About Us

children and me- sketchPaula Mc Cabe is the director of Silver Bell Nursery  and has been working as an early childhood educator since 2004. Her work has varied between working in a private preschool setting to assisting in the Kindergarten at the San Francisco Waldorf School. She loves her work with the young child, watching them grow and develop into motivated, kind, confident and happy children through her guidance and direction. Paula has received training from the Waldorf Teacher Training College at Fair Oaks in Davis, Ca as well as completing early childhood classes at San Francisco City College. She also has a Masters degree in Chinese Medicine and draws from that knowledge to ensure the health and well being of the children through diet and life style. Paula was born and raised in Ireland and has been living in the U.S. for the last 31 years. In her spare time Paula loves to be with her family, hike and tend the garden in the Grace Marchant Gardens on the Filbert Steps. She lives in North Beach with her husband and has two children who are now off in college.

Claudia Schmitz is an assistant teacher on hike days and accompanies Paula and the children in Golden Gate Park. Claudia has worked in the field of early childhood education for the last 10 years working as an assistant at nursery schools in San Francisco that follow waldorf principles. She was born in Switzerland and moved to San Francisco 28 years ago and lives in Noe Valley. She is a trained pediatric nurse and has a homeopathic practice in Noe Valley.

Substitute Teacher

Caitlin Connolly  has been an early childhood educator and preschool teacher since 2000. Caitlin’s training in early childhood education is in the Waldorf approach to educating the young child. Caitlin also has a practice as a postpartum doula for families with infants, helping them begin the wonderful journey of parenthood in a positive and confident way. She is a San Francisco native and currently lives with her husband and three children in the Inner Sunset neighborhood.

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