Director & Lead Teacher
Thirty years ago, led “back to school” by her three-year old daughter, Amy, Kristina began working with young children at the National Child Research Center in Washington, DC. Since that time, the education of young children has become her calling.
Kristina has broad educational experience encompassing play-based as well as Montessori programs. She formerly was Administrator and Kindergarten teacher at Willow Vale Christian School and Children’s Center (Pre-K-8 and Independent Studies) in Willow Glen, California.
Kristina holds a BA in English Literature from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. In 2000, at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California she completed a 28-hour program in Montessori Early Childhood Education. As part of the Masters of Montessori Education program at Notre Dame, she conducted research in Japan on the country’s preschool programs.
Near Laurel Play Gardens Preschool, in the Rose Garden neighborhood of San Jose, Kristina now lives with her husband, Bill, their son, Arnold, and his two-year old daughter, Natalynn. This fall Natalynn will lead Kristina “back to school” as Kristina “follows the child” and returns to school as the Director of Laurel Play Gardens. Bill and Kristina are grandparents of eleven and parents of six adult children.
Ms. Lupe has been in child development for over 30 years. She received her associates in early child development in 2008. Ms. Lupe begin working in 1985 while she was still in college. She was born in Mexico and migrated to the U.S.A when she was only nine years old. Her father came to the U.S.A for a better living and then decided to bring his wife and children. Later in 2001 she became a US citizen.
One of her dream goals is to pursue on receiving her master's degree. Ms. Lupe is fluent in both English and Spanish. She enjoys working with children and is always willing to do her best for her students to succeed and learn. Ms. Lupe is always willing to help and put a smile on your child!