StarSeeds was founded in 2009 by a team of educators to provide a creative, fun, and enriching space for preschoolers to learn and grow.
All StarSeeds teachers are certified in child/infant CPR, First Aid and Health and Safety.
Kendra Pinkerton is the co-founder of StarSeeds. She is a dedicated educator with a passion for art, yoga, and global education. She believes that children thrive in an environment that encourages creative expression. Kendra values the need for children to explore and create, to build self confidence and social skills, and most importantly, to learn through play. Kendra is a fourth-generation San Franciscan with over 20 years of childcare experience. She graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory and earned a B.A. in Sports Medicine from the University of San Francisco. Kendra has had the pleasure of working as a nanny for a multitude of very special San Francisco families. Over the years she found herself returning to her work with children time and time again, and with the support of the families she has worked for and her passion for children, Kendra was inspired to create StarSeeds. Kendra has additional coursework in early childhood education from both USF and City College of San Francisco. This past spring she volunteered for two months at an orphanage in India. This experience deepened Kendra’s beliefs in the importance of cultural education. StarSeeds will explore other cultures through music, food, and dance. Kendra is also a certified children’s yoga instructor.
Trisha Cassidy is a co-founder of StarSeeds. She has extensive experience working with children and parents in various capacities. She received her Bachelors degree in 2004 in Social Work with a minor in Elementary Education and received her Masters degree in Social Work in 2006, specializing in Women’s and Children’s Health. Trisha received her LCSW in the state of CA in July/2015 and works part time as a Medical Social Worker. During her schooling years, Trisha worked as a part time nanny and also gained experience working in inner city elementary schools. She also worked in a daycare with children aged 2-3. After graduation, Trisha went to work for a non-profit agency working with foster children of all ages and their families. Trisha was a TBS clinician (therapeutic behavioral services) and also worked as a Case Manager, working with children, their families and support systems. This position gave Trisha the opportunity to learn a variety of behavior modification techniques and superb communication skills with children and their families. Trisha is a mother to her 6 year old daughter.
Erin Mendelson has been working with children since 2005. Born and raised in NY, Erin was classically trained in a variety of dance modalities. She specialized in ballet, jazz and modern dance. Erin comes from a long line of esteemed musicians which inspires her to share her passion for movement and music with children.
Deborah Howard-Page graduated from high school at a Waldorf school in Los Angeles. As a teenager, she started training in classical ballet with her mother, Eva Ralf, a former soloist with the Berlin State Opera Ballet. Having assisted the kindergarten teachers at the Waldorf school from which she graduated twelfth grade (and where she learned to tell fairy tales from memory), Deborah went on to earn enough credits in Early Childhood Education to become a preschool teacher, while also teaching beginning through intermediate ballet to adults and children. In 1991, Deborah and her husband moved to San Francisco, so that she could complete her B.F.A. in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. Most recently, she worked as the art specialty teacher at Congregation Beth Sholom, in their pre-K and preschool programs. Deborah is thrilled to return to working with preschoolers; she especially enjoys engaging them in art projects, music and singing, creative movement, cooking projects, and story time.
Nuvia Cavaseno has been working with children in a variety of capacities for over a decade. Coming from a family of educators, Nuvia has always felt at home in the classroom. While her own son attended a Co-op preschool in SF, Nuvia was able to work with educators and parents alike, seeing first hand how children learn through creative play, music, and movement and hopes to bring the same creativity and fun into the classroom at StarSeeds.
Mukti Dharod finished her bachelor’s degree in Education and a Teacher Training course in Montessori in India. She has 7 years of varied instructional experience and has a passion for education and an unwavering commitment to optimizing student and school success. She was born and brought up in India and moved to San Francisco in 2014. She is currently studying child development and wishes to continue learning and imparting her knowledge.
Judith Kerr earned her B.A. and early childhood education teaching credential at UC Berkeley. She then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Special Education at San Francisco State University. Her extensive thirty-four year career as a teacher with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) ranged from teaching classes to English language learners as well as learning-disabled students to her main discipline of teaching Early Childhood Education to preschool through third grade students. Ms. Kerr’s accomplishments in her educational career are multifaceted. She created and implemented Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) at SFUSD schools, which are practices based on Piagetian Theory, sensory-motor programs, primary level science and math curriculum. In addition to being a classroom teacher, she has also served as an early childhood education “Mentor Teacher” to new classroom teachers as well as a master tear for teachers new to SFUSD. Finally, Judith Kerr is a loving and supportive mother to two children, Gabriel and Kendra Pinkerton.