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 Crystal La
It is with great pleasure to be a part of the staff at My Preschool. Working with children has always been a passion of mine. I graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Child and Family Development. Throughout college, I worked at the SDSU Children’s Center and interned at various elementary schools where I have gained much of my teaching experiences. Early childhood education is where I have found myself most drawn to – being able to witness the growth and imagination that children at this age have to share with the rest of the world.
I believe that building strong relationships between staff, families, and especially with your child helps to create a safe foundation. Here, children are free to explore and engage in learning with the support of those around them. With that being said, I look forward to becoming a part of your child’s learning experience at My Preschool.
Crystal La, Teacher
Meet Xiomara Zavala
I am thrilled to be a part of the teaching team. I am excited to teach children Spanish as part of the language component at My Preschool. I started from a very young age to work with kids as a nanny, I have even worked with autistic kids. I find it astonishing seeing different behaviors and being a part of shaping them into awesome human beings.
My passions vary from working with children, travel and photography. I see the importance as an early childhood educator the need for patience, dedication, care and passion for nurturing our new generation.
Viniendo de un hogar latino, sé la importancia de saber más de un idioma para tener más oportunidades.
Xiomara Zavala, Teacher
Meet Desiree La
I am delighted to be a part of the My Preschool team and to be able to work with the wonderful children and families of this school. I have a B.S. in Biology from UC Riverside and I am continually taking courses to further extend my knowledge on early childhood education to best serve as an educator to our youth.
I have always enjoyed working with children ever since I was younger, so I am eager to be able to be here to promote the growth and development of our younger generation. I aim to establish a safe and nurturing environment that welcomes all children to explore, learn and thrive in. I look forward to the opportunities you will find here for both you and your child!
Desiree La, 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