Welcome to Pre-Kindergarten!

Dear Families,

Welcome to PK! We are eager to begin the school year and look forward to supporting our youngest students’ growth as they begin their Stevenson journey. We look forward to meeting your children in person! Our dynamic, robust, and engaging curriculum is designed to create a safe and supportive environment for these early learners. Our program includes literacy, mathematics, fine and gross motor skills, STEM, art, music, dance, physical education, Spanish, and social-emotional skills. As a team, we have 40+ years of early childhood teaching experience. Here’s a little more about each one of us: 

Marlene Soto

This is Marlene’s eleventh year as a Stevenson PK teacher, and she has been  for 38 years. Before joining Stevenson, Marlene taught at Carmelo Child Development Center, Pacific Oaks Children’s School, Hartnell College Children’s Center, Monterey Peninsula College Children’s Center, and Bright Horizons Family Solutions in Las Vegas, Nevada. She earned her AA from Hartnell College with a Certificate in Early Childhood Education, and later traveled to Italy to study the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching and learning. Marlene is also trained in Orton Gillingham, Fundations Literacy, Singapore Math, Social Thinking and Tool Box, Tools of the Mind and the Feuerstein Method. After attending the California Association for the Education of Young Children in the Spring Marlene is excited to implement new and engaging activities gained from the conference.

Born in Oakland, Marlene was adopted by a Monterey family as an infant. She has one daughter, Naomi, and two grandchildren, Kelsi ‘15 and Kenny ‘17. She enjoys gardening, traveling with her family, and has a special spot in her heart for all animals, especially her three dogs, Shi-Shi Foo-Foo, Coco Bean, and Papi Gordo.

Jennifer Rauber

Jennifer Rauber enters her twelveth year at Stevenson and her twenty-eighth year teaching. She began her first six years at Stevenson teaching Pre-Kindergarten and the last five teaching First Grade. Jennifer is excited to be back in the PreK classroom. Prior to Stevenson, Jennifer taught at Ryan Ranch Children’s Center and St. Angela’s Children’s Center where she served as a mentor to new teachers.  She received her BA in education with a minor in teledramatic arts and technology from California State University Monterey Bay. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach, Lucy Calkins Tools and Methods for Teaching Reading and Writing, the Feuerstein Method, Singapore Math, Toolbox Tools, Handwriting without Tears, and Tools of the Mind. She has a passion for finding creative ways to make learning a fun and engaging experience. 

A California native, Jennifer lives in her hometown with her husband, Chris, and two children, Ryan ’21 and Lauren ’26. Jennifer cherishes the simple things in life: time with family, especially game nights, soaking in nature’s beauty, and immersing herself in a good book.

Allyson Schut

Allyson returns for her second year as a Stevenson Pre-Kindergarten teacher. Born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula, Allyson holds a BS in linguistics from UCLA. After graduation, she worked as an aide in a kindergarten run by the Assistance League of Santa Monica–an experience that prompted her to earn her MEd in elementary education at Vanderbilt University (TN). 

Allyson has worked as a classroom teacher, technology teacher, and English language learner specialist. She has also served as a professional mentor, designing and presenting training materials for teachers at educational technology workshops and conferences throughout the state. While teaching at Bacich School in the Kentfield School District, Allyson received the Golden Bell Award, honoring her as an educator who invested extra energy and time to make a demonstrated difference for students. Returning to her hometown, Allyson taught in the Early Childhood classroom at All Saints’ Day School alongside current Stevenson teacher Blair Cronin. She later worked as an instructional aide at Carmel River School.

Allyson is always ready for a new adventure. Whether it’s a wedding in Pakistan, a sporting event in Australia, or a week in Oakland, she will seek out interesting food, meet new people, and discover hidden gems. These days have been spent on close to home adventures with her husband and three children, Atilla (13), Ozzy (11), and Daphne (8). Pets include cats, guinea pigs, frogs, chickens, and a puppy, Bruna.

Manon Pratt

Manon begins her eleventh year at Stevenson School. For most of those years, Manon has been a regular on campus in the capacity as a substitute teacher providing continuous instruction in the pre-kindergarten through grade eight. This year Manon will prioritize her time in the PK and kindergarten classroom, assisting teachers with literacy and math instruction. Manon is thrilled to partner with the PK/K teaching teams to support our youngest learners. She spent the summer completing professional development focused on the science of reading, Orton-Gillingham multisensory methodology and Singapore math instruction.

Manon is from Maine and Quebec (and a native French speaker). She earned a MA from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon; and has a BA in English from the University of Southern Maine. She’s been married to Steph Pratt (who is head of the fine & performing arts department at the upper division) for 27 years. Manon lives on the Pebble Beach campus with her husband, her two dogs (Charlie and Slinky), and is most happy when her adult children Phineas, Henri ‘16 and Sylvie ‘19, come home to visit from Nashville and NYU.

As a team, we’re honored to be working with you and your children. We look forward to a great year ahead, and are eager to meet you at orientation on August 23rd.


Ms. Marlene Sato, Mrs. Jenn Rauber, Mrs. Allyson Schut, and Mrs. Manon Pratt

Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Team