Teachers

Sandra Choi

Director

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

Linda Sutton

Busy Bees Teacher

Hello, my name is Ms. Linda. I began teaching because someone saw potential in me. Children bring joy into my daily life. I have taught preschool and or Kindergarten for over 40 years and co-owned a preschool for 6 of those years. I enjoy a good book with a cup of decaf. or herbal tea, music, visiting with friends and attending live theatre. It is an honor to be trusted with parents’ greatest treasures.

Sheeba Paspula

Caterpillars Teacher

I started working with small children at age 14 as a babysitter. I’ve always enjoyed children in general. My father is a pastor in India. Interacting, listening, and caring for the children give me joy. I have a Masters in Commerce from India but since raising my two children of my own, I wanted to pursue a career in the Childcare. I currently have 12 units of Early Childhood Eduation. The two favorite places I like to go for self improvement are gym and church. Going to the gym helps me to be physically strong, and attending church helps me to grow spiritually. I have been married for 18 years and have two children, 17 and 12.

Sandra Choi

Temporary Butterflies Teacher

Kristianna Campos

Assistant Teacher for Butterflies

Hello, my name is Kristianna. I graduated from Wilcox High School in Summer of 2020. I enjoy my work with the children. In the future, I would like to be a traveling nurses working with children. My experiences with children comes from taking care of my nephew and niece. I graduated with a GPA of 3.85. I attend church on Sundays and I confess that Jesus is my Savior.

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

Cook / Aide

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.

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!