Here at Palm Academy, our staff is dedicated to creating an environment that fosters the learning and growth for students of all ages. Please take the time to learn a little bit about our talented teachers and staff!

Administration

Ruth

Ms. Ruth Yong, PhD

Executive Director
Education: Purdue University
Experience: 8 Years
About Me: Someone once described Ruth as an ‘Educator at Large’. She has worked in and around education for most of her career, including being a classroom teacher, a center/school administrator with a wide variety of responsibilities and a coach and trainer for aspiring teachers and entrepreneurs. Dr. Ruth came to education and child care services with over 10 years of industrial experience, which helped her approach educating children from a very different perspective.She thinks that emotional intelligence is just as important, if not more important, than intellectual intelligence in today’s world. Ruth was raised in Fremont, California, went to Mission San Jose High School, graduated with a Bachelors of Science from the University of California, Berkeley and Purdue University for her Masters and PhD. degree.

During her time in industry, she traveled extensively to different regional offices in the U.S. and overseas to conduct training certifications for upper management. She has also worked with research and development to develop a computer training module that, still this day, continues to train thousands of employees every month.

It was her family that brought her back to Fremont, California to start Fastrackids and Palm Academy in 2006. Besides dedicating most of her time to our preschool centers and children’s education, she also coaches aspiring entrepreneurs, teaches children’s Sunday school and sings in the choir.

 

SophieMs. Sophie

Education: Coming Soon…
Experience: Coming Soon…
About Me: Hello! My name is Sophie, and I am currently an intern, as Accounting Administrator, at Palm Academy. I’ve completed my education with a Masters degree in Business Administration, and I have an Associate degree in Finance. Being an Accountant is one of my dream jobs, and my nearest future goal is to get my CPA. I love being around children, seeing them learn and grow while having fun!

In my spare time, I enjoy doing yoga to keep my body flexible. I love to travel and have been to six different nations and tons of places. Getting to see a lot of different countries and places, truly broads my horizon seeing this amazing world.

 

Infant Care

aileen

Ms. Aileen

Infant Aide
About Me: My name is Aileen Yiu. I have been working with children for 8 years. I currently work as an aide in the Infant room at Palm Academy. I love babies and enjoy taking care of them. Getting to see the babies grow and learn is very rewarding.

In my spare time, I like to cook and go on hikes. I look forward to working with many families and children to come here at Palm.

 

 

 

 

anaisMs. Anais

Infant Aide
About Me: Hola! Hello There! My name is Anais Enciso, and I go by Ms. Ana. I am 22 years old, and I work in the Infant Room with Ms. Jennifer. I speak fluent Spanish, and I am currently attending Chabot College. I am working on my transfer to Cal State University for Psychology. Before I became a staff member of Palm Academy, I worked with The Hayward Police Department in a program called Junior Giants. I worked with a variety of different age groups and with the Hayward District Child Nutrition Program as well.

I am a mother of a beautiful 2 year old baby girl. I love children, and they are the biggest blessing.

 

 

Jennifer2Ms. Jennifer

Assistant Director, Preschool Center

Education: Chabot College, Western Career College
Experience: 21Years
About Me: My name is Jennifer Buchanan, and I have been working with Palm Academy for the last 4 years. I currently oversee the Infant/Toddler program and actively work as the lead teacher in the Infant Center. My passion has always been working with young children. I received my education at Chabot College, obtaining several units in Early Childhood Education. I also have a medical background, and I graduated from Western Career College as a certified medical assistant. I have 21 years of teaching experience and love my job here at our preschool center. Working with 2 year olds is amazing and very rewarding. I always strive to provide the highest quality of care. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my 4 children.

 

karen

Ms. Karen

Infant Teacher
About Me: Hi! My name is Karen Dannewitz, and I have been working in the infant room since March. I have been teaching preschool since 1979. I have worked in a variety of different types of preschools: church connected, Head Start in the Livermore Valley as well as ‘for profit’ private schools. I have an AA from Delta College in Stockton, a BA from CSU Sacramento and have almost finished an MS in ECE through CSU East Bay. I am divorced and have 2 grown boys 35 and 39. My family moved to ‘Danville in 1956 from Seattle Washington. I grew up in the San Ramon Valley. At that point there were less than 1100 in Danville and NO freeway. Danville was literally a wide spot in the road.

I love to travel and have been to 19 different countries. I like to scrapbook, quilt, sew and create! My favorite thing to do is working with preschool children!

 

ms-yenMs. Yen

Infant/Toddler Teacher
About Me: My name is Yen Nguyen, who is an Infant/Toddler Teacher at Palm Academy since July, 2015. With the experience, I have 18 years experience in teaching and taking care of children, especially exceptional children at In Home Support Services, County of Santa Clara. And with the skill, I always pay attention and patient with babies whom I love very much. I also speak bilingual languages: English and Vietnamese.

