Shanam – Director
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 not in the classroom, she enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and cooking.
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.
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.
Outside school, Simanti can be found spending time with her two daughters, cooking, and making her own jewelry.
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.
Outside Windsor, Papiya adores Indian classical music and spending time with her son, who is her inspiration for becoming a teacher.
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 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.
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.
When not at Windsor, Vicky spends her time playing sports! She swims, runs, and plays soccer, badminton and football.
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 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!
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.
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.
She has 23 years experience teaching infants to school-aged children and after-school programs and has taught in Head-Start, Montessori and play-based centers. She has a hands-on approach working with toddlers and enjoys seeing them develop their unique personalities. She also has a specialty in creating multicultural and diversity experiences with children and their families through “All About Me” book projects.
Rebecca is a passionate storyteller and involves children in her stories, as much as possible. She brings knowledge, experience and an unbridled enthusiasm to the field of education in order to further children’s developmental milestones and mentor newer teachers.
When not with students, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and creating new recipes for slime and play-doh. She’s also an avid reader and bakes delicious treats!
Sonia is a Bay Area native and is known for bringing her playful and outgoing personality to bear at work. She comes from a family of educators. Her mother was a 4th grade teacher and Sonia grew up helping out at her grandmother’s home-based childcare center, which later inspired her to enter the field too. Sonia was her grandma’s special helper, cooking for the children, taking them on park trips, etc. They built a strong community and her grandma is still lovingly known as “abuela” to many former students today.
When not working, you’ll find Sonia out practicing her photography skills and regularly making memory books and photo albums for the students.
Gaz is a creative force at Windsor. He teaches mindfulness, meditation and conscious communication through music, yoga, puppeteering and art. He has made a habit of inspiring and mentoring young artists. He has done this both in the classroom and at creative dramatics camps. In that capacity, he has held workshops for the campers to learn set design and construction as well as backstage assistance.
Gaz is furthering his education in early childhood development and digital arts and animation for game design. He also holds a diploma in Art/Design/Media earned in the United Kingdom.
Outside of work, you’ll find Gaz practicing the piano and keeping up with the classic artform of puppetry.
Nani – Grandma
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.