Shanam – Director

Shanam studied Developmental Neuroscience in the Psychology Department at the University of California, Berkeley, as a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar. She studied the effects of stress from social influences on the brain development of children during the first five years of life. After realizing she would have a greater impact working with children directly, she earned her Early Childhood Education credentials and founded Windsor Preschool Academy in 2008.

Shanam serves as an elected council member of the Early Education Planning Council. She is also on the Advisory Council for Leadership Mountain View, a civic leadership program, and was selected to serve on the City of Sunnyvale’s Childcare Staff Advisory Committee. Shanam was named Sunnyvale’s “Outstanding Businessperson of the Year” in 2013. When she’s not in the classroom, she enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and cooking.


Sahil is a credentialed Master Teacher. In addition to his extensive academic study of Early Childhood Education at San Jose State University, he has experience working with children of all ages from infants to school-aged. Sahil has a background in Business Administration and manages the McKinley facility. He uses a hands-on approach to leadership and stays involved in every aspect of the classroom.

Sahil serves as an elected council member of the Early Education Planning Council and is a graduate of Leadership Sunnyvale, a civic leadership program.

He is known amongst staff and the children for his easygoing, playful manner. Sahil is an ardent sports fan and dedicated supporter of the San Francisco 49ers.


Faith has a Psychology degree, is an Early Childhood Education credentialed Master Teacher, and spent numerous years teaching children with autism before coming to Windsor. As a result, she excels in observing and documenting children’s development. Faith also creates treasured school yearbooks that chronicle the year’s special events. She is passionate about the math curriculum in the classroom and is the technology expert among the teachers. Faith comes from a family of professors and teachers. A quieter person, Faith is known for her calming demeanor and tender presence at Windsor. On the weekends, she has her nose in a book or is at musical festivals with her husband.


Chris is a credentialed Master Teacher and founded and ran his own preschool for five years before coming to Windsor. Chris holds a degree in Education with a focus in cross-cultural approaches and early intervention. With certifications as a Behavior Intervention Case Manager, Special Needs Inclusion Coach, Reflective Practice Facilitator, and certificates in trauma services, language development, and assessment, Chris is noted as our walking library. He has served on the review panel for the inclusion policy of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, review panel for the Desired Results Developmental Profile, and is a contributing author for the adaptation materials used at the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Aside from education accolades, Chris is a professional dancer and recognized gourmet cook and pastry artist; he shares these passions with the children, along with exposing them to Spanish. Chris also enjoys free verse writing and is well trained in martial arts.


Simanti has years of experience working under many different educational philosophies. She also started and ran her own school-age program. Along with an education in Early Childhood Education and being a director qualified Master Teacher, Simanti has a Master’s in English Literature, making her the literacy expert on staff. She is a lover of languages and exposes the children to Hindi, as well as quality children’s literature from around the world. She adds an exuberant and extroverted energy to the school.

Outside school, Simanti can be found spending time with her two daughters, cooking, and making her own jewelry.


Sarah supports our staff by drawing from her many years in the education and care field. For twelve years, she taught kindergarten, first, third, and fifth grade in both the private and public sector. She melds yoga practice with her background in Positive Discipline and conflict resolution to expand the children’s range of social and emotional well-being. Sarah holds a degree in Liberal Studies with an Early Childhood emphasis and a California Multi-subject teaching credential with Cross Cultural Language Acquisition Certification. She is also a credentialed Master Teacher in Early Childhood Education.

Sarah’s other extra talent is the musical ability to play the flute, which she lovingly shares with both her own son and her students. Sarah loves to exercise (dance, Zumba, Jazzercise, Crossfit, bike, skate) and being out in nature.


Papiya has degrees in History and Early Childhood Education and was a founding teacher of the City of Sunnyvale’s preschool program, which she helped establish and grow for seven years. With her knowledge of sign language, Papiya adds to the language and anti-bias curriculum at our school. She’s also enthusiastic about inspiring a love for science in young children. Papiya brings a deep sense of empathy and wisdom to the school.

Outside Windsor, Papiya adores Indian classical music and spending time with her son, who is her inspiration for becoming a teacher.


Phuong supports our staff by bringing her fresh perspective and new ideas to energize our daily curriculum. Qualifying for her Master Teacher credential in Early Education, she continues to add to her academic pursuits. Phuong shows a talent for the creative aspects of education as she leads process-oriented art to relate and reflect on the day’s lessons.

Full of school spirit, Phuong is our resident cheerleader, as she both composes and teaches the children Windsor chants and cheers, complete with tiny pom-poms! She shares a vibrant teaching style and models the positive interactions our school takes such pride in. A bookworm, Phuong collects books for her personal library.


Cheryl supports our staff by pulling from her varying areas of experience. She has worked in an elementary school with grades kindergarten to fifth, been a provider for infants through age five, and an in-home care provider for elder citizens and those with developmental disabilities. With an A.A in General Studies, preparation for B.A. in Multiple Subject Teaching, and Early Childhood education, her commitment to education definitely shows.

Cheryl communicates well with our students, as she has many interests that they can relate to. She enjoys being active, reading, and occasional fun video gaming. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her daughter.


