SALLY STARZ, DIRECTOR AND TEACHER
In her 21st year at Discovery, Sally Starz teaches the MWF, Discovering Twos, and Friday Friends classes. Sally has a BS degree in Home Economics from the University of Minnesota, two years additional study towards a degree in Home Economics Education and over twenty ECE units from various Bay Area institutions. Her involvement with parent participation preschools began when she and her husband enrolled their oldest son in just such a program in Rochester Minnesota. Sally held various board positions while a parent at the school and then, in 1988, became the Director/Teacher for the school. She helped set policy, guided curriculum, organized classrooms and best of all, spent time with the children.
In addition to her teaching duties, Sally is Discovery’s Director. In this capacity, she coordinates our educational standards and policies, working closely with committee leads to ensure a cohesive program for children and parents. She is an Advisory Member of the Executive Board of the school, interfaces with the Cambrian Park United Methodist Church (from whom we rent space), along with various regulatory and licensing agencies.
Sally and her family make their home in Morgan Hill. They enjoy visiting their sons in Porland OR and Fords NJ where there is the added attraction of their first grandson, Tobey! Sally and Ken enjoy traveling, biking and hiking, and socializing with friends. An accomplished quilter for over 35 years, Sally spends as much time as she can working with fabric and color.
ERICA SHIRLEY-CHUBBIC, TEACHER
Erica has been a proud member of the Discovery community since 2002. Both of her children attended Discovery and she joined the teaching team in 2011. She began teaching the MTTH class, and this year will also be teaching the TTH class.
Erica pursued her degree at SJSU, attaining a BA in Child Development. She has taught in a variety of kinds of preschools, both public and private, part day and full day, for over 15 years. She believes that parent participation is the absolute best way to begin your child's education. The nurturing of the whole family is critical during these early years and has long-term positive benefits for everyone. She continues her interest in special needs (specifically focusing on autism spectrum and sensory processing) and regularly attends conferences and workshops to increase her knowledge and her skill set.
When not playing with kids, Erica enjoys hiking, waterplay at the beach or a creek, reading, cooking and going on road trips with her kids and her husband.
NOAH LUNA, MUSIC AND MOVEMENT TEACHER
Since his graduation with his MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Noah Luna has worked as a composer and arranger for musicians like Kanye West, Billy Joel, and Mason Bates. He also owns a publishing company that promotes and produces New Concert Music, as well as offers professional services to the independent composer. As an educator, Luna has taught music and music theory for 8 years in both the private and classroom setting. He particularly loves fostering an early love of music in young students through music & movement, active listening, and musical play. You can hear some of his original music here: https://soundcloud.com/noah_luna ; you can see his work on the original filmscore for Drawing Dead: The Highs and Lows of Online Poker here: http://www.drawingdeadpokerdoc.com/ ; and, you can watch Kanye West propose to Kim Kardashian using his arrangements for string orchestra here: http://www.tmz.com/videos/0_fs2glxif/