Director / Jr. K Class Teacher: Busy Bees (Ages 4-6)

Substitute Teacher

Sandy Choi

It is hard to imagine, but education psychologist claimed that by age five, almost 90% of adult intelligence in children have already been formed!

I first started working with children at the age of 15 within my church. In my early teens, I developed a strong sense of caring and compassion for others once I received Jesus as my Savior, which has fueled my devotion to child development.

After college I wanted to become a missionary, however, I first traveled overseas and taught English to children for two years. Upon return back to the States I settled down to raise a family and started Little Star Basics Preschool & Learning Center over 26 years ago. My experience has shown me that sowing seeds of hope in the lives of children through teaching means the world to me.

On a personal note, I hold a BA degree from University of California, Davis, a Masters in Theology from Princeton Seminary, and 30 units of Early Childhood Education from local community colleges. The most daring thing I have accomplished was backpacking alone around six countries in Europe at the age of 24 for a whole month, and the best thing I have done in my life was to have children.

I like to teach, exercise, and spend time with my family

Jr. K Class Teacher: Busy Bees (Ages 4-6)

Shiva Khanna

My qualifications include B.S. from International Teaching from Cambridge University, Certification for Summer Teacher and Trainer from UK. Presently, I am working on Childhood Development Associate Credential. I have taught in Singapore for 7 years as a kindergarten teacher. My hobbies include dancing, art, craft, event planning, and traveling.

Preschool Teacher: Butterflies Class (Ages 3-4)

Assistant Director

Aisha Burney

For the past 8 years, I have worked as a preschool teacher at Little Star Basics. For three years prior, I taught at a much larger school, but from my experience, I believe that Little Star Basics is a wonderful experience for children to begin their early education, both academically and emotionally.

I enjoy every aspect of teaching, and I realize that children learn the best when they are having fun. I am extremely passionate about providing the highest level of education for my students. The highlight of my day is seeing my little ones’ eyes light up when they are putting new ideas together and sharing the joy they feel when they accomplish new things.

I have a degree in Education from Pakistan and attained 30 units of Early Childhood Education from De Anza College. I have two beautiful daughters who are now in college.

I enjoy cooking, listening to music, driving, and mostly just spending time with my family.

Teacher: Caterpillars Class (Ages 2-3)

Chunhee Hinton

Starting as a teacher’s aide, I fell in love with children. I decided to take ECE (Early Childhood Education) classes through San Jose City College and became a qualified preschool teacher. I have been teaching nine years since then.

I believe that teaching should be fun, encouraging, and uplifting. I enjoy making and creating things that teach children to learn and develop critical thinking skills.

Before I taught preschoolers, I worked as a clothing designer for over 23 years after college. My major was in the Fine Arts. I have been married for 26 years to my husband, and I have one daughter, who is a collegiate level tennis player. My family enjoys outdoor activities and sports. I, myself love to watch sports programs, especially tennis matches.

I look forward to working with your child this school year!

Assistant Teacher / Afterschool Teacher

Anna Casano

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Letran College in the Philippines in 2015. I have completed over 300 work-hours during an internship with First Steps Intervention and Therapy in San Jose where I received commendations from teachers and parents.

I have been working as a teaching and office assistant at Little Star Basics since the summer of 2017. I love working with children in an environment where I can help them learn important skills and to feel accepted and loved. I am extremely dedicated and passionate toward my work.

I excel at setting boundaries for students, preparing Arts and Crafts, and assisting teachers to best accommodate your child.

In my free time, I love to read and spend time with my family.

Chef / Assistant Teacher

Michelle Won

Teaching and nurturing children brings me so much joy. I believe my greatest strength when teaching young children is my patience, which helps me guide them through almost any problem. I hope I can be an example to the children to be kind and respectful to one another.

I have been married for about 41 years, and I have two sons who are now married and work at companies in the Silicon Valley.

The most amazing thing in my life is that I married into a Christian family where I can worship God freely after being raised in a Buddhist home. I operated a cafeteria for more than 20 years and worked 7 years in a different preschool before joining Little Star Basics 3 years ago. I currently have 4 units in Infant and Toddler class.

Additionally, I am active in the women’s ministry at my church.

Summer School Teacher

Amanda Zamora

Amanda Zamora is going into her fourth year at San Jose State University where she is studying Child and Adolescent Development. Amanda has a passion for working with children and supporting them in their development beginning from early childhood. She believes that early childhood teachers are extremely important in the academic and development success of children and make a lasting impact on their lives. Amanda volunteers at her church and is a worship leader and youth leader in the high school ministry. Through shining the light of Jesus, Amanda believes that the lives of the children she works with are impacted greatly through teaching with love and patience.