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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. Loretta, Interim Director

Education
B.A. in Child and Family relations

Experience
12 yrs Preschool Director
5 years Preschool Assistant Director
12 years Preschool Teacher

Personal
Mother of two, grandma of two.
Love to weave, knit, travel and eat good food

Start Date
2006-2014 Good Sam Preschool Director
Summer 2019: Interim Director

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. 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. Lisa, Infant Teacher

Education:
Montessori Education Program

Experience
Has been working with children since 2007
6 years teaching at a Montessori school

Personal
Ms. Lisa loves kids and has a passion for life. She loves cooking, planting, spas and taking short trips. She loves to make new friends and, even with language obstacles, her passion will make up for it.

Start Date
January 2019

Ms. Kaelyn, Toddler Teacher

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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. Janice, Toddler 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. 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. Sneha, Toddler Teacher

Education
Masters in Mass Communication
29 ECE Units
First-Aid and CPR qualified

Experience
2 years working in HR
2 years Kindergarten Aide CUSD
3 months preschool substitute teacher

Personal
Loves spending time with kids, hiking, going to the beach, walking in the rain, lying on the grass & listening to music.
“I believe it is my divine calling to be a teacher.”

Start Date
May 2019

Ms. Lyn, 2/3s Combination Teacher

Education
53 ECE units from West Valley College

Experience
Employed in childcare field for 14 years, but also grew up caring for five siblings

Personal
Ms. Lyn and her husband have a son, AJ, and a daughter, Mimi. “My favorite activities with children are Art and Games.

Start Date
Feb 2007-June 2017, Restart Oct 2017

 

Ms. Nazia 2s Teacher

Education
Masters in Commerce
15 ECE units from De Anza, and continuing toward Associates Degree

Experience
Volunteered on Project Cornerstone, classroom activities and field trips
Represented Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) at Eaton Elementary School – 1 yr
Auditor for Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Eaton Elementary – 2 yrs

Personal
Ms. Adil and her husband have two beautiful daughters. She likes listening to music and spending time with family and friends.

 

Start Date
January 2019

Ms. Lydia, 2/3 Combination Teacher

Education
BA in Human Development and Family Science
with minor in Children and Youth Services from Messiah College

Experience
3 years as summer camp counselor
2 years Toddler, 2/3s teacher
“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work” – CS Lewis

Personal
Loves to travel, draw and paint, read, and spend time with loved ones!

Start Date
August 2018

Ms. Maria, 2/3s Combination Teacher Aide

Education
Attending classes at De Anza

Experience
Babysitting

Personal
Loves hanging out with friends, going river rafting, ziplining, amusement parks

Start Date
February 2018

Ms. Dee, 3s 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. Grace, 3s 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. 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. Gouri, 3s Teacher

Education
MA in Sociology
24 ECD units from De Anza
CPR/First Aid trained

Experience
11½ years in the childcare field

Personal
I enjoy being with kids. I love to spend time with my family. Traveling and listening to music are my hobbies.

Start Date
Rejoined Good Sam March 2018

Ms. Lupe, PreK Teacher and Afternoon Supervisor

Education
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. 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. Sarah, Music & Floater/Sub 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. 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

Education
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