Sonalika has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education in the Bay Area for almost 20 years. She has taught preschool through 8th grade and managed various childcare centers including serving as Program Director at Stanford’s esteemed CCSC. Sonalika’s passion for caring for children and desire to help guide families throughout the rocky road of parenting also led her to become a certified parent coach last year. When Sonalika is not working she enjoys curling up with a good novel, but her heart is most happy when she is surrounded by her five children and new grandbaby.
Hello! My name is Ms. Geranny and I am super excited to be a part of the Primrose family. I have been working with children for over 10 years and it has been worth every second! At a young age, I always knew I wanted to make a difference in a child’s life. I began by starting to babysit children in my neighborhood and then eventually started working in preschools and afterschool programs.
My passion for working with children led me to receive my Bachelor’s degree in Child Development at San Jose State University. Currently, I am working on receiving my Master’s so I can further pursue my dream in making that impact in a child’s life. Seeing that little spark in a child’s eyes when they learn something new or when they start to trust you is what I look forward to.
My name is Anna Yin and I have been in the early childhood field since early 2017. Before I became a preschool teacher I was a babysitter for children from the ages of 6 months to 12 years old. This allowed me to gain experience with all ages and adapt to family routines, communicate with parents and have a closer bond with the children in my care. I earned my bachelor’s degree in child development at San Jose State University. As I gain more experience as a preschool teacher I would like to return to school to obtain my Master’s Degree in Education. I have a passion for teaching and enjoy seeing the excitement in children’s faces as they learn. I believe in providing a safe and nurturing environment with age appropriate materials, that allows children to reach milestones at their own pace. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the beach and cooking!
Lorraine Burgstrom is extremely excited to be a part of the Primrose School of Evergreen as our Office Administrator. She comes to us with decades of experience working with children and their families. Since she was a young child herself, she always knew she wanted to help others. As a California and Bay Area Native, Lorraine attended a local community college minoring in Administrative of Justice. She continued her path in college to obtain her undergrad in Behavioral Science and furthered her academics working on her graduate degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology. Throughout her professional journey, Lorraine embraces private education, where she has enjoyed being a kindergarten teacher (16 years), first grade teacher (2 years), infant to pre-kindergarten grade levels (2 years), substituting in all grade levels from 2nd - 5th grades, as well as being a behavioral coach and youth counselor (3 years) for high school students with learning and other challenges. Lorraine has a passion for education and children with their families, and enjoys sharing this with the Primrose of Evergreen. In her time away from campus, Lorraine loves spending time with her son, Ethan, and especially when she, her husband (Derek), and Ethan have outings together. Lorraine also enjoys staying physically active, which comes in handy, while she plays with her three dogs, seven cats, and of course Col. Turtle (the family Turtle). If you would like to meet Lorraine, please stop by the front desk area and say, “hello.” She really enjoys getting to know all the families.
Hello! My name is Chef Lana. I am the food service teacher and I am very excited to be joining the Primrose School of Evergreen team! I bring with me my love of creative cooking, promotion of love for healthy foods and the passion of making a difference in the lives of children.
I previously worked as a sous chef for a few different catering companies. I also volunteered to help prepare food for those who were displaced during the Santa Rosa Fires in 2017.
I am a former preschool teacher, and I also have been working with children in the school district sector for ten years.
Along with cooking, I like to be in my garden, on my bike, or boogie boarding at the beach.
I will do my part to ensure your child will learn a love for eating healthy foods.
Hello, My name is Chef Thuy and I am the food service teacher. It is my pleasure to join the Primrose School of Evergreen team. I love the bright eyes and smiles of the children. Food and nutrition play important roles in the development of children both physically and mentally. Therefore, I ensure to work hard to bring them the most delicious and nutritious portions.
I love the friendly as well as professional environment at Primrose. I really appreciate working here. I have learned a lot about the culture, events, language, and people.
I will work as hard as I can to bring children the food they deserve!
Hi, My name is Neelima! I am very excited to be part of primrose community. I did my early childhood education in Miramar college at San Diego. I enjoy being a preschool teacher because it brings me happiness to help children grow. My favorite thing to do with children are singing and reading story books.
I have 2 wonderful children with my husband 16 yrs.
