Cara O’Connell and Christine Williams


Our two co-directors have been with Carillon Preschool for five years. They both started in August of 2015 when The Rev. Beth Phillips was called to Christ Church as the Rector. All three enjoyed the tutelage of then interim director Nancy Kruberg who had been a previous director and was instrumental in the establishment of Carillon since its inception. Cara and Christine were co-teachers in 2015, and so they are teaming up once again as co-directors and Nancy Kruberg remains on a consulting bases. Their biographies are below.

Cara O’Connell

Teacher, Pre-K

Cara began her teaching career in New Jersey where she earned a BA Degree from Georgian Court University in Elementary Education with a specialty in Sociology. She has continued her professional growth by taking ECE classes from Foothill College. She has been teaching in the Early Childhood Education field for over 20 years.

Her family moved to California in 2001. A year later, She began teaching Early Childhood Education in a 3’s Program and added a 2’s Program for a number of years. For the past four years she has been truly enjoying teaching a Pre-K Program. She is passionate about teaching children and helping prepare them for Kindergarten through a fun, enriched, and relaxed environment. She is married and has four beautiful children, two sons ages 21 and 19, and 15 year old twin daughters. It gives her great joy to have the opportunity to support children’s growth, watch them realize new and amazing aspects of themselves, their peers, and the environment that surrounds them. She is thrilled to begin her new chapter teaching at Carillon Preschool.

Linda Lehr Anning

Teacher, Pre-K

Linda started teaching preschool at age 13. She later assisted her mother, Virginia Lehr, the founder of Casa De Adobe Preschool in Emerald Hills through high school and college, and became the director when her mother retired. She earned an AA degree in Early Childhood Education, a BS in Human Development, a teaching credential, Pre-K to 3rd grade, and post-graduate units in Special Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities. She later earned an MA in Expressive Arts Therapy, counseling students at various schools in the Bay Area. Linda currently enjoys being a Pre-K teacher at Carillon School. The children’s curiosity, creativity and enthusiasm for engaging with each other in their natural and academic environments is inspirational and contagious. Linda believes in supporting a child’s playfulness and innate love of learning through introducing opportunities to explore Mindfulness, American Sign language, gardening, foundational math, and science.

Christine Williams

Teacher, 2s/3s/4s

Christine started her studies in Early Childhood Education in 1997. She received her Early Childhood Education Certificate from Canada College in 2001, followed by an AA Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies With Emphasis in Social & Behavioral Sciences. Early on, Christine worked with families along the peninsula providing personal, in-home childcare for ten and a half years. Utilizing her studies, experience, and knowledge of child development, she went on to teach 2’s, 3’s, and Pre-K in school settings for three and a half years. After pursuing other career interests for the past few years, Christine is excited to reunite with her passion and return to teaching. She takes pride in being a proactive teacher who provides positive guidance, quality care, support for developmental growth, and ideas contributing to an enriching play-based curriculum. Christine is a mom of two wonderful children; a 13-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at her children’s school, crafting,card making, scrapbooking, and reading.

Mindy Lieberman

Teacher, Parent/Child

Mindy joined Carillon as a teacher in 2013 to develop and lead our toddler program. She received her BA and Teaching Credential from San Jose State University and taught middle school for seven years. Mindy continued her studies by taking Child Development classes at Foothill College while raising two children—her coworkers find her enthusiasm and compassion for children contagious. Always warm and welcoming, Mindy is a constant source of encouragement for new parents.

Nancy Kruberg

Director Consultant, Science and Garden Specialist

Nancy has been an educator, both formally and informally, for over 30 years. She holds a BA in Psychology from Stanford University, a California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from Cal State, Northridge, and a Child Development Director permit.

In her educational career, she has been a fourth and fifth grade teacher, a K-2 science specialist and garden teacher, and previously at Carillon Preschool she served as Director, teacher in the three’s, four’s, and five’s classrooms, as well as a science and garden teacher.

Among her interests are hobby-farming, volunteering, and spending time with family. As a volunteer, her jobs have included leading farm tours at Hidden Villa, tutoring with Reading Partners at Selby Lane school and teaching composting to others through San Mateo County’s Master Composter program. Nancy is wife to Gordon  and mother to four daughters. Her at-home life consists of taking very special care of chickens, ducks, three Nigerian Dwarf goats, and a small dog. She also loves to spend time tending her vegetable garden.