Primrose School Building

Primrose School of Evergreen

Our Staff

  • Mrs. Sonalika, School Director

    Mrs. Sonalika

    School Director

    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.

  • Ms. Geranny, Assistant Director

    Ms. Geranny

    Assistant Director

    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.

     

  • Miss Anna, Admissions Coordinator

    Miss Anna

    Admissions Coordinator

    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!

  • Miss Vaishaili, Education Coach

    Miss Vaishaili

    Education Coach

    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.

  • Chef Lana, Food Service Teacher

    Chef Lana

    Food Service Teacher

    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.

  • Miss Neelima, Infant Teacher

    Miss Neelima

    Infant Teacher

    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.

  • Miss Cherish, Infant Teacher

    Miss Cherish

    Infant Teacher

    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.

  • Miss Bimlesh, Young Toddler Teacher

    Miss Bimlesh

    Young Toddler Teacher

    My name is Bimlesh. 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.

  • Miss Gurpreet, Young Toddler Teacher

    Miss Gurpreet

    Young Toddler Teacher

    Hello, my name is Gurpreet Kaur and my nickname is Pammi. I am extremely happy and excited to be a part of the Primrose family. I love teaching and taking care of children, it brings me a lot of happiness and peace of mind. I have been teaching children since I was in high school. The reason why I love teaching kids is because they are pure souls and they tend to teach us more than we can teach them. I am looking forward to contributing my knowledge and learning as much as I can while working at Primrose family.

  • Miss Inderpreet, Wonder Program - Support Teacher

    Miss Inderpreet

    Wonder Program - Support Teacher

    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.

  • Miss Julie, Toddler Teacher

    Miss Julie

    Toddler Teacher

    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.

  • Miss Alyssa, Toddler Teacher

    Miss Alyssa

    Toddler Teacher

    Hello everyone! My name is Allyssa and I’m so glad to have joined the Primrose team. I have always had a love for children for as long as I can remember. Recently, I have graduated from Sacramento State with a B.A. in Early Childhood Development. I worked at a Montessori school for 2 years while in college and I’m excited to start my new journey at Primrose.

  • Miss Bailey, Toddler Teacher

    Miss Bailey

    Toddler Teacher

    Hello!  I am Ms. Bailey. I am so excited to be working at Primrose. I have my Bachelors of Psychology from Seattle University. I have worked with young children for several years. I have lived all over the country, Texas, Maryland, Washington, and now California. I have a large family who I love to spend time with. I enjoy baking lots of sweet things. I can almost always be found with a book in one hand. Making cute crocheted toys is a passion.

  • Miss Liz, Toddler Teacher

    Miss Liz

    Toddler Teacher

    Hi, my name is Liz. I am excited about joining Primrose School and getting to know the students as well as their families. I have been in child care for about 2 years and hope to gain more experience. I enjoy taking my dog on walks, drinking ice coffee and my favorite food is tamales. I am looking forward to meeting the kids and building relationships with peers.

  • Miss Haydee, Early Preschool Teacher

    Miss Haydee

    Early Preschool Teacher

    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!

  • Miss Kirsten, Early Preschool Teacher

    Miss Kirsten

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello Primrose family! I am so excited to be here! Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved children. I always wanted to be a mommy and I am blessed to be to have my beautiful son, my rainbow baby. I also have another baby on the way due December 2022. I couldn’t do this without my amazing husband by my side. I am still going to school to work towards my Child Development major so I can be the best teacher I can be.

  • Miss Lheanna, Early Preschool Teacher

    Miss Lheanna

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hi there! My name is Lheanna Zarraga and I am thrilled to be one of the very teachers here at Primrose! I was born and raised in the heart of San Jose with a proud Filipino background. I fell in love with the idea of being around kids ever since I was 18 and now I get to fulfill my dreams to be around so many different kids. I am currently a working student at DeAnza and plan on having a degree in Child Development to help kids grow and learn everyday. In my spare time, I love to go out and explore what the world has to offer. To be working with an amazing staff and great kids, I couldn’t ask for more.  

  • Miss Jaya, Early Preschool Teacher

    Miss Jaya

    Early Preschool Teacher

    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.

  • Miss Allyssa, Early Preschool Teacher

    Miss Allyssa

    Early Preschool Teacher

    Hello everyone! My name is Allyssa and I’m so glad to have joined the Primrose team. I have always had a love for children for as long as I can remember. Recently, I have graduated from Sacramento State with a B.A. in Early Childhood Development. I worked at a Montessori school for 2 years while in college and I’m excited to start my new journey at Primrose.

  • Miss Vijaya, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Miss Vijaya

    Preschool Pathways Teacher
    Apple of Our Eye

    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!

