Meet Our Staff


Naoko Harada


Naoko Harada, Director 

  • MA Early Childhood Education,San Francisco State University
  • MA Teaching English as a Second Language,San Francisco University
  • BA English Literature, University of the Sacred Heart, Japan
  • Program Director Permit
  • Transdisciplinary Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Practitioner, State of California
  • Certified PITC (Program for Infant Caregivers), DRDP (Desired Result Developmental Profile and CLASS (CLASS Assessment) Trainer

Karen Vallalba

Karen Villalba, Assistant Director

  • Transdisciplinary Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Practitioner, State of California
  • MA Special Education/Early Intervention, Santa Clara University
  • BA Human Development, Pacific Oaks College
  • AA Child Development, De Anza College
  • Site Supervisor Permit
 

Maritza Fuentes

Maritza Fuentes (Barron), Administrative Assistant  

  • AS Business Administration, Heald College 
  • Translation & Interpretation Certificate, National Hispanic University 
 

Myrna Gust

Myrna Gust, Teacher

  • AA Early Child Development, De Anza College
  • Certificate of Achievement, Early Child Development Mental Health
  • Site Supervisor Permit
  • PITC Graduate 
 

Lucy Hirata

Lucy Hirata, Teacher 

  • MA in Education Curriculum & Instruction SJSU and K-6 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • Bachelor's of Art, SJSU
  • AS Child Development
  • Site Supervisor Permit
 
 

Cindi Kessler

Cindy Kessler, Teacher 

  • MA Human Development, Pacific Oaks College
  • BA Pacific Oaks College
  • AS Liberal Arts, West Valley College
  • AS Child Development, West Valley College
  • Program Director Permit
 

Mariela Lauser

Mariela J. Lauser, Teacher

  • MA Human Development, Pacific Oaks College, Specialization on leadership in education and human rights
  • BA Child Development and Adolescence, San Jose State University
  • AA Child Development, De Anza College 
  • Child Development Program Director Permit 
 

Esther Lew

Esther Lew, Teacher 

  • BA Home Economics with Child Development Emphasis, San Francisco State University
  • Teacher Permit 
 

Kay Lo

Kay Lo, Teacher 

  • MA Chemical Engineering, Taiwan
  • BA Chemistry, Taiwan
  • AA Early Child Development
  • Site Supervisor Permit
 
 

Kim Nguyen

Kim Nguyen, Teacher

  • MBA Emphasis in Marketing, USF
  • BA in Biology, UC Santa Cruz
  • Site Supervisor Permit
  • Program Director Permit
 
 

Lakshmi Padmanabhan

Lakshmi Padmanabhan, Teacher 

  • BS Mathematics, St. Stephens College
  • AA Child Development, De Anza College
  • Master Teacher Permit
 
 

Sofia Varela

Sofia Varela, Teacher

  • MA Counseling in Education, San Jose State University
  • BA Human Development, Pacific Oaks College
  • AA Child Development, Foothill College
  • Site Supervisor Permit
 

Shuyan Wang

Shuyan Wang, Teacher 

  • AA Child Development
  • Teacher Permit 
 
 

Bill Wright

Bill Wright, Teacher 

  • BA Early Childhood Development, Pacific Oaks College
  • AA Human Development, De Anza College
  • Early Childhood Developmental Instructional Permit
 
 

Jessica Weiner

Jessica Weiner, Teacher

  • BA Sociology
  • Site Supervisor Permit 
 
 

Yoko


Yoko Iizuka, Teacher

  • MA Educational Linguistics, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • BA American Studies, Trinity Washington University
  • AA Child Development, Foothill College
  • Site Supervisor Permit
 

Ann


Ann Murphy, Teacher

  • BA English, Tufts University
  • Master Teacher Permit
 
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