Primrose School of Livermore

Our Staff

  • Ms. Shubra Gupta, Director - Operations

    Ms. Shubra Gupta

    Director - Operations
    My name is Ms. Shubra and I am very excited to be joining the Primrose Livermore team! I have 16 years of experience in childcare working as both a teacher and as an administrator—I love every aspect of my job both inside and outside of the classroom and really enjoy spending time with the little ones of any age. I have raised my own two kids while working so I understand both aspect of having own kids in childcare as wells as being a childcare provider.

    My hobbies include cooking, spending time with my kids, and going on walks. My favorite children’s book are Where The Wild Things Are. I look forward to getting to know everyone!
  • Ms. Tanisha Fairley, Assistant Director - Enrollments

    Ms. Tanisha Fairley

    Assistant Director - Enrollments

    As a native of the Bay Area Tanisha’s experience in early childhood education dates back over the last ten years. From an Early age she knew she had a passion and love for children. She attended California State University, San Bernardino where she made the dean’s list and graduated with a degree in both Psychology and Human Development with a focus on Early Childhood Education. During her time at California State University, she spent various hours volunteering and working in the infant/ toddler lab school as well as the children center.

    After graduation, she substituted for teachers at various head starts before moving to Texas where she taught Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten at a Primrose school. She received her certificate to teac Kindergarten. She also spent a few months studying and then teaching ABA therapy to children with Autism for a wondering clinic in Texas.

    After a few years of being in Texas, it was time to return to California to be closer to family. This is where she started her journey with KinderCare. She worked at CCLC at the Ziggurat government building for two years as a lead preschool teacher.

    In 2019 after becoming a family of four she and her husband decided to move home back to the Bay Area to be closer to family. She worked at Shores Child Development Center as part of the leadership team. She has held many titles throughout her journey such as Enrollment Specialist, Education Coordinator and Assistant Director.

    She is thrilled to return back to the Primrose Family to learn and grow. The reason she enjoys working in the field is the fact she gets to meet so many different families and children from various backgrounds of life. She enjoys assisting teachers in providing exceptional care for every child through play and using everyday experiences as opportunities to teach and help each child progress to the next developmental stage. She enjoys providing a rich individual experiences for every family that makes them feel safe and loved while at our center. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, and their amazing son and energetic daughter. They like going to Disneyland and spending time outdoors exploring new things. As well as she loves going to church, shopping and having fun with family and friends.

  • Ms. Mini Sahota, Chef

    Ms. Mini Sahota

    Chef

    I'm Ms. Mini. I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. I hold an early childhood education certificate and over 10 years of experience working in child care. I have two beautiful daughters who are 22 and 20 years old. In my free time I love to cook and do gardening.

    I cant wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Jaswinder Sahota (Mini)

    Hometown: Livermore, CA

    Child care experience: Over 10 years in child care

    Education Background: Early Childhood Education certificate

    Favorite food: Pizza

    Favorite weekend activity: Boating

    Favorite children’s book: Brown Bear

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am excited to meet new students and families here at Primrose.

    Best way to schedule a time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Sonia

    Support Chef

    I am Ms. Sonia, and I wanted to tell you about myself. I have over 5 years experience working in a kitchen setting.  I have 2 kids who are 24 and 18 years old. In my free time, I enjoy working in my garden and cooking. I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

     

    Name: Jagjeet Kaur Sandhu

    Hometown: Manteca, CA

    Child care experience:5 years experience in kitchen

    Education Background: Associate degree from Las Positas

    Favorite food: Italian food

    Favorite weekend activity: Gardening

    Favorite children’s book:  Alice in the Wonderland

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am excited to meet new students and families here in Primrose.