Hello Primrose family! I'm so excited to be apart of Primrose. A little about myself is I'm from Hollister and I am a mom of three children. During my spare time, I love making memories with my husband and children. We love visiting South Lake Tahoe and soaking up the sun, or making snow angels in the snow. I've always had a passion for working with children. I can thank my grandma Melva and some of my past teachers for sparking my interest in working with children.
Ms. Honey has worked as a teacher ever since she was in high school and it earned her great opportunities in working with unique and diverse individuals. She is currently attending Mission College and working on her BA in Early Childhood and Development. She loves children so much that she's considering being a social worker or child’s therapist later on in life. She enjoys nurturing children and teaching them everything there is to know.
Being a childcare provider is a rewarding job where I get the opportunity to be in children’s lives and help guide them into bright futures. Children need someone to love and nurture them and as their teacher, I believe I can do that while teaching them new things in the process.
“Be the person you needed when you were younger.”
Hello, my name is Pamela Hoang, you can call me Pammie. I have experience with children of all ages, personalities, and abilities, including children with special needs. I love setting up children to succeed in their manners and shaping their lives for the better. In my spare time, I volunteer to help the monks at the Laotian buddhist temples in the Bay area, and assist at church events in San Jose to help raise money.
My name is Bimlesh Coulibaly. I will be working with our youngest learners, helping each child progress in all areas of their development.
I’m a mother of 3 children. I enjoy hiking, traveling, cooking and spending time with my family.I look forward to working together with you in your child’s growth and development and to create a community of learners that nurtures this growth in a positive, fun environment.
Hello! My name is Alyssa, I'm from San Jose. I recently graduated from California State University of East Bay with a B.A. in Sociology and Minor in Human Development. I've had many work experiences and internship opportunities to work with children in a classroom setting and in summer camps. I'm currently working towards receiving my teaching credentials, in wanting to make teaching my life long career. During my free time, I love spending time with my son and family. I'm so excited to be starting at Primrose School of Evergreen and I can't wait to meet all the students and families.
Hello my name is Julie Reyes! I am excited to call Primrose School my new home.I have been teaching for 13 years. Working with children has always been a passion of mine. Watching them learn and grow is such an amazing experience. I can actually say I love coming to work because every day is a new learning experience.
My name is Ariel, just like the mermaid. As you can tell from my name, I come from a Disney loving home! I have grown up in the Evergreen community and I'm thrilled to be a part of the Primrose family.
I have been working in education for 8 years and have taught the 4-5 year age range for 5 years. I am currently in school to finish my degree in Early Childhood Education. I strive to cultivate relationships with all children and use their interests and experience to create a meaningful school day. I want any child to leave the day feeling empowered and ready to take on anything!
When I am not in the classroom, I love to bake in the kitchen, play with one of my family's 8 doggies, and watch Disney movies.
Hi! My name is Abigail Ruiz and I’m from San Jose, California. I am the 3rd oldest of 7 children. I enjoy working with children because they melt my heart! I’ve been around children my whole life and I love it. I’ve always helped my mom with my siblings as well and enjoyed taking care of them. I was a nanny for four years and have 10 plus years of experience. During my free time, I enjoy going to the gym and watching movies.
Hi! My name is Jenelyn or Jenny for short. I was born in the Philippines and raised here in San Jose, CA. I have been working with kids since I was in high school. I have experience working with children of all ages from infant to teens. I also have experience working with children with disabilities. I am currently working on my BS in Human Development & Family studies online at Oregon State University. With my degree, I hope to work in different fields with children & families. My end goal is to open up my own preschool. My love for children stemmed from growing up as an only child and wishing for a brother or sister. So instead of having siblings I gravitated towards taking care of the smaller kids. I have always known at a young age that my life purpose was to work with and help children.
