San Francisco Nob Hill

1868 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

About San Francisco Nob Hill

Open Date: June 1st, 2020

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L’Academy Preschools is where we uncover children’s cognitive potential through language immersion. Our ultimate goal is to develop each child mindfully with love and compassion through a language-rich curriculum!

Come and see our classrooms, meet the site staff and get all of your questions answered. Children are welcome!

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Center offers Mandarin immersion.

Director Name: Vanessa Fontana

License: 384004192

Programs offered

Toddler Program
Preschool Program

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday | 8:00am - 5:30pm


2 - 6 Years, Mandarin Immersion

1868 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109


Meet our Staff

Site Director: Vanessa Fontana-Berul

Ms. Vanessa was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she grew up in a dual language household with her mother from Argentina. She completed her Masters with a certification in Montessori Education from Xavier University. She first came to California to teach at a Chinese bilingual Montessori preschool.Ms. Vanessa is passionate about child development and believes all children hold within them the potential to become incredible citizens of the world.

For the next 25 years she worked in ECE, first as a preschool teacher and then in 2009 moving to education administration managing preschools.She loves providing a warm nurturing environment for children and families, creating a home away from home. In her free time, Ms. Vanessa practices the art of Aikido and sings in choirs in the Bay Area, as well as spends time with her husband and their 25-year-old son.

Teacher: Shaoxia Huang

Ms. Shao has 5 years of experience with family childcare and being a nanny which she had greatly enjoyed. She immigrated from Guangzhou China and is a native speaker of both Cantonese and Mandarin. She has 12 units in ECE from San Francisco City College and plans to continue building her education in this field.

In her free time, Ms. Shao enjoys traveling, table tennis, reading and learning. She is patient and careful with children. Moreover, she understands the importance of allowing children the freedom to explore while observing their individual needs. She offers children timely and tailored guidance and help and has raised her own daughter using these principles.

Teacher: Florence Jiang

Ms.Florence has 2 years of experience in preschool education and is passionate about helping young children learn and achieve. Ms. Florence strives to combine the positive cultural elements of East and West to inspire children’s potential and talent.

Ms.Florence is a mother of one and trilingual in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.She loves Chinese Culture and traditional Chinese paper cutting, travel, and fitness. Love, encouragement and innovation are her core values.

Teacher: Amy Fang

Ms. Amy came to L’Academy with 2 years ofexperience in Early Childhood Education and is training in the CaliforniaTeacher Credential Program. She started her career in ECE believing in unlockingchildren’s potential from the beginning of life.

Ms. Amy loves Chinese culture, poetry,painting, calligraphy and engraving. She is also a talented caricature artist aswell as a graphic artist and photographer for the last 15 years. She is motherof two daughters. Ms. Amy loves children and believes every child harbors apotential genius in something.