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Stephanie Agnew, M.A., Owner & Director & Co-TeacherStephanie Agnew

After opening Happy Baby in early 2005, I quickly discovered that working with infants and toddlers is my passion. I am thrilled to bring a high quality program to my community and enjoy the ongoing challenges the work brings.

In 2011 I earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Sonoma State University, emphasizing play-based, constructivist learning. I am especially interested in the role of nature in children’s lives, and how modern children are often disconnected from natural environments. I have a B.A. in English from Mills College, as well. Currently I work at implementing Reggio Emilia inspired practices with toddlers, working with their interests to develop our “messy” activities and focusing on our relationship and the relationships they build with each other, as well as studying conflict management. I appreciate and study the work of Bev Bos, Magda Gerber, Alfie Kohn, Howard Gardner, and especially the Reggio Emilia approach.  I have also served as a Berkeley Early Childhood Education Commissioner,  an adjunct instructor of Early Childhood Education at Solano Community College and lead workshops and professional trainings for other educators.

Personally, I enjoy hiking and camping with my family, gardening, reading, yoga, and getting to know the children I work with and their families.

Josi Rosky, Head Teacher
Photo of Josi Rosky Josi grew up in Berkeley, and now lives in Oakland with her husband, son, and large dog. She graduated from Le Cordon Rouge Culinary School and spent 18 years cooking at restaurants and bakeries around the bay area. After reassessing her life and realizing that she is happiest outdoors and around children, she went back to school and earned her early childhood education units at The Association of Children’s Services in Oakland. She’s worked at a variety of preschool settings most recently Garden Day and Apple Garden Montessori. Believing that if a child’s first relationships with teachers are that of warmth and trust it sets the tone for future educational ease.

Veronica Aycinena, Co Teacher
Picture Of Veronica I was born and raised in Guatemala, and I’ve always had a passion for taking care of others. I started working at a preschool while studying Psychology at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. After two years and getting promoted to head teacher, I decided that Education was the career I really wanted to pursue. In 2015 I got the opportunity to move to the Bay Area to become a full time nanny for a family that is now a Happy Baby family. Happy Baby has been an amazing place where I have learned so much and I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing, caring community! Looking forward to many more laughs and hugs with these wonderful kids!

Mari Corpus, Co Teacher
I have a B.A. in Visual Arts from UC Santa Cruz and spent four years teaching English in Japan shortly after graduating. I had planned to continue with teaching ESL upon coming back to California, but luckily found myself going down the Early Childhood Education path instead! I’m currently in the process of earning my ECE credits at Contra Costa College and am very glad to be able to apply everything I’ve been learning. It is inspiring to be around such young, creative, and curious minds in a nurturing environment where they can flourish and grow, and I’m so honored to be a part of this beautiful Happy Baby family!