Meet our Not-A-School Teachers

Elisa Pagliarulo, Not-A-School Manager & Lead Educator

I have had a life-long interest in working and learning alongside children and am thrilled to be a part of the Not-A-School team. I graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Human Development with an emphasis on Early Childhood, and a minor in Education. While attending college, I gained invaluable experience as an intern, volunteer and research assistant as UC Davis’s Center for Child and Family Studies. I have worked in a wide variety of childcare programs (preschools, crisis nurseries, special needs preschool, etc) and some of my most recent teaching experience includes Cow Hollow School in San Francisco and Stretch the Imagination at both the San Francisco and Corte Madera locations. Additionally, I am currently working towards a MA in Early Childhood Education at San Francisco State University.

I spent my early years in the beautiful Ithaca, NY where I developed a passion for the waterfalls and the natural world in general. In my spare time I enjoy exploring the outdoors, sketching, cooking, traveling and spending time with my boyfriend, Lazar, and our two doggies, Chippy & Saffi.

Danielle Pitchford, Enrichment Programs Assistant Manager

I have been working at the Bay Area Discovery Museum for the past 5 years. I began my work here as an intern after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Art History, Arts Management. During this time I shared a desk space with Heather Posner, co-worker, mentor and, most importantly, friend. My roles over the years have changed from Discovery Guide, Camp Counselor, Camp Assistant and Public Programs Coordinator. I feel as though I have created a family outside of my own, with co-workers, mentors, visitors and co-collaborators. 

My work has driven me to further my education by seeking professional development in Early Childhood Education. Growing up, I was out in the woods, swimming in pools and exploring hidden wonders. I will stop at nothing to make sure that children have similar experiences. My passion for education stems from my own personal attempt to create environments for children to seek out their interests and find their own love for learning. Currently, you will find me collecting sea glass at the beach, swimming in any pool of water, being around my family and friends and mostly having fun. I love to share happiness with all and can’t wait to be creative with you.

Isabel White, Teacher

I first came to the Bay Area Discovery Museum as an Educator in the Camps program and immediately fell in love with the Museum, its philosophy and the families it services. I am originally from Ojai, California and was not fortunate enough to visit the Museum while growing up. I was, however, raised by wonderful parents who fostered creativity and free-thinking in my two sisters and myself. I approach teaching as a collaborative, exploratory process where children are respected and seen as capable participants in their learning. When I am not with Not-A-School, I work as an American Sign Language Interpreter at various Bay Area colleges.

Kyle Bodamer, Assistant Teacher

I moved to San Francisco after graduating from Kansas State University with a BS in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology (I had high hopes of becoming Batman but lacked the funding). At first I was a Discovery Guide, and then was fortunate to work for two summers as a Lead Instructor for our Camps programs, where I discovered a passion for teaching. The Museum has taught, shown and given me a greater understanding of the world of a child. I am a firm believer in child-directed learning through play with focus on the process of understanding. In my free time I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, listening to music and reading.

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