They say Pixie Hall was dreamt up one fog-shrouded night in San Francisco by a family of three. Three girls, giggling and whispering mischievously together, declared on that hazy eve that the valley called Noe was missing something magical. It lacked a special haven, a place for the free spirits. A den for artists. A cozy cave for creatives. A well-lit room for thinkers. A hollow for molders and painters. Pixie Hall.
The three pixies behind Pixie Hall are a spritely trio: a mother and her two young daughters. Kristin Scagliotti, the head pixie (and mother) wanted a place for her small pixies (and all small pixies) to thrive. A home away from home to release their young spirits and funnel their impish ways onto a blank canvas.
Kristin's study and training of art has been a long path leading up to the founding of Pixie Hall. She earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at University of San Diego. Subsequently, Kristin received degrees in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise and in Art Education at San Francisco State University. Kristin taught for San Francisco Unified for 10 years as an elementary teacher, and created the after-school art program at Claire Lilienthal school.
My name is Sarah and I’m delighted to be Head Teacher at Pixie Hall. For the past five years, I was Head Teacher at a preschool in Noe Valley where I was the Lead Creator of the Pre-K Program-a curriculum that emphasizes art and its many benefits in early childhood development. My other interests have led me to be a certified Postpartum Doula, herbalist, and I’m currently working towards a degree in Early Childhood Development.
I pride myself on a holistic approach to teaching, valuing each dimension of the developing child such as; physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. I believe in building special relationships with each child and understanding their needs as individuals. I am truly invested in building a nurturing and creative space for children to thrive. Whether it is painting, dancing, cooking or singing the most rewarding thing to me is to witness a child gain confidence, pride, and self esteem of their art in its many forms. I am very thrilled to be a part of a community that prides itself on creative expression and experiential learning. I hope to meet and connect with all of the Pixie Hall community!
Hi! I’m Rachel, the art coordinator at Pixie Hall, and a professional San Francisco based artist! I graduated from the University of San Diego with my degree in Art and Sociology. This will be my third year teaching pre-school in Noe Valley. I am fully invested in the program we offer at Pixie because I believe that creativity is fundamental to the development of young people. It stimulates critical thinking, boosts moral, fosters communication and connections, and enhances fine motor skills. Not to mention, it is loads of fun! I have the same approach to teaching art as I do in my own personal art making and that is an encouragement of messiness and freedom of expression. I will never force a child to paint within the lines or do the project exactly as it is set out for them. I embrace their differences and what they have to offer as individual little makers. It’s exhilarating to watch kids flourish into their creative selves and inspire one another!
Feel free to check out my own work at www.messybeck.com !
I will be joining Pixie Hall as the Tuesday & Thursday Program Head Teacher and a Teacher for the PH School. I graduated from Smith College with a B.A in economics in 2011 and again in 2013 with a Master of the Arts in Teaching degree. My love for early childhood education grew during my two years as a pre-primary teacher at The Children's School, a Montessori-inspired pre-k through 2nd grade school in Stamford, CT. In addition, I taught 1st grade at a Waldorf-inspired school in Mill Valley as well as numerous outdoor education programs in Marin, and an internship in Ireland's premier Children's Museum, Imaginosity.
I come to Pixie with experience and excitement to share learning beyond the classroom through nature, community, service learning, the arts and creative development . I am passionate about experiential child-centered learning and the role of the arts in early childhood education. I believe in a learning environment that nourishes the senses through art, music, and play, as well as purposeful community engagement and collaborative work. I encourage my students to wonder, invent, and create together, and to grow the seeds of life-long learning!
I am so delighted to join the Pixie family as the new assistant teacher! I moved to San Francisco from Oregon to complete a degree in Visual Merchandising but quickly realized that working with children was my true passion. The last two years I have been taking classes to complete my certificate in Early Childhood Education, while nannying on the side. Working with children gives me a great deal of joy and I am eager to give back and develop healthy, happy, and creative young people. I am excited to work with the students and families at Pixie Hall and look forward to having a lot of fun!
Hi! My name is Kelsey and I am one of the newest teachers at Pixie Hall! I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Sociology and am currently working towards my Child Development Certificate. Over the last 4 years, I have had the opportunity to serve some wonderful families in San Francisco as a nanny, mostly with toddlers and pre-school aged children. It didn’t take me very long to realize that I was magnetically drawn to their curiosity, presence and love of the world around them!
I also helped lead an outdoor-based camp in the Presidio this Summer, and also received my Yoga Kids certificate in 2014. I truly believe that instilling a need for a healthy lifestyle and balance of your mind and body early on, can help children become more positive and happy learners! I cant wait to join the Pixie Hall team, and help develop a fun and creative space where our children feel safe to be who they were born to be. I believe creativity through art is great for language development, cultural awareness and the ability to express themselves freely. I can’t wait to meet all the wonderful families here at Pixie, and help build a community where children can really flourish into their best selves!