Hello I am Ms. Haydee! I have one beautiful baby girl and she is the light of my life! I love interior decorating and shopping for the cutest baby girl clothes. I come from a small family, I have two brothers and one sister. I spend most of my weekends with my family and with my own little family, (daughter and fiancé.) I could not be where I am at in life without them. They are my number one support and I love the dearly. My favorite stores to shop at is Target, Hobby Lobby, and Amazon! Is Amazon considered a store? It most definitely is! I have worked with children for 6 years, almost 7 years! I love watching Christmas movies, even in the middle of summer, they bring me joy and Christmas is the best time of the year! I have my AA Degree in Child Development and my BA Degree in Child Development and Family Studies. Currently working on my MA Degree in Special Education and Research Seminars, I have one year left! It goes by quick! I love to eat cheese pizza, potstickers, chic-fil-a, and street tacos. My favorite fruit is strawberries and mangos, they are so refreshing!
Hello! My name is Ms. Jaya. I’m excited to join the Primrose team
I love helping children learn social and emotional skills while engaging their curiosity and imaginative minds. I professionally worked as an infant and preschool teacher for 6 years. I have two wonderful children with my husband of 25 years.
In my spare time, you can find me planting flowers, fruits, and veggies in my garden or running around with my little pandemic puppy, Mochi.
Hello, my name is Ms. Amy and I’m so excited to be a part of the Primrose of Evergreen family!
I found my love for teaching while working as an Assistant Teacher in a primary classroom in Phoenix, Arizona. I was captivated by helping children’s individual needs and interests and how helping promote a foundation for a lifelong curiosity for learning. I am passionate about helping children develop confidence and independence in all aspects of life.
I was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up in Pleasanton, California. I moved back to the bay area after living in Phoenix, Arizona for 6 years. Before teaching, I worked as a gymnastics coach for 4 years and worked in children’s entertainment for 7 years. During these years, I realized I loved working with kids because I get glimpses of the world through their eyes, and watching a student learn something new and grow is one of the most rewarding experiences.
When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, hiking, playing board games, and cooking new foods.
Hello everyone! My name is Franchesca, but I also go by the name French for short. I am extremely excited to be a part of Primrose School of Evergreen and to help make a change in children’s lives. I want to educate children from right and wrong, and to also have grit and courage.
I am currently attending San Jose City College, but I plan on attending vocational school starting next winter to pursue my career in pediatric radiology. I have been working with children since I graduated high school. I first started teaching children as a junior varsity volleyball coach and taught athletes the basics of the sport. I enjoyed the bond I had with the students and decided to continue working with children. So, I started working at a fitness day care with children ages 6 months to 12 years. Along my journey, I was also a babysitter and a teacher assistant at Los Gatos School District. I definitely enjoy teaching children and helping them develop their creative skills or thinking. It is a blessing to be a part of their lives and seeing their growth. I look forward to giving unconditional love and growth to all children.
Hello, my name is Vijaya! I am super excited and very proud to be a Primrose teacher. I have a Bachelor's degree in Science Biology. I also have a certificate of achievement in child development and have more than 10 years of teaching experience. I can help children to develop physically, emotionally, and socially. I believe each child is unique ! I love to read stories and have the children participate in music and movements. I love watching the children grow and encouraging children to follow their interest.
In my free time, I love to watch movies, listen to music, hiking, and traveling with my family. My favorite food I love to eat is Pizza!
Hi! My name is Miss Linda, and I am very excited to be joining the Primrose family! I am thrilled to be your child’s new teacher and look forward to a year of learning, fun, and adventures! I can’t wait to learn more about your child, but first I would like to tell you a little about myself. I grew up in the Bay Area and attended college at California State University, Sacramento with a B.A. in Child Development. I have been teaching preschool for over 8 years and have worked with mixed-aged groups from infants through preschool. The majority of my experience has been in a Bilingual Mandarin School, Bilingual Mandarin Montessori, and Corporate Childcare. Aside from being a preschool teacher, I have been a youth counselor for elementary students and a Director for a non-profit organization of over 25 years working to provide community service across the Bay Area and in Vietnam. I believe in preserving one’s culture, increasing diversity and creating social change in our community. My favorite pastimes are spending time with my husband and our two year old daughter, love cooking, arts and crafts, gardening, hot yoga, traveling, and the great outdoors! The best thing about being a teacher is building relationships with my students and families. I look forward to our preschool adventure with you this year.
“Teaching is a work of heart”
My name is Shania Madrilejos. I have been working with children ever since high school as a tutor, teacher assistant, camp leader and associate teacher for infants, toddlers, twos, and preschool. I will be earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development Prep. for Teaching in Spring 2021 at San Jose State University.
