West Teachers

West Teachers

beccaTeacher Becca (Lead Teacher)

My name is Rebecca (Becca Knops), and I have been working with children since 1988.  I have operated a childcare from my home, worked as an elementary school librarian technician, drove the bookmobile for San Mateo Foster City School District (SMFC) bringing libraries to neighborhoods, aided in Special Needs Preschool classes, and I have taught preschool, pre-k, tiny tots and mommy and me classes.   This is currently my 12th year teaching preschool and pre-k at the West Elementary School campus for Hillsborough Recreation.  I have my BA from SFSU in Child and Adolescent Development. I have served on the San Mateo chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) board, served on the Literacy Board for SMFC, and I have been a mentor teacher. I have lived in the Bay Area for 52 years, and enjoy spending time with my husband, my family, friends and my pets when I am not working! Sharing a quote, I love, as I am lucky to do what I love! "If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life" by Marc Anthony.   

lanaTeacher Lana

I am a native of Millbrae, CA.  I graduated with a MA in Counseling Psychology at Notre Dame de Namur. I have two children currently in college that both attended South Hillsborough Elementary and Crocker Middle School. I began my career working with children as a South parent volunteer. I worked as a 1:1 aide for 4 years, and in the RSC room for 2 years before joining the West PreSchool/PreK classroom. I really enjoy working with this age, as they never fail to make me laugh.

carolinaTeacher Carolina

I was born and raised in Mexico City where I studied Graphic Design and cultivated my love for everything creative. I then moved to California shortly afterwards. While my eldest daughter was in pre-k and my youngest was in preschool at North Hillsborough, I volunteered by starting a Spanish program in 2001. As they continued on to North Elementary School, I was fortunate enough to expand my program to all three Hillsborough Preschools. Not only is the program still going strong but I have also started working as a TA at the West Hillsborough Preschool since 2015. My career at the Hillsborough schools began in my living room as I practiced lesson plans, sang, danced and crafted with my two daughters so long ago. I feel very lucky that I get to relive and share this initial joy with every child that I teach. 

walterTeacher Walter

I have lived in the Bay Area for 54 years, am married, have two children, and 3 grandchildren.  I worked in the Cabinet Making trade for 35 years, and retired a couple of years ago.  When the opportunity arose for me to be an Assistant Preschool Teacher 2 years ago, I decided to give it a try!  I work at West Preschool 1 day a week, and really enjoy my second career as a Preschool Teacher.  When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and taking care of my granddaughter.