Meet our Discovery School Teachers

Elisa Pagliarulo, Discovery 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 Discovery 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 Discovery 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. 

Meet Our Discovery School Substitute Teachers

Hannah Boston, Education Coordinator

I started working at the Bay Area Discovery Museum 1.5 years ago as a Discovery Guide. Since then, I have taken on the role of Visitor Experience Assistant and Education Coordinator. I grew up just down the road in Mill Valley, CA so my twin sister and I were lucky enough to be Museum regulars! Every day I feel happy and grateful to have been able to rejoin this incredible community of educators, visitors and families. I graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota with a B.A. in Geology and a minor in Studio Art. I am a passionate believer that the subjects of science and art are intimately linked, especially in Early Childhood learning and exploration. When I am not at the Museum, I enjoy taking ECE courses, playing soccer, tap dancing and going on adventures.

Danni Pascuma, Public Programs Manager

My first experience with the Bay Area Discovery Museum came in May of 2012 when I applied for a position teaching art for summer camps. I was in the process of moving from Manhattan where I was completing an M.A. in Visual Arts Administration at NYU. What I thought was going to be a summer job turned into a love and commitment to early childhood learning and creativity. Following that summer I took a position developing the Museum’s art program and spent the next two years completing a certificate in Early Childhood Education from the University of California. I stepped into my current role as Public Programs Manager in August 2014. I am thrilled to continue enhancing our on-site experience by bringing high quality learning through play and innovation.

When I am not at our Museum I spend my time at other Museums and galleries checking out the latest art exhibitions. My library is full of professional development literature (i.e. REWORK, How Children Succeed, The Radical Leap, etc.) that I enjoy reading after work until my cat Flip Flop decides to sit on it. I also love to travel with my fiancé, snowboard in Colorado and see Dave Matthews perform live.

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