Meet Our Teachers

The City of Fremont Tiny Tot Program has over five hundred participants. These participants
spend their days with fantastic teachers who go above and beyond to make sure that each
child succeeds in their classrooms. This month we will take a closer look at all of our wonderful
teaching staff that create such a magical learning environment.
Teacher Grace Kou
I was born in Taiwan, and have lived in Fremont for the past 15 years. My husband Jay and I have two sons, Alan (17) and Bailey (15), both of whom attended the City of Fremont Tiny Tot Program many years ago. I have an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Teaching English as a Second Language. This is my 8th year with City of Fremont, and I am so proud to be part of this great community.
During my time off, I enjoy making teaching props for class circle time, dining out, and watching movies. I am always amazed by the wonder and excitement that the children possess, and I look forward to guiding them and motivating them in a positive manner.
Teacher Grace teaches Enrichment, Pre-K and Pre-K Literacy at Irvington Community Center.
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Teacher Jennifer Chen
I used to be a stay at home mom, actively involved in my son’s school activities. I was always interested in observing how young children learn and play, so I decided to study Early Childhood Education to become a preschool teacher.
I have been working with the Tiny Tot Preschool Program since 2003, and I have one additional year of experience working for Fremont Unified School District’s Preschool Program. In my free time, I play piano, listen to music, and
enjoy cooking.
I believe children are naturally curious and want to explore on their own, but they also need adult guidance. I try to balance free play and structured activities in my classroom so students can achieve their full potential.
Teacher Jennifer teaches Enrichment and Pre-K at Centerville Community Center.
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Teacher Madina Vicki Quddus
I have been working as a Teacher since 2006 with the City of Fremont Tiny Tot Preschool Program, with two years of experience prior to that with the Fremont Unified School District and private daycare provider.
I am married to my handsome husband, Ebrahim Quddus, and I have two awesome children, Yusuf (14) and Musa (12). My family brings joy and excitement every moment of my life. My hobbies include camping, hiking, and going to different places in nature. I also love to take dance classes in my free time.
I think working with young children is challenging and exciting all at the same time! It is a rewarding job, filled with enjoyment. The greatest reward as a pre-school teacher is the smiley faces of the children, the hugs that I receive, and the compliments from the parents. Children always remember their first school and their first teacher. I am proud to be a child’s first teacher and provide a safe and nurturing environment.
Teacher Vicki teaches Parent & Child Preschool, Enrichment and Math at Warm Springs Community Center Playground Building.
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Teacher Sheetu Shakya
I grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal which is located between India and China. This area is known for Mount Everest. Sheetu has been in the Fremont area since 2003. I live with my husband and twelve year old son. 
I began a career with the City of Fremont and the Tiny Tot Program in 2004. One of my biggest inspirations in becoming a teacher was my mother who taught Kindergartners in Nepal with great passion and love.
I enjoy working with preschool age students because they are the foundation to our future and it is important to teach them to have a positive impact on society, preserve the Earth and to be creative. Every day is a new adventure with all the enlightened children and their fresh perspectives and desire for learning. Their bright and beautiful minds never cease to amaze and inspire me!
Teacher Sheetu teaches Enrichment, Pre-K and Pre-K Literacy at Los Cerritos Community Center.
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Teacher Sonal Parikh
I have been teaching with the City of Fremont Tiny Tot Preschool Program for three years. The Tiny Tot Preschool Program has been a real pleasure, as it is a good balance of standard teaching and expressing creativity at its fullest.
Collectively, I have been teaching children and preschoolers for 10 years. I have taught children in many different environments and strongly believe that children learn through play and structured guidance. I particularly enjoy teaching young children because they are like sponges and curious to learn about everything around them.
Teacher Sonal teaches Enrichment and Pre-K Literacy at Centerville Community Center Playground Building.
