Our Staff

Here at Kids Connection, we are always looking for ways to serve our students, families, and community. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us. If you would like to schedule a tour of our schools or need more information about who we are and what we offer, give us a call or stop by our office. We know that by working together we can achieve great things.


Mary DeJongMary J. DeLong
Managing Director

Mrs. DeLong’s journey at Kids Connection started when her parents purchased the school in 2011. Mrs. DeLong became more involved in 2012 when her son started in the playschool program (2 year old class) at the preschool and she took on the role of Managing Director. Prior to her Managing Director role, Mrs. DeLong as a CPA working primarily with small and medium sized companies helping them to grow, expand, and reach their full potential. Bringing those skills to help improve her family business has turned into her true calling. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona and completed her post-graduate work at Santa Clara University. Every day, she cherishes the ability to create and support an environment that allows the children in our care, including her own, to flourish and receive the best education. She is honored to be part of such an amazing school.

Diane MarcumDiane Marcum
Head of School

When Kids Connection opened in 1988, Mrs. Marcum was brought on as the original Preschool Director. When the academic program expanded, she became our first elementary school teacher, and then as the school grew, she became the first principal of Kids Connection Elementary School. She is now the Head of Schools, overseeing both our Preschool and Elementary School. She has used all of her experience and training to make Kids Connection one of the elite private elementary schools and preschools in the Bay Area.

Mrs. Marcum graduated from the University of Southern California with a double major in psychology and education and then received her lifetime teaching credential. She later earned her master’s degree at California State University, Sacramento. She taught in public schools in Sacramento, Modesto, Fresno, Bakersfield, and while teaching in Los Angeles she earned the Southern California Teacher of the Year Award. She was also twice inducted into the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Mrs. Marcum feels blessed to have spent the over twenty-five years at Kids Connection where students have their creativity sparked, their intellect and character shaped, and where wonderful memories are created.

Kris BurkeKris Burke
Elementary School Registrar and Human Resources Manager

Mrs. Burke is the Elementary School Registrar and Human Resource Manager here at Kids Connection. After a career in human resources and as a senior loan underwriter, she started working here in 2008. Both of her daughters started in our preschool. Her oldest graduated from 5th grade in 2011 and her youngest is currently in 5th grade. As you can see, she has been part of the Kids Connection family even before she came to work here! The staff here at Kids Connection is like a second family to her. She enjoys being around the children and watching them grow from year to year.

Preschool Director

Liz Devlin
Preschool Assistant Director

Deepa SubramaniamDeepa Subramaniam
Preschool Administrative Assistant

Ms. Deepa has been with Kids Connection since 2008. She has worked with children in the classroom as a teacher for 4 years, and now she is at the front desk assisting the director and welcoming our families and children into the school. Both of her daughters are in school here, one in the preschool and her oldest in 4th grade. They love coming to school, and that itself speaks a lot about the school environment as well as the educators. She is happy to be part of such a reputed and well-rounded school.

Ana DolanAna-Alicia Dolan
Elementary School Administrative Assistant

Ms. Ana has been working at Kids Connection for the past 5 years. She started as a recreational counselor in the After School Program after graduating from San Francisco State University where she majored in Criminal Justice with a minor in Ethics in the Contemporary Working World. After spending a couple of years as a counselor, she moved on to become the Elementary School Administrative Assistant. She really loves her days here, as it is her second family. To see the children grow up so fast makes her happy to be part of such a wonderful environment.

Nancy BarbiNancy Barbi
1st Grade Teacher and Director of Camps and After-School

Mrs. Barbi graduated with honors from the University of San Francisco with a degree in psychology. She completed the Elementary Credential Program at San Francisco State University. She has taught in the private school sector for 33 years. She began her career at Kids Connection Schools in 1999 as a kindergarten teacher. After several years of teaching kindergarten, she happily accepted the job of lead kindergarten teacher. Overseeing the kindergarten team was rewarding as well as great preparation for the role of After School Director, which she has been doing since 2009. In this role, she plans camps, oversees summer school and summer camp, manages counselors, and creates a nurturing and safe environment for the students and families of Kids Connection. She is also currently teaching 1st grade. As a teacher, director, and most surely, an educator of the whole child, she is able to enthusiastically endorse Kids Connection Schools. It has been a most rewarding career for the last 14 years, and she looks forward to continuing her career at Kids Connection where education of the mind and heart is the mission.

Bob and Jan Judson

Prior to purchasing Kids Connection, our careers were in banking, consulting and corporate finance. We worked with businesses of all sizes and helped them to accomplish their dreams. When we first got involved managing the school in 2009, we came in with an investment group to assess how to improve the school. However, being involved with the students, teachers and the parents was so incredibly enjoyable and fulfilling that we found our new calling as professionals. Education was a new world for us, but one we have embraced with our full hearts. Being able to be part of turning the dream of Diane Marcum into a reality has been one of our greatest joys. As a result, in late 2011, we personally purchased Kids Connection from the investors that had rescued the school from bankruptcy. We are fully committed to giving this amazing group of educators what they need in order to give our students the best possible education and this is why Kids Connection is the best school in the Bay Area. We get to see the magic of the school through the eyes of administrators, as well as proud grandparents to one of our preschoolers.

We plan to own and be involved with Kids Connection for the rest of our lives. If you hear rumors to the contrary, often generated by the former owners, don’t believe them because not only will we be doing this for the rest of our lives, our children plan to continue Kids Connection for many years after we are gone. We love and cherish Kids Connection and all it stands for, and for what it does to better the lives of our students, your children. We are truly excited about being a part of Kids Connection’s future for many, many years to come.