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Cassie graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Child Development and Family Studies.  After working two years as a lead teacher at Cornell’s Lab Nursery School she moved to San Francisco.  She is celebrating her 31st year with The Little School where she is the Program Director and Developmental Specialist.  She also works as a consultant in other local early childhood settings, and provides in-home support services as well.  She studied Early Childhood Special Education at San Francisco State University. She has been trained in DIR Floortime™ by the DIR Institute. Cassie and Fiona co-founded Sensory Social Playgroups in 2007.

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Fiona has worked in the field of special education for thirty years. She studied Special Education at New York University and holds a Master’s degree from San Francisco State University in Early Childhood Special Education. Fiona spent nine years working for San Francisco Unified School District as an Early Childhood Inclusion Specialist, Special Day Class teacher and as a team member in the Assessment Center. She holds three California teaching credentials. For the last fifteen years she has been working privately for families and schools in the Bay Area. Fiona and Cassie co-founded Sensory Social Playgroups in 2007.



Laura  graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, and a minor in Education and Literature.  She is interested in continuing her education in order to become a credentialed special education teacher and an occupational therapist. She has had years of experience working with children in various capacities. She has been a teacher at Sensory Social Playgroups since 2014. She has a natural, gentle and respectful style of engagement with children. We feel very lucky to have her as part of our team!