Staff

Staff

The staff at John Knox has many years of experience teaching at the preschool level. They are knowledgeable, loving and supportive to the children, parents and families. Many of our staff members are former parents of the school. The teacher / student ratio is 1:4 to 1:5 depending on the class.

Leslie JamesLeslie James

Director / Teacher

Leslie joined the staff at JKCP in 1999 as a teacher. She became Assistant Director/teacher in 2005 and Director in 2012. Leslie believes in an integrated curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and encourages children to grow socially emotionally, physically and academically through discovery and play. She is a member of the California Kindergarten Association and Directors of the Valley to keep updated about new regulations, programs and standards. She earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Food Science/chemistry from UC Davis in 1981 and took her ECE and Director’s classes at DVC and Las Positas. She loves teaching and encouraging the children’s imagination and discovery especially through science. She has been a member of John Knox Presbyterian Church since 1992. Leslie appreciates working in a Co-op environment because she gets to know not only the children but also their parents. The talents of all the parents of JKCP really enrich our school. Leslie has a daughter who attended JKCP in 1995 & 1996 and a son who attended JKCP in 1997 & 1998 and enjoyed working on the parent board when her children attended. Her outstanding skills are complimented by three additional teachers who bring love, care, and knowledge to our school.

Stacy OmoStacy Omo

Assistant Director / Teacher

Stacy has been teaching at John Knox Preschool since 2001. She became Assistant Director in 2012. She earned her degree from Heald Business College and received her Early Childhood Education degree from Las Positas College. Stacy has been a part of the Coop family since the oldest of her three boys began attending in 1999. She was on the Parent Board while her sons attended the Co-op as well. Stacy is a giving teacher who encourages the children’s development through crafts and play.She is very genuine with the children and really invites them to have fun and learn at the same time. In addition to her wonderful classroom demeanor, Stacy’s strong organizational skills really make her an asset to JKCP.   Stacy and her husband are also involved in many athletic organizations in the community. And by the way, her husband and many members of her family also attended John Knox when they were children.

Alice RichardsAlice Richards

Teacher

Alice has been teaching at John Knox Co-Op Preschool since 2007. She earned a degree from Morse Business College, and has received her Early Childhood Education units from Las Positas College. Alice began substituting, and had a teaching position for three years at a local preschool, before becoming a staff teacher at JKCP. Alice was a Co-Op parent and board member when her youngest daughter attended JKCP for two years, and she was a stay-at-home mom with her four children for 15 years before she began teaching. She feels it was a blessing to be involved with her own children’s education through a Co-Op, and loves working with families to ensure that their child’s first school experience is a fun, creative, challenging, and loving experience as well. Alice has been a member of John Knox Church since 2000.

Teri

Teri Judin

Teacher

Teri began teaching at John Knox Co-op Preschool in 2012. She earned her Liberal Studies Degree with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Cal State University, Hayward. Teri was a stay at home mom, Co-op parent, and board member for three years while her son attended JKCP. Teri is a gifted teacher who helps students work together and join in activities. Being a part of the co-op as both a parent and now a teacher has been such an enriching experience for Teri. She loves teaching and believes the co-op experience at JKCP is creative and fun for teachers, students, and parents alike.

Ann HarperAnn Harper

Teacher

This will be Ann’s first year teaching at John Knox Co-op Preschool.  She has been a substitute teacher here at the Co-op for over 5 years.  Ann earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Washington State University and taught one year of kindergarten before she and her husband relocated for his job. She and her family have been members of John Knox Presbyterian Church since 1999.  After being a stay-at-home mom for 18 years, Ann re-entered teaching and was at Resurrection Lutheran Preschool for 8 years, followed by 4 years at Holy Cross Lutheran School in Livermore .   Ann holds a CCD Permit to the site supervisor level and takes classes to continue her education.  She is excited to be returning to a co-op preschool as she enjoys working with parents as well as the children. Ann strongly believes in the play-based environment that JKCP offers, and she particularly enjoys having conversations with the children to learn what they are thinking, learning, wondering, and imagining!

  Kathie Hammer

Kathie Hammer

Director Emeritus

Kathie joined the staff of John Knox Co-op preschool in 1972 and became director in 1980. She retired from JKCP in 2012. Mrs. Hammer took an active role in guiding and developing her students socially, emotionally, physically and academically. She fostered the continued growth of the Co-op and developing a wonderful legacy for past and future Co-op families.  She keeps in touch with the staff as an advisor and visits the class several times a year.  She and her husband enjoy traveling with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren in her retirement.