     

     

  • Ms. Nansi Khalil, Faculty Member - Infants

    Ms. Nansi Khalil

    Faculty Member - Infants

    I’m Ms. Nansi. I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I have been working as an Infant Teacher for over two years and working with Preschool children for over 10 years. I have an Early Childhood Education certificate. In my “free time” I enjoy outdoor activities with my family and watching movies.I keep my promises; therefore, I can relate to our Primrose character, Billy.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Nansi Khalil

    Hometown: Mountain House

    Child care experience: Infant Teacher for over two years and Preschool for over 10 years

    Education Background: Early Education certificate, Associate Teacher

    Favorite food: Pasta

    Favorite weekend activity: Outdoor activities with family, watching movies

    Favorite children’s book: Love You Forever

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am so excited to join Primrose team and work together to benefit the children.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk

  • Ms. Lipika Das, Faculty Member

    Ms. Lipika Das

    Faculty Member

    I’m Lipika Das. I am a mother of one teenager boy. I hold an Associate Degree in Child Development from De Anza College. My hobby is reading books, hiking and spending times with my family. I will describe myself in two words which is reliable and helpful.
    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.
    Name: Lipika Das
    Hometown: Cuttack, India
    Child care experience: 2 years
    Education Background: Associate Degree in Child Development and Bachelors of Arts
    Favorite food: Chicken Burger
    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with family
    Favorite children’s book: The hungry caterpillar
    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly
    What I’m most excited about this school year: Interacting with children and knowing more about the children and parents
    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Stephanie Brackett, Faculty Member

    Ms. Stephanie Brackett

    Faculty Member

    I’m Stephanie. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I am a mother of two –Zoe(10) and Bradley (4 months). I love animals, I currently have 2 dogs. I hold an Associate Degree from Las Positas College with over 7 years working in child care. When I am not working, I am busy doing various activities and outings with my family.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Stephanie Brackett

    Hometown: Tracy, CA

    Child care experience:7 years experience including 5 years with infants

    Education Background: Associate degree from Las Positas

    Favorite food: Blueberries

    Favorite weekend activity: Adventures with my family and 2 dogs

    Favorite children’s book:Rainbow Fish

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly because I am always positive

    What I’m most excited about this school year: To get to know all my students.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk
  • Ms. Jyoti Jain

    Faculty Support


    I’m Ms. Jyoti. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I hold a Bachelors degree and Early Childhood development units with over 2 years experience working with children. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: 2 years

    Education Background: Bachelors Degree, Early Childhood Development Units

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Seeing their smiling faces

    Favorite children’s book: Picture books

    In My Personal Time: I enjoy spending time with friends and family

  • Ms. Veronica Ostria, Faculty Member

    Ms. Veronica Ostria

    Faculty Member

    I’m Ms. Veronica.I wanted to tell you a little about myself.

    I hold an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and in Liberal Arts from Chabot College. I also have over 8 years of experience working in child care. I look forward in building relationships with all the children at Primrose and helping them grow.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Veronica Ostria

    Hometown: Modesto, CA

    Child care experience: Over 8 years in child care

    Education Background: Associates Degree in Early Child Development and in Liberal Arts

    Favorite food: Tacos

    Favorite weekend activity: Stay home and watching movies

    Favorite children’s book: The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly

    What I’m most excited about this school year: To build relationships with all the children and help them grow.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Hetty Kojongian, Faculty Member

    Ms. Hetty Kojongian

    Faculty Member

    I'm Ms. Hetty, I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. I always feel happy surrounded by young children. Wisdom and patience are my support words for raising young children. All children will push their limits and we help and guide them to the correct pathway, and you don't have to feel alone always remember it took the whole community to raise a child.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Hetty Kojongian

    Hometown: San Ramon

    Child care experience: 22 years

    Education Background: Bachelors of Science

    Favorite food: Noodle

    Favorite weekend activity: Hiking

    Favorite children’s book: Brown Bear Brown Bear

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Get to know the family and find out how I can help to nurture their children

    Best way to schedule a time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk

  • Ms. Siti Mohammad Ishak, Faculty Member

    Ms. Siti Mohammad Ishak

    Faculty Member

    Hello Everyone, I am Siti, I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. I have been working for three years in Preschool and one year in Toddler at Las Positas College Child Development Center as a Student Assistant Teacher. I have my Associate teacher Certificate in 2018 and planning to get my Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Development at las Positas College. I can't wait to learn more about you and your family.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Siti Mohammad Ishak

    Hometown: Livermore

    Child care experience: 4 years

    Education Background: had my Associate Teacher Certificate in 2018 and continuing to get my associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Development at Las Positas College.

