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Mountain View KinderCare

Kathryn Collins,
Center Director

2065 W. El Camino Mountain View CA 94040
Ph: (650) 967-4430
Ages:
6 Weeks to 5 Years
Open:
7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: just before Rengstorff Ave

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: None

Teachers & Staff

Our staff are passionate, loving individuals committed to their work and ensuring that each child's needs are met above and beyond the basic expectations. Our staff are all highly educated in the Field of Early Childhood Education and are dedicated to learning the most current best practices in teaching our young children.

Kathryn Collins, Center Director

"I love being in the classroom as much as I can; spending time with each of the children."

Kathryn has been at KinderCare Mountain View since June, 2011. She has worked in child care for the last seven years in school settings varying from School-Age centers to Preschool. Kathryn has a degree in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University as well as her Masters in Educational Administration from National University. She is a passionate life long learner, who loves to spend time with each of the children and watch them grow and learn new things everyday.

Previous Experience:

Kathryn has had teaching experience in a number of different child care settings, from School-Age to Montessori based Preschool.

Year Started:
6/27/2011
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
7 years
Education:
Master's Degree in Education Administration, Bachelor's Degree in Child and Adolescent Development

Whitney Smith, Assistant Director

"I love how excited the children become when they learn something new!"

Ms. Whitney has worked at KinderCare Mountain View since February, 2010. She started at the center as a Preschool teacher, then Pre-Kindergarten teacher, and most recently is now the Assistant Director! Ms. Whitney graduated from San Francisco State University in 2009 with her degree in Child and Adolescent Development. She continued her education in the field of Early Childhood Education at DeAnza College; graduating in 2006 with an Associate in Arts Degree in Liberal Studies. Ms. Whitney is a very creative, hands-on teacher who loves to play with the children and spend her time on their level. She loves creating new and different activities for the children to complete and she loves to see the children smile!

Previous Experience:

Whitney has worked with children ranging from Preschool age to School-age. She has worked as a camp couselor to School-age children and has also worked with Preschool to Pre-Kindergarten aged children.

Year Started:
2/10/2010
Tenure:
4 Years
Years in ECE industry:
5 years
Education:
bachelor's Degree in Child and Adolescent Decelopment and Associate's Degree in Liberal Studies

Ms. Carla, Infant Classroom

""I enjoy watching the children develop and learn new skills.""

Ms. Carla is a soft spoken nurturing teacher; perfect for the Infant classroom. She is very patient and loving with the youngest children in our care. Ms. Carla has worked as a nanny for children under the age of five and has most of her early childhood education experience with Infants. She enjoys reading and singing to the Infants.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Calra has worked as a nanny for the last five years with children under the age of five.

Year Started:
1/16/2014
Years in ECE industry:
5 Years
Education:
Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Jessica, Infant Classroom

""I enjoy bonding with the children and their families.""

Ms. Jessica has worked at the center since December 2013. Prior to working at KinderCare, she worked with Preschool age children and well as volunteered at a nursery school with Infants. Ms. Jessica enjoys playing with the Infants and being silly! She is very loving and strives to create a 'home-like' atmosphere in her classroom.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Jessica has previous experience working as a Preschool teacher and nursery school volunteer.

Year Started:
12/9/2013
Years in ECE industry:
8 Years
Education:
Early Childhood Education Units

Ms. Sydnie, Infant Classroom

""I love forming that special bond with each child!""

Ms. Sydnie likes sunny days and chocolate covered strawberries! She has worked at KinderCare Mountain View for the last year as an Infant Teacher. Ms. Sydnie's has been working with preschool aged childrence since graduating from San Francisco State in 2012 wih a degree specializing in Child and Adolescent Development. She enjoys playing with the babies and watching them experience things for the first time.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Sydnie has previously worked with school aged children, two years old, infants and per-kindergarteners.

Year Started:
6/8/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
3 1/2 Years
Education:
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Adolescent Development SF State University, Site Supervisor Permit

Ms. Claudia, Toddler Classroom

""I love the diversity of the classroom and the different personalities each child has. It keeps each day new and exciting!""

Ms. Claudia has worked with children of all ages and has found her home with Toddler age children. She loves working with the Toddlers because they are learning and developing so much at this stage! She loves to see a child accomplish something for the first time. Ms. Claudia brings music and dance to the classroom and especially likes to introduce music from different cultures.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Claudia has worked with School Age children in an after school program, as a recreational camp leader, nanny, and has worked in a Preschool with children ages zero to two.

Year Started:
9/9/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
8 Years
Education:
Early Childhood Development Teacher's Permit

Ms. Emilie, Toddler Classroom

""I love to watch the children grow and learn something new each day. This inspires me to come to work each day!""

Ms. Emilie has been a teacher for the last twelve years. She has worked with children of all ages in a variety of settings. Ms. Emilie is bright and bubbly and loves to create a warm, loving environment for the children in her classroom. She strives to create a learning environment that supports the development of the Toddler children in her classroom. She loves to laugh, dance, and play with the children. Ms. Emilie truly loves what she does each and every day.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Emilie has been a nanny and worked in various child care settings with children ages zero to twelve.

Year Started:
12/20/2010
Tenure:
3 Years
Years in ECE industry:
12 Years
Education:
Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education

Ms. Stefani, Toddler Classroom

""I love being able to help the children learn and develop day by day.""

