Program Director, Co-op Morning Instructor and SBCC Parent Education Instructor
Suzy Granziera -
Suzy Granziera was born in Toronto Canada to Italian parents and has called Santa Barbara home since 1989. She did her Early childhood Education from Seneca College in Toronto Ontario and then completed her Bachelor of Arts in psychology at University of California, Santa Barbara.
She worked at the NAEYC accredited Circle of Friends Children's Center, formerly the nursery school at Marymount, where she remained for over 20 years. Suzy began as the new director at SMPCW when the school moved to its new site in Fall 2016.
Her educational focus is on creating an enriching environment that allows each individual's unique abilities to shine while fostering the excitement to learn, grow and develop both as individuals and also as part of the community at large.
Program Assistant Director and Co-op Morning Instructor
Diane Gonzalez -
Diane Gonzalez has worked as a preschool teacher, infant-toddler teacher and Parent Educator for over 20 years. Diane worked at Harding School, The Waldorf School of Santa Barbara, and Circle of Friends Children’s Center preschools before becoming Assistant Director at SMPCW in January 2004. She, also, was a co-op parent at Starr King PCW for 6 years when her children were little.
She attended UCSB and SBCC Early Childhood Education programs. Diane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College.
Her passion is introducing children to the wonders and science of nature and the environment. “I love the workshops and their ability to support, educate and assist families. There should be more programs like this one!”
Afternoon Program Head Teacher and SBCC Parent Education Instructor
Amanda Gilbert was born in Seaside, Oregon and lived most of her life in Astoria, Oregon until moving to Carpinteria in 2011. She studied Early Childhood Education at Santa Barbara City College where she earned her A.S. and an A.A. in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Social Behavioral Science emphasis. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Child Development at Antioch University Santa Barbara. Before becoming the afternoon program head teacher at SMPCW she taught at the Orfalea Early Learning Center SBCC.