    Favorite food: Chicken, Rice, and Seafood Pasta with cheese and chili pepper

    Favorite weekend activity: Reading books, swimming and hanging out with my family.

    Favorite children’s book: The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know all of you

    Best way to schedule a time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk
  • Ms. Kuldeep Barr, Faculty Support

    Ms. Kuldeep Barr

    Faculty Support

    I’m Kuldeep, I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I hold an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Las Pottage College and have over 5 years of experience working in child care. I look forward in helping bring smiles to all our Primrose families.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Kuldeep Bar

    Hometown: Punjab, India

    Child care experience: 5 years in Child Care

    Education Background: Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Las Pottage College

    Favorite food: Mexican and Indian Vegetarian

    Favorite weekend activity: Cooking and Shopping

    Favorite children’s book: Nursery Rhyme Songs

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Meeting new staff members, families, and children.

    Best way to schedule a time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Sandra Mesillas, Faculty Member - Toddlers

    Ms. Sandra Mesillas

    Faculty Member - Toddlers

    I’m Ms. Sandra. I wanted to tell you little about myself. I hold a certificate in Early Childhood Education and have over 9 years of experience working in child care. I have three beautiful children, a daughter who is 27, my son 22, and my youngest son who is 17. In my free time I enjoy my family, interior design, cooking, and volunteering at my children’s school.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Sandra Mesillas

    Hometown: Mexico City

    Child care experience: 5 years in preschool and 4 years in toddlers

    Education Background: Certificate in Early Childhood Education

    Favorite food: Mexican

    Favorite weekend activity: Interior decorating, cooking, and party planning

    Favorite children’s book: Llama, Llama Red Pajama

    Primrose character I most relate to: Erwin

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Bringing joy and laughter to our Primrose Students.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Sangeeta Sriram, Faculty Support

    Ms. Sangeeta Sriram

    Faculty Support

    I’m Ms. Sangeeta.I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I hold Early Childhood Education units with over 2 years of experience. On my spare time I enjoy exploring new places and listening to music. I look forward in working with children of all ages and bringing laughter to all classrooms.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Sangeeta Sriram

    Child care experience: over 2 years

    Education Background: Early Childhood Education

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love to listen and dance to music with children of all ages.

    Favorite children’s book: Curious George-Man with Yellow Hat

    In My Personal Time: I like to explore new places and listen to music.

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am looking forward to working with all the children and bringing joy and excitement into the classrooms.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Ana Velazqez, Faculty Support

    Ms. Ana Velazqez

    Faculty Support

    I am Ms. Ana and I wanted to tell you about myself. I am a mother to one son who attends school here. I hold early Childhood Development units from Las Positas College with over 14 years of experience in childcare. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my son, shopping and going to the movies.I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Ana

    Hometown: Livermore

    Childcare experience:  14 Years

    Education Background: Early Childhood Development units from Las Positas College

    Favorite food: Pasta

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my son, shopping and going to the movies

    Favorite children’s book: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

    Primrose character I most relate to: Mia

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Meeting and spending time with my students.

  • Ms. Mahjabeen Malik, Faculty Support

    Ms. Mahjabeen Malik

    Faculty Support

    I am Ms. Maha and I wanted to tell you about myself. I hold a bachelors degree with 35 Years experience working in childcare. In my spare time I enjoy hiking.
    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Mahjabeen

    Hometown: Danville

    Child care experience: 35 Years

    Education Background: Bachelors Degree in Human Development

    Favorite food: Bread and Butter

    Favorite weekend activity: Hiking
    Favorite children’s book: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Primrose character I most relate to: Libby

    What I’m most excited about this school year: To get to know the families and kids.

