Board of Directors
Gloria was born in our lovely city of San Francisco and attended preschool at ER. Taylor elementary in the Portola District and it was a wonderful experience. All her life she attended public school in San Francisco, and it has inspired her to create a diverse community where children are encouraged to respect, honor, and love one another. She realized that San Francisco has become a divided city where she has seen the good, the bad and the ugly from our city but at the end of the day, San Francisco is beautiful, and our children are our future. Gloria is honored to be able to serve and assist families in a neighborhood that brings back many wonderful childhood memories. She intends to help create amazing memories for your children too!
She graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Criminal Justice. In 2021, she will obtain 32 ECE units and a Program Director's Permit from the State of California along with an Administrative Certificate from City College of San Francisco. Her in-home location has been open since 2016 and is part of the Early Learning Scholarship program to help support families in San Francisco.
Gloria is excited and blessed to be able to serve your family and our community.
Head of Administration & Board Secretary
As a San Francisco Native, it is a privilege to serve families in the Mission District. My mother was a solo parent and with the support from my grandparents, I was able to appreciate hard working Latinos living in Bernal Heights.
I have always been fascinated with child development and how curious children are. I have experience working with underserved families of San Francisco and every smile I was able to bring on a child's face brought joy to my heart.
I have over 15 units in Early Childhood Education including Administration units along with Administrative experience from another nonprofit preschool that I was fortunate to serve.
More coming soon......
Board Member & Family Child Care Provider
Evelyn has been a teacher and school administrator for 15+ years and is founder of Mighty Bambinis, a Reggio-inspired Mill Valley-based forest preschool and summer camps (preschool and elementary). She is passionate about connection-centered, project-based, constructivist pedagogy and so blessed to teach in the world’s most dynamic and inspiring classroom, Mother Nature. When she is not teaching young children, mentoring teachers as CCSF Child Development Faculty, or coaching parents in workshops - you can find her paddle boarding, hiking or catching crabs and tadpoles while camping with her family. She is mom to 3 children attending public schools in Marin County.
Board Member & Mental Health Registered Nurse
Hello, I’m Priscilla; a San Francisco and Mission native with a passion for mental health. I have been working as a registured nurse in the mental health field for the past seven years and have gained invaluable experience and further compassion and comprehension for this complex field. It is my belief that managing mental and emotional health is just as vital as managing our physical health and that it is never too early to start learning about these different facets of our lives. With that said, I am overjoyed for the presence of Banana Fana Preschool in the Mission district and the opportunity to collaborate in efforts to support the students as well as staff on a journey for healthy living and learning. I am also bilingual! Thank you
Board Member & Assistant Professor, Race and Resistance Department
Rama Ali Kased is an Assistant Professor in Race and Resistance Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. She has an intensive background in developing curriculum in K-12 and higher education.
Dr. Kased is a seasoned community organizer. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Kased’s community work spans major cities across the nation. She works with community-based organizations and candidates running for public offices, where she provides leadership and base building training and campaign development support.
Her community and academic work is guided by equity and social justice, and disseminating all forms of oppression. She is also the mother of two amazing and fierce little ones.