Staff

Fung Wah Chan- Director and Teacher

Teacher Fung Wah began her Early Childhood experiences with extensive study of child development, of supporting parents in raising healthy children, of supervision of preschools and other essential aspects of preschool teaching and supervision. She feels fortunate to have had great mentors who have helped her along the way. Fung Wah had a passion for working with young children from an early age. She was previously an Early Educator at Kidango and Stanford University before joining First School. Fung Wah currently holds a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Child Development Supervisory Permit and is a licensed Preschool Director and Teacher. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Santa Cruz and certification in Early Childhood Development from Chabot College. She also has a background in administration and accounting with a M.S. in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. Fung Wah continues her education at Chabot College to obtain a Director’s Permit for the future. She enjoys working with children because it provides the opportunity to influence and shape the lives of many young children and their families by being there for them and helping them achieve to their fullest potential. Fung Wah’s goal is that children will have the skills and capacity to be effective and engaged learners through school and beyond and to have the social-emotional skills necessary to develop meaningful relationships later in life. During her fee time, she enjoys embroidery, hiking, and Zumba.

Christian Ford-Marchelos- Director Delegate and Teacher

Teacher Christian is pleased to be a part of the First School family. Growing up in a large family, he learned early to care for others. For him, becoming a teacher has been a natural step in moving forward in nurturing children, families and his community. He has worked with and educated children for several years as a swim instructor and a preschool teacher. Teacher Christian was born and raised in the Bay Area, and feels very lucky to be able to call this place home. He looks forward to supporting students and families here in Palo Alto.