Montessori & Spanish Teacher, Araceli Fajardo, is an answer to prayer! She has such a gentle spirit and a very special way to connect with our students. She is patient and funny and is often engaged teaching young minds the art of learning. She loves art and is consistently coming up with creative activities for our students. Teacher Araceli has 9 years experience in early childhood and Montessori education. She obtained her education in De Anza College and Rainbow Montessori. On her spare time she enjoys knitting and experimenting in the kitchen cooking for herself and her husband. Araceli also helps our pets stay healthy!
Assistant Director & Lead Teacher, Cristina Covarrubias, attended San Jose City College, majoring in Early Childhood Education. A genuine and approachable teacher with 18 years experience, Teacher Cristina brings a joyful and loving attitude to everything she does. Her sincere love for children extends through out the week, as she also leads the Early Childhood Ministry at her church. Her contributions to our curriculum design and quality control is invaluable. When she is not at our school, she enjoys spending quality time with her 2 wonderful children, playing with her dog, and taking care of herself at the gym.
Educational Director, Terry Beckett, is a hands-on director working daily with the children. She holds a Child Care Site Supervisor Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, a Certificate of Achievement in Child Development, and a B.A. in General Design Studies. She has 17 years experience in early childhood education and serves as mentor teacher. She dedicated 4 years to Ministerial Bible Studies and Ministry and interned teaching for 2 years. Her 2 teenage boys occasionally volunteer at the school, and inspire her daily. Her youngest was her first student in 2007. In her spare time she paints prophetic art and ministers in inner healing and freedom through HeartSync with House of Hope in Sunnyvale.
We believe that developing a positive successful attitude at a young age paves the road to greater future success in all areas of life.
Preschool Substitute Teacher, Genesis Saucedohas been with our group as a teacher, and lately as our substitute teacher while she furthers her studies. We are blessed to have her with us often. She has been teaching young children for 4 years. When she is not teaching she is serving as an EMT. Helping others is her passion and dedication is evident in everything she does. She has an 11 year old son that she is so proud of.
Spanish Teacher & Cook, Maria Zapien, completed her early education in Gavilan College, and has been caring for children for 15 years. She is a mother of 3 children and really enjoys her work. She co-leads our Spanish Immersion program in the afternoon where children are exposed to Spanish lead activities. Although she will be speaking lots of Spanish to your little ones throughout the day, she connects with her students dearly. She is an amazing cook and makes all our lunches. We are blessed with her immense heart. Maria enjoys creating pastries, plant and vegetable gardening, knitting and spending time with her family.
Administrative Director, Rose Gemmell, holds a Child Care Site Supervisor Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, a Certificate of Achievement in Child Development, a Master Degree in Business Administration, and two years in Ministerial Bible Studies. She has 15 years experience in early childhood education. She has 2 happy and successful children, whom she works with daily and 4 grandchildren whom she encourages with tons of love, thoughtfulness, and wisdom. She has the heart of a mother and has always been extremely generous with her family. Friends who know they can always count on her.
With us since 2017
We would like to honor and extend our deepest appreciation to our teachers, who make our school the wonderful place what we are and who are the backbone and heroes at our school! May our Lord bless you with energy, joy and patience as you lead the next generation.
Our school was founded in 2008 by me, Terry Beckett, Educational Director; and my mother Rose Gemmell, Administrative Director. It all started in 2004, when the seed of our school was born and after 3 years of dedication, intense certifications, prayer and hard work all the ingredients were ready to come together for what would become our beautiful preschool.
Our teachers plan intentional experiences and carefully arrange our environments and activities to allow children to explore, discover and develop a love for learning!
With us since 2015
With us since 2009
Together, we dreamed to create safe, nurturing and exciting place for children to learn and grow. By God's grace and filled with a sincere love of children and a desire to give them the best that we can, combined with our faith in God ~ First Discoveries Christian Preschool came to be. We'd be honored to share the history of our facility and it's transformation in our Vision Book.
Preschool Teacher, Teresita Flores,has been a tremendous blessing to our team. Teresita has an amazing ability to connect with children that transcends language. In her first months with us she successfully helped non verbal and non English speaking children feel comfortable. Her genuine kind hearted attitude allows our students to trust and know that their needs are being met. She received her early childhood education at De Anza College. She has 2 sweet young children who enjoy their turtle Ronnie very much.
With us since 2017
Serving beautiful Willow Glen since 2007
Lord, we pray that all the sweet children that have spent some time learning about You with us, will have a deep reverence for You and Your ways. May they hide Your Word in their heart like a treasure, and seek after understanding like silver or gold. Give them a good mind, a teachable spirit, and an ability to learn. Instill in them a desire to attain knowledge and skill, and may they have joy in the process. Above all, we pray that they will be taught by You, for Your Word says that when our children are taught by You they are guaranteed peace. May they always turn to You for the knowledge they need and take time to hear You.
"Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path." ~ Psalm 119:105
With us since 2008
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