  • Ms. Carrie Gaytan, Faculty Member

    Ms. Carrie Gaytan

    Faculty Member

    I’m Ms. Carrie.I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I hold an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development and over 25 years of experience working with children from 2’s to preschool age. An interesting fact about me is that I was born in Alaska and I love to scrapbook on my spare time.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Carrie Gaytan

    Child care experience: 25 years

    Education Background: Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Getting to be a part of their everyday lives and seeing them grow

    Favorite children’s book: The Giving Tree

    In My Personal Time: I love to be with family and friends

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am so excited to be apart of the Primrose Team and learning the Primrose way

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Carolyn Fletcher, Faculty Member

    Ms. Carolyn Fletcher

    Faculty Member

    I’m Ms. Carolyn. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I have over 3 years of experience working in child care. I have a three-year-old daughter who is enrolled in our Preschool Pathways classroom. Since I was a child, I always knew I wanted to be a. teacher so I could connect with families and their children while also enjoying teaching young minds.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Carolyn Fletcher

    Hometown: Livermore, CA

    Child care experience: Over 3 years

    Education Background: Las Positas College & San Francisco State

    Favorite food: Pasta, Pizza, & Mexican

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my daughter & going on adventures

    Favorite children’s book: Dr. Suess

    Primrose character I most relate to: Mia

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Fresh starts & meeting new people

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Shainah, Faculty Support

    Ms. Shainah

    Faculty Support

    I’m Ms. Shainah. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I hold a Liberal Arts degree with over 12 years experience working with children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming.
    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Child care experience: 12 Years

    Education Background: Liberal Arts Degree

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Exploring and creating art with children regarding literacy.

    Favorite children’s book: Where the Wild Things Are by Weston Wood

    In My Personal Time: I enjoy swimming.

     

  • Ms. Kimberly Sims, Faculty Member

    Ms. Kimberly Sims

    Faculty Member

    Hello Everyone, I am Kimberly, I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. I live in Livermore. I currently hold an Early Childhood Education certificate and have over 12 years of experience working in child care. I have two small children who I love spending time with. I am so happy to be here at Primrose School of Livermore.

    I cant wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Kimberly Sims

    Hometown: Livermore

    Child care experience:12 years in child care

    Education Background: Early Childhood Education Certificate from Las Positas College

    Favorite food: Salmon, Pasta, Salads

    Favorite weekend activity: Being Outdoors with my 2 children and going camping.

    Favorite children’s book: Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

    Primrose character I most relate to: Libby and Molly

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Watching the children grow and meeting new goals or achieving the next milestone in their lives.

    Best way to schedule a time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Sujeetha Giriraju, Faculty Member

    Ms. Sujeetha Giriraju

    Faculty Member

    I’m Ms. Sujeetha, I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I have an Associate Degree from DeAnza College and over 3 years of experience in child care I am happy to be a part of Primrose School of Livermore.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Sujeetha Giriraju

    Hometown: Mountain House

    Child care experience: 3 years in Preschool

    Education Background: Associate Degree

    Favorite food: Italian

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with family

    Favorite children’s book: The Rainbow Fish

    Primrose character I most relate to: Mia

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Create good memories with kids.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Susana Sosa, Faculty Member

    Ms. Susana Sosa

    Faculty Member

    I’m. Susana. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I hold an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and an Associate teacher permit with over 18 years of experience working in early childhood education. I am a mother of 3 boys and one girl. I also am bilingual in both English and Spanish, which adds a great element to our Mucho Mundo curriculum.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Susana Sosa

    Hometown: Mexico

    Child care experience:18 years

    Education Background: Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education/Associate teacher permit.

    Favorite food: Tomatoes, menudo, chiles, rellenos

    Favorite weekend activity: Bike rides or long walks

    Favorite children’s book: The very Hungry Caterpillar

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am excited to be a team player and help bring smiles to all the children.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Diana Rodriguez, Faculty Support

    Ms. Diana Rodriguez

    Faculty Support
    Apple of Our Eye

    I am Ms. Diana and I wanted to tell you about myself. I hold two certificates of achievement in Early Childhood Education from Las Positas College. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my spiritual family, volunteering, playing basketball and riding my bike.I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Diana Rodriguez

    Hometown: Livermore

    Child care experience: 3 Years

    Education Background: 2 Certificates of Achievement in Early Childhood Education from Las Positas College

    Favorite food: Samosas

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my spiritual family, volunteering, riding my bike and playing basketball

    Favorite children’s book: Skippyjon Jones by Judith Byron Schachner

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og

    What I’m most excited about this school year: To get to know the families and kids.

