The Incredible Staff!!

Gramma Freda- Founder
She was mother of 5 wonderful children, 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. (the
family is ever growing) In 1980 she opened our first Childcare Center. She immediately joined
the Professional Association of Childhood Educators (P.A.C.E.) It is a statewide association.
She served as area Chairperson, Vice President for 4 years and then President for four
years. She became a member of the national Child Care Association (N.C.C.A.) and served as
secretary for 4 years. She also has lobbied for quality daycare and testified in Sacramento
over many different children's issues. She served on the Board of Directors for the
Community Child Care Council (4C's) of Santa Clara County for twenty years taking the
budget from $125,000 to $28 million. She owned and operated a total of 3 Preschools. She is
the reason our preschool has been hugging, loving and educating children since 1980.

Ms. Lee - Senior Director / Owner-
I have been working with children since 1972. I have B.S. Degree in Early Child Development.I
have had a strong passion for children from a young age. I am the second oldest in a family
of 5 children. I have four boys of my own and 4 grandchildren. I opened Kinderwood in 1980
with my mother. We wanted to give children a safe and loving environment that will promote
positive self-esteem and encourage their imagination to grow and learn. Pre-school is a
major stepping stone to building a good foundation for their future. Every day we make their
early years the best and most rewarding that they can be.

Ms. Char- Program Director-
I have been with Kinderwood since 2000. This is my second home. I love each day that I
come to work! I have worked with every age in this school. Even though I am not a teacher
anymore, I am involved with each classroom. On a personal note: I am a mother to a very
energetic and handsome boy, Robert. He was born October 2007. He is my pride and joy. I
feel that he has opened my eyes to a whole new world I never could have imagined. I am
married to a wonderful Giant, Jim. I also love to hang out with my family. We love to go to
sporting events, wine tastings, BBQs and overall just be with each other. Kinderwood is my
second family and I would not trade it, the teachers or any of the children for the world.

Ms. Danielle: Office and Cook-
Hello my name is Ms. Danielle. I started working at Kinderwood in 1994. I have worked in
babies, toddlers and 3-year old’s. I left Kinderwood in 1998 to be a stay at home mom to my
three beautiful children. I have a daughter who is now in college and attending University of
Puget Sound in Tacoma, 2 Sons at pioneer high School. I have recently returned to
Kinderwood to help in the office and do the cooking for the school. My free time is usually
spent driving my boys around to their actives and watching them play sports I love being
around children of all ages, even my teenagers. Go Hawks!Ms. Shahira - Rm 1- Infants- My
name is

Shahira. Room 1 Infants-
I am married and I have two sons. Waise who is grown and is no longer living at home and
my youngest Soleyman is a Senior in high school. I can speak two languages, English and
Farsi. I have 12 ECE units and I am First aid and CPR trained. Infants are my favorite age
group. I love all of the one on one attention and affection that infants need because they give
it right back to me. I have been a part of the Kinderwood family since 2002.

Ms Julia-Room 1- Infant-
My name is Julia and I have been part of the Kinderwood family for many years. I have been
working with children since the early 90’s. Currently I work in the infant class however I have
worked in all of the classes; I love working with children of all ages. I find it rewarding when I
form strong relationships with my students and their families. I completed my early
childhood education at West Valley College.  I have an adult son and daughter. I also have
two crazy Chihuahuas who think they run my home! In my free time I love to cook, read, and
stay healthy by walking. I enjoy watching cooking shows and reading cooking magazines and
experimenting with new recipes!

Ms. Carrie - Rm 2 Toddlers-
Hi my name is Carrie. I attended West-Med College in San Jose California where I attained
my 12 ECE Units. I have been working with children of all ages since 2000. The things I enjoy
the most about working with children is watching them grow and mature. It really makes me
happy to be a part of their lives. I have three sisters and one brother. I’m the youngest in my
family. I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, relaxing on the beach, reading a good book and
going to family functions. I’m happy and excited to be a part of Kinderwood.

Ms. Jennal- Rm 2-Toddlers-
I have 2 beautiful grown daughters. I've been working with children for many years and I
really enjoy it. I worked at the very first Kinderwood for 13 years and returned again in 2007. I
really enjoy singing and music and movement with the children. My favorite thing to do is
Polynesian dancing and traveling to Hawaii.

Ms. Myra- Rm 2-Toddlers-
I have found a passion for working with children. Especially the littles. I have been working
with children since 2014. I've worked with grades K through 5th as a YMCA after-school
leader, and I also worked with the littles at other daycare centers. I come from a big family 2
younger brothers and 7 first cousins on both mom and dad's side and I am the oldest of them
all. I believe I found my passion for working with children at home and within my family. I am
a Disney and coffee lover. Some of my interests are watching sports (A's, Raiders, Warriors)
at home with family and attending games when I can and warriors ticket prices aren't
through the roof. I also have this thing for photography, I was a photographer for the South
Valley Grizzlies (pop warner football) for about 4 years. I am beyond thankful for this
opportunity to work at Kinderwood, I look forward to spend quite some time here!

