Karin Manning


My parents moved from southern CA to Santa Rosa when I was a baby. I grew up and attended RVJH and SRHS-Maria Carrillo didn’t exist yet!  When I wasn’t babysitting I loved to read, write, and draw, learning the ropes of newspaper production in the middle school and becoming Editor-in-Chief of SRHS’s Panther Purr. I was the second student featured in the Press Democrat’s “Teen Life” section!

Along with seven friends from Santa Rosa, I moved to UC Santa Barbara and earned a BA degree in English.  While in college, I worked at a small publishing company and the University Children’s Center, a daycare center/preschool a short walk from campus.  Both jobs brought me a lot of joy and a welcome break from writing oodles of term papers.  In my senior year I welcomed my sister (a BCNS parent!) to campus and they spent time developing a lose bond that has lasted ever since.  In fact, it was in Santa Barbara that strangers began asking if they were twins!  Maybe it’s because they dated and later married a pair of engineers who grew up as best friends!

I married Brad at Kenwood Farms 18 years ago this June.  I lived in San Jose for five years and worked at PG&E, until it was time to buy a house.  We returned to Rincon Valley, an excellent place for raising kids!  I worked for the City of Santa Rosa’s Public Works Department, where I enjoyed assisting the public and supporting our city’s electricians and civil engineers.  Brad became a successful HVAC engineer and a partner in his business, which allowed me to quit work and stay home with our two bright, creative kids, Ceili (13) and Conor (10)!  I love being a mom and volunteering at my kids’ schools, Sequoia and RVMS.  I have worn countless volunteer hats, including the job of Editor of Sequoia’s student-written newsletter for the past seven years.

When I’m not driving my kids to and from play dates, tennis lessons, or softball and hockey practice, I enjoys family time at the beach; walks/hikes with her dog, Sally’ watching movies both in and out of the theater; reading; attending concerts; and spending oodles of time with my extended family and friends.

Life was already good, but I did a celebration dance when I received a phone call from Miss Julie offering me the Admin position at BCNS!  I dreamt of working with young kids again because I love their curiosity, stories and matter-of-fact view of the world around them.  I’m also excited about the prospect of seeing my nephew, Hayden, in the 4’s class!  I appreciate that the staff and families of BCNS have welcomed me with open arms-I’m feeling warmly welcomed into this close-knit fold and can’t wait to meet your wonderful children!  Please know that my door is always open!


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