We have a staff of very experienced teachers, averaging 14 years at our school. All told our staff has 150 combined years of total early education experience. All our teachers have a background rich in Early Childhood Education, and are continuously developing their professional growth.

Our Staff

Diana Davis

Diana has been at Broadway Children’s School for ten years. For the first eight years she had a teaching focus.  During the last two years she has been a teacher and a site supervisor.  Prior to and during her time teaching at Broadway, Diana worked for a family taking care of their two boys from infancy into their teens.  She was also employed shortly out of college at a center where she supported and taught severely emotionally challenged children in a school which focused on social emotional growth.


Diana holds a BA in German from Fordham University and is continuing her studies in the field of Early Childhood Education Administration at Merritt College.


Diana feels it is a privilege to be with children and their families during the early years of coming together in a learning community.  She has a passion for teaching and modeling kindness to the children in hopes that this will have a ripple effect as they move throughout their communities.  Diana is expanding her horizons by adhering to a Growth Mindset philosophy of learning.

Jennifer McManus

Assistant Director

Teacher, MWF Rainbow Room (4 year olds)

MWF Extended Care

When her daughter moved on to kindergarten from the Rainbow Room, Jennifer wasn’t ready to leave Broadway--so she didn’t! She joined Broadway’s Extended Care staff in Fall 2005 and the Rainbow Room teaching team the following year.


Jennifer has a B.A. in History from Boston College and her Early Childhood Education units from Merritt College. She has attained a Site Supervisor credential from the State of California.


Jennifer delights in fostering children’s natural curiosity and joy, from the initial discovery of worms in the dirt box to the sweetness of first friendships. She shares her passion for stories and storytelling with her students whenever she gets the chance! 

Jacqueline Gorbutt
Teacher, Tuesday/Thursday Sunshine Room (3 year olds)

Jacqueline Gorbutt has been teaching children for over thirty years.  She graduated with a Pre K-Sixth Grade teaching certificate from Brigham Young University and began teaching at a Montessori preschool in Utah.   When she and her husband moved to Germany, she began teaching preschool at the Perlacher Forst American School overseas in Munich, Germany.  When she came back to the states, she taught public school kindergarten.  She has also been in charge of an 18 month-3 years old church nursery. 


Jacqueline has a "yours and mine" family of eleven children who are spread across the nation from Hawaii to New York and 15, soon to be 16 grandchildren.  She was born in Oakland and happily lives in Oakland with her husband in a 100 year old home her father bought in the 1970's.  She teaches Tuesday and Thursday in the Sunshine Room and has for 7 years.

Madeline Horton
Teacher, MWF Sunshine Room (3 year olds)
PACT (2 year olds) and Tuesday/Thursday Extended Care

I am an Oakland native from a family of six children.


My daughter, Jeanie was a student at Broadway when I resumed preschool teaching here in 1993.  I have a degree in Psychology and a Children’s Center Instructional Credential.  I also have a Program Directors Permit. 


I previously taught in over 60 children’s centers in the San Francisco Unified School District as a traveling substitute teacher.


I love cooking, gardening and painting watercolors.

Marianne Carrasco
Teacher, MWF Rainbow Room (4 year olds)

Marianne was born and raised here in Oakland.

She studied Child Development at the College of Marin where she earned my Early Childhood Education units.  She also got her Teaching Credential at San Francisco State University. After completing her credential, Marianne taught First Grade in Danville and Fremont. 


Marianne and her husband live in Oakland where they have raised their three children. She has taught in many preschools and elementary schools in the Bay Area (20 of them here in Oakland). She has had the pleasure of working with children and their families In the Rainbow Room at Broadway Children’s School for the past ten years!

Sonia Ramirez
Teacher, Tuesday/Thursday Sunshine Room (3 year olds)

Sonia has worked in the field of education since 2002. She has been both a teacher and an aide in various stages of education including daycare, preschool and elementary school.


She is currently attending Merritt College, focusing on Early Childhood Education. She earned a Master’s in Education and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from UC Davis. She also earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University.


She is a proud Oakland native who is fortunate to live and work in the town she loves. During her free time Sonia enjoys reading and dancing with her husband Thomas. She also enjoys spending time with her two sons Emiliano and Eliseo.

Larry Van Riggs
Teacher, MWF Sunshine Room (3 year olds)

Larry Van Riggs has been working with children since 2005.  After doing substitute work at Step One School in Berkeley CA and taking ECE classes at Merritt college and Contra Costa college Larry was hired to work full time as an assistant teacher for Step One School.  Larry took a few years off to care for his daughters Sunshine and Rose.  Sunshine has since graduated Broadway and Rose has one more year.  


Larry loves music and is looking forward to rocking out with the sunshine room this year.

Cirila Call
Teacher, MWF Rainbow Room (4 year olds)

Cirila earned an education degree from Hunter College, City University of New York. It wasn’t until her own children attended at play-based co-op preschool that she realized how much she enjoys working with preschool aged children. She is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Merritt College.


Cirila is excited to be at Broadway Children’s School. She believes that children learn through play, observation and exploration. She hopes to support each child and their family as they work together to develop a love of learning; about themselves, others, and the world around them.

Lisa Klyce
Teacher, PACT (2 year olds)

Lisa Klyce first walked through the doors of Broadway Children’s School in 2002 as a parent in the PACT program and never left.  Her children are members of the classes of ’05 and ’08.  She has been a substitute teacher at Broadway since 2006.  In 2015, Lisa became a teacher in the PACT program.


Lisa received a B.A. in Child Development with a minor in Family studies from Humboldt State University.  She holds a California State Child Development Site Supervisor Permit.


Lisa is passionate about teaching children and supporting families.  Working in this field truly fills her heart and soul.

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394 Adams Street

Oakland, CA 94610


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