The Growing Room at Tassajara Hills


Competitive tuition rates, great teachers and a unique curriculum can be part of your child's day where learning is fun! Join us before and after school in a safe and nurturing environment. Childcare is personal at The Growing Room. Come experience the difference! Special needs children are welcome.



  • Families are able to choose the tuition option that best suits their needs.
  • The Growing Room admits all elementary school-age children regardless of race, color, nationality, or religious background.

Tassajara Hills Staff


Teacher Spotlight


Mrs. Range, Office Manager

Q: How long have you worked at Tassajara Hills Elementary School?

A: I have worked here 21 years, ever since the school opened. I loved it so much that I stayed!

Q: Do you like running the school office?

A: Yes, I do but it makes me tired sometimes

Q: What are some of the things you do in the office to help run the school?

A:I answer many questions on the phone and I help with the finances as well as help the teachers and the children for instance when the teachers are sick I help get substitutes and when the children are sick I call their parent.

Q: Do you like working with kids?

A: Yes, I love working with kids!

Q: Do you have your own children?

A: Yes, I have 3 of my own and 7 grandchildren.

Q: What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

A: I like to see my grandchildren, hike, have dinner with my husband, read and I love to be near water such as oceans or lakes.

Q: Do you have any pets?

A: Yes, I have a dog named Ginnis who is a 14 year old Chocolate Lab.

Q: If you could have any animal in the world for a pet, what would you choose?

A: I would choose an elephant, I love elephants!

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: I love Italian food such as spaghetti.

Q: Have you ever been to another country and if you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

A: I have been to Mexico and Canada and would like to go visit Switzerland.

Q: If you had a billion dollars what would you do with it?

A: I would start my own business that would get grants and investments to help people that need assistance.

Q: What do you remember about the best day of your life?

A: I’ve had several best days, 3 of them were when I had my children, one was when I got married to my husband of 43 years.

Q: What is the funniest or craziest moment you’ve ever had at Tassajara Hills School?

A: Well, I ‘m kind of a prankster in the office, especially on April Fool’s Day and one day I played a trick on one of the teachers and threw a fake snake at her.

Thank you Mrs. Range for all your hard work on behalf of the children at Tassajara Hills!


Mrs. Edgell, 1st grade Teacher

Q: Where are you from?

A: I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I lived in the Bay Area most of my life.

Q: Where did you go to school?

A: I went to Sacramento State University and that’s where I got my teaching degree.

Q: Did you always want to be a teacher?

A: Yes, yes I did. I have always enjoyed school myself and also working with children.

Q: Have you always taught 1st grade?

Al: Yes, well except when I first started and I had to shadow another teacher, that was a 2nd grade class. I enjoyed that as well.

Q: Have you ever wanted to teach another grade?

A: I really enjoy teaching 1st grade but If I had the opportunity I would teach kindergarten. Although I do not think I would like teaching big kids for one reason, I am not a fast reader and you guys do a lot a writing. I don’t think I could keep up on grading.

Q: What’s your Favorite food?

A: I like a lot of food…but I would have to say Salads and pasta.

Q: Do you like fastfood?

A: No not at all, and if I have to eat fast food I get a salad.

Q: What’s your favorite sport?

A: I am not a big sports fan but If I have to pick a team I would have to say 49ers and the Giants.

Q: Dogs or Cats?

A: I like cats but I prefer dogs. I have 2 of my own.

Q: Whats your favorite movie?

A: I don’t watch a whole lot of movies, but I do enjoy a funny one. I like to read more.


Mrs. Dodson, Principal

Q. What college did you attend?

A. Cal. Sacramento, Cal. San Francisco, UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s.

Q. What is your favorite part about being a Principal?

A. Meeting the children and hanging out with you guys!

Q. What do you do in your free time?

A. I go to my house at Clear Lake and go water skiing, wake boarding and swimming.

Q. Do you have any pets? If so, how many?

A. I have an orange tabby cat named Max

Q. Why did you decide to become a Principal?

A. Because I was a teacher for 5 years and then I decided that I wanted to get to know more kids so I decided to become a Principal.

Q. What is your favorite show or movie?

A. My favorite movie is E.T. and The Sound of Music. My favorite TV show is Survivor.

Q. What is the hardest part of being a Principal?

A. Making sure the students learn enough .

Q. Have you ever been to another country?

A. In 6th grade I was in school in Mexico City. I’ve also been to Canada, New Zealand and Ireland.

Q. Were you ever a teacher?

A. Yes, I taught 3rd grade for 8 years and was also a teacher for deaf students as well as teaching Kindergarten and pre-school.

Q. How many years have you worked at Tassajara Hills Elementary School?

A. I’ve been here 7 years.

Q. Did you work at a different school before Tassajara Hills?

A. Yes, I’ve been a Principal in Martinez for 5 years and Pleasant Hill for 6 years.

Q. What was your first job?

A. I worked at Baskin Robbins in High School, I used to eat ice cream sundaes for lunch!

Q. What is your favorite food?

A. Prime Rib, I love a good steak!

Q. Do you have any siblings?

A. Yes, I have two older sisters and three younger brothers.

Q. Are you double jointed and can you make a clover with your tongue?

A. No, but I can roll my tongue.


Ms. Halonen, PE Teacher

Q. What school did you go to?

A. I grew up in Richmond and went to Valley View Elementary School

Q. What made you want to become a P.E. Teacher?

A. I didn't know I wanted to become a P.E. Teacher. My family is full of teachers so in 8th grade I decided that was what I wanted to do. I became a P.E. Teacher because I like the idea of combining teaching with healthy living.

Q. What college did you attend?

A. University of Pacific

Q. What is your favorite part of teaching P.E.?

A. It's fun to see kids succeed, I like to see the look on your face when you catch a ball for the first time or when you break your mile time.

Q. Do you have any pets?

A. Yes, two cats that are adopted, one is named Binx and the other is Mocha

Q. Why did you decide to teach elementary school?

A. I loved my elementary school teachers, they were great and really helped me, so I wanted to do the same

Q. If you could meet one sports star, who would it be and why?

A. I'd like to meet Jackie Robinson to talk to him about how he dealt with the hard things he did. Or, any of the Giants!

Q. What do you do in your free time?

A. I like to do Cross Fit at the gym or hang out with friends, hike or read.

Q. What was your fastest mile time?

A. 6:22

Q. What was your softball number in College?


Q. What is your favorite movie?

A. Field of Dreams

Q. What is your favorite unit to teach?

A. Golf and Fitness