dogs!  

Ally Maxwell, TeacherAlly graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Family Studies. She grew up in Pacifica and attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory here in the Sunset for high school. In her free time,  Ally enjoys going camping and hiking, golfing, and playing soccer. She currently plays on two different intramural soccer teams which she find equally challenging and rewarding. Ally has always enjoyed working with children because of their kind hearts and spirits.  Knowing that she can help shape the future men and women of our world inspires her.  Ally enjoys being a teacher in our preschool and being a member of the Holy Name community as well.    

 Marilu Renteria, Teacher - Marilu enjoys being a part of the Holy Name Preschool family!  Marilu loves teaching and has five years of experience working with toddlers, preschool, and Pre-K age. She completed her certificate in Early Childhood Education at Skyline College, holds a California Teacher permit, and is working towards completing her Site Supervisor permit. In Spring 2018, she will be transferring to San Francisco State University to pursue her BA and teaching credential. Marilu’s hobbies include: going to the gym, hiking, cooking, traveling, and exploring the outdoors with her fiancé.

  Lucy Ortiz, TeacherLucy Ortiz was born and raised in the Sunset district of San Francisco. She received her bachelors degree in Liberal studies with an emphasis in elementary school teaching from San Francisco State University. She started teaching preschool in 2009. Lucy has worked in various preschool settings to further enrich her experience. In her spare time she enjoys physical fitness hobbies such as lifting weights, cardio kickboxing and boot camp classes. She is also a bay area sports fan rooting for the 49ers, Warriors, and Giants with her family and friends.

 Ann Tse, Teacher's Aide - Ann was born in Hong Kong and raised in San Francisco. She studied fashion merchandising at City College.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking with her two boys. Ann is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.  

  Chelsea Chow-Teacher's Aide- Chelsea was born and raised in San Francisco. She attended St. Stephen’s School from K-8, and then graduated from Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in 2014. She then attended University of Redlands for two years in Southern California where she majored in Liberal Studies, and transferred her third year to San Francisco State University to study Child and Adolescent Development with a school age concentration.  She is a former recreation leader for summer camp, and worked at an after school program for almost two years. Chelsea enjoys spending quality time with family, friends, playing with her dog and exploring.

 Pauline Rau, Teacher's Aide - Pauline was born and raised in San Francisco. She is fluent in French. She went to City College of San Francisco to study Early Childhood Education.  Pauline is a big Warriors, Spurs, and Philadelphia Eagles fan. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, exploring the city, and trying new cuisines.  She also enjoys spending time with her family.