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


Academy Classes

Specialized enrichment courses taught by highly qualified instructors. All classes are designed for small groups focusing on individual learning that encourages creativity, exploration and discovery. These 10 week rotational sessions and are held after school in the elementary school classrooms. Instructors sign students out of childcare and into Academy Classes.

  • Academic Classes
  • Art Classes
  • Fitness & Wellness Classes
  • Life Skills Classes
  • Music Classes
  • Technology Classes
  • Classes cost $20 each

Sign-up for Academy Classes here


Teacher Spotlight


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

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Academy Classes

The Growing Room Academy provides hands-on enrichment classes at the Growing Room after school. These classes are available to all students and are an affordable way to learn sports, STEM, music and so much more.