Teachers

Sandra Choi

Director / Busy Bees Teacher

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

Tanuja Mahapatro

Butterflies Teacher

Spending time with children makes me happy everyday. This is the reason I wanted to be a preschool teacher.

I believe in using fun and excitement when teaching children to meet their goals.
I enjoy getting to know each child as a unique individual, find out out what makes them tick, and then using my knowledge to help them grow, optimize their abilities, and increase their confidence and competence. I find it so rewarding to be an integral part of their development. I have a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from India. In the States, I completed the Basic and Advanced Certification in Early Childhood Education from De Anza College and currently hold 68 units in this field.

Over the last 3 years working as a preschool teacher, I really enjoy every minute working with children as I support them to reach their goals and see their growth and progress.

Ellyn Lee

Caterpillars Teacher

Besides my huge love for children, I love being able to watch children I care for grow and guide them into learning more about themselves.

I have Bachelor degree in Communication from Biola University, and currently pursuing a teaching credential.
I have 3 years of tutoring experience and worked at a preschool as a teaching assistant for 2 years.

My pastime include hiking, exercising, drawing, and reading.

Katie Song

Teacher’s Assistant

The children are so adorable to me. I am gentle and laid back in my approach to children. I like to guide them as the little ones explore.

I am a Little Star Basics graduate. I have about 6 Early Childhood Units.

Michelle Won

Chef / Assistant Teacher

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.

Aisha Burney

Substitute Teacher

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.

Chunhee Hinton

Substitute Teacher

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 24 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!