Being a teacher has been a passion of mine. I love seeing the children’s happy faces whenever they learn something new. I love knowing that a simple interaction with them makes a difference in their development. I admire their curiosity and excitement with the little things around them.
In my free time, I enjoy tending to my plants, journaling, and watching shows.
Hello all, my name is Geeta Kunapareddy. I am certified in Early Childhood Education from De Anza College. I would like to share a little about myself. Early Childhood education is my passion and have been providing the service since 2016. I have also run a family childcare for 3 years, instructing after school students. My college education and work experience as an educator helped me create a philosophy that directs me how I feed the young minds curiosity and creativity. I believe that apart from academics, a child needs socio emotional development which is very vital to achieve a holistic development. Every child learns at their own pace and style, I provide them the materials and space to explore and absorb all the knowledge.
I have been living in the US since 2005 with my husband and son. In my spare time I love to work in my vegetable garden, listen to audio books, and most of all go on hiking trails with my family.
Hi, my name is Swarupa. I have been working with children for over 10 years and I enjoy being a preschool teacher. It brings me happiness to help them grow to be curious and loving. My favorite things to do with the children is to sing and dance and to see their happy faces. During my spare time, I like to read science and health books, garden, cook and spend time with my family. I am excited to be a teacher at Primrose School of Evergreen.
Kathryn Bell is a teacher and artist originally from Moorpark in Southern California. She graduated from Moorpark Community College in 2004 with a degree in Liberal Arts then attended San Jose State and graduated with a B.A. in Pictorial Arts (painting) in 2008.
Ms. Bell has been working with children in various capacities for 21 years. After graduation she grew her experience and became a Master Teacher and a Curriculum and Training Specialist. Her interests and training focus on outdoor classrooms and nature based curriculum. She is excited to return to the classroom and work hands on with the children at Primrose.
In addition to her work as an educator for Primrose Ms. Bell also creates from her art studio in downtown San Jose and has a passion for curating gallery showings and organizing large scale public art installations and murals. She looks forward to encouraging her students to discover and develop new skills through play and their imaginations!
Hi, my name is Maithili Karyekar. I enjoy being a Pre-kindergarten teacher for Primrose School of Evergreen. I received my Bachelor's degree in Commerce and Masters degree in Human Resource Management. While raising my two kids, I did Early Childhood Education courses from De Anza College and worked in the Early Childhood education field for 3 years before joining Primrose School. I love being around the kids and I look forward to each and every one of the interactions with children at Primrose.
In my free time, I like gardening and interior design. I look forward to making a difference and growing with your kids here at Primrose!
Hi, my name is Lixiang. Students call me Miss Hilda. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Jose State University with a major in Child and Adolescent Development and a minor in Special Education. I am excited to bring my experience and knowledge to Primrose School of Evergreen and provide a fun, creative, and warm environment for our young learners!
I am originally from China and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Business English. I worked in a Chinese export company that shipped thousands of toys to families all over the world and was also an English teacher for elementary, middle school, high school, and adult students. This teaching experience led me to pursue an education degree in the U.S., and I've developed my enthusiasm for early childhood education since then. Starting in 2015, I have been teaching Chinese to students of different ages in the Bay Area. I am excited to bring my bicultural background to our Evergreen community and offer a culturally inclusive atmosphere to our families and children.
In my free time, I am a mountain biker, rock climber, and art lover. I solo camped in the desert and skydived to celebrate my birthday. But, my biggest hobby is to google and youtube thousands of recipes and cook them. Food always brings me closer to family and friends.
Hi, I am Agila Valliammal. I love working with children which is why I took Early Childhood Education as a career. I always found happiness and satisfaction while helping children succeed. I am proud to be a part of Primrose School of Evergreen. Before joining Primrose, I have worked at an afterschool helping children.
I have a Bachelor's degree in Commerce. I am blessed with two wonderful children. During my free time, I love cooking, gardening, and doing artwork with my kids. I also like biking with my family and exploring new places.
