Monica first came to Campbell Parents Participation Preschool in 1990 as a participating parent. Campbell Parents’ Participation Preschool gave her a great opportunity to be a part of her children’s first school experience. She so strongly believes in the parent participation philosophy that her two boys, both graduates of CPPP, went on to a parent participation elementary school. Monica now brings over 20 years experience working and teaching at parent participation schools.
I believe in a child-centered philosophy, which allows children to learn through play and by exploring the environment at their own developmental pace.
In addition, Monica was a Preschool Teacher for three years and a Director for one and half years for children ages 2 to 5. Monica received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Chico, and has her Adult Education teaching credential in Parent Education.
Thuan Pham joins the staff at Campbell Parents Participation Preschool after being a participating parent and board president. Her experience with CPPP will enhance her knowledge and understanding of our philosophy, curriculum, and unique community. Her first experience with the co-op community was with her daughter in the 2′s class. The co-op environment allowed for her then, extremely attached child to be comfortable exploring knowing mommy was by her side. This optimal environment allowed for her daughter to flourish on her own pace and time. She is now an independent and self confident little girl.
I strongly believe that if there is active partnership among parents and teachers, we will provide a safe and nurturing environment that will allow our children to naturally develop in their own way and time. This freedom to play and explore encourages our children to foster social skills, self control, and self-esteem.
Thuan graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development. She obtained her multiple subject teaching credential at San Jose State University. She started her professional career as an elementary school teacher. She taught sixth grade for two years, fourth grade for three years, and has substituted kindergarten through sixth grade. Thuan’s interests include traveling, reading, and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Sarah has worked with children from infancy through high school in home and school settings and has also taught parenting classes. She has a Master’s of Science in Education from Walden University in Minnesota and undergraduate degrees in Child Development and Early Childhood Education from San Jose State University and Cañada College. In addition to teaching she also loves gardening, mountain biking, and collecting children’s books.
Children learn through their experiences. Our job as teachers and parents is to provide experiences that result in positive learning. Modeling and Participating with your Child are very important parts of those experiences as is knowing when to step back and let your Child take the lead in exploration and discovery. The Parent Participation Preschool gives parents the opportunity to find the balance between Guiding and Supporting that works best for each parent and child. The best part is that it all happens through Play!!
Sarah joined the teaching staff in Fall 2011 after a 25 year career as a professional nanny and preschool teacher. She is a strong advocate for play based environments that provide children opportunities to learn through exploration and discovery.