Open Gate’s experienced teachers plan our curriculum, lead our children’s classes, and facilitate our parent education program. They enrich our community with their enthusiasm, wisdom, and passion for early childhood development.
Kristi Calcagno, Director, Multi-Age Class and Pre-K Teacher
Teacher Kristi has been teaching the Multi-Age class and Pre-K programs at Open Gate Nursery School since 2003 and became Open Gate’s director in 2006. One of Teacher Kristi’s favorite things about teaching this age group is introducing the 3-4 year olds and their mommies and daddies in her class to the wonder and excitement of Small Groups. These structured lessons are some of a child’s first experiences sitting with a small group of his or her friends and engaging in curriculum taught by Teacher Kristi and the working parents in fine motor, large motor, language and literacy, science, mathematics and social interactions.
Teacher Kristi has a BS from Colorado State University in Human Development and Family Studies, an Elementary Education credential, a Montessori 6-12 year old credential, and an Adult Education Credential. Prior to coming to Open Gate, she taught preschool and Kindergarten in Colorado, and eight years of upper Elementary Montessori education in Napa and Berkeley.
Lori Longo, 2-Day Teacher
Teacher Lori has been our 2-day teacher since 1989. She enjoys helping the youngest Open Gators feel comfortable separating from their parents, and building trust with the parents that they can leave their young child at school for the morning. Teacher Lori finds it rewarding to teach parents about discipline, communication, the value or play and child development during “night class” because the parents will use what they learn for many years with their children.
Teacher Lori has a Master’s Degree in Child Development from Michigan State University and a California Credential in Adult Education. She has worked as a Director and 3-day teacher, a Gymboree teacher and a parent educator. Teacher Lori lives with her husband, Vito, in Redwood City. She has twin daughters, Jessica and Lyndsey, and a son, Colby, and 7 grandchildren.