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Saint Raphael Preschool teachers are the best!

The school administration takes great care in ensuring children are cared for, challenged, and comfortable in the school community. Teachers play a significant role in stimulating learning. Many teachers have been with the school for over 5 years. Parents tell us that children love coming to school!

All staff are certified by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the position they are assigned. Currently one staff member is a Commissioner on the First 5 Children and Families Commission.

Mrs. Edith Yates, Director of St. Raphael Preschool

Mrs. Yates lives in Greenbrae with her husband and has two grown sons who graduated from St. Raphael School. Edith has been involved in Early Childhood Education for 24 years.  She has taught in family child care and preschools in the infant-toddler and Pre-K program since 1993.  Edith joined Saint Raphael Preschool as Head Teacher in 2004 when our Preschool opened.  With Edith’s knowledge and experience, she helped start our program by developing the daily curriculum and organizing the safe, educational and nurturing environment.  

Edith received her Child Development Associate Teacher permit in 2002, her Early Childhood Certificate in 2004, her Associate Degree in Science and Early Childhood Education in 2006 and her Child Development Site Supervisor Permit in 2006.  To enrich her own knowledge of early childhood education, Edith attends many conferences, workshops and seminars throughout the year.  

She also has been a Mentor Teacher selected by the Marin CARES Program to help and advise newer ECE teachers on providing quality care for young children.  Staying active with her peers through professional meetings and workshops has allowed Edith to build a strong network and be seen as an expert in her field.  Edith’s background is Spanish and she has a strong call to serve the multi-cultural families at Saint Raphael Preschool as they enter a primarily English language educational system.  With Edith’s cheerful, vibrant, funny, loving and determined personality, every child receives the proper foundations for his or her education.  Edith’s philosophy of teaching has been to treat every child with respect, tolerance, discipline, kindness and love.

Edith’s love for her community and children continues.  She has been a St. Raphael parishioner for 27 years and in the past has volunteered with the Parish Children’s Liturgy.

Mrs. Susan Belway

Mrs. Belway previously taught 2nd grade and also was Director of the Ross Recreation Preschool for 14 years. Mrs. Belway is a proud parent and grandparent, having been married 46 years and with five grown children. Her oldest grandson is an 8th grader at St. Raphael.