Our Team

Our Team 2018-04-16T19:37:21+00:00

Melissa Graney
Founder & Director

I come from a long line of educators and although I received bachelor degrees in Biology and Spanish, I returned to university after traveling extensively to complete my teaching credential. As a student of the world, I love to travel and discover all that it has to offer. Learning is my true passion, to be out in the world meeting people, trying new food, learning new languages and exploring nature. This passion is what I bring to my students. I love to see the world through the eyes of the children and watch them discover. They do not have a preconceived notion of how it all should work and I strive not to impose my adult tendencies on them.  I truly enjoy their natural curiosity and problem solving. I created Jardín de Mariposas in 2010 so that my daughter Cate would have the opportunity to explore, discover and develop in a natural environment where Spanish was spoken and valued.

Eda Cano
Assistant Director

I’m originally from Toluca, Mexico where I taught music to preschool-age children before moving to the U.S. with my family. I have worked as a Spanish teacher since 2011, including 5 years at Jardin de Mariposas in Palo Alto, and 1 year running my own home-based program in Los Altos. I attended Santa Cruz University, where I obtained a certificate in Early Childhood Development.

My passion is working with preschool children. At that age, they are curious, they are imaginative, most importantly, a sponge for knowledge. As a teacher, I have always believed this age is the best time to teach, guide, and most importantly, learn from them! I believe in teaching through experiences, techniques, and “tricks” to support your child’s learning. We create an environment where your child plays, enjoys, feels safe experimenting, and all of this without even realizing he/she is learning Spanish!

Maestra Deysi

My name is Deysi and I am very excited for the upcoming year. I have been working in Jardin de Mariposas for over a year now, I started working there as an intern for summer camp last year and I found myself delighted with its program because it allows children to learn Spanish, interact with others and have fun at the same time.  I am currently enrolled in Child Development Program at Foothill College where I also finished my Associate Degree. I have been working with children in the preschool age for many years, I took care of my cousins, nephews, nieces and my son and I volunteered in my son’s school for several years. Working with children has been a rewarding experience and it is one of the reasons why I was willing to work with children again. I am a native Spanish speaker and I will put my skills to work to help your children learn Spanish and to make their learning experience a good experience. I am looking forward to meet all of the families of Jardin de Mariposa.

Maestra Marcy

I’m Marcela and I was born in El Salvador, Centroamérica, I’m the second child of my parents, I have 2 brothers and 1 sister. When I finished my high school, I started my Computer Science Engineering at Francisco Gavidia University(San Salvador, El Salvador), I graduated in 1999, my last job in El Salvador was at city hall of Antiguo Cuscatlan, I  worked in the video monitoring security system (CCTV/Closed Circuit Television) department from January 2013 until July 2016.  From 2011 to 2015 I had the opportunity  to volunteer with the Boy Scouts, with boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 11 years old.  I learned so much and I really loved spending my weekends sharing and enjoying nature with the kids, our slogan was “Always be prepared”.  Kids learn while  playing. I discovered this is true through scouting.  I got married in March 2015.  I moved to the USA to live with my husband. I met Teacher Melissa and her philosophy at JDM and I decided to start this exciting  career. Now after a year working at JDM, I feel the same enthusiasm working to create an environment where the children feel that they are able to learn while they are playing, because every activity has a purpose to develop in the children all the skills that they need to achieve their goals.