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About Us

Established in 1952, Redwood Parents Nursery School (RPNS) is a non-profit, parent-education, cooperative preschool in Redwood City.
At RPNS, children have an opportunity to learn through play with a broad selection of hands-on experiences and materials. The children participate in large group, small group, and free play activities with an emphasis on free play. We strive to provide a place where children develop their self-esteem as they participate in an environment that encourages and respects their independence and capabilities in physical, social, and emotional development. We believe this is the foundation for personal success and academic achievement in years to come.


Dear Members,

The staff and I are looking forward to starting our year together. Next week you should be attending your Night Class Orientations and Class Conferences will begin. Please make sure you have contacted your teacher to schedule your Teacher, Parent and Child Conference. This is a special time for your teacher to meet your child and share important information with you and your child. Please only bring the class child along with you unless you have another adult present to watch your other children outside. Children of any age may not be left outside without adult supervision. Night Class Orientations are mandatory for anyone working in the classroom more than one time during the school year. If you will be having a spouse or Grandparent work in the classroom they must attend this event even if they have worked in the classroom in the past, each year attending Orientation is mandatory for all classroom workday adults.

Attached please find the updated copies of our RPNS ByLaws, Rules & Procedures and Orientation Book. These documents will also be available on our website and on MemberHub, our new RPNS App. This new app is a wonderful way to communicate with other parents in your classes. Also all important information and documents will be available on MemberHub. You should have received an email from Christine Schneider explaining how to become a member of this group.

The staff and board are working very hard over the next few weeks to get school ready. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact your teacher or myself at, or at or call me at 650-817-5612. I will be out of town from 8/21-8/27 but will be checking my email.

Margie Lawson

RPNS Rules and Procedures 2021
RPNS Orientation Book 2021 - 2022
RPNS By Laws 2021 - 2022

Parent Education

RPNS offers children a stimulating and unique place to begin their educational experience. It also offers parents the opportunity to learn a great deal about parenting styles and early childhood development.

All of the RPNS teachers hold California
state teaching credentials in Parent Education and it is during the night
classes that the parents are given the opportunity to increase their knowledge
and share their observations of the children.

Our Staff

Margie Lawson: Director

Margie graduated from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She earned her Early Childhood Education Certificate in 1993 and holds a California State Adult Education Teaching Credential in Parent Education. In 1987, the Lawson family joined the membership of RPNS with their children Joe and Kate and Margie sat of the Board of Directors as 3rd VP Membership. Margie’s experience as a parent at RPNS, along with the encouragement of former teacher, director and mentor Janet Cocconi, lead her back to school to earn her Early Childhood Credential. In 1990, Margie joined the RPNS staff as teacher and over the past 25 years has taught the Toddlers, Twos and Pre-K Classes. In 1998, she became Director of RPNS. This summer Margie and her husband Rich experienced the wonderful joy of seeing their son Joe marry the love of his life Debbie. Their daughter Kate is living in Redwood City with her daughter Aubriana who is also an alumni of RPNS. Margie’s special joy in life is being a grandmother and has high hopes for many more to come! Margie enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves to travel. She is a die heart Forty-Niners and Giants fan and loves attending their games. Margie is enthusiastically looking forward to this year with you and your child.

Kathy Pastore:  Threes Teacher

Teacher Kathy

Kathy graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Biology. Kathy also received her California State Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from UC Davis and holds a California State Adult Education Teaching Credential. Prior to joining RPNS as our Mixed Ages teacher in 2000, Kathy was Director and Kindergarten teacher at a private school in San Mateo. Kathy has always been actively involved in San Mateo County, promoting quality childcare and participating in educational workshops. Kathy and her husband, Carl, live in San Carlos and have three children, Alyssa, Jennifer and Matthew. Her daughters have graduated from college and her son is in his senior year at the University of Oregon. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys sporting events, shopping, reading and spending time with her family and friends. Kathy has always loved working with young children and looks forward to beginning her sixteenth year at RPNS with the Three’s class.

Andi Dierolf: Twos Teacher & Toddler Teacher

Teacher Andi

Andi graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Master’s degree in Education. Prior to joining RPNS, Andi worked as a Recreational Therapist at Stanford Children’s Hospital. She holds both an Early Childhood Education Certificate and a California State Teaching Credential in Parent Education. Andi was the Director and Toddler Teacher at another co-operative nursery school for five years. She is a proud recipient of the 2018 Teacher Director Award from CCPPNS.  Andi and her husband, Volker, share their Redwood City home with a new dachshund puppy named Kona, their young adult son Matthew, and daughter Christina when she is on break from UC Davis Law School. Andi enjoys gardening, cooking, nature hikes, crafting and reading.  Andi is looking forward to her 15th amazing year at RPNS filled with the joy and wonder of learning along with her toddlers, twos, and RPNS families.

Carina Neumann:  Pre-K Teacher

Carina graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Child and Family Development. She then completed her Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont. During her college years she worked with all ages of children. She has experience working with school age children in an after-school program, as well as, working as an Assistant Director at La Mesa Early Learning Center. Once she enrolled her oldest child in RPNS, she realized that the co-op environment was exactly what she wanted for her children. Six years later, she returned with her daughter. Carina owned a retail store in downtown San Carlos for 8 years. When her business closed, she decided to go back to preschool. She joined the RPNS staff in 2011. She partners with each of our teachers in the Two’s, Three’s and Pre-K classes as the Assistant Teacher. She loves being crafty. Carina loves being a part of such a dynamic teaching staff. She is also very fortunate to work with the children and their families for consecutive years.

Mission Statement

It is our concern that this program contributes in a vital way to the optimum growth and development of each child; that each parent find understanding and support for self; increased knowledge and understanding about the way children grow and develop; and opprtunity to test and practice some of these ideas.

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