Pre-K playdate

Meet Our Pre-K Team

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Following the retirement of long-time teachers Barbara Fackenthall and Donna Manning, Sacramento Country Day School has a new Pre-Kindergarten Team.

We hope you are as excited to meet them as they are to meet you.

Mitzi Mapa Contes, Director of Pre-Kindergarten

Mitzi has a degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from Assumption College and comes to us after 20 years experience at international and American schools, most recently at the Alt School in San Francisco where she was Head of School. She is trained in Reggio Emilia practices and has been a trainer for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. A professional percussionist and photographer, Mitzi has taught other educators how to promote diversity in the classroom through art, music, and photography.

Mitzi Mapa Contes Hi! I’m Ms. Mitzi and I am so excited to be one of your Pre-K teachers this year. I have been teaching children for a very long time but like most of you, this will be my first year at Sacramento Country Day School so we will be exploring and learning lots of new things together! I was born in Manila but I have lived in many different countries. I moved to Sacramento a few years ago and now live with my husband and our beautiful black Labrador, Kit. She is a service dog and works with young children and adults that need help. Maybe one day you will get to meet her. I am a teacher but I am also a photographer, an artist and a percussionist. I can’t wait to paint, make and create with all of you! I also love reading and my favorites stories are “The Story of Ferdinand” and “Tikki Tikki Tembo.” This summer, I am flying home to the Philippines and Japan and I look forward to sharing my summer adventures with you. See you soon!

Stephanie Castillo, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Stephanie has an M.A. in Education and an Educational Specialist Credential.

Stephanie Castillo Hi! I’m Ms. Stephanie and I cannot wait to be one of your teachers this year too! Like Ms. Mitzi, this is my first year at Country Day as a Pre-K teacher, but my 12th year I have been lucky enough to be teaching preschool kiddos like you! My favorite area in the classroom so far is anywhere there are books! Wait… that might be all the areas of the room!! YEA!! My favorite books when I was a little girl were “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble” by William Steig and the “Whose Mouse are You” by Robert Kraus. I love all animals, but if I could be any animal in the world I would be a cat! Or maybe a dragon! Maybe I would be a cat dragon! What would you be if you could be any animal? I can’t wait to find out!!

Brittany Torretta, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Brittany has a B.A. from California State University, Chico and an M.A., University of Phoenix.

Brittany Torretta Hi! I’m Ms. Brittany and I’ll be one of your teachers this year. This is my second year teaching in Pre-K at Sacramento Country Day school. I’m so excited to meet each and everyone one of you! I live in Midtown and have a golden retriever named Jazzee. I love spending time with my friends and family. I also enjoy cooking up something fun in the kitchen. My favorite book is “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. I can’t wait to hear what your favorite book is! Something exciting I did this summer was travel around Canada with my best friend. Hope you’re enjoying your summer vacation and I will see you soon!