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.
I will be joining Pixie Hall as 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!
It is with great excitement that I will be joining the Pixie Hall teaching team at the PH School. I received my B.A. in Child Development from the Honors College at C.S.U. Los Angeles, and I have been working and volunteering in early childhood education settings for over eight years. I moved to San Francisco in 2015 and I love working in such a diverse and caring community. I was formerly the head teacher for a Montessori Preschool, as well as an art teacher for K-8th grades. I love combining my passion for art with my passion for child development by designing unique, engaging and developmentally appropriate art lessons and projects. I believe art is a valuable tool that preschoolers can use to make many developmental strides as well as express themselves, process the world, and experience creativity and imagination. I also believe children learn best when they are intrinsically motivated, and I always strive to provide meaningful experiences and exciting ways to discover a variety of new concepts through art. I look forward to a wonderful start with the Pixie family and the many adventures ahead!
I am so delighted to join the Pixie family as the new Tuesday/Thursday Program Head 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!
Hello, my name is Mercedes Gonzalez. I am so excited to be back at Pixie Hall this 2018-2019 school year! I am currently finishing my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, specializing in Art Therapy at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. I have many years of experience in the San Francisco Bay Area working in school settings, teaching art, coordinating classroom activities, and leading/guiding children and parents. It brings me joy to work with young children growing into themselves as unique individuals. I am eager to understand, learn from, and contribute to the developing growth of your children each day. As for some of my personal interest, I love to paint/draw, dance, meditate, play soccer, go on long hikes, eat, laugh, and try new things.
Hello, my name is Ellie and I will be joining Pixie Hall Studios as the Head Teacher of the MWF Program. I have over 10 years of experience working with preschool children and owned my own daycare since 2010. In 2012, I accomplished and received my Maria Montessori diploma and I will be incorporating her method into my teachings. I am happily married with two wonderful children, ages five and three. We love riding our bikes to the beach and enjoying exquisite food here in the city. My goal is to help inspire and encourage children to strive for greatness in life!