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Nichole Leon 

Director of Admissions

Ciao and welcome! My name is Nichole Leon and I am a San Francisco native, born and raised in the Bayview District. I have worked in Early Childhood Education for 20 years. I joined the La Scuola community in May 2021 and I considered this to be my "north star". 

I am is passionate about high-quality learning environments where children are given the opportunity to explore, investigate, and ask questions. My deep love for the Reggio Emilia pedagogy has driven me to spend much of my career coaching and training teachers on this framework. In my spare time, I enjoy movie nights with my husband and daughter, spontaneous road trips and listening to the sounds of Afro-Latino music! 

Joy is at the center of who we are at La Scuola, I am looking forward to meeting your family and can't wait to share the La Scuola Joy with you! 

Paola Barberi

Associate Director of Admissions

Benvenuti! My name is Paola and I am the Associate Director of Admissions, welcoming families interested in joining our La Scuola community. I am here to help you understand all the school has to offer. I am a native of Piemonte, Italy, and I have had a diverse international experience, living in Italy, the UK, and the US. Much of my career experience is in admissions, administration, HR, and artist promotion in the music industry.

I am the proud mother of a La Scuola alum from the first graduating class of 2020, who joined La Piccola Scuola in preschool. When I am not helping families discover La Scuola, I can be found enjoying music, passionately supporting the Azzurri (Italian national soccer team) and Juventus, or enjoying long walks, ideally involving beaches and crashing waves.