About Us

Program Overview Slippery Fish is a cooperative pre-preschool and preschool. We believe that each child brings a unique set of skills to the classroom. Our curriculum is child-centered, play-based and developmentally appropriate and incorporates anti-bias education and project-based work as the children mature. The Master Teacher in each class designs the curriculum to meet the needs of each individual child in the context of the larger group. As parents and teachers, we work together to support all the children in developing greater social skills, problem solving skills, self-awareness and a sense of wonder and creativity.

Our community of families works both in and out of the classroom to make Slippery Fish a wonderful place to learn and grow. Every family participates in the classroom and holds a co-op job. Co-op jobs include the Board of Directors (we are parent run), Garden & Science Committee, Documentation Coordinators, Schedulers, Webmaster, and the Organization & Operations Team, as examples.


Our Staff

Sara O'Neill, Administrative DirectorSara is also one of the founding parents of Slippery Fish. Both of her children grew up in Slippery Fish and she is passionate about the opportunity for other families to be part of their child’s first learning experiences. Recepient of the 2015 Outstanding Teacher/Director Award for the California Council of Parent Participatory Preschools.
Mariella Knutson Our Flying Fish co-teacher, received her master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from San Francisco State University. Prior to that, as an undergrad at UCSB, she worked at a preschool part-time and fell in love with the work, the age group and the fun. Mariella has worked in several positions in early childhood education, including early intervention services. Mariella is happy to have found her calling in teaching.

Marni Tuel Our Goldfish teacher and Koi co-teacher, has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Art Therapy. She previously worked in child therapy settings and art education settings in early childhood programs. She has a child-centered approach with a focus on play‑based and emergent curriculum. She has a son in elementary school who participated in Slippery Fish when he was younger. To this day, some of her family’s strongest friendships are from their experience at Slippery Fish.

Jinan Mahmoud Our Flying Fish co-teacher, received her master’s degree in Education from San Francisco State University with an emphasis on multicultural education. She has worked in many preschool settings in the Bay Area, loves to develop curriculum, and enjoys spending time with her extended family, husband and son who attends Slippery Fish.

Shenna Rodeo Our Minnows teacher and Koi co-teacher, received her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at San Francisco State University with a focus on development of infants and toddlers. Her favorite thing about children is gaining new perspectives about life as they display curiosity and creativity in their work, play and interactions with those around them.

Sarah Blake Our Float Teacher, received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from San Francisco State University. She will be working towards her master’s degree in Special Education at San Francisco.


Healthy Schools Act of 2000

The Healthy Schools Act of 2000 requires that all child care centers provide parents or guardians of students with annual written notification of expected pesticide use at the center. The notification will identify the active ingredient or ingredients in each pesticide product and will include the Internet address (http://www.cdpr.ca.gov) for further information on pesticides and their alternatives. People listed on this registry will be notified at least 72 hours before pesticides are applied. Please know that the only pesticides that we regularly use are Oxivir and Sanidate in order to sanitize our school. We use preemptive strategies and traps for rodents when they appear, but do not use poison.