For the education, I earned an A.S Degree in Early Childhood Education(ECE) at San Jose City College, including 30 credit units, 2010. And for the permit, I have a Child Development Teacher Permit from Commission on Teaching Credentialing in California Public Schools, Sacramento, 2011; and an In Home Service Continuing Education Course of Study Certificate from In Home Supportive Service Public Authority, San Jose, 2011

Besides working at the school, I also sing in the Worship Team at Grace Alliance Church, Milpitas, and in the choir of Bay Area Gospel Radio, CA .

 

Preschool

Barbara

Ms. Barbara

Preschool Lead Teacher
About Me: My name is Barbara Cooper, I have over twenty years of excellent experience working with diverse and multicultural children and their families. I also have an excellent background in early childhood education that helps me to continue my career working with children.

I am truly excited working at Palm Academy, which has put their trust and confidence in supporting me with the best job ever. I assure your children will get the finest education/academic that they need. I take my job very serious of supporting children in their developmental growth and skills.

 

 

Eva

Ms. Eva

Preschool & After School Teacher
Education: Patten University, Oakland, CA
Experience: Over 12 Years
About Me: Hello, my name is Eva and I have been working at Palm Academy for over 7 years. I am currently working in the preschool in the morning and one of the after school instructors for the 1st & 2nd graders. I went to Patten University and have my B.A. in liberal studies with an emphasis on literature and have a minor in Bible. I love spending time with my family and I have two beautiful boys. When I have time of being a busy mom I love reading and crocheting. I also serve in my local church by singing and playing the guitar in worship.

 

florence2Ms. Florence

Preschool Lead Teacher
About Me: My greatest joy in witnessing a student’s academic accomplishments and instilling intellectual motivation in the young child’s heart and mind, encourages me to teach! Hello, my name is Florence McClure. I offer teaching support in the Pre-Kindergarten & Transitional Kindergarten classroom as well as the after-school Kindergarten enrichment program at Palm Academy. The enriching FasTrack, ABC Music & Me, Sparks, and JEI programs allow me to present well-rounded academics to thriving minds! Since the various stages of maturation differ in the classroom, I delight in witnessing the “aha-moments!” of those precious learners.

I chose to pursue a teaching career since incurring a layoff as a medical assistant after sixteen years. I then decided to return to the community college to receive an A.A. to transfer to a university. While attending college, I gained invaluable experiences as a middle school aide and pre-school teacher. For the past twenty-five years to present, I have been involved in various organizations in Sunday school, vacation bible school, and community service activities. In fact, currently, I am involved in the children’s ministry at a Vietnamese church in San Jose. Additionally, I am an active board member for Cedarbrook Camp of Northern California. I believe graduating from Liberty University in 2013, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, equipped me to share my vision of creating an optimistic environment for intellectual, social, and tactile learners in the classroom. Without a doubt, working and spending time with children are of my utmost passion!

 

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Ms. Parul

Preschool Teacher
Education: Ohlone College
Experience: Less than 1 Year
About Me: Hi, my name is Mrs. Parul Aggarwal. I am a morning teacher in the 4-year-old Pre-K classroom here in Palm academy. It is so amazing and pleasurable working here! I did my masters in economics in India. I got my credentials from Ohlone College in early childhood education. I have more than 2 years of experience in this exciting field. I chose this career because I love working with kids. I love seeing the excitement on their faces when they achieve something or greet me with a big smile and a hug whenever I walk through the door every morning. In my spare time, I like to enjoy and interact with my family. I have two sons, one in 10th grade and the other in 5th grade. We like to visit new places, and go on long drives. I like watching Hindi movies.

 

Windy

Ms. Windy

Preschool Teacher
About Me:Hi, my name is Windy Johnson and I am the toddler teacher here at Palm Academy. I studied Early Child Education at Chabot College and have been working in the childcare field for over twenty five years. Working with children is my true passion in life. I believe the first years of a child’s life are the most important. This is when they learn about love, trust, and compassion. It is important for every child to feel validated, to build their confidence and self-esteem. I look forward to working with you and your children.

 

 

After School & Enrichment

Amy

Ms. Amy

After School Teacher
Education: Ming Chung
Experience: Over 6 Years
About Me: Hi! My name is Amy, and I graduated from Mingchuan University in Taiwan. At Palm Academy, I am the Teacher’s Assistant for the Kindergarden class.I have had experience with after school daycares for almost ten years, and have mainly been teaching kindergarten because I really enjoy seeing them learn and grow up. Outside of Palm Academy, I love art, and I spend a lot of my free time looking at painting in galleries and buying decorations for the home.