  • Ms. Esperanza Gonzalez, Health & Safety Coordinator & Preschool Pathways Faculty

    Ms. Esperanza Gonzalez

    Health & Safety Coordinator & Preschool Pathways Faculty

    Meet Ms. Esperanza our Preschool Pathways Teacher. She has 13 years experience in Preschool Education. Ms. Esperanza studied at Foothill and DeAnza college. When she isn’t spending time with her Primrose friends she loves having fun with friends and family. Her favorite Primrose friend is Percy because he sets an example of good character. Ms. Esperanza’s favorite food is Mexican.

  • Ms. Marisol Valencia, Faculty Member

    Ms. Marisol Valencia

    Faculty Member

    I’m Ms. Marisol I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I have over 3 years working in child care. I have three children, a 6-year-old, a 4-year-old, and a 5-month-old. Two of my children are currently enrolled at our Primrose and they absolutely love it here. I am passionate about having a positive impact on children I work with. In my “free time” I spend quality time with family and children.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Marisol Valencia

    Hometown: Tracy, CA

    Child care experience: Primrose School of Livermore

    Education Background: Over three years of child care experience

    Favorite food:Seafood

    Favorite weekend activity: Going to the park with my family

    Favorite children’s book: “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” Dr. Seuss

    Primrose character I most relate to: Percy

    What I’m most excited about this school year: The time I will be spending with the children, teaching and learning from them.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Preeti Benawadi, Faculty Member

    Ms. Preeti Benawadi

    Faculty Member

    I’m Ms. Preeti.I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I hold an Associates and Bachelors degree in early Childhood Education with over 2 years of experience in preschool. I am a mother of two beautiful children and my 19-month-old attends our toddler program here at Primrose.


    Name: Preeti K Benawadi

    Child care experience: over 2 years in Preschool

    Education Background: Associate & Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: I love to spend time learning and growing with each student

    Favorite children’s book: Curious George

    In My Personal Time: Traveling and watching movies with family

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Providing a safe and fun filled environment

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Ronna Kossman, Faculty Member

    Ms. Ronna Kossman

    Faculty Member

    I am Ms. Ronna and I wanted to tell you about myself. I hold Early Childhood Education units from Las Positas College with over 30 years of experience working in childcare. I am a mother of a 19-year-old son, and I enjoy playing sports and going hiking in my spare time.

     

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

     

    Name: Ronna Kossman

    \Child care experience: 30 years experience

    Education Background: ECE units from Las Positas/Chabot

    Favorite food: Chinese/Pizza

    Favorite weekend activity: Sports and hiking with family

    Favorite children’s book:  Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Getting to know the children and their families better by watching them learn and grow.

  • Ms. Lisa Cardona, Faculty Staff Member

    Ms. Lisa Cardona

    Faculty Staff Member

    I’m Ms. Lisa.I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I hold an Associate teacher permit in Early Childhood Education with over 19 years of experience working in child care. I am bilingual in both English and Spanish, which adds a great element to our Mucho Mundo curriculum. I am a mother of 5 beautiful children, four girls and one boy. I also enjoy playing sports with my grandchildren on my spare time.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Lisa Cardona

    Child care experience: 19 years

    Education Background: Associates Teacher Permit in Early Childhood Development

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Interacting and Reading books

    Favorite children’s book: Brown Bear

    In My Personal Time: I love to play sports with my grandchildren

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am so excited to be apart of the Primrose Team and learning the Primrose way!

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Tori, Faculty Support

    Ms. Tori

    Faculty Support

    I am Ms. Victoria and I wanted to tell you about myself. I hold Early Childhood Development Units with one year experience working in childcare. In my spare time I enjoy watching movies.I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Victoria

    Hometown: Manteca

    Childcare experience: 1 Year

    Education Background: Child Development Units

    Favorite food: Mexican

    Favorite weekend activity: Watching Netflix movies

    Favorite children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Meeting and spending time with my students.

