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Staff

Working with young children can be both rewarding and challenging. It takes the right combination of qualities to make a great teacher, first and foremost, dedication. Our teaching staff is dedicated to nurturing children as individuals and helping them learn to be loving, caring members of the classroom and the world around them. They strive to provide children with a developmentally appropriate, stimulating environment in which they can learn and grow to their fullest potential. Our teachers ensure that every child feels safe, welcome, and surrounded by God’s love.

At Good Samaritan Preschool, our staff is comprised of fully qualified caregivers. Every teacher meets or exceeds the licensing requirements set forth by the state of California. Several of our teachers have or are pursuing degrees in Early Childhood Education or related fields. All teachers are provided with CPR/First Aid training which is updated every two years. In addition, our staff has various opportunities for professional development throughout the year.

Our diverse staff of teachers comes with extensive backgrounds in Early Childhood Development. They provide a wonderful blend of experience and knowledge which they bring into the classroom each and every day. We value our teachers and know they are the foundation to a successful school. We welcome you to contact us for a tour of our school and meet some of the wonderful, loving teachers at Good Samaritan Preschool.

 

Ms. Janette, Director

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B.A. in Childhood Development and Family Relations, CSU Chico, CPR/ Pediatric First Aid Certified

Experience
Preschool Teacher, Lead Teacher, Assistant Director and Director at various schools

Personal
Married for 21 years with three children. Enjoys swimming, boating, gardening, walking the dog, reading and spending time with her family. My goal as a preschool Director is to encourage the staff to offer opportunities for the whole child and to help each child to explore their surroundings.

Start Date
July 2015

Ms. Stacey, Assistant Director

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I received my education in Early Child Development from De Anza College, Certified in Pediatric CPR and First Aid

Experience
I have been working with children for over 25 years. I have worked at Good Samaritan Preschool since 1997, and been the Assistant Director since 2006. I specialize in curriculum development and staff development.

Personal
I have 4 children. Favorite thing to do is spending time with my family and friends.

Start Date
September 1997

Ms. Gretchen, Office Manager

Good Sam Teachers-51Education
BSEE from Northwestern University, MBA from Case

Experience
I have been working for Good Samaritan Preschool since 2005 as a volunteer then a staff person, I manage the billing software, deposits and children’s files.

Personal
I am a member of the Good Samaritan Church and have put all three of my children through Good Sam Preschool.

Start Date
September 2008

Ms. Laura Infant Teacher

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Mission College Accounting Program
Working on ECE units

Experience
13 years in industry
Bright Angels Montessori

Personal
Likes to travel, cook, garden and clean

Start Date
October 2016

Ms. Janice, Infant Teacher

Education
21 units in Early Childhood Education from De Anza, West Valley and San Jose City College. Child CPR and pediatric first aid certified

Experience
30+ years as a preschool teacher, working with ages infant through school age. Has a genuine love for children.

Personal
Three grown children and three grandchildren. Enjoys spending time with family, and walks on the beach with her dog, movies and traveling

Start Date
May 2017

Ms. Sarah, Music & Toddler Teacher

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Working toward Childhood Development degree and Early Intervention degree at Mission College

Experience
Babysitting and nanny for children of all ages

Personal
I love working with young children and children with special needs. Outside of work, I enjoy singing, reading, drawing and writing poetry.

Start Date
April 2015

Ms. Kaelyn, Toddler Teacher

Good Sam Teachers-56Education
Working toward Childhood Development degree. Currently holds 15 units Early Childhood Education from Foothill College.

Experience
10 years babysitting and nanny for children of all ages

Personal
I love working with young children. It is a privilege to see them learn and grow. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Start Date
April 2014

Ms. Maria, Toddler Teacher

Education
16 Units in Infant and Toddler Childhood Education, qualified as a Medic and for Pediatric CPR

Experience
Nineteen years as a Preschool teacher before coming to Good Sam

Personal
Loves the outdoors and spending time with her grandkids

Start Date
November 2012-Dec 2016, Rehired May 2017

Ms. Co, Toddler Teacher

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Education at San Jose City College, 41 Units in ECE Childhood Education, Bachelor in French at the University of Saigon, Vietnam, Medical Assistant graduate at Institute of Medical Education, Medic First Aid/ Pediatric CPR and First Aid

Experience
18 Years of experience in teaching French in Middle school age, 11 years working with children from age 6 weeks to 5 years old. Started working with Toddlers in 2006. Work experience Americorp, 4 years of volunteer service in the Head Start. Enjoy working with the children in storytelling, flannel board stories, art, finger play, music, sensory, reading picture books and indoor and outdoor activities.

Personal
I commit myself to devoting my time and energy to being a motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated teacher to all children in my care. I enjoying being a toddler teacher.

