Ariel was born and raised in San Francisco, California. After attending both Catholic and public school in the city, she received her Bachelor's degree in Human Biology and Minor in Education from Stanford University. During college, she had the opportunity to work in her local preschool and to tutor young children in the Ravenswood school district. Through these experiences, she has witnessed the power of early education and is now passionate about helping young children build strong and healthy foundations for successful school careers. In her free time, Ariel likes to read, go to the beach, and eat noodles.