Oakland Staff

Awa

School Afternoon Director and Head Teacher for the Seahorses Class, Awa was born and raised in Senegal, West Africa. She speaks Woolof, French, Bambara, English and Spanish. She enjoys teaching cultural studies and different languages to the children. When she is not at school, she loves to cook or work on her foundation to help poor children and try to make a difference in the world.

Brenda

Wizards Teacher was born and raised in Oakland, Ca. She speaks English and Spanish. She loves spending time with the children and doing creative arts and crafts with them. She enjoys doing story time too. When she’s not at school she absolutely loves spending time with her family and visiting family in Mexico.

Carrie

My name is Carrie. I was born and grew up in Guangdong China. I have been living in Oakland with my family since I came to Unite State. I speak English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. My favorite activities to do with children are craft, art and music and movement. I also like to read stories to children. I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, walking, and traveling. Also, playing badminton is my favorite sport. In my spare time, I like watching TV, cooking, and doing exercise at home and spending time with my children.

Ceci

Hello everyone. My name is Cecilia but you can call me Ceci. I was Born in Mexico and my first language is Spanish. I been at growing light for 15 years. Last year I was at Lafayette I like the environment kids and teachers from Lafayette but Oakland is my home since day one. And I’m happy to be back.

Gia

Lovebirds Teacher Gia was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City in Viet Nam. She speaks English, Vietnamese, Cantonese and Mandarin. Her favorite activities to do with the children are Montessori math, art and crafts, helping the children do performances, and making waffles for breakfast with the children on Fun Fridays. When she’s not at school she absolutely loves spending time with her own children, traveling with her family and visiting family in Viet Nam. She especially enjoys baking and cooking yummy meals.

Hyejin

School Director Hyejin was born and raised in South Korea, and she has lived in Hawaii, Mongolia, Colorado Springs and California. She speaks Korean and English. She loves to do tea parties with the children and curriculum planning with the teachers. When she’s not at school she loves to travel with her family, cook and look for bakeries she’s never been to before.

Kenia

I was born and raised in Los Angeles California now live here in Oakland. I am fluent in English and Spanish. I have been at Growing light for about 3 years now and I love working with children. I enjoy reading lots of books and doing arts and crafts. Family is very important to me & it’s who I spend most of my free time with.

Koey

Hummingbirds Teacher Koey was born in Guangzhou China. Fifteen years ago she and her family immigrated to the USA. She speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English. She likes to teach children to respect and love each other, and to help them learn about different cultures and continents. When she’s not at school she likes to travel to different places, like National Parks or to different countries. At home she likes watch movies and listen to music.

Liiana

Liiana was born and raised in Tepic, Nayarit Mexico. She speaks Spanish and English. In the classroom she likes to teach math, language and nature studies to the children. When she’s not at school she likes to cook, bake, play the guitar, sing, dance, do arts and crafts and roller blade and spend time with her family.

Loida

Hello! My name is Loida Velez. I was born in Castro Valley, Ca. I lived in Hayward the beginning part of my life then grew up in San Francisco. I am of Puerto Rican descent and was able to live there during my 9th grade year where I learned to speak, write, and read Spanish. I’ve worked with children since I was 16 and have known since then that that was my gift and calling. My favorite activities with children are arts and crafts, singing and dancing, and just playing with them like tossing/catching a ball, playing games, or playing with toys right alongside them. In my free time, I enjoy watching old classic movies, spending time with family and friends, exercising and baking healthy desserts!

Lourdes

Honeybee Teacher Lourdes was born in Guanajuato, and raised in Nuevo Leon, both in Mexico. She speaks Spanish and English. She likes to go on nature walks with the children, as well as doing art, singing songs, teaching Spanish and doing body movement activities with them. When she’s not at school she loves to cook and bake.

Lupita

Honeybee Teacher Lupita was born in Tepic, Nayarit Mexico. She was raised in Mexico and the Bay Area. She speaks Spanish and English. Special interests she enjoys sharing with the children are face painting, music and dance, arts and crafts, story time and Spanish. She’s interested in being outdoors and in fitness, reading inspirational books and writing in her journal.

Maria

Wizards teacher Maria was born and raised in Mexico City. She speaks Spanish and English. Interests she enjoys sharing with the kids are Mi culture and Baile Folklorico. When she’s not at school she likes to go for walks with her daughters and her dogs.

Rebecca

Wizards teacher Rebecca was born and raised in Southern California. She speaks English and studied French and Italian. She enjoys teaching the children cultural studies, math, science, arts and crafts and folk dancing. When she’s not at school she likes to spend time watching movies, reading, knitting and playing the cello.

Van

Seahorses Teacher Van was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City in Viet Nam. She speaks Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin and English. She loves working with children and enjoys activities like arts and crafts projects, teaching Montessori math and other classroom works. She loves sharing interesting stories with the children. When she’s not at school she absolutely loves going to the beach, traveling, shopping, watching movies, trying different foods and spending time with her dear family.

Vivi

Hi Everyone!! My name is Viviana but you can call me Vivi. I have been a preschool teacher for about 4 years now. I’ve worked with school age children, middle schoolers, toddlers, and of course pre-K. I love spending my time with children, they are all so unique and fun it keeps my days going. I am originally from Antioch, CA but I have recently moved to Hayward with my husband. We have have a pet bunny who’s name is Caramel. The days that I am not at school I do enjoy painting, going on walks, and trying new food spots!! Glad to be part of the GLMS team 🙂