Meet Our Team
Catrice has approximately 15 years of experience both in the classroom and as an Assistant Director/Interim Director of a Christian Preschool. She also has 20+ years of general administrative/managerial experience. She has been a member of Brave Church for 2 ½ years now.
Her education consists of 27 Early Childhood Education units and Director Qualification. She recently completed a 2 Day Leadership Training Conference for Early Childhood Education Directors.
What Catrice loves most about working at Happy Days is that she gets the opportunity to view the world with the same excitement and wonder that children do; all the while helping them to grow, explore, succeed as they learn about Jesus.
Our newest addition to the team and is a teachers aid. She has about 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. She has worked at a daycare, Valley Christian Preschool, as well as Carden West Preschool. She has 3 Early Childhood Units and is currently enrolled in 6 more units this semester. She plans to continue and will be enrolling in 4 more units the following semester. She also have a B.S. in Industrial Psychology from CSU East Bay, Hayward.
What she loves most about working at Happy Days is being with the children! She believes children are a gift from God and addores watching them grow at each stage of life. She feels so blessed every day to help shape these children and prepare them for the next chapter in their lives.
Sara has worked in a preschool environment for five years and two of those years has been at Happy Days Preschool. She graduated with a BA Honors in both Early Childhood Education and Deaf Studies. She also has a Master Teacher’s License from the state of California. She recently earned a Certificate of Achievement in Special Education, Pareducator, from Diablo Valley College.
Since she was a little girl she knew she wanted to be a preschool teacher. She says...Maybe because she was so short!
Her favorite part of teaching is encouraging children to love learning; to always question and to use their curiosity to find the answers to problems.
Has worked with children for over 10 years. Her career in Early Childhood Education started while employed by the Santa Clara County Office of Education in San Jose. She has worked with toddlers to young adults, as well as with special needs children of varied age groups, all with different types of disabilities. She has been at Happy Days now for almost 1½ years. She has 9 Early Childhood Education Units. She is currently enrolled at Diablo Valley College for the Fall, to finish her 12 Core Early Childhood Education Units.
She loves that our preschool is a play-based, Christian program. As a teacher, she believes that play-base is very important for a child. It helps them reach a higher level of make-believe, imagination, builds their vocabulary and enhances their social skills & exploration.
Kelly has been working with kids over 20 years as a swim instructor and 3 years in a classroom setting. She has 9 Early Childhood Education units and plans to continue her education enrolling in more classes this Fall.
Her favorite part about working with kids is that they brighten her day whether it's through their silly laughs or creative minds. She looks forward to full days of teaching and watching them learn.
Janet has 40+ years of experience working with children of all ages. She has worked with Campfire Boys and Girls Club and then worked with the San Francisco Boys and Girls Club. She plans to pursue Early Childhood Development Education but in the meantime will primarily be utilized as our transportation specialist for Brave Kids After School Care Program and an aid in the classroom. Janet’s favorite part about working with kids is how they keep her feeling young.
Tatiana Nemlin (starting beginning of Sept)
She has worked with children for approximately 3 years, which includes, infant, preschool and school age children. She has 27 Early Childhood Education units, including Infant/Toddler units and is enrolled in the Fall to continue her studies. She is pursuing her AA Degree in Early Childhood Education. And her favorite thing about working in a preschool is helping the children enjoy their art and reading.