Fern Eisenberg, Director   Fern Eisenberg has been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1965 when she graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. in Primary Education. She began teaching and then became administrator of one of the first Head Start Programs in Chicago at LeMoyne St. School. She attended UCLA for graduate studies and earned a California Credential as a Parenting and Family Life Specialist. As a Parenting and Family Life Specialist for Los Angeles Unified School District, Fern was a Parent Education and Child Development Master Teacher. Fern has been the founding member of several organizations including The Association of Child Development Specialists, The Family resource Coalition, and The Valley Infant, Toddler, Adult Leaders. Fern has been the Director of Early Childhood Centers since 1993 beginning in Los Angeles. In 2003 she moved to San Francisco to be close to her family. Her dream of being the director of a non profit Preschool and Parenting Center with the emphasis on the highest quality preschool experience for children and worthy wages for teachers became a reality when GPFP was established in the summer     of 2015.

Fern Eisenberg, Director

Fern Eisenberg has been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1965 when she graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. in Primary Education. She began teaching and then became administrator of one of the first Head Start Programs in Chicago at LeMoyne St. School. She attended UCLA for graduate studies and earned a California Credential as a Parenting and Family Life Specialist. As a Parenting and Family Life Specialist for Los Angeles Unified School District, Fern was a Parent Education and Child Development Master Teacher. Fern has been the founding member of several organizations including The Association of Child Development Specialists, The Family resource Coalition, and The Valley Infant, Toddler, Adult Leaders. Fern has been the Director of Early Childhood Centers since 1993 beginning in Los Angeles. In 2003 she moved to San Francisco to be close to her family. Her dream of being the director of a non profit Preschool and Parenting Center with the emphasis on the highest quality preschool experience for children and worthy wages for teachers became a reality when GPFP was established in the summer     of 2015.

  Robb Rye Ramos, Assistant Director    Robb began his work with children in 1991 in Vermont where he worked at a residential school for medically, physically, and emotionally challenged youth. From there he moved into public education teaching first-grade and serving on a team of 8 mental health specialists. Working primarily with children defined by their neurological health diagnosis Robb gained great knowledge in crisis intervention, understanding behavior in young children, fostering positive relationships with children and families, and providing support for children at risk. In 2004, Robb became one of 30 founding staff members at a public charter school in Washington D.C. There he worked with a small team of educators to develop a rich early childhood program, including learning objectives for children and guiding principles for teaching. It was there that Robb learned that his true love for education and teaching rested with the youngest of our youth. "Their innocence and curiosity is so inspiring and creates a natural pallet for learning. I don’t take lightly knowing that I am one of the first lines of defense in their learning, in their lives. And I love everything that they teach me.” Robb ventured to San Francisco in 2007 and continued his work and study in Early Childhood Education. In 2012, he joined Fern in her work with children and families. In 2016 he became the Assistant Director of Growing Place Family Preschool. Robb often uses art as a tool in his work with children and has produced several exhibitions showcasing child-produced fine art, including a photo essay that was used as a school wide teaching tool for diversity and inclusion, a district wide project that included work from over 2000 students reflecting on their feelings in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States, and a collaborative art exhibition with children that benefitted a pediatric AIDS foundation. His most recent endeavor was LOVE, ART & GROW, a fine art exhibition of work by GPFP's children. Robb’s knowledge of children and development has come from his studies at UMASS Amherst, City College of San Francisco, internships and continued professional development.

Robb Rye Ramos, Assistant Director

Robb began his work with children in 1991 in Vermont where he worked at a residential school for medically, physically, and emotionally challenged youth. From there he moved into public education teaching first-grade and serving on a team of 8 mental health specialists. Working primarily with children defined by their neurological health diagnosis Robb gained great knowledge in crisis intervention, understanding behavior in young children, fostering positive relationships with children and families, and providing support for children at risk. In 2004, Robb became one of 30 founding staff members at a public charter school in Washington D.C. There he worked with a small team of educators to develop a rich early childhood program, including learning objectives for children and guiding principles for teaching. It was there that Robb learned that his true love for education and teaching rested with the youngest of our youth. "Their innocence and curiosity is so inspiring and creates a natural pallet for learning. I don’t take lightly knowing that I am one of the first lines of defense in their learning, in their lives. And I love everything that they teach me.” Robb ventured to San Francisco in 2007 and continued his work and study in Early Childhood Education. In 2012, he joined Fern in her work with children and families. In 2016 he became the Assistant Director of Growing Place Family Preschool. Robb often uses art as a tool in his work with children and has produced several exhibitions showcasing child-produced fine art, including a photo essay that was used as a school wide teaching tool for diversity and inclusion, a district wide project that included work from over 2000 students reflecting on their feelings in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States, and a collaborative art exhibition with children that benefitted a pediatric AIDS foundation. His most recent endeavor was LOVE, ART & GROW, a fine art exhibition of work by GPFP's children. Robb’s knowledge of children and development has come from his studies at UMASS Amherst, City College of San Francisco, internships and continued professional development.

  Jan Wald, PreK / TK Teacher   Jan has been teaching since 1996. She began teaching at 10th Street Preschool in Santa Monica and taught for seven years at Wildwood School, a well-known progressive school, in Los Angeles where she taught in a multi-age classroom which included Kindergarten, First and Second Grade students. Jan has many years of experience teaching in a Reggio Emilia-inspired settings including Evergreen Community Preschool in Santa Monica. Jan was also the PreK / TK teacher at Kehillat Israel Preschool in Pacific Palisades, where she worked with Fern. She recently moved to San Francisco to be near her son and grandchildren who live in Los Gatos.  She has her B.A. in Early Childhood Education, and has attended UCLA and Santa Monica College. 

