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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.



Mary


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


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.


Evelia


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


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


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.



Jaime


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


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!


Sonia


Sonia has experience in toddler, preschool and PreK classrooms. She previously worked in a Chinese immersion preschool as an English lead teacher. She is also fluent in Spanish.

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


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.


Jody


Ms. Jody has an extensive amount of education in the field–she holds a Liberal Studies degree, is an Early Childhood Education credentialed Master Teacher, and has specializations in Early Intervention and inclusion of children with special needs. She also studied Early Childhood Special Education at San Jose State University.

Beyond working in preschool and elementary settings, Jody has over 10 years of experience working as a Behavioral Therapist with infants to school-age children. She lives with her family in Palo Alto and enjoys basketball, swimming, yoga, and playing word games.


Ai


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.


Gurjit


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.



Jillian


With degrees in both Early Childhood Education and Psychology, Jillian qualifies for her Master Teacher credential. She is also currently pursuing her Master’s in Counseling Psychology. With over 15 years of experience under various philosophies, including Montessori and Reggio Emilia, Jillian has helped open an infant/toddler program and led pre-kindergarten and school-age classes. She also served as a Family Advocate at a non-profit that supports families going through treatment for substance abuse disorders.

Jillian aims for her students to grow up to be compassionate, functional adults who can handle their feelings, communicate to others, and be problem solvers.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Jillian loves spending time with family and taking walks. She is learning American Sign Language (ASL) so she can broaden her communication capabilities. Bubbly and energetic, Jillian can often be found singing silly songs with the children!


Krista


Coming soon…

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.