Welcome To Ms. Samantha and Ms. Rowena’s Jr-K Class!
My name is Samantha Palacio, I am known as Ms. Sam. I am currently the Phonics and Math Teacher for Jr. K room 3. Working with children has been a true passion of mine. I have over 6 years’ experience in working in a preschool setting. I first started as a 3 year old teacher in San Mateo and continued my passion by exploring other age groups, like Transitional Kindergarten for 2 years and dance for a year. Than I had the opportunity to work at Merryhill School as a Teachers Aid in the Jr. K program, through that process I was able to experience the culture and curriculum of the program which I completely fell in love with. I am so happy to bring my energy, compassion, and excitement to the new students this year.
My name is Rowena Tabilas and I will be teaching Science and Social Studies for this school year. I have been in the classroom setting for five years combined. I started off at a hybrid Montessori preschool in Pleasanton, and found my way to Merryhill Milpitas after two years. I enjoyed my position as a teacher’s assistance with second graders, and continued to expand my growth in education becoming a Junior Kindergarten teacher the following school year. With my study background in Psychology and experiences as a teacher, I strive to guide and create a well-rounded environment for all learners. In result, I hope to insure the foundation of social-emotional well-being, and confidence in academics.