Ms. Stefani comes to KinderCare with a vast amount of experience working with children in many different settings. She has worked as a school bus driver, after school camp counselor, dance instructor, and preschool teacher. She is energetic and excited to work with the Toddlers. Ms. Stefani is very enthusiastic and her happy, warm demeanor is contagious! She enjoys doing art projects with the children, reading stories, and giving big hugs each day!

Previous Experience:

Ms. Stefani has worked as a school bus driver, dance teacher, girl scout troop leader, after school program teacher, and Preschool volunteer.

Year Started:
2/18/2014
Years in ECE industry:
1 Year
Education:
Early Childhood Education Units

Ms. Teresa, Toddler Classroom

""I like to see their smile when the children learn something new. I also love when parents leave feeling that their child is in good hands.""

Ms. Teresa likes to dance, read, go to the beach and watch comedies. Ms. Teresa also like to spoil her children with love! She believes that all children thrive in a loving, home-like environment in her classroom. She strives to create just that! Ms. Teresa is a very nurturing, caring teacher who always has a smile on her face. She enjoys dancing with the Toddlers and making them laugh. Ms. Teresa has worked at KinderCare Mountain View since 2002 first as an Infant teacher and now as a Toddler teacher.

Previous Experience:

Ms Teresa has raised two children of her own. She has previously worked in after school program in the Los Angeles school district.

Year Started:
9/3/2002
Tenure:
12 Years
Years in ECE industry:
32 Years
Education:
Certificate in Early Childhood Development

Ms. Dominque, Discovery Preschool Classroom

""I am fun and engertic and I love being silly with the children!""

Ms. Dominque is a college graduate who lives a fun filled life! She loves when the children learn something new that can be applied to everyday life. It gives her great joy and excitement to work in childcare and loves being a part of the children's grow. Ms. Dominque began working at KinderCare in May of 2013.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Dominque previously worked as a Special Education Aide at a public elementary school and has also worked as a substitute teacher at a preschool.

Year Started:
5/28/2013
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
3 Years
Education:
Associates Teachers Certificate and Early Childhood Education

Ms. Jayme, Discovery Preschool Classroom

""I love spending my days teaching children new concepts and watching them grasp the new ideas. Teachers have the most rewarding job!""

Ms. Jayme loves being silly with the children and making them laugh. She enjoys watching the children learn new things, especially seeing those 'A-ha' moments when a child grasps a new concept for the first time. She teaches  the children confidence and self-respect. Ms. Jayme also enjoys spending time getting to know the families and building strong relationships with each of them. The center is her second family! Ms Jayme has worked at KinderCare Mountain View since February of 2012.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Jayme has worked in various child care centers throughout the area. She has worked with children of all ages.

Year Started:
2/21/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
8 Years
Education:
Early Childhood Education

Ms. Kristy, Preschool Classroom

""I love to instill creativity while encouraging the development at the child's individual pace""

Ms. Kristy loves working with children; fostering their development and independence. She strives to provide a safe nurturing environment for the children to explore through play. The children brighten Ms. Kristy's day with their beautiful personalities! Ms. Kristy has worked at KinderCare Mountain View since November 2012.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Kristy has worked as a preschool and prekindergarten teacher in various child care settings before coming to KinderCare Mountain View.

Year Started:
11/28/2012
Tenure:
1 Year
Years in ECE industry:
8 Years
Education:
Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology

Ms. Erika, Prekindergarten Classroom

""I love working with children. They bring happiness to my life!""

Ms. Erika is close to completing a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential as well as a teaching Credential in Special Education. Ms. Erika has worked at KinderCare Mountain View since February or 2012. She is a very loving teacher that pays close attention to detail. Her classroom is full of evidence of learning. She loves to watch the children grasp new concepts. She also enjoys getting to know each of her families and maintaining a positive open relationship with each oth them!

Previous Experience:

Ms. Erika began her work with preschool children in a Montessori Preschool Center prior to coming to KinderCare.

Year Started:
2/13/2012
Tenure:
2 Years
Years in ECE industry:
2 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies, Child and Adolescent Development

Ms. Marquela, Prekindergarten Classroom

""I'm very enthusiastic and I put a lot of energy into my classroom and my children everyday.""

Ms. Marquela enjoys seeing the results of all the learning happening each day. She prides herself on receiving positive parent feedback and loves to hear parents tell her that their children are happy in her classroom. Ms. Marquela loves to implement curriculum each day as she knows how important it is for the children. Ms. Marquela has worked at KinderCare Mountain View for the last thirteen years. She has seen many children come through our program and has watched them grow up! 

Previous Experience:

Ms. Marquela worked for 14 years in a Montessori Preschool prior to working at KinderCare. She has worked at KinderCare since 2000!

Year Started:
5/11/2000
Tenure:
14 Years
Years in ECE industry:
23 Years
Education:
Montessori trained and Early Childhood Education

Ms. Sayyeda, Learning Adventures Classroom

""I love to see when the children really learn something and when they get excited to come to my class!""

Ms. Sayyeda really follows the children's cues when it comes to learning. She believes that each child is already interested in learning. It is her job to then make the material exciting and engaging for them. Ms. Sayyeda feels that in order to learn, you must encourgae the child and never push or force them. Ms. Sayyeda has been working at KinderCare Mountain View since 2009.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Sayyeda raised two children who both attend Berkeley now!

Year Started:
12/21/2009
Tenure:
4 Years
Years in ECE industry:
8 Years
Education:
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and Art

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