  • Ms. Patty Schenkhuizen, Faculty Member

    Ms. Patty Schenkhuizen

    Faculty Member

    I’m Ms. Patty. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I’ve been teaching for over 10 years here in the Tri-Valley. I live in Dublin with my husband and 16-year-old daughter and 20-year-old son who is attending culinary school.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Patty Schenkhuizen

    Hometown: Dublin, CA

    Child care experience: 10 Years

    Education Background: Teacher Permit

    Favorite food: Mexican

    Favorite weekend activity: Hiking with Friends

    Favorite children’s book: There is Something in my Closet By Mercer Mayar

    Primrose character I most relate to: Percy

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I’m most excited about meeting new friends here at Primrose School and becoming apart of the Primrose Family.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Spoorthi Arsid, Faculty Support

    Ms. Spoorthi Arsid

    Faculty Support

    I’m Ms. Spoorthi.I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I hold an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education with over 4 years of experience in child care. An interesting fact about me is that she enjoys long car drives with her family and visiting new places.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Spoorthi Arsid

    Child care experience: over 4 years

    Education Background: Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education

    Favorite Food: Shawarma

    Favorite weekend activity: Going on a long road trips with my family

    Favorite children’s book: Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Looking forward to teaching and having fun

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Sandeep  Tiwana, Faculty Support

    Ms. Sandeep Tiwana

    Faculty Support

    I’m Ms. Sandeep.I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I hold an Associates Degree with over 4 years of experience working in child care. I love to spread kindness by reading the book Kindness is my Superpower by Alicia Ortego. I also enjoy spending quality time with my children.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Sandeep Kaur Tiwana

    Child care experience: 4 years

    Education Background: Associates Degree, Certificate in Achievement,

    Favorite food: Indian food

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with children at home

    Favorite children’s book: Kindness is my Superpower

    In My Personal Time: I love to be with family and friends

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Gaining hands on experience bringing

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Jacqueline Heim, Faculty Member

    Ms. Jacqueline Heim

    Faculty Member

    I’m Jacqueline Heim. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I hold an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and in Early Childhood Intervention with over 7 years of experience working in early childcare education. I have a 25-year-old son and a 17-year-old daughter, and I enjoy going to the movie theater with my family on my down time. I have a passion for teaching young children and am very excited to spread my love of teaching with all our Primrose families and children.
    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.


    Name: Jacqueline Heim
    Hometown: Tracy, CA
    Child care experience: 7 years of experience working in early childcare education
    Education Background: Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and in Early Childhood Intervention
    Favorite food: Italian and Mexican
    Favorite weekend activity: Dinner and a movie or a live theater show
    Favorite children’s book: In my Heart, a book about emotions.
    Primrose character I most relate to: Peanut because honesty is such an important trait
    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am so exited to join the Primrose family. I am looking forward to meeting the children and their families and making meaningful connections and fostering a love for learning.
    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Sarika D. Bhopal, Faculty Member

    Ms. Sarika D. Bhopal

    Faculty Member

    I’m Sarika, I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I have over 11 years of experience working in child care and an Early Childhood Education certificate. An interesting fact about me is that I speak 4 different languages, English, Hindi, Punjabi, and Tagalog. I am happily married to my husband and we are blessed with 2 beautiful children, a boy of 15 and a girl of 12. I love being around children, educate them, share my best knowledge and help them grow happy and healthy.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Sarika D. Bhopal

    Hometown: Tracy, CA

    Child care experience: 11 years

    Education Background: BA Consular Diplomatic Affairs and ECE Certification

    Favorite food: Sushi, Pizza, Seafood, Ramen

    Favorite weekend activity: Long drive, Swimming, Hiking, Dine in restaurants, cooking and dancing.

    Favorite children’s book: The Kissing Hand

    Primrose character I most relate to: Mia

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I’m excited to meet new students and families and help them grow happy and healthy..