Hello! My name is Kyra Gaeta. I’m born and raised in San Jose, CA. I love working with children because it reminds me of how amazing and exciting the world can be. I love seeing things from their eyes. It makes me a happier and more positive person in my day to day life. Children also encourage me to use my imagination and find new creative ways to do things.
A little about myself, I am the middle child of three girls. In my free time I like being outdoors, going on walks with my golden doodle(Kyla), traveling, going on Starbucks dates with my sisters, and being with close family and friends.
I’m very excited to be about the Primrose School Of Evergreen!
I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Economics and Statistics. I joined the teaching profession because I love working and helping children. It brings me immense satisfaction that I can make a difference in the lives of children. I feel a sense of fulfillment when childrens’ eyes light up in response to the new thing(s) that I teach. Not only do I feel a sense of pride to see them succeed, but it also reinforces and strengthens my belief and commitment to the early education of children. Indeed this is where I belong; early childhood education is not a profession but a passion for me.
I have been a Pre-school and a Pre-K teacher since 2010. I have experience tutoring higher grade kids also. I have had the opportunity to live in three different countries ─ this experience has expanded my knowledge of different cultures and has made me more sensitive to children coming from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
I like listening to NPR and CNN to stay current. In my free time I like to read, I also enjoy reading poetry. I love nature, especially watching the sunsets as they give the hope and promise of a new day ahead.
My name is Manisha Kulshreshtha and I love working with children. I started interacting with kids almost ten years back through a program called, “Cornerstone.” The program was about anti-bullying and reading stories to tell the children how to handle hard times. I did my early childhood education units to teach children because it gives me so much joy. I love Primrose’s balanced learning approach and I can't wait to make a “home away from home” for these children.
My name is Truyen Nguyen and I am proud to call Primrose School of Evergreen as my new home. I have been teaching for four years. Even when I was young, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. Thus, I enjoyed helping children learn and grow. I went to SJSU to achieve my education. My ultimate goal is to become a special ed educator, so that I can help more children with special needs.
When I am not teaching, I am enjoying hiking with my family and friends. It’s great for me to be outdoors! Everyday after many hours of work, it is wonderful hearing the children say, “I love you Ms. Truyen!” That is when I feel that I am doing something right and then I am ready to start over again.
My name is Chan Sanoovong. I have been in the early childhood field since early 1989. Before I became a preschool teacher I was a parent at Head Start Preschool and volunteered in my daughter’s class. This sparked my interest in working with young children at Head Start Preschool. I have been working with young children for almost 30 years. I enjoy communicating with parents to create a closer relationship with the parents and children in my care. I earned my AA degree in Early Childhood education at San Joaquin Delta College in 1988. Over the years I have gained more experience as a preschool teacher and enjoy seeing the excitement on the children’s faces as they learn. I believe in providing a safe and nurturing environment by using age appropriate materials. This allows the children to reach their own milestones at their own pace. During my free time I enjoy spending time with my three sisters and going shopping. I am so excited to start my new journey with Primrose School of Evergreen.
Hello, I am Inderpreet, and I go by the name Preet for short. I am lucky to be part of Primrose School.
I have a passion for teaching and relish the excitement and happiness when kids learn new things. I am pursuing ECE courses from San Jose City College and applying it to practice every day. Prior to joining Primrose, I volunteered as Project Corner Stone ABC reader for Evergreen school district. I believe every child has its own pace of learning and we need to support them.
I enjoy cooking, listening music and spending time with my family. I reside in Evergreen, San Jose. I am happily married and have a 10-year-old son.
I look forward to meaningful contributions to growth of children.
Thank you Primrose Family.
Every growing person and life-long learner deserves a teacher who has time for them. "My teacher has time for me!" is certainly how we would like all our explorers to feel within a supportive environment.
My personal goals are to contribute to the health and thriving of all individuals, and I am honored to be part of the team whom all allow me this opportunity. I have one year experience as teacher and care provider with all ages as well as having had the chance to watch my mother nanny for a friend's son when I was a child myself. I attended De Anza College for the child development and early education core courses for certification, and I also happen to enjoy musical activities. I hope to someday acquire a loom to weave tapestries with as a hobby.