Ms Cheyenne- Rm 2 Toddlers-
Hello, my name Cheyenne I started at Kinderwood late August 2016. I started as a floater and
eventually became Toddler teacher. I am a De Anza College student studying early childhood
education. I have a three-year-old son of my own that attends Kinderwood as well. I started in
the childcare field when I was 15 years old at my auntie's daycare, I also volunteered my
summers in another preschool. I became a nanny to triplets after graduating Cupertino High
School. When I became of age I worked for Child Care Careers as a substitute teachers aid. I
worked at 20+ child development centers in Santa Clara county. After gaining my experience
I became a Montessori teacher aid. I am well rounded and worked with children from
different learning environments. Educating children and being a mother is my passion. I take
great pride in what I do for a living

Ms. Bernice- Rm 3 - 2-year old’s-
Hello, my name is Bernice and I have been in childcare for more than 17 years. I love working
with children of all ages. I am dedicated to fostering a warm and nurturing environment in
which children can learn and grow. I have lived in the bay area most of my life and have two
beautiful grown daughters of my own. I am so happy to be part of the Kinderwood family.

Ms. Jackie- Rm 3- 2-year old’s-
My name is Jackie- I have been working at Kinderwood since 2000. I have 16 ECE units and I
am First aide and C.P.R. Trained. I can speak 3 languages. They are English, Farsi and
Assyrian. I am married with one daughter. Her name is Mona. She graduated from San Jose
State. I love working with children because I always wanted a large family. Kinderwood is my
second family. I enjoy watching the children grow and learn. Most of all, I love what they
teach me through their innocence, love, and humor. The best part of my job is that at the end
of my day I never feel like I left work.

Ms. Valerie- Rm 4- 3-year old’s-
My name is Valerie and I am the teacher for the 3-year old’s. They are my favorite age. This is
when they are the most inquisitive and eager to learn and experience new things. I have
been working with children since forever! I have been working at Kinderwood since April
2003. I have 16 ECE units and I am first aide and C.P.R. Trained. I can speak two languages,
English and Portuguese. Working with children has been my most rewarding profession.

Ms. Diana- Rm 4: 3-year old’s-  
Hola! Mi nombre es Diana. Hello! My name is Diana. I speak, read and write in English and
Spanish. I am currently working in room 4 with the 3-year old’s. I started working with
children in 2013. I started with Kinderwood in 2015. Working with 3-year old’s has been my
favorite age to work with. Their brains are still developing and growing, I love being part of
that process. It brings joy to my life. I have 5 sisters, a niece and a mother that I love very
much! I love to travel, take road trips and cook for large groups. I am a student at Mission
College obtaining my AS in Early Childhood Education with a CHAD Major. As a child care
provider I practice respect, honesty, values and treat each child as a worthy person. I believe
it is important to learn each child's unique way of learning. My favorite quote is “A teacher
adapts to the child not the child to the teacher.”

Ms. Sharon - Rm 5 - 4 Year Old’s-
My name is Ms. Sharon I have been working with Kinderwood since 2002. I have been
working with children for over 25 years. I owned my own school for 8 years. As you can see
children are my life. I have 2 adult children of my own, Jason & Art. I have been married over
40 years to a wonderful man, name Abner. I have worked with every age group. I find the four-
year old’s the most challenging and rewarding. When I leave at the end of the day I enjoy
cooking dinner and reading a good novel.

Ms. Maria- Rm 5 - 4 Year Old’s-
Hello, my name is Maria I’ve worked with families for over twenty years. My baby was one
year when I started to work in child care; he now in his mid-20’s. I am a mother of three, two
boys; one girl and they have given me six grandchildren. I have worked with age’s infants
through school age in a variety of homes and childcare centers. I am working in room 5. My
goal is to help meet the children’s basic needs, help develop verbal and social skills, observe
children’s development in all other areas and maintain open communication with parents
and coworkers. I am here to give your child guidance, affection, respect and lots of TLC. I
hope to stay aboard for many new years to come.

Ms Jenn- Floater: I am excited to be a new member of the Kinderwood family! As a
compassionate individual, I find fulfillment and much joy in guiding young children through,
emotional, social and physical development. After obtaining my AA degree and Certificate of
Specialization II paralegal, I decided to go back to school. I am completing my Bachelor of
Science degree, in Early Childhood Education this Winter. As teaching children has always
been my passion

Ms. Angela- Substitute-
Hi, my name is Angela. I have a daughter who was born in the summer of 2016. I have been
working with children for 9 years. I was an infant and toddler teacher, I was a nanny, and I did
substitute work for infants to pre-k. Working with children is something that I truly enjoy
doing. With children I love to read books, dance, and do art activities. Besides working with
children I like to go hiking, camping, and going to sport games.
Kinderwood Children's Center
"I am a single Dad of 2 very
energetic boys. My boys can
not wait to get up in the
morning and come to
Kinderwood. The staff has
always been very supportive
and understanding of our
situation. They care for the
whole family not just the child."
The Saldana Family
"My child went to Kinderwood
the first 5 years of her life. Now
that my child is in Kindergarten I
can truly see what a difference
being at Kinderwood has done
for my child. She started her
Kindergarten year ahead of her
The Joel Family
" The best thing about
Kinderwood is that they are truly
there everyday for your child. I
have never seen such a great
staff of friendly and loving
The Brower Family
"My child has been attending
Kinderwood for 2 years. During
her time here I have seen her
grow by leaps and bounds. She
is growing up so fast right
before my very eyes."
The Carry Family