Isabella comes to Windsor with her Early Childhood education and experience working with children from infants to preschoolers. She brings her creativity to our school, shares her talents for singing, sewing, and crafting with the children. She also shares her love for community involvement by adding to our school’s service projects. Combining her maker prowess and passion for community service, she volunteers with Sew for Love, a charity that makes handsewn items for first responders (to use to calm children in distress) and children’s and animal shelters. Additionally, Isabella does food outreach for low-income families and assembles toiletries for the homeless. To relax, Isabella goes on road trips, sews her own clothes, and spends time with her two dogs and family.


Mary has over twenty years of experience in education and is a credentialed Master Teacher. She has served as Director of Childcare at a local Waldorf school, taught in Germany at an international preschool for eleven years, and taught toddlers all the way to middle schoolers. In addition to her Early Education credentials, Mary holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology, California Multi-subject teaching credential from Santa Clara University, and has two years of Waldorf training from the Rudolf Steiner College in San Francisco.

Mary has a love for language and song. She’s certified in German Language, which she adds to the Windsor curriculum, and sings with the Bay Area Showcase Chorus. She is often found singing while playing the ukulele with the children! Mary also enjoys sailing with her husband.


Vicky holds a Master’s in Human Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Leadership and is a director qualified Master Teacher. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Associates in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in various settings, from corporate preschools to family childcare to lab schools, with infants all the way to school-age children. Vicky shares her home language Vietnamese, which is a unique mix of Chinese and French, with the children. She enjoys translating nursery rhymes that are known to the children into Vietnamese as an opportunity for them to experience connection across languages and cultures.

When not at Windsor, Vicky spends her time playing sports! She swims, runs, and plays soccer, badminton and football.


Qualifying as a Master Teacher in Early Education, Evelia worked in a lab school with both toddlers and preschool-age children before coming to Windsor. She brings a new perspective to the school and continues to add to her academic pursuits.

Fluent in Spanish language, she can often be found in the classroom singing songs in Spanish, several she herself grew up singing as a child. She believes exposing children to different languages is important because children develop a respect for different people and cultures.

A Bay Area native, Evelia is very close to her family and has a deep love for homemade Mexican food–she’s currently learning to cook delicious traditional Mexican foods from her mother.


Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts in music and a minor in art from the University of Louisville, Kentucky and a Master’s of Early Education from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis in elementary education and middle school science.

Ann has experience teaching children from Pre-K through 8th grade. She spent six years in the classroom teaching elementary education in Atlanta, Georgia. She taught in an inclusion Pre-K classroom, working closely with a special education teacher as well as a being a lead kindergarten teacher. While teaching she received the Golden Carrot award for creatively introducing food and cooking in her classroom. She also received a Namaste grant to create a bilingual cookbook with her students.

In her free time she enjoys traveling with her family, biking, creating fabric art and writing. One of her stories was recently published as a compilation in a Sunnyvale Library ebooks. She also spends much of her time volunteering in her two sons’ elementary classrooms. A fun fact is that Ann met her husband while they were both working as preschool teachers!


Joly is a credentialed Master Teacher and comes to Windsor with a truly multi-dimensional approach to teaching. She holds a degree in Philosophy and in Digital Culture; minoring in Intercultural Communication Studies, Joly brings a fresh perspective to every aspect of a classroom.

In keeping with our community based curriculum, her ability to incorporate the languages of Hindi, Bengali, and Finnish into her lessons is a valuable gift your little ones will grow from. As we develop global citizens, Ms. Joly’s knowledge from her work, travels and studies in different states and countries pulls the world even closer to our students. Being a mother herself, she always considers the family needs of each child.

When not in the classroom, Joly enjoys watching cartoons with her children, reading novels, watching Bollywood movies, playing soccer, and biking.


Susila is a director qualified Master Teacher and joins Windsor after having worked in a variety of diverse settings. She has experience with the Montessori philosophy as well as both play-based and more academic environments.

She has recently spent her time as a preschool science teacher. She is passionate about providing a quality STEAM education and has the experience necessary to foster the same love in our students. She also loves gardening and is able to spread this knowledge and excitement to our young ones.

Previously, Susila also studied computer science and looks for opportunities to share the concepts, in an age appropriate way, with our students.

Susila has an adult daughter who is a middle school teacher in a local school district.


Jamie joins the Windsor team with a special focus on the arts. He has a degree in fine arts and art education and graduated with honors.

He received the teacher of the year award at his previous school after being nominated by fellow teachers. He earned this honor after designing and implementing an art program for underserved communities and special needs students. Through these efforts he also encouraged his students to enter art competitions and display their work in public spaces (ex: local zoo). And he was able to do all of that in an environment with limited school resources.

Jamie incorporates STEM concepts into all of his art lesson planning and previously worked at an early childhood center for technology serving kindergarten through 2nd grade students. There he also developed and led an art club for advanced students seeking out extra challenges while practicing their craft.

Jaime is also a practicing and professional artist with a primary focus on the medium of painting. He’s also a passionate father to his teenage son. Jaime grew up in the south and is a fine southern gentleman.

Nani – Grandma

Nani, the grandmother of our Director, has extended her role into becoming the grandmother to every student and staff member at Windsor Academy. A lovely example of generational and familial style of support, Nani exemplifies the comforts and benefits of the interactions between our elder and youngest generations. Every student who attends or even visits Windsor receives the smile, warmth, and love that only a grandma can give.

With many children whose grandparents are often on the other side of the country or world, Nani is a special member of our school who we treasure and who graduates remember fondly for years after leaving Windsor.