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Michelle Powell, Faculty Member

    Ms. Michelle Powell

    Faculty Member

    I’m Michelle Powell. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I have over 10 years of experience working with preschool and pre-kindergarten age children. I also hold childcare units from Modesto Junior College. I am a mother of a 6-year-old son and enjoy going hiking on my down time.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Michelle Powell

    Hometown: Manteca, California

    Child care experience: 10 years

    Education Background: Early Childhood Development

    Favorite food: Chinese

    Favorite weekend activity: Hiking

    Favorite children’s book: The hungry Caterpillar

    Primrose character I most relate to: Peanut as I value honesty and integrity

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am excited to be a team player and help bring smiles to all the children.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Hanim Yahya, Faculty Support

    Ms. Hanim Yahya

    Faculty Support

    I am Ms. Hanim and I wanted to tell you about myself. I hold a Bachelors degree with over 2 years of experience working in child care. I am a mother to 3 boys and 1 girl and enjoy going swimming in my spare time.I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Hanim Yahya

    Child care experience:2 years

    Education Background: Bachelor of Science in Management

    Favorite food: Hot spicy Tofu, Tempe, and any vegetarian food
    Favorite weekend activity: Swimming

    What I’m most excited about this school year: To get to know the families and kids.

  • Ms. Priyanka Sharma, Faculty Support - Schoolwide

    Ms. Priyanka Sharma

    Faculty Support - Schoolwide

    I’m Ms. Priyanka. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I have over 11 years of experience working with children and 3 years with Primrose. I have an Early Childhood Education Associate teacher certificate. I love spending time with my family and friends and reading.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Priyanka Sharma

    Hometown: Livermore, CA

    Child care experience: 11 Years

    Education Background: ECE Associate Teacher Certificate

    Favorite food: Indian Food

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with family and friends
    Favorite children’s book: Is your Mama a Llama

    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy, because I keep my Promises

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I’m most excited about meeting new friends here at Primrose School and becoming part of the Primrose Family.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Mikenzi Kuntzmann, Faculty Support

    Ms. Mikenzi Kuntzmann

    Faculty Support

    I’m Ms. Mikenzi. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I have been working for over 8 years as a babysitter and over 2 years working at Primrose. In my free time, I love to travel and hang out with friends and family. I relate to the Primrose character Billy because I have always lived up to my promises.I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.
    Name: Mikenzi Kuntzmann
    Hometown: Livermore, CA
    Child care experience: Over 8 years
    Education Background: Working towards my Early Childhood Education Degree
    Favorite food: Burgers
    Favorite weekend activity: Going out with friends or family
    Favorite children’s book: Oh The Places You’ll Go
    Primrose character I most relate to: Billy
    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am excited for the opportunity to learn with your children.
    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Shilpa Kanaka, Faculty Member

    Ms. Shilpa Kanaka

    Faculty Member

    I’m Shilpa, a mother of 2 boys. I am vey excited to join Primrose School. I hold an Early Childhood Certificate along with a Masters degree and have over 2 years working in child care. I love to work with children and be able to bring smiles. This year I want to help children play and grow. My favorite thing to do during weekends are cooking and spending time with my family.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Shilpa Kanaka

    Hometown: Bangalore, India

    Child care experience:2 years

    Education Background: Early Childhood Certificate and MBA

    Favorite food: Indian

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my kids and cooking

    Favorite children’s book: Mix it up

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally

    What I’m most excited about this school year: To get to know the families and kids.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk
  • Ms. Garciela Kennedy, Faculty Member

    Ms. Garciela Kennedy

    Faculty Member

    I’m Ms. Graciela.I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I have Early Childhood Education units with over 7 years of experience working with infants to kindergarten. I am a mother to my 5-year-old son who attends our Private Kindergarten classroom here at Primrose. On my spare time I enjoy photography, painting, and doing graphic design.

    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Graciela Kennedy

    Child care experience: Over 7 Years of Experience (infants to kinder)

    Education Background: Early Childhood Education and Leadership Units

    My Favorite Thing About Working with Children: Enriching our children's future by providing the tools to be successful

    Favorite children’s book: I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    In My Personal Time: I love to do photography, painting, and graphic design. Spending time with my family and my 5-year-old son.

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I am so excited to develop new relationships with all the students and fellow team.

    Best way to schedule time to talk: Request a meeting at the front desk.