Jan Wald, PreK / TK Teacher

Jan has been teaching since 1996. She began teaching at 10th Street Preschool in Santa Monica and taught for seven years at Wildwood School, a well-known progressive school, in Los Angeles where she taught in a multi-age classroom which included Kindergarten, First and Second Grade students. Jan has many years of experience teaching in a Reggio Emilia-inspired settings including Evergreen Community Preschool in Santa Monica. Jan was also the PreK / TK teacher at Kehillat Israel Preschool in Pacific Palisades, where she worked with Fern. She recently moved to San Francisco to be near her son and grandchildren who live in Los Gatos. She has her B.A. in Early Childhood Education, and has attended UCLA and Santa Monica College. 

  Ted Dubasik, CPA, Board Treasurer, GPFP Parent   Ted obtained his CPA credential in 1999 and worked in public accounting and private industry for over 15 years. During his time in public accounting he audited both public and private companies in various industries including retail, tech, distribution and health care. After three years he left to work for one of the firm’s largest clients where he did budgeting, forecasting and reporting for a business line with over $50 billion in annual revenue. He also spent time as a business analyst in the IT department where he was responsible for overseeing the development of financial reporting. Ted  started his private accounting practice in 2006.  His practice includes financial management of TICs and HOAs, working with small businesses offering services such as bookkeeping, payroll processing and tax preparation and individual tax preparation.

Ted Dubasik, CPA, Board Treasurer, GPFP Parent

Ted obtained his CPA credential in 1999 and worked in public accounting and private industry for over 15 years. During his time in public accounting he audited both public and private companies in various industries including retail, tech, distribution and health care. After three years he left to work for one of the firm’s largest clients where he did budgeting, forecasting and reporting for a business line with over $50 billion in annual revenue. He also spent time as a business analyst in the IT department where he was responsible for overseeing the development of financial reporting. Ted started his private accounting practice in 2006. His practice includes financial management of TICs and HOAs, working with small businesses offering services such as bookkeeping, payroll processing and tax preparation and individual tax preparation.

  Juliette Hirt, Lawyer, Board Secretary   Juliette brings a wealth of experience to the board, having served in leadership positions at the C5 Children's School, Alvarado Elementary School PTA, and Roosevelt PTSO/PTA. She has children of her own, and a deep appreciation for high-quality early childhood development programs. Juliette serves as Assistant General Counsel at the Sierra Club, and is an avid ceramicist.

Juliette Hirt, Lawyer, Board Secretary

Juliette brings a wealth of experience to the board, having served in leadership positions at the C5 Children's School, Alvarado Elementary School PTA, and Roosevelt PTSO/PTA. She has children of her own, and a deep appreciation for high-quality early childhood development programs. Juliette serves as Assistant General Counsel at the Sierra Club, and is an avid ceramicist.

  Inna Buschell, GPFP Parent   Inna graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College, after which she went on to work at Prisoners Legal Services, providing legal representation for prisoners who were brutally beaten by guards. After briefly attending Berkeley Law School, Inna decided to take a break from working outside the home to stay home with her daughters. Inna met Fern when her older daughter started at a preschool in which Fern was the director, and fell in love with the loving and nurturing environment Fern helped the teachers foster, as well as Fern's unique focus on social and emotional development and conflict resolution. Soon thereafter, Inna decided to help Fern realize her lifelong dream of starting her very own preschool, and worked closely with her in getting Growing Place Family Preschool up and running.

Inna Buschell, GPFP Parent

Inna graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College, after which she went on to work at Prisoners Legal Services, providing legal representation for prisoners who were brutally beaten by guards. After briefly attending Berkeley Law School, Inna decided to take a break from working outside the home to stay home with her daughters. Inna met Fern when her older daughter started at a preschool in which Fern was the director, and fell in love with the loving and nurturing environment Fern helped the teachers foster, as well as Fern's unique focus on social and emotional development and conflict resolution. Soon thereafter, Inna decided to help Fern realize her lifelong dream of starting her very own preschool, and worked closely with her in getting Growing Place Family Preschool up and running.

  Sarah Mundal, GPFP Parent   Sarah began her career as a science educator in 2009 and has worked in public, private and charter schools. She holds a B.A. in biology from Whitman College and a M.S.Ed degree in secondary teaching from Northwestern University. A native of Seattle, Sarah and her husband moved to the Bay Area in 2012. Most recently she taught biology at Gateway High School in San Francisco. Sarah is a mother to a GPFP preschooler and feels grateful to be a member of a preschool community that values children's social-emotional development and autonomy, while also providing parents with education and support. 

Sarah Mundal, GPFP Parent

Sarah began her career as a science educator in 2009 and has worked in public, private and charter schools. She holds a B.A. in biology from Whitman College and a M.S.Ed degree in secondary teaching from Northwestern University. A native of Seattle, Sarah and her husband moved to the Bay Area in 2012. Most recently she taught biology at Gateway High School in San Francisco. Sarah is a mother to a GPFP preschooler and feels grateful to be a member of a preschool community that values children's social-emotional development and autonomy, while also providing parents with education and support.