Our Staff

Our teachers are exceptionally well-trained, but more important; they’re inherently warm and loving. With them, the children feel secure and never lonely.

Ms. Meredith

Teacher in our Four Years old class.

She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University.  She combined her classes with a nanny career, so she would be able to work with children.

Within two months of graduating from college, she had her first teaching position as a JrK teacher.  Eventually, she became a PreK teacher and has been working with 3-4 year olds for almost five years now.

Both, she and her husband, grew up in San Jose about three blocks away from each other. In her spare time she spends time with friends and family, her two dogs, and going to the beach.  She also loves cooking, baking, and making crafts.

Ms. Paola

Teacher in our Junior K class.

Paola obtained her Associates Degree in Behavioral Science from De Anza College. She is currently attending De Anza College to obtain her A.A degree in child Development and she has 30 E.C.E units. Her goal in the near future is to return to San Jose State to obtain her Bachelors in Child and Adolescent Development.

Prior to joining Creative Beginnings she volunteered for Head Start Program in San Jose. Paola is fluent in Spanish and is CPR certified. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family and enjoys the outdoors and hiking.

Ms. Paola is part of the Folkloric dance group from SJ State University. Paola believes one of the best things about being a dancer is performing for events where children are present.

Ms. Atorin

Teacher in our morning Older Three-year old class.

She joined Creative Beginnings in 1999. She brings years of experience and an enormous amount of energy.

She is also very creative and has an artistic eye.

Ms. Atorin has 15 units in Early Childhood Education and is CPR certified.

Her goal for this new school year is to prepare her children to learn and have a positive start at school. She believes that children develop their physical, psychological and social learning skills through playing games, manipulating toys and doing creative activities together.

Ms. Stephanie

Teacher in our Younger Three Years old class.

She already has been a preschool teacher for ten years. Her path towards becoming a teacher began when she was just fifteen years old. As sophomore in high school she started her first job at the James Lick children Center, where she worked as a student aide. She continued this job throughout high school and it was also there that she first realized her passion for working with children.

Stephanie’s teaching philosophy encompasses the WHOLE CHILD: emotional, social and self –help development. Of course academics are important, but it is through nurturing the whole child that creates positive, secure, respectful and successful individuals. She believes that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in order to grow. She also feels that it is important to instill good values and habits in children at a young age. Her job as a teacher is to be their guide. Stephanie gives them the materials and the information they need then allows them to learn through experiencing.

In her time away from the classroom she enjoys doing crafts, going to the movies and painting. She also loves spending time with her family, including her two sisters and her 9 year old niece. Family is a very important part of Stephanie’s life and she tries to spend as much time with them as possible.

Ms. Atoria

Co-Teacher in our afternoon Two and Younger Three Years old class.

She has been working at Creative beginnings since 1997. Ms. Atoria is a certified Elementary school teacher and has been teaching for 18 years.

Ms. Atoria completed her 22 units at San Jose City College and volunteered her time as a Teacher’s Aid at Noddin Elementary in 1996. Atoria is CPR certified.

She is married and has a son and a daughter.

Her goal for her class for this year is first, to be there for her students and to show them all the love and care that they will need while they are away from their parents. Secondly, she plans on preparing adequate lessons and make good use of class time to help the kids develop mentally and physically.

Ms. Nina

Teacher Assistant in our Junior K class.

She attended San Jose State University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and also made the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement when she graduated in 2012.

She joined Creative Beginnings in February 2011.

She strives to set a good example for the wonderful children art Creative Beginnings. She loves working with kids and feels like they teach her something new every day.

In her spare time when she is not studying or working, Nina likes to hang out with her friends, go to the movies, shop and go to car shows. Nina has a huge fascination with cars and has been in love with Mustangs ever since she was 9 years old.