Start Date
April 2007

Ms. Huiling, Toddler Teacher

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Graduated with Early Childhood Education from Guangzhou Normal School of Pre-school Education in China: 2009. Advanced study in Early Childhood Education from Guangdong Teachers College of Foreign Language and Arts 2009-2011

Experience
Five years a pre-school teacher working with children from 3-6 years old prior to coming to Good Sam

Personal
I love cooking and traveling, especially with children

Start Date
January 2016

Ms. Lupe, 2s Teacher

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12 units in Early Child Development from DeAnza College and Foothill College online and direct study. Working toward getting her Childhood Development degree.

Experience
Babysitting many years and mother to two boys

Personal
Enjoys exploring outside with her sons. Loves to read and go on walks, and watch children explore and learn new things every day.

Start Date
January 2016

Ms. Grace, 2s Teacher

Good Sam Teachers-63Education

AA Degree in Early Childhood Development from DeAnza College

Experience

3 years full-time Teacher Assistant at Safari Kid School, 6 years weekend volunteer at Organization of Special Needs Families (OSF) Learning Center, 9 months volunteering at Good Sam Preschool

Personal

 My favorite activities are: teaching, being outdoors, swimming , playing with animals, watching movies and spending time with family and friends.

Start Date

January 2017

Ms. Deepshikha, 2/3 Combination Teacher

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Enrolled in DeAnza College, majoring in Child Development with 34 units completed. BA in Sociology from Delhi University. India, PG diploma in Marketing & Merchandising: NIFT, India

Experience
One year teaching in a nursery school in India. Student teacher at DeAnza CDC.

Personal
Mother of one sweet child. Loves to read, paint and meditate. I like working with children because the little ones remind me very day how easy it is to be happy.

Start Date
October 2014

Ms. Maggie, 2/3 Combination Aide

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Medic First Aid/Pediatric CPR and First Aid, Currently attending Classes at Foot Hill College in Child Development

Experience
7 years as a Nanny for several children ages 5 months to 5 years of age

Personal
I love to cook, spend time with my family and go to sport events. I love working with children because they bring joy to your life.

Start Date
June 2013

Ms. Nicole, 2/3s and 3s Aide

Education
Majoring in Psychology at San Jose State University

Experience
Worked as a nanny and lifeguard, and lots of babysitting

Personal
I like to learn, swim, walk the dog, and go to the beach. I have a twin sister and younger brother.

Start Date
January 2017

Ms. Sasmita, 3s Teacher

Good Sam Teachers-17Education
Early Childhood Education Units in Infant and Toddlers from De Anza College, Masters degree in Political Science, Minor in Psychology, Diploma
in Fashion Design, Post graduate diploma in Information Technology, Medic First Aid, Pediatric CPR and First Aid

Experience
Taught Preschool in India

Personal
I am a mother of two a boy and a girl. I have a passion for working with children. I love watching them grow, introduce the colors, shapes and teach the children songs.

Start Date
August 2008

Ms. Esther, 3s Teacher

Good Sam Teachers-74Education
BA Degree in Child and Adult Development from San Jose State University

Experience
I volunteered at a nearby elementary school helping out a Kindergarten teacher. I have been working with Preschoolers since June 2013.

Personal
Loves to travel, take vacations and curl up with a good book

Start Date
November 2013

Ms. Jessica, 3-4s Teacher & Afternoon Supervisor

Good Sam Teachers-72Education
B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development with a concentration in young child and family at SFSU, Health and Safety course, CPR/ Pediatric First Aid Certified

Experience
One semester internship at SFSU ASI education center, 5 years working for the City of Cupertino Parks and Recreation Dept, volunteered for 3 years.

Personal
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love to read, spend time with my husband and eating sushi. I love being a teacher. I enjoy reading to the children and hearing their responses to the stories. I enjoy doing Circle time, Art, and Science. Seeing their happy and intrigued faces and attitudes makes me happy!

Start Date
January 2010

Ms. Vanessa, PreK Teacher

Good Sam Teachers-70Education
Bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University in Child & Adolescent Development

Experience
5 years working with children prior to coming to Good Sam

Personal
Enjoys spending time with family, friends and boyfriend

Start Date
June 2015

Ms. Natalie, PreK Teacher

Education
BA in Child and Adolescent Developemnt
AA in multiple subjects
ECE units

Experience
10 years as a nanny

Personal
Enjoys hiking, camping and hanging out with her dog, Olive

Start Date
March 2017

Ms. Kim, Breaks Teacher

Good Sam Teachers-12Education
Education at California College, 15 Units in ECE Childhood Education, Certificate: Painting the Future, Certificate: Circle Time Fun, Certificate: Baby Behaviors, Medic First Aid, Pediatrics CPR and First Aid

Experience
Working with children since 2001

Personal
I commit myself to devoting my time and energy to being a motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated teacher to all children in my care.

Start Date
August 31, 2009

Ms. Sharon, Breaks Teacher

Good Sam Teachers-14Education
BA in Business Management in China, Child Development studies at De Anza, UC Davis and CSU Hayward.

Experience
Have been working with children since 2001; 13 years at a Montessori school

Personal
I enjoy working with children. In my leisure time I enjoy listening to music, reading cooking, traveling and spending time with my friends and family.

Start Date
April 2015