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Director - Paulette Ove
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Paulette has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 20 years. Her appreciation for young children and this stage of growth and development keeps her passionate about her work.  "Learning is exciting, and the teachers and I strive to create an early learning experience that engages the whole child - body, mind, and spirit." 

Paulette has a Child Development Program Director Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She strives to be a resource and support to teachers, parents, and children. 

Paulette has enjoyed a wide variety of positions in the filed of Early Childhood Education; she has been a Teacher in a number of settings -- Parent-Cooperative Nursery School and Developmental Kindergarten, College Child Development Laboratory School, Children's Science Museum program and French Language Immersion Preschool.  She was a Family Life Specialist and supervised student teachers at Diablo Valley College's Child Development Center and she was a Coach with the Contra Costa Child Care Council and provided technical assistance and on the job training to Preschool Providers. She also enjoyed working as a part-time Instructor at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill and at Daley College in Chicago in the Department of Early Childhood Education. She finds all of her previous experiences to be a great source of knowledge from which she draws upon to guide her work at UMP. 


Office Administrator - Patsy Kyles

 

 

Patsy has been an Office Administrator and Executive Assistant for over a decade in a diverse array of organizations. She volunteers often and enjoys giving back. Some of her volunteer positions have been a member of the Community Advisory Council for First 5, President of the Parent’s Volunteer program for Head Start, PTA Treasurer for her daughter’s high school, and she taught children’s Bible Study at her Church for over 7 years. Patsy has two children, ages 16 and 23 years old. She is happy to be a member of United Methodist Preschool staff, because she has a deep love and appreciation for young children.

 

 

 

 


Teacher - Sue Kohles

 

Sue holds a Masters in Learning Disabilities and a Bachelors of Arts in Speech Patholology from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to coming to the United Methodist Preschool in 2012, Sue taught in the San Ramon Valley School District. Sue had the pleasure of working with children in kindergarten, first and third grades. 

Sue is passionate about creating a curriculum that supports her student's natural curiosity and love of learning. The small class-size ratio and the rich environment at the Methodist Preschool provide opportunities, inside and outside the classroom, for Sue's students to grown both academically and socially. 

 

 

 


Teacher - Linda Baldwin

 

Linda holds a Child Development Teacher Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as well as an Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. Linda's Pre-K student teaching was completed at a College Child Development Laboratory School.

After volunteering for many years as a teacher at her community church, Linda decided to pursue her desire to become a professional Preschool Teacher and joined the staff at Methodist Preschool. Linda is proud to share that her grandchildren are also learning, growing, and enjoying their preschool years at Methodist Preschool.  

 

 

 

 


Teacher - Kim Kumnick

 

Kim has a passion for teaching young children and completed a degree in Education.  She began teaching autistic preschool-aged children during her sophomore year in college. After graduation, she continued teaching in the San Ramon Valley School district as a substitute for four years while she continued attending classes toward for elementary-school credential. Kim taught Art Enrichment classes and a 1/2 special day combo class, but her favorite age is preschoolers. 

Kim has been teaching at United Methodist since 2012.  Years ago, she was a student at United Methodist Preschool! Kim strives to provide a nurturing and encouraging environment for the children, and she cherishes the close relationships she builds with her students and their families. 

 

 

 


Teacher - Debbie Byers

 

Debbie has eight years of teaching experience in Early Childhood Education programs. Debbie studied Early Childhood Education at West Valley College in Saratoga, CA., and she worked in the Child Development Lab School on the West Valley campus.  Debbie joined the United Methodist Preschool in 2013 and she has been a great addition to the teaching staff.  She is a skillful Early Childhood Educator and loves working with all ages of preschoolers.  She works in several capacities at UMP – as a Lead Two’s Teacher, Lead Teacher in the 3-day preschool program, and as Lunch Bunch Teacher.  She also works as a Preschool Sunday School teacher.  In addition to working at United Methodist Preschool, she has been very active in Scouting with her son.  

 

 

 

 


Teacher - Paru Parvatharani

 

Paru has been an early childhood educator for several years and she has her teacher certification through the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  She has an extensive educational background in Early Childhood Education and continues to take child development courses at Diablo Valley College.  Paru lives in San Ramon and has two children. She has been an active volunteer in her children’s schools.  On the weekends, Paru volunteers in an Indian cultural based program.  She loves working with children and thinks it is a blessing to work with young children in a play-based program.  

 

 

 

 


Teacher - Sandra Sheehan Fischman

Sandra came into the field of Early Childhood education because she has a great affinity for young children. She comes from a long lineage of educators, but she did not find her way into this occupation until recently.

