The Staff – Preschool
San Jose Staff
Director Erika Bajo
Erika is our outstanding Director at the San Jose preschool site. She was born to native Spanish speaking parents from Mexico, and grew up speaking Spanish as her first language. Erika has over 15 years of experience working with children of all ages. She has obtained her Site Supervisor Permit from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing and has her BA in Psychology from UC Riverside. Also, she attained her master’s degree in education from San Jose State University.
Erika does an amazing job working with parents, collaborating and helping teachers. Working with the children she learns something new everyday, and feels fortunate to be part of an important developmental stage in their lives. Erika loves to read, draw, and create beautiful art in her spare time.
Maestra Margarita is native Spanish speaker from Lima, Peru. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the Universidad de San Martin de Porres del Peru and a Master’s Degree on Communication Disorders from the Universidad Catolica del Peru. She has over 15 years of experience as a preschool teacher in Lima, Peru. Maestra Margarita worked in the states of New York and New Jersey as a Speech Language Pathologist.
She is a proud mom of a 10-year-old girl. In her spare time, Margarita loves to ride bikes with her family, as well as walking and cooking healthy food. She also participates in art performances at her daughter’s school.
Maestra Anabel is a creative and thoughtful teacher. She was born and raised in Mexico. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Instituto tecnológico en Juárez, Mexico. She worked in the School District at Plano, Texas, along with several prestige accounting firms such as PcW and SHCP (IRS) prior to moving to the Bay Area with her loving husband and two beautiful children.
She has been working with children for the past 4 years in the school setting in Texas and California, and been with the Let’s Play in Spanish Team for over 2 years. She loves to create art and create new things for the little one’s in the Preschool. In her Spare time she enjoys using her creativity in art projects, and loves spending time with her children and husband.
Born to Native Spanish Speakers, Maestra Lupita was raised with Spanish as her first language. She lived in Mexico for 1 year and studied abroad for 3 years in Central America at the Universidad Evangelica De El Salvador. Maestra Lupita has years of experience working with children and has over 12 ECE units from West Valley College.
Maestra Lupita comes from a big family whom are proud supporters of Let’s Play in Spanish and is a proud mom of two girls who have been students in our programs, (ages 11 and 4). She enjoys giving back to the community by providing Spanish translation support, servicing families in need, and is currently writing a children’s book.
South San Francisco Staff
Judith is our South San Francisco Director and lead teacher. She is an amazing leader and role model. She was born to native Spanish speaking parents from Mexico and was raised with Spanish as her first language. She has 8 years of teaching experience and has worked with preschool age and school age children. Maestra Judith has a BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz, she has her teaching permit and has obtained her Site Supervisor Permit from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing. She has a son in elementary school and he is completely bilingual and excelling in school. Maestra Judith likes to attend sport games, dance, and do arts and crafts.
Maestra Chuy is a loving and caring teacher. She is a native Spanish speaker from Mexico. She has worked with children for 10 years and has over 6 years of experience working with children in the classroom and private tutoring. Currently, she is enrolled at San Francisco City College, where she is enrolled in Early Childhood Education classes and continues to increase her knowledge in her current field as a teacher. She raised her three children and grandson bilingual by teaching them Spanish. Maestra Chuy likes to read, knit and take walks around Lake Merced. Also, She enjoys playing with her grandson and traveling to Mexico.
Maestra Verónica is a very enthusiastic teacher who loves working with children, showing them kindness and respect. She is a native Spanish speaker from Ecuador. She taught in preschools in Ecuador for over 25 years and continues her career teaching in California. She has her Early Childhood Education and Childhood Psychology bachelor degrees from Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro de Manabí (Ecuador). She came to the United States in 2010 and attended City College of San Francisco, where she took Early Childhood Education classes and obtained her certificate. Maestra Veronica is a mother of two wonderful children. She enjoys having quality time with her children, cooking and eating together at home.
Maestra Evangelina “Eva” is a very cheerful and dynamic teacher. She is a native speaker from Mexico. She has cared for children for over 19 years and has 8 years of experience working with children in the classroom. Maestra Eva has over 28 units in Early Childhood Education from City College of San Francisco and has been awarded the Child Development Associate Teacher Permit by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). She has three sons, two daughters and five grandchildren who she loves to spend quality time with. Maestra Eva likes taking trips with her family and cooking them their favorite meals. For maestra Eva the most valuable thing is spending time with her five children and five grandchildren.