Our Staff

Abby Pletcher – Teacher / Director

Abby Pletcher (above right) brings to Dandelion almost 20 years of early childhood teaching experience. Abby started her career in 1995 in St Louis, Missouri after earning a B.A. degree in Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. At her first job she quickly discovered a passion for working with young children and continued her teaching when she moved to the Bay Area in 1996. After spending four years as a lead teacher in preschools Abby decided to pursue more education. She attended Mills College and in 2002 earned her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. After graduating from Mills Abby became the Associate Director at BlueSkies for Children in Oakland where she enjoyed her role as both a classroom teacher and an administrator. Abby also has extensive experience teaching teachers at the community college level.

Abby is the proud parent of two young children. When not working she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and reading a good book.

Sonia Rawal – Teacher

Sonia Rawal (above left) is the co-teacher at Dandelion School. She has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 25 years, both in the capacity of a childcare provider, and for the past 13 years as a teacher in the preschool setting. After moving to North America from the U.K. she studied in the field of Child Development, obtaining a BA degree from New College of California in 2004.

Before coming to Dandelion she taught at Aquatic Park School in West Berkeley where she gained experience in the Reggio Emillia philosophy, held the role of parent education facilitator, maintained and expanded the school library, and coordinated the school garden. In 2012 she co-created Mariposa Children’s Camp for preschool age children that had a nature-based focus.

She is the mother of two sons who keep her busy when she is not at school. Her other interests include gardening, working on various art projects, and spending time in the great outdoors, especially hiking in Point Reyes.