After receiving a B.S. in Business Administration from Oregon State University, she began her career as a Buyer for Nordstrom’s California and she did Consulting and Marketing for Nordstrom.  Sandra left the corporate world to stay at home and raise her children. 

Now that her youngest child is in high school, Sandra looked to find a type of work that she would find fulfilling and rewarding.  We are delighted that she chose to pursue Early Childhood Education and has completed the State requirements to serve as Early Childhood Teacher.  She is continuing her education and course work in this field as she finds this stage of child development fun and fascinating. 

In her spare time she is involved in the National Charity League with her daughter, has a love for art and painting, and spending time with family and friends.   

 


Extended Care Teacher - Shokoh Mosalli

IMAG2428225x300.jpgShokoh holds a Child Development Master Teacher Certificate through the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. In addition, she has an Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Diablo Valley College.  In the past, she volunteered at schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District while her children were young. She found this work interesting, because it enabled her to experience children of all ages and stages of development.

One of her greatest passions is being able to work with children, especially toddlers and preschoolers. She loves how children at this age are full of curiosity, love, confidence, and are like little “sponges” – able to soak up information and learn quickly. She wants to help strengthen these wonderful traits and be a contributing member on their learning journey.

Shokoh has resided in Danville for over 20 years with her husband where they raised their son and daughter who are now 28 and 25 years of age. She has two vivacious granddaughters, ages eight months and four years; they are the apple of her eye.

 

 


Assistant Teacher - Meg Collier

Meg has a level three teaching diploma from the U.K. and certificates in social care, child care, and child developmental psychology.  She has several years' experience working with the under fives in various settings and has volunteered regularly in her own children's schools.  Meg moved to California in 2014 with her family.  She has been at United Methodist Preschool since 2016 where she works in a Two's class (Mon. & Wed.) and Three-Year-Old's class (Tues. Thurs. Fri.).  She feels very lucky to be working with preschoolers and to be able to share these very special formative years with the children and their families. 


Assistant Teacher  - Manelle Merrill

Manelle holds a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from Boston University.  She worked in finance for 10 years and then decided to stay at home when she started her family.  Manelle currently lives in Lafayette with her husband and two children.  Her children both attend Lafayette Elementary School where her son is in 5th grade and her daughter is in 2nd grade.

For the past 4 years, she has worked part-time first as an Online Secret Shopper and then at Anthropologie & Co. in Walnut Creek as a sales associate.  She has always loved working with children and has previously volunteered on the Board of a local non-profit for special needs children.  Manelle is currently an active volunteer at her children's school, is on the PTA and has been a Girl Scout leader for her daughter's troop for the past two years.


Outside Classroom Teacher & Two's Assistant - Anna Rainsford

 

 

 

Anna lives in Danville with her husband and two elementary school-age boys. She has seven years of experience teaching in Early Childhood programs at a parent cooperative nursery school and at the United Methodist Preschool as a Teacher’s Assistant.  She finds great joy in her work and enjoys helping teachers provide a play-based, developmentally appropriate program that nurtures the whole child.

 

 

 


Music Teacher -- Beth McClelland

Beth 300X225.jpgBeth has an exciting history of working with children in various pediatrics nursing professions as well as teaching elementary education.  She majored in Child Development and Biological Sciences at UC Davis. Beth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing as well as Public Health Nurse Certificate from the University of California San Francisco.  She spent a good portion of her 18 years nursing chronically ill children and then made a career change to work in elementary education after receiving her teaching credential from St. Mary's College.  Most of her 22 year teaching career was spent in kindergarten in the SRVUSD where she melded her love of music and working with children.  Music has been in Beth's life as long as she can remember; singing in church, scouts and school, playing a variety of musical instruments through her college years and then teaching music in the classroom.  She also enjoys being a member of SRVUMC's Chancel Choir and recently took over directing the Children's Choir at SRVUMC.

Beth believes music is a universal language and speaks to each of us.  It offers a way to teach many subjects as it has rhyme, rhythm and repetition. By introducing music at this young age we begin to develop appreciation of different sounds, pitches, rhythms and we can replicate those though voice, instruments and movement.  Her hope is that this introduction to music at United Methodist Preschool might plant a seed that will grow into a lifelong interest, appreciation, or even passion to play an instrument, sing or dance.


Substitute Teacher -- Susan Pickering

 

 

 

Susan is a member of the United Methodist Church.  She has a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing.  She spent 20 years practicing and teaching Women’s Health care.  She substitutes at the Methodist preschool and enjoys reading and hiking with her family.  

 

 

 



Substitute Teacher - Renee Sintchak