Meet Our Teachers
Our highly qualified staffs are licensed and certified by the Department of Education in the State of California. They are committed to devoting their lives to educate and share their wisdom with the students who will be the future of our generation. They are knowledgeable in early childhood education and understand the importance of different developmental stages.
They are passionate about their work and execute their practices through innovation, caring and creativity. They are lifelong learners with the latitude to thrive and to enhance their professional and personal growth throughout the year. They are required to attend our monthly professional development training to continually grow. As a result, they will apply their wisdom to help the children thrive.
Meet Mindy Yip
It is my distinct honor to have the opportunity to serve you and your child. I have an extensive background in education that spans from early education to elementary education. I began my teaching career as a pre-school teacher, followed by years as an elementary school teacher in for 12 years before becoming a principal in early education.
I am fully committed to this job and will work collaboratively with my staff to ensure each family and child has a positive early educational experience.
Collaboration and communication are very important aspects of school success and teamwork. Please note that I am able to communicate in various languages– Cantonese, Vietnamese, Laotian, and some basic Mandarin and Thai. I believe in open communication, and I will always leave my door open for you.
Mindy Yip, Cofounder & Principal
Meet Chao Mei
I am honored to be a teacher at MY PRESCHOOL. I began martial arts training at the age of ten in Beijing, China. In 2010, I joined Shaolin Temple USA and performed in various parts of the country, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Washington, Virginia, San Francisco, Fremont and more.
I taught Shaolin Kung-fu and Qi Gong to students ages four to seniors at Stanford University and in different parts of the United States, including Virginia, Fremont, San Francisco, and Sacramento. I have also served as a judge at Kung-fu tournaments and competitions for Tiger Claw, Wu Shu Kung-fu, and Shaolin Kung-fu in Berkeley and San Jose. I believe physical activities promote a healthy body and a healthy mind.
I look forward to sharing my passion for martial arts and my qigong skills to our young generation during gym time and outdoor play here at My Preschool.
Chao Mei, Cofounder & Teacher
Meet Kelley Saetern
I am excited to be a part of My Preschool! I’ve always wanted to work with children and am glad to have been given this opportunity to educate your children. It is my belief that the first few years of a child’s life are critical for their development and I hope to guide your children so they are on track with their developmental stages.
I graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a BA in Child Development (Social and Community Settings). With my knowledge, I aspire to improve the child’s development in terms of social-emotional development, fine and gross motor skills, and cognitive and language development. I also aim to provide a safe and nurturing environment where the children can grow as healthy individuals.
I look forward to working along with parents and children. It is important for all three (parent, child and teacher) to build a relationship that will improve the child’s development.
Kelley Saetern, Teacher
Meet Mariama Bah
It has truly been a joy to be a part of the team here at My Preschool!
I was born and raised in Monrovia, Liberia to my parents Adama and Ansumana, alongside my two brothers and two sisters. I am currently studying at the American River College so that I can earn a degree in Early Childhood Education, which I will achieve by next year.
I chose this field of study based solely on the love and passion I have for educating small children. Watching them learn and recognize the alphabet, sing and dance to memorized songs and count from one to ten for the first time is such a wonderful experience. I hope that this passion leads me to opening my own care facility one day, where I can implement the experiences I have encountered here at My Preschool into my own curriculum.
I believe that children need lots of love, support and guidance and it is my pleasure to help them along the way. I am also delighted to support them in their emotional and educational journey!
Mariama Bah, Teacher
Meet Sheila Fonseca
I am pleased to have been offered a position here at My Preschool as one of the Spanish teachers as well as the two year old teacher! I went to East LA College for 6 years to acquire the units needed to become a Preschool Teacher, but I was unable to put that to use as my husband’s job relocated, bringing my two children and I from Los Angeles to Sacramento. This is my first experience working in a preschool and I have found it to be such a rewarding experience. The joy and trust I see in the children’s eyes when I walk in for the day brings a smile to my face.
Besides my ECE credentials, I was also able to achieve my Medical Assistant certification back in 2011, and am currently attending American River College to become an Ultrasound Technician. Because of the joy I have found working at My Preschool, I am thinking about changing my major to Child Development!
I believe that each child is unique and learn at their own pace, and it fills my heart to watch them grow. I believe that children are our future and I feel very fortunate to be working alongside such dedicated and warm hearted teachers!
Sheila Fonseca, Teacher
Meet Stacey LaTorre
Being a part of the My Preschool family has been a wonderful experience. As a teacher in the front office, i have the opportunity to see all the children’s smiling faces first thing in the morning before they enter their classroom!
I started my early childhood career at a preschool located in Santa Cruz where I took ECE courses at Cabrillo Community College. I was part of a program that served infants all the way up to pre-K for almost ten years. Being able to witness children hit all their milestones within the first five years of their life was such a privilege to watch, and brought tears to my eyes every summer when we said goodbye to those moving off to kindergarten.
When my husband, daughter and I relocated to Sacramento, I was lucky enough to find another preschool that has the same passion and commitment as I do when it comes to childhood development. I look forward to enjoying the same experiences with your children as I have with my past students as they embark on a lifelong learning experience!
Stacey LaTorre, Front Office/Teacher
Meet Teresa Rodriguez
I am one of the Spanish teachers here at My Preschool and am so excited to teach your children another language!
I am currently attending American River College to acquire my teaching credentials to further my career as an educator. My passion for teaching children started long ago when I spent my days babysitting my siblings as well as my nieces and nephews. This continued until I had my own children, only solidifying my love for teaching and watching them grow.
My mother once told me that it takes a big heart to teach little minds and her words reverberate in my mind as I find them to be true. When you work with little ones, there needs to be enough room in your heart for all their adoring faces because they put their stamp on it forever. I never thought a 2 year old could teach me something new but I find that it happens daily and I couldn’t be more happy. Thank you for trusting your children with all of us here at My Preschool!
Teresa Rodriguez, Teacher Assistant
Meet Taylor Tang
I am excited to be part of My Preschool. I have always wanted to work with children when I discovered during high school that teaching was my passion. I currently minor in Child Development at Sac State University and am simultaneously taking Education classes in order to further my studies. I believe that with with time and communication, children will turn out to be incredible human beings.
I hope to help mold their creative little minds as they hit all their developmental milestones and find myself excited at the idea of being able to witness it.
I look forward to working with your children and am grateful to have the opportunity to engage with them and teach them what I would have wanted to learn when I was their age.
Taylor Tang – Teacher