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Preschool 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 thirty 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 Warriors and spending time with her family and friends.  

Casey Nelson, Teacher- Casey was born and raised in the East Bay Area. She graduated from Cal State East Bay with a bachelors in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in early childhood education. She enjoys going to the beach, running, traveling and eating. She loves being apart of the Holy Name family! 

Mr. Joe Joseph Fernicola, Teacher- Joseph has a Masters in Elem Ed, a Bachelors in Education, 24 units in  ECE and a minor in English. He has taught science to K-6, ELA to Kinder and 2nd grade, TK for 5 years, and one year of TK Spanish Immersion. He worked for 10 in NYC schools and 7 years at SFUSD. Joseph is fluent in Spanish.  He is now happy to work with Ms. Liz and Ms. Lucy at Holy Name Preschool!






Joselyn Martinez, Teacher-  Joselyn was born in San Diego and raised in Mexico. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Child ad Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University. In her spare time, Joselyn enjoys going to the beach, watching movies, and baking.  Joselyn is fluent in Spanish.


Liz Ibalio, Head TeacherLiz has a Masters in Teaching Reading from USF, a B.A. from USF and a teaching credential from SF State.  She has taught in SF public schools and Catholic schools for over twenty-five years.  Liz also has a Site Supervisor Permit.  Liz lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children, all of whom attended Holy Name School.  Her twin girls are now in high school.  She loves to spend time with her children, walking their dogs, riding bikes and baking goodies for friends and family. Ms. Liz can be seen around town trying new restaurants and coffee shops  with their children Jacob, Claire and Sophia.  

 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 received her Site Supervisor Permit this year.  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. 

 Marilu Renteria, Teacher - Marilu enjoys being a part of the Holy Name Preschool family!  Marilu loves teaching and has seven 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. She earned her BA from SF State University and is  pursuing her teaching credential. Marilu’s hobbies include: going to the gym, hiking, cooking, traveling, and exploring the outdoors with her husband.  Marilu is fluent in Spanish.


Tara Miller, Teacher- Ms. Tara has been living in San Francisco for over 30 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from San Francisco State University. She also holds a Director’s Permit. She has been working with kids for over 20 years. She worked at Lakeside Preschool for 12 years. She has a son currently attending Junipero Serra High School and a daughter currently attending St. Stephen. She is fluent in Farsi. Tara enjoys traveling and cooking with her husband and her two kids.