Hello! My name is Vaishali. I have been working with children for over 5 years now. I am passionate about teaching and enjoy being around young children and watching them learn through their curiosity. I feel blessed to have one of the most fun and rewarding jobs out there. I am excited to be a part of Primrose and create a thriving learning experience with you and your family.
Hello my name is Ms. Sabrina and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. I am very excited to join Primrose School of Evergreen. I have been working with children for 5 years as a teaching assistant for toddlers at Kindercare Sunnyvale and also have done some nannying. I enjoy working with younger people because they are just starting to learn so much. I love how excited they get after learning something new. My favorite classroom activities include art and circle time. During my free time, I enjoy hiking, going to the beach, and spending time with my son and daughter. I am looking forward to building new relationships with the students and parents of Primrose .
Hello! My name is Caitlyn Ofalla-Hernando. I have been working with children of various ages for about seven years. Every student I have come across has inspired me to be better every day. I hope I can do the same for the new generation, and I cannot wait to learn and grow with them.
My educational background mostly revolves around child development: I received an Associate of Arts degree in Child Development at Evergreen Valley College, then moved on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology concentrated in Child/Adolescent Development at San Francisco State University. I plan to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology and later become a licensed child/adolescent therapist or a school counselor.
In my free time, I usually walk, train, and play with my dog, Koda. I also love and value spending quality time with my loved ones.
Hi, my name is Latha Muthukumar. I have my bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s degree in psychology. I have been working with kids since 2011. I started my preschool teacher journey in 2018. I enjoy working in child care because It helps me to learn new things each and every day and grow with every learning phase. While working with children my first intention is to make them feel comfortable at school so that they can explore and learn happily. Creativity is my strength. In my 11 years of teaching I had made the learning process interesting for kids through my creativity. When time permits, I do terracotta jewelry, stone painting, return gifts and household decorative items made out of clay. Also I am a member of the “Hidden Voices” organization where I read and record Tamil and English stories for the blind people. I am glad to be a part of the Primrose School of Evergreen and will try to give my best.
Welcome to the Primrose School of Evergreen!
Meet the Patels – Bejal, Mohit, Pankil and Lipi. This family takes great pride in introducing the Primrose School of Evergreen – a premier preschool nestled in a heritage building on a spacious 1.7-acre lot committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for children. Their family’s legacy of providing high-quality education led them to open their Primrose school.
An engineer by profession, Mohit has earned a Master of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University in Bioinformatics where he graduated with honors. In his career previously, he went from supporting various military agencies to managing a team for a multi-billion dollar company. His wife Bejal, has completed her Masters in Communications from the prestigious Manipal University. She is an enthusiastic communications specialist with experience in Corporate Communications, Public Relations, Branding and Media Analyst for many Fortune 500 companies.
Having attended a boarding school at the age of 5, Bejal realized the struggle her parents faced while looking for a school that would give her a well-rounded start to the journey of learning. Since then, she is a stickler for high-quality education and is passionate about providing an environment that fosters all aspects of a students’ development. Since both came from families who laid integral importance to academics, Mohit turned his personal and business focus to education to make their dream come true.
When his brother Pankil and wife Lipi were looking for a preschool for their daughter Pearl their uncle, a proud Primrose owner introduced them to Primrose Schools®. When they saw the curriculum in action, they realized how the program naturally instills curiosity in children by helping them develop a strong foundation and love for future learning by practicing concepts in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) as part of the Balanced Learning ®approach, which combines purposeful play with nurturing guidance. Coming from a business development and management background, Pankil wanted to bring the Primrose Experience to communities that deserved access to the same.
Living in the epicenter of tech economy where most schools follow an aggressive academic-based curriculum the Patels recognized a need for high-quality early education in the Bay Area. Since children here often feel the pressure to succeed academically, the Balanced Learning approach will help instill a true lifelong joy for learning in children. Primrose encourages a child to be a child by focusing on building children’s confidence and independence, so they feel comfortable venturing out, exploring on their own and asking questions – all of which help them develop a love of learning they take with them into elementary school and beyond.
The Patels want to provide parents with the peace of mind that comes from knowing their children are well-cared for while receiving a high-quality early education. They will each put their passion for lifelong learning, education and their business backgrounds to use in their school.
We are delighted to provide unique learning experiences to the youngest citizens of the Silicon Valley.