1. Ms. Tammy Lariz – Administrator:
Having attended Play ‘N’ Learn as a child and growing up around the school (her parents were the owners) it is safe to say that nobody knows Play ‘N’ Learn better than Tammy. She has worked her way up over the 18 + years she has worked here from Janitor, to Cook, to teacher’s aide, to teacher, to Director and now as the Administrator, she is responsible for the entire staff and the curriculum of the school. She works very hard to ensure that your child has the best possible experience during their time here at Play ‘N’ Learn Preschool.
2. Ms. Deepthi – Director:
Ms. Deepthi earned her Masters Degree in Education in 2002 and then obtained her Child Development Program Director Permit in 2013. She has dedicated the last 12 years of her life to improving the lives of the children in San Jose by ensuring their experience at our campus is safe, loving, clean and educational. She is currently overseeing the transformation of this campus into a state-of-the-art facility. Ms. Deepthi is multi-lingual and speaks both English and Sinhalese.
3. Ms. Lyka – Kindergarten Teacher:
Ms. Lyka earned her bachelor degree in Elementary Education in 2009. Since moving to California, she has continued her education even further. She is bi-lingual, speaking both English and Tagalog. As a skilled teacher, Lyka enjoys watching the children grow and develop as she exposes them to new concepts and ideas. She values education highly and it means a lot to her that our parents trust her enough to allow her to educate their children.
4. Ms. Patty – Kindergarten Teacher:
Ms. Patty graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelors Degree in Child Development. Education is very important to her. While Ms. Patty has been with Play ‘N’ Learn for many years, she is currently teaching Kindergarten, something she takes great pride in. Ms. Patty is the mother of two young daughters, which she also takes great pride in.
5. Ms. Rachel – Pre-Kindergarten Teacher:
Ms. Rachelle is what you call a very versitile teacher. Over her last 7 years in teaching, she has assisted site directors, been a floating teacher, assistant teacher and lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher. She has been successful under several different teaching philosophies, including standard curriculum, Reggio Emilia and developmental. Ms. Rachel has her AA degree in child development and continues to pursue advanced degrees in the future. As both a parent and teacher, she strives to provide both a nurturing and educational environment. Her favorite experiences are when children demonstrate new skills first-hand that she has been able to teach them.
6. Ms. Yadira – Preschool Teacher:
Ms. Yadira has her AA degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been working with children for years and has experience with toddlers – 5 years. She loves working with children because she gets to see the children succeed and grow to the next level. She enjoys watching the progress of the children throughout the year and takes great pride in helping to build their self-esteem and confidence. Ms. Yadira is bi-lingual and speaks both Spanish and English.
7. Ms. Delilah – Preschool Teacher
While she has worked in preschool education for more than 5 years, Ms. Delilah joined the Play ‘N’ Learn team in 2014. The toddler room is always very busy and fast paced, which makes it fun for me. I enjoy seeing so many smiles each day. When I am not at work, I am usually spending time with kids like my 5 year old niece Julissa.
8. Ms. Theresa – Preschool Teacher:.
Ms. Theresa was born and raised right here in San Jose. She currently has her AA degree in Early Childhood Education and will receive her BA this November. She discovered her true love of working with children when she started coaching children’s gymnastics. She has worked with several age children at both of our campuses and has very well at all of them. In her free time, she loves spending time with friends and family.
9. Ms. Lupe – Toddler Teacher:
For over 10 years, Ms. Lupe has been working with the youngest members of this campus. While she has seen the campus itself change over the years, she knows that the basic needs of toddler age children remain the same. She takes great pride in providing a safe, loving environment for every child entrusted to her. She understands that quite often, she is the first caregiver (outside of family) that many of these children have and Ms. Lupe takes that responsibility very seriously.
10. Ms. Cecilia – Toddler Teacher:
Ms. Cecilia has years of experience teaching many different ages of children. She has been with Play ‘N’ Learn for nearly 10 years and has had two children of her own graduate from our program. Children love her calm nature and find comfort in her unconditional acceptance of them.