A Child’s Way, Established 1979

Our Staff / Teachers

Our Staff/Teachers

Owner and Founder - Nanci Roth Lawson

Was born in San Francisco and Graduated from Hillsdale High School.  Attended and graduated from the College of San Mateo and San Francisco State University with a BA in Psychology and an Early Childhood Education Teaching Credential.  Opened A Child's Way centers in 1979.  She has been living in Auburn for over 24 years.  Married for over 43 years and has one daughter, married and living in Santa Cruz.  She loves ACW's kids, families, and staff.

Director/Teacher - Lisa Vella

Assistant Teacher - Rachel Sojda

Teacher Sandy Stering

BA in Biology
ECE certificate from Canada College
Over 20 years of teaching and Directing experience
Teacher at A Child's Way 1998-1999 and now happy to be back!
Has 2 daughters (Jen and Lori) and 3 Grandsons Luca (7), Matteo and Sam (3)


All of the teachers are approved by the California State Licensing Agency and have completed courses in Early Childhood Education, are CPR/First Aid certified and have classroom experience.  Great care is taken in the selection of teachers to ensure they have the special qualities needed to work with young children, parents and other teachers.