Big Kids Teachers

Lela

Lela

Joel

Joel

I manage Hilltop’s professional development Institute, including coordinating professional visits, trainings, coaching, and other opportunities for collaboration between Hilltop educators and the larger early learning community.

I came to Hilltop in the Spring of 2010 as an intern in the Beach Room.  Shortly thereafter, I also began work in the Big Kids program.  In the fall of 2014, I shifted out of the classroom and into a new role as the business manager of Hilltop’s professional development Institute.  In my time at Hilltop, I have learned much from its very unique environment, educational philosophy, approach to working with children, and, of course, community.  And in my role with Hilltop’s Institute, I am honored to have the opportunity to build systems for sharing that learning with the larger early learning community. I have a B.A. in Children, Youth & Family Studies and am working on my M.A. in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College.

Philip

Philip

My name is Philip and I’m a man of many interests. I love spending time out in nature, exploring new places, playing music, helping things grow, and speaking Spanish, to name a few. People often tell me I’m really “chill,” but I might surprise you sometimes with a zany outburst I’m excited to work in the Big Kids program because I love the great questions that kids ask and the enthusiasm that they have for life.