 

 

Anthony

Mr. Anthony

After School Teacher
Education: BA: English; BA: Psychology; Credentials: English; ESL. San Francisco State University.
In Progress: Master’s Degree in Asian Philosophy and Religion (Fall 2014), California Institute of Integral Studies.
Experience: Over 20 years.
About Me: Hi! My name is Mr. Anthony Billings. I am an after school instructor at the JEI Learning Center in Newark and at Palm Academy. I was an English and ESL teacher for many years in public schools, and then I went back to graduate school. I still do work in editing and tutoring, and now I am happy to be working with elementary school students in English and math. I love learning and studying. All of my studies and experience have taught me that the most important time of life is early childhood. It is very important for children to learn confidence, self-esteem, and good work habits in a friendly and fun environment. Then they will form a good identity and be curious about life, and also try to help the world. I am very grateful to be working with the community at Palm Academy and JEI. I also love art, music, world cultures, and exercise.

Mr. David

Education: Coming Soon…
Experience: Coming Soon…
About Me: Bio Coming Soon

Eric

Mr. Eric

After School Instructor
About Me: Hello! My name is Eric Chang and I am a tutor at Palm Academy/JEI. I tutor children from all ages, ranging from kindergarteners and up to 8th grade students. Currently, I only teach in the afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PMon weekdays. I graduated with honors from Milpitas High School in 2012. I began my tutoring career by teaching high school students during the 12th grade.

To continue my education, I am currently attending San Jose State University with a major in Biological Sciences (concentration in Molecular). For fun, I play badminton during my spare time with both friends and family. If you ever have any questions about me or our program, I welcome you to find and talk to me. I am also available through email (EricChang2271@gmail.com), so don’t hesitate to contact me.

Although, I’m a relatively new tutor (joined in November 2013), I strive to improve with help from my colleagues, students, and parents.

 

Eva

Ms. Eva

Preschool & After School Teacher
Education: Patten University, Oakland, CA
Experience: Over 12 Years
About Me: Hello, my name is Eva and I have been working at Palm Academy for over 7 years. I am currently working in the preschool in the morning and one of the after school instructors for the 1st & 2nd graders. I went to Patten University and have my B.A. in liberal studies with an emphasis on literature and have a minor in Bible. I love spending time with my family and I have two beautiful boys. When I have time of being a busy mom I love reading and crocheting. I also serve in my local church by singing and playing the guitar in worship.

 

florence2Ms. Florence

After School Lead Teacher
About Me: My greatest joy in witnessing a student’s academic accomplishments and instilling intellectual motivation in the young child’s heart and mind, encourages me to teach! Hello, my name is Florence McClure. I offer teaching support in the Pre-Kindergarten & Transitional Kindergarten classroom as well as the after-school Kindergarten enrichment program at Palm Academy. The enriching FasTrack, ABC Music & Me, Sparks, and JEI programs allow me to present well-rounded academics to thriving minds! Since the various stages of maturation differ in the classroom, I delight in witnessing the “aha-moments!” of those precious learners.

I chose to pursue a teaching career since incurring a layoff as a medical assistant after sixteen years. I then decided to return to the community college to receive an A.A. to transfer to a university. While attending college, I gained invaluable experiences as a middle school aide and pre-school teacher. For the past twenty-five years to present, I have been involved in various organizations in Sunday school, vacation bible school, and community service activities. In fact, currently, I am involved in the children’s ministry at a Vietnamese church in San Jose. Additionally, I am an active board member for Cedarbrook Camp of Northern California. I believe graduating from Liberty University in 2013, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, equipped me to share my vision of creating an optimistic environment for intellectual, social, and tactile learners in the classroom. Without a doubt, working and spending time with children are of my utmost passion!

 

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Ms. Jin

After School Teacher
Education: Shanghai University
Experience: Over 5 Years
About Me: Hello! My name is Jin Ye and I teach the 1st grade class at Palm Academy. I’ve been working with children for 8 years and find it very rewarding. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy playing badminton and cooking. Palm Academy is a wonderful place to work, the kids, families and coworkers are all very supportive.

 

 

Mr. Peter

Education: Coming Soon…
Experience: Coming Soon…
About Me: Bio Coming Soon

 

tony

Mr. Tony

After School Teacher
About Me: Hello, my name is Tony Tran. I am a tutor at Palm Academy for the after school program. I assist in tutoring Kindergarteners and the JEI enrichment program. Currently, I teach from 2:00 PM until closing. I graduated from Milpitas High School in the class of 2012. I am still attending college at San Jose State University and pursuing a major in Computer Engineering.

In my free time I enjoy playing table tennis, badminton or other ratchet sports with friends and family. I never expected to tutor or teach, but working with students Palm Academy has shown me the impact of teachers and mentors. I am glad that I took the opportunity to become a tutor and help students succeed.