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 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.


A credentialed Master Teacher in Early Childhood Education, 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.

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.


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.


Jamie joins the Windsor team with a special focus on the arts. He has a degree in Fine Arts, specifically Art Education, and graduated with honors.

He received the Teacher of the Year award at his previous school. 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. 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 a passionate father to his son. Jaime grew up in the South and is a fine southern gentleman!


Rebecca has a BA in Human Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Development with a focus on Early Childhood Development through Pacific Oaks College in San Jose.

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.

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!


Gaz has over seven years of experience as classroom support staff working with three through six year-old children as well as toddlers and pre-teens/teens.

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. 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.


Ai has spent numerous years working with infants to school-age children, including children with special needs. Along with being a credentialed Early Childhood teacher, Ai holds a degree in Political Science from Santa Clara University. She grew up in a family of educators (her mother was a preschool teacher too!). She has a creative streak (playwright, film critic, theater) and is fluent in Vietnamese, talents she brings to the classroom.

Outside school, Ai can be found playing pretend with her three young children or trying a new ethnic restaurant with her husband. She has a black belt in Taekwondo and blue belt in Shodokan Karate. She is known for her calm, patient demeanor.


Ms. Gurjit holds a degree in Education, with Early Childhood Education coursework from UC Santa Cruz. She also holds Master’s in English Literature–she is an ardent lover of books and passionate about early literacy. Her experience has been primarily as a preschool teacher, working in academic and play-based preschools, as well as for the Santa Clara Unified School District. She has also taught fourth grade as a English and Social Studies teacher. She is fluent in Hindi and conversational Punjabi.

Outside school, Gurjit volunteers for Project Cornerstone, which aims to promote caring school climates and build social and emotional skills that lay the foundation for life success in children. She has two children of her own, a high schooler and middle schooler.


Liliana holds a Master Teacher credential in Early Education and has worked with children for over 30 years, recently in Reggio Emilia inspired preschools. She has various passions she brings to the classroom–she is fluent in German, has a university degree in Fine Arts, and was an internationally ranked gymnast (earning a place on the German National team)!

She has served as Director of Preschool Gymnastics managing and training 100 coaches, and has herself coached children as young as 18 months, with particular sensitivity for children with special needs. Liliana is passionate about art, sports, and music.


Aneela is a Master Teacher with her Early Childhood Education teaching credentials, as well as Education Supervision and Administration coursework, from UC Santa Cruz. She has many years of experience working at several play-based preschools in the Bay Area. She has led toddler, preschool, and pre-kindergarten classes. She can often be found telling felt board stories to children, inviting them to “feel” each story component!

Aneela has a unique global perspective; she was born in Pakistan and grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. She went to college in the United States and worked many years in Sydney, Australia. Along with an appreciation for diversity and multiculturalism, Aneela is fluent in Thai, Urdu, and Hindi–skills she brings to the classroom.

Outside of Windsor, Aneela enjoys reading mystery novels, going to the movie theater, and traveling. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her two sons.


Tara has over 20 years of preschool teaching experience and holds a Master Teacher credential. She has worked in Montessori, STEM, play-based, and academic-oriented schools. She has led infant, toddler, and preschool classrooms. Tara has also worked with school-age children from kindergarten to third grade.

Tara grew up participating in choir and loves to sing, a passion she brings to the classroom! Outside Windsor, she can be found hiking and on day trips with her two children. She also enjoys meditation and running to recharge.


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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.