The Parenting Village

Welcome – you have found your Village!

Our Instructors


Katie Brodkin

Katie has a bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education. After earning her Teaching Credential and teaching pre-school and third grade, Katie took some time off to raise her 4 children. For the last 14 years she has been teaching Mommy and Me Classes at the South Bay Family Tree. She has enjoyed guiding and supporting parents in developing and nurturing relationships with their young children. It was this passion of teaching and connection with other parents that inspired her to start her own program. A California native, she has raised all 4 of her children in Manhattan Beach. She and her family have a strong belief in giving back to their schools and local community.  Being a mom has and always will be her most favorite job!


Rachel Dilsaver

Rachel holds a Master’s degree in early childhood education. She was a nanny for over 10 years and taught preschool as a part of her Master’s program. Rachel has also worked with families as a parenting consultant in a variety of areas, including sleep, feeding, hiring help, and local education decisions. She has also been a tutor, camp counselor, and was a mentor with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters for five years. Rachel now loves being a mom to an outgoing, energetic, and talkative 5 year old girl and an independent 2.5 year old girl with a great sense of humor and a stubborn streak.


Jaclyn Masciel

Jaclyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education K-5 from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana, a Master’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Literacy, and a Reading Certificate from Loyola Marymount University. She is originally from the suburbs of Chicago, but moved to Southern California over 15 years ago and began her teaching career in underprivileged, private schools. After 7 years, Jaclyn made the decision to move to a public school in the South Bay area. She is now in her 15th year of teaching and still loving it. She is currently a first grade teacher at Robinson Elementary right here in Manhattan Beach. Jaclyn has been married for over 9 years and now has two beautiful daughters, Siena (6) and Sadie (3). She has been guiding and mentoring parents and students throughout her career as an educator. She believes that giving feedback about the whole child is incredibly important in helping little ones reach their greatest potential. She feels that being a life-long learner, no matter your age, is the key to success!