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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 with a Child Development Program Director Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as well as a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She strives to be a resource and support to teachers, parents, and children for providing a learning environment that engages the child's body, mind, and spirit.

Prior to becoming the Director of United Methodist Preschool at San Ramon Valley UMC, she was a preschool teacher at a Parent-Cooperative Nursery School, College Child Development Laboratory School, and Preschool Science Teacher at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek. In addition to teaching young children, she has had a number of interesting experiences working within the field of Early Childhood Education such as the Director in a French Language Immersion Preschool, a Coach for the Contra Costa Child Care Council, a part-time Instructor at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill and at Daley College in Chicago in the Department of Early Childhood Education.

 


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 Disabilites 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.   

 


Teacher - Shokoh Mosalli

IMAG2428225x300.jpgShokoh holds a Child Development Teacher Certificate through the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and she has almost earned her Master Teacher certification. 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.

 


Outside Classroom Teacher - Wendi Cerda

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Wendi has been contributing her creative genius to UMP for years.  We are thrilled she is returning to us after being away for a few years.  Wendi got her first exposure to preschoolers as a young person by helping out her mother in her classroom. Her mother was a career Early Childhood Educator, and Wendi was fortunate to receive on the job training.

Wendi thinks it is important to give children a rich assortment of open ended materials which they can use to create and represent their ideas. In our school's Outdoor Classroom, she will be facilitating and supporting children’s creative development in the many interest areas. 

 

 

 

 


Teacher'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.

 

 

 


Teacher's Assistant - Laura Dwight

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Laura has an A.A. degree as a Special Education Paraprofessional and extensive coursework in Early Childhood Education.  She has over eight years of experience working as a Teacher’s Aide.  Besides her work at the United Methodist Preschool, she is an auntie to six children under the age of six and mother to a six-year-old Chihuahua named Davie. Laura enjoys learning and enrolls regularly in early childhood education classes

 

 

 

 


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.