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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 Teacher -Liz 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.

Chrys Yee, Head Teacher -Chrys has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of the East, Manila Philippines. She continued her studies in Early Education at the University of Guam, Guam USA and has a certificate in Child Daycare Management from Pennfoster, PA. Chrys has been teaching for 15 years, 6 years as a preschool teacher and 9 years as an elementary (K-3) teacher in private schools. She holds a Director's Permit.  Chrys misses the tropical weather but considers the Bay Area her home. She also enjoys baking for her family.

Alex Krikorian, Teacher- Alex is so excited to be teaching at Holy Name Preschool after finishing USF this spring.  Mr. Alex received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology and his Masters in Education at the University of San Francisco. He moved up to Northern California five years ago from San Diego for school (and has never looked back). You may see him out and about in the Richmond District, either running or doing chores.  Feel free to say hello!

Jennifer Yiu, Teacher-Jennifer was born in China but raised in San Francisco. She received her Chemistry degree from the University of South Carolina. She studied Child Development at City College of San Francisco and has a Site Supervisor Permit. Prior to coming to Holy Name Preschool, Jennifer worked at a small private preschool. Her love for the classroom continues to grow as she continues to grow as a teacher.  In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family. She enjoys having dinner with friends and watching TV shows. Jennifer is also fluent in Cantonese.

Pilar Manning, Head TeacherPilar 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 and 2 small dogs!  

Ally Maxwell, TeacherAlly graduated from Boise State University this spring 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 looks forward to being a teacher in our preschool and being a member of the Holy Name community as well. 

Melinda Chong, Teacher- Melinda is happy to join the Holy Name Preschool family. Her journey started a decade ago while teaching fine arts to children at the De Young Museum. Her passion for youth work has led her to explore different sectors to serve the young children in San Francisco.  Melinda received her BA in Child Development with a concentration in School Age from San Francisco State University.  She also holds a Site Supervisor Permit. Melinda worked in an after-school youth program for six years.  Melinda is fluent in Cantonese.

 
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 also fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. 
 

Natalie Kern, Teacher's Aide - Natalie Kern was born and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory and then attended Santa Barbara City College where she studied Early Childhood Education. Natalie transferred to San Francisco State University where she is continuing her education in Sociology. Natalie began coaching children in basketball and volleyball when she was a student at St. Stephens School. Coaching is where she first found her passion for teaching and caring for children. Natalie aspires to work in  the Early Childhood Education field.  In her free time,  she enjoys spending time with her friends and family doing activities that include cooking, shopping and hiking. 

Chris Lum, Teacher's Aide- Christopher Lum was born and raised in San Francisco and is an alumni of Holy Name School. He attended Notre Dame De Namur University and graduated with a BA in Sociology with an emphasis on working with children. He returned to Holy Name so he could "give back" to the school that he had such a wonderful experience at. In addition to working at the preschool, Chris is also a staff member of the Holy Name K-8 Extended Care program. During his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, video games, running, watching movies and being with his family and friends.

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 my dog, and exploring.

Sandra Guzman, Teacher's Aide-Sandra was born and raised in San Francisco. She recently Graduated from 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.  On her free time, Sandra enjoys watching indie films, going to music gigs, hiking and finding new brunch spots.