Meet the dedicated, award-winning, and diverse staff of teachers and administrators at Playmates.
Sumer Schulze – Executive Director
Sumer moved to San Francisco in 2007 from her hometown of Golden, Colorado. While in Colorado, she attended Metropolitan State University and the Community College of Denver, where she studied Early Childhood Education (ECE). She spent many years working in ECE in both teaching and administrative roles before taking a break in 2015 when her son was born. When not chasing around her active child, Sumer enjoys cooking, painting, and spending LOTS of time outdoors!
Kasie Carlisle – Preschool Lead Teacher
San Franciscan native Kasie Carlisle taught at Playmates from 2008-2013, and after a brief absence, she returned to her teaching capacity in 2015. With well over a decade’s worth of experience working with children, she has a passion for introducing children to different experiences and tools that will prepare them for the next stages in their lives. Other than being well versed in play-based learning and social-emotional development, Kasie also has training as a Montessori teacher and is currently working towards her Site Supervisor permit.
As an avid surfer, Kasie brings her love for the ocean and outdoors into the classroom. She regularly organizes messy, sensory activities for her students which offer them both an educational and sensory experience. In her free time, she can be found creating and working on her art, surfing and swimming, reading, or spending time with her loved ones. A fun fact about Kasie is that her hair color changes regularly (one day it will be red, then purple the next). She has lots of tattoos which are mostly inspired by children stories.
Carrie Love – Extended Care Lead Teacher
To put it simply, Carrie once said, “I just love the family atmosphere” when referring to Playmates. As a former child of Playmates, she has now been teaching with us since Summer 2007, bringing an extremely unique perspective to our everyday programming. A natural athlete, she brings a lively sense of action to the playground and gross motor activities. This athletic flare holds truest in her love for the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors. Carrie is a huge fan of both and spends part of her leisure time following San Francisco’s home teams. Carrie currently holds her Associate Teacher permit and has a future goal of joining the nursing field.
Benjamin Wilson – Young5 Lead Teacher
Benjamin joined Playmates in Fall 2013. A native Californian, Benjamin grew up in San Diego. He began working with children at a young age, babysitting his younger brothers and other children in the neighborhood. In college, Benjamin started a summer job as an assistant teacher, a job that began his initial intrigue about joining the field of early childhood education. After receiving his Associate of Arts in Child Development, he worked for the Waldorf School of San Diego while attending classes at the Waldorf teacher training program. With over a decade of experience in the field, Benjamin has been formally trained in both play-based and Waldorf curricula. When not working, Benjamin enjoys finding time to play his tuba or having friends over to play board games. Benjamin currently holds a Site Supervisor permit.
Angela Fernandez – Support Teacher
Angela studied Child Development at San Jose State University and has been working with children since 1998. For Angela, staying in this field for 20 years has been easy. She enjoys the important connections that are made between teachers and families, and of course, there’s never a dull moment in the classroom! Angela says, “The amount of growth that happens for children in the first 5 years of their lives is so vital and monumental that being a part of it is so amazing.” Angela has previously worked at three other Child Development Centers, all of which followed the play-based model. But it wasn’t until she enrolled her daughter at Playmates that she discovered how a true play-based program operated. Angela was amazed at the freedom the children received in order to discover their surroundings, being given the tools to solve their own problems and create their own worlds. Being a part of Playmates for Angela means helping children build the strong foundations they need in order to be successful in their futures. Angela currently holds her Associate Teacher permit and is working towards her Site Supervisor qualifications. In her free time, Angela enjoys spending time with her family, baking, cooking, crafting, and eating the food that San Francisco has to offer.
Laurel Ade – Support Teacher
Laurel Ade is a long-time Playmates community member who joined as a preschool teacher on the Young5 side in Fall 2021. Laurel’s eldest daughter Saoirse attended Playmates and is now in first grade. And her youngest, Millie, is now on the preschool side at Playmates, climbing everything she can. Laurel brings many years of experience as a teaching parent at Playmates and extensive knowledge gained through her Early Childhood Education degree. And in Laurel’s own words: “I’m excited to join the Playmates staff because I’ve loved being a part of this community as a parent- and now as a teacher, I get to see these cute kids and get to know them a little better every day. Thank you for having me!” We are lucky to have her!