  • Ms. Darby McMahon, Faculty Support

    Ms. Darby McMahon

    Faculty Support

    I am Ms. Darby and I wanted to tell you about myself. I hold a bachelors degree with 7 Years experience working in childcare. In my spare time I enjoy hiking.
    I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Darby McMahon

    Hometown: Tracy

    Child care experience: 7 Years

    Education Background: Bachelors Degree, Child Development Units

    Favorite food: Pasta

    Favorite weekend activity: Hiking

    Favorite children’s book: Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

    Primrose character I most relate to: Og

    What I’m most excited about this school year: To get to know the families and kids.

  • Ms. Rose Feliciano, Faculty Support

    Ms. Rose Feliciano

    Faculty Support

    I am Ms. Rosa and I wanted to tell you about myself. I hold Early Childhood Development Units with over 10 years experience working in Childcare. In my spare time I enjoy spending time outside.I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Rosita Feliciano

    Hometown: Discovery Bay

    Childcare experience: 10 Years

    Education Background: Child Development Units

    Favorite food: Mexican

    Favorite weekend activity: Spending time outdoors

    Favorite children’s book: Charlottes Web By E.B. White

    Primrose character I most relate to: Ally

    What I’m most excited about this school year: Meeting and spending time with my students

  • Ms. Freshta Naibkhil

    Faculty Support

    I am Ms. Freshta, and I wanted to tell you about myself. I have over 5 years experience working in a kitchen setting. I have 2 kids who are 24 and 18 years old. In my free time, I enjoy working in my garden and cooking.I can’t wait to learn more about you and your family.

    Name: Freshta Naibkhil

    Hometown: Mountain House, CA

    Child care experience: 15 Years

    Education Background: Early Childhood Education Degree, Bachelors in Business and Associates in Science in Accounting

    Favorite food: All foods
    Favorite weekend activity: I love spending time with my family, going shopping and working my side job of interior design and event planning.

    Favorite children’s book: The Giving Tree

    Primrose character I most relate to: Molly

    What I’m most excited about this school year: I hope to change a child’s life for the better.

  • Neha and Piyoosh Jalan, Franchise Owner

    Neha and Piyoosh Jalan

    Franchise Owners

    Meet Piyoosh and Neha Jalan, proud multi-unit Franchise Owners of Primrose School of Livermore. The Jalans are longtime residents of the Bay Area and excited to bring the high-quality Primrose Experience to Tri-Valley families.

    Neha and Piyoosh discovered the need for high-quality early education in their area when they had their first daughter, Ishita in 2008. “When we had Ishita, we could not find one facility that had the combination of a nurturing, loving environment and the balanced learning we wanted for our daughter,” Neha said.

    As a teacher herself with a background in early education, Neha took matters into her own hands. “I ended up leaving my teaching career and started my own home-based childcare for Bay Area families in 2008.”

    In 2011, with the birth of their son, Samar, just a few months away, the Jalans decided to go one step further in helping Neha pursue her dreams by researching child care franchises. They flew to Houston to visit a Primrose School. “We were so impressed with the Primrose curriculum, infrastructure, philosophy and culture that we instantly decided to become part of the Primrose family,” Piyoosh said.

    While both Neha and Piyoosh are originally from India, though they grew up on opposite sides of the country. Piyoosh first came to America to attend college at Cornell University, and upon graduating with a master’s degree in Computer Science he decided to stay in the country. He moved to California in 2003 and began his career in Silicon Valley, working for companies that include IBM, Yahoo! and Microsoft. Meanwhile, Neha earned a degree in Information Technology from Osmania University in the technology hub of Hyderabad, India. Teaching has always been her passion, however, so after graduation she took a teaching position at one of the largest preschool franchises in India and had great success, earning a Teacher of the Year award in 2004.

    “As a mother of two wonderful children, I understand how difficult it is to place your child in someone else's care,” Neha said. “Primrose School of Livermore will always strive to be a home away from home. We will partner with parents in order to serve children with the same passion, care and love they see at home.”

    Primrose School of Livermore features the exclusive Balanced Learning® approach which blends purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion.

    Please reach out to us to learn more about our school, and the outstanding curriculum and educational approach of Primrose brand. We are looking forward to meeting you!

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