COMMITMENT TO CHILDREN
Camp Happy Hall is committed to cultivating the next generation of confident, curious, and compassionate adults!
Our goal is to create an environment that teaches the values of care and compassion, which encourage social responsibility for the greater community. Our Camp enriches the lives of its campers through skill-based Science, Creative Arts, Movement, and Brain Power workshops while fostering a lifelong commitment to learning.
Happy Hall Schools have been educating children since 1951 in Millbrae and San Bruno at our preschool, before and after-school, and camp programs. We believe that life-long habits are formed throughout childhood and designed our summer camp program with that in mind.
DIRECTORS & TEACHERS
Camp Happy Hall staff provides campers with a safe and creative environment that encourages positive attitudes towards learning.
The majority of our Camp Staff are the same teachers who work at our before and after school Club programs and have a combined total of over 100 years of teaching experience with Happy Hall Schools.
Camp staff receive year-round training and are CPR and First Aid certified.
Marina started with Happy Hall Schools over 20 years ago, working as a teacher at our preschool. In 1999, Marina joined our Happy Hall Meadows Before & After School program, where she is now the director. Children are the center of Marina’s work, and she works hard to create an inclusive and caring environment that support social and emotional growth. This is Marina’s fourth year as Camp Director. Marina works with the Rachel Heck, Program Director to develop curriculum and ensure that the program is safe and appropriate for all of the ages that we serve. Marina attended Skyline college where she received her education in Early Childhood Education. Marina developed both an archery outreach program and Judo programs for children. Marina has a passion for the outdoors and cooking. When Marina is not at work, it’s safe to say you’ll find her running on the Pacific coast or baking something delicious. Marina and her husband have two grown children.
EXPLORERS DIRECTOR & PROGRAM ADMIN
Colleen is a Happy Hall alumni. She started attending camp when she was 5 years old, transitioned to being a Teen Leader, and eventually Head Teen Leader. She is now a Lead Teacher at Happy Hall Meadows Before & After School and Program Director for our Summer Explorers Program. Colleen attained her Early Childhood Education units from Skyline College and recently graduated from San Francisco State with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development. Colleen has a passion for introducing children to new activities as her goal is to create an educational and FUN learning environment. Colleen is committed to guiding children to be the best versions of themselves. When Colleen is not working at Happy Hall Schools, you will find her outdoors. She loves hiking, kayaking, and enjoying nature. Colleen loves to travel, and as most of the children know, her favorite place to travel is Disneyland.
Tiffany has been with Happy Hall since 2018 and has recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and a minor in mathematics. She has been working with kids (Pre-K to 8th grade) since she was in high school and loves it. She enjoys being able to get to know each child individually, seeing their growth, and learning new things from them each day! During the school year, Tiffany serves as the Assistant Director at our Green Hills Before and After School Program. In her free time, she enjoys playing music, traveling, and watching movies.
Annie joined Happy Hall in 2008, and is Spring Valley School-Age and Preschool Director during the school-uear. Annie Quintana has served as a Master Teacher, specializing in creating engaging environments and mentoring new lead teachers. Annie’s focus is on providing a safe, loving and healthy environment that fosters learning and development in cognitive, social, emotional and physical areas. Annie lives in San Bruno with her husband and three children She enjoys her pets and taking her kids to their sporting activities.
TEEN LEADER DIRECTOR
Taylor joined Happy Hall in Summer of 2021, making this year her third summer camp. During the school year, she works at the Happy Hall Green Hills after school program. Taylor has been working with kids for over 7 years. Before Happy Hall, she was a gymnastics coach to children ranging in age from 5 to 17. Taylor studies psychology at San Francisco State University, and aims to use that insight when communicating with children. She believes that creating safe spaces for children to gain new skills and grow into themselves outside of school and home is incredibly valuable, and she is grateful to be able to contribute to that. In her free time, Taylor enjoys practicing circus arts, spending time outdoors, and finding the best thrift shops