  • Miss Tenise, Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Miss Tenise

    Preschool Pathways Teacher

    Hello, my name is Tenise Boyd and I joined Primrose School of Evergreen family in March 2022. I grew up in Virginia Beach, VA and I have my Bachelors degree in Integrated Studies with a concentration in Teaching Profession and a minor in English from George Mason University. I have been in the childcare field for 4 years now and my favorite part about teaching is seeing the moment when children understand something by themselves for the first time. I have a love for good books/comics, playing video games/ D&D and watching cartoons and anime.

  • Miss Stephanie, Preschool Pathways

    Miss Stephanie

    Preschool Pathways

    Hello, my name is Stephanie Tejeda, I am the oldest of 6 younger siblings, I have two sisters and 4 brothers. I attended Yerba Buena High School and graduated in 2016. After high school, I attended San Jose City College, graduated in 2021 with my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development with Certificates in levels 1-3. I’m thankful for this opportunity of being able to work with children. I love to travel with friends and family, having me time relaxing, going to the nail salon and hair salon. I am looking forward to learning from my fellow teachers in classrooms, getting to know the children and preparing for conferences with the parents. 

  • Miss Shania, Preschool Teacher

    Miss Shania

    Preschool Teacher

    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.

  • Miss Lopa, Preschool Teacher

    Miss Lopa

    Preschool Teacher

    Hi, My name is Lopa Parekh and I am glad to be a part of the Primrose Evergreen School. After doing my ECE units from DeAnza college, I have pursued my passion of working with small children for the past 5 years. I was a very active parent with both of my kids' elementary schools and have volunteered as a Project Cornerstone parent for over 5 years. In my spare time, I like gardening, rock painting, watching movies and going for walks.

    NEVER STOP LEARNING BECAUSE LIFE NEVER STOPS TEACHING.


     

  • Miss Linda, Preschool Teacher

    Miss Linda

    Preschool Teacher

    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”

  • Miss Ashley, Preschool Teacher

    Miss Ashley

    Preschool Teacher

    Hi! My name is Miss Ashley and I am beyond excited to be joining the Primrose family. I grew up in San Jose and recently graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development. My focus is in early childhood education. My love for working with children grew through watching all of my nieces and nephews grow up. Seeing their eyes light up when mastering a new skill warms my heart and I cannot wait for those moments when interacting with children here at Primrose. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I recently adopted a kitten named Doja, so a majority of my time has been spent with her and my dog, Mojo. I also enjoy traveling, discovering new restaurants, and watching TV shows and movies.

  • Miss Caitlyn, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Miss Caitlyn

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    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.

  • Miss Jasmin, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Miss Jasmin

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    My name is Jasmin and I am from San Jose. I received my AA Degree in Liberal Art from DeAnza and am currently pursuing my Bachelors Degree  from ASU online. I have been working with children for over 8 years and have found a real passion in teaching preschool. I am excited to learn the Primrose way and teach your little ones! When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading a good book or taking a trip to Disneyland!

  • Miss Bell, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Miss Bell

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    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!

  • Miss Geeta, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Miss Geeta

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    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.

  • Miss Tehsin, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    Miss Tehsin

    Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

    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.

  • Miss Manisha, Explorers Teacher

    Miss Manisha

    Explorers Teacher

    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.

  • Miss Gina, Explorers Teacher

    Miss Gina

    Explorers Teacher

    Hello, my name is Gina. I’ve lived in San Jose, CA all my life. In my free time, I enjoy trips to the beach or a hike in the redwoods with my family. I have 9 years of experience with children. After taking a break to be with my own children, I’ve returned to the classroom. I look forward to working with Primrose of Evergreen.

  • Miss Hatace, Wonder Program - Support Teacher

    Miss Hatace

    Wonder Program - Support Teacher

    Hello! My name is Hatice Yenikaya, I am from Turkey. Previously, I was an arts and language teacher in a Turkish School. I was also a Child Care Development Intern at DeAnza College. I have an AA degree from DeAnza and have also taken Business Management and painting classes. My favorite foods are Manti (Turkish Ravioli), Lahmacun and Chinese Food. My favorite weekend activities are picnicking, walking, relaxing, getting bubble tea and shopping.

  • Miss Nayely, Support Teacher- Venture Program

    Miss Nayely

    Support Teacher- Venture Program

    Hello, I am Miss Nayely. I like to teach, play and talk to children. In Mexico, I taught English to elementary and preschool students for 3 years. During my free time, I really like going to the beach and hanging out with my friends and family. I also like to exercise and practice yoga. I am excited to join the Primrose School of Evergreen family and love to learn while working with children. 

  • Miss Chan, Support Teacher - Venture Program

    Miss Chan

    Support Teacher - Venture Program

    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.

  • Miss Sabrina, Support Teacher

    Miss Sabrina

    Support Teacher

    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 .

  • Bejal & Mohit Patel, Lipi & Pankil Patel, Franchise Owner

    Bejal & Mohit Patel, Lipi & Pankil Patel

    Franchise Owners

    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.

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