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Teacher Jennifer Liu
I have been working with the City of Fremont Preschool Program as both an Aide and a Teacher for 12 years. I am married with two grown children who have attended UC Berkeley and San Jose State University. As an alumnus of the City of Fremont Tiny Tot Parent-Child Program (20 years ago), I have the experience as a participant and a teacher alike. I loved the philosophy of the Tiny Tot Preschool Programs so much that I worked toward becoming one of the teachers.
After completing all of my ECE studies at Ohlone College in 2001 my wish was granted as I joined the Tiny Tot Team. Being a Chinese immigrant, I especially like and try to follow the Chinese proverb, “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; but involve me and I will learn”.
My life-long interests include reading and crafting. I use reading and crafting to help inspire the curriculum structure for our Pre-K Literacy Academy Programs. I believe that book-themed activities are one of the best ways to encourage young readers to learn and love books at a very early age. I am passionate about working with young children and fostering a strong foundation to build a lifetime of success.
Teacher Jennifer teaches Pre-K Literacy at Warm Springs Community Center.

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Teacher Cindy Ammerman
I grew up in the Warm Springs area of Fremont. My husband Mark and I have enjoyed raising both our grown children, Kate and Lucas here in Fremont. It is my great joy to work with preschool children.
Currently, I teach our Pre-K Literacy class at our Warm Springs location, where the sense of community is extremely rewarding. I feel fortunate to work with these young children, and encourage early literacy development through cooking, science, math and music. When I am not teaching, you can find me working as the Tiny Tot Coordinator for our teaching staff and preschool Centers.
I am excited to be in my 9th year of teaching with the City of Fremont Tiny Tot Program. It is my mission to instill a lifelong love of learning, a sense of compassion for childhood peers and a strong foundation for literacy and success in school.
Teacher Cindy teaches Pre-K Literacy at Warm Springs Community Center.
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Teacher Ellen Dissinger
I have lived in the Fremont area since I was a young child and attended Mission High School where I played Basketball and Field Hockey. After high school, I attended Ohlone College where I played Basketball and received my Certificate in Early Childhood Development.
I am married to my husband, Dave and have two grown children. I began working in the field of education in 1995 at The Learning Tree Preschool in North Fremont before coming to work for the City of Fremont Tiny Tot Program in 2007.
I currently teach Enrichment, Pre-K, Pre-K Literacy, Math and Phonics at the Niles Preschool Center. One of my favorite things about being a teacher is interacting with the students each day. I enjoy spending time with the students
and watching them learn and grow. I teach for all the love and the little moments I have with the students knowing they’ve learned something from me.
Teacher Ellen teaches Enrichment, Pre-K, Pre-K Literacy, Math and Phonics at Niles Program Center.
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Teacher Reem Khalifa
I am married to Ahmed and have four wonderful children Omar (26), Sumayah (25), Duaa (24) and Idris (19). I have been working with preschool age children since 1999 and with the City of Fremont Tiny Tot Program since July of 2001. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Certificate in Early Childhood Development from Ohlone a Certificate in Early Childhood Development from Ohlone College.
My curriculum focuses on merging learning through play. I like to include a wide range of concepts like teaching social skills through interactions with other classmates, and pre-math concepts through counting objects and finger play. Furthermore, my teaching includes learning science concepts through senses, building self-esteem through show and tell, and many more learn and play activities.
I enjoy spending time with my family, and taking care of my children. Watching my children grow is why I decided to become a preschool teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed witnessing them learn and develop when they were younger, and wanted to take that passion further. Now that they are all older, working as a preschool teacher provides a place for me to help children learn and grow.
Teacher Reem teaches Enrichment and Pre-K at Warm Springs Community Center.
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Teacher Nena Ann Jensen
I have been working with the City of Fremont Tiny Tot Preschool Program for five years, and with preschool age children since I can remember! While in high school I worked for Sunny Hills Childhood Development Center for two years and then Familiar Footsteps while attending San Jose City College. After Familiar Footsteps, I worked with the Tri-Cities Children's Center for eight years, Parkmont Day School for two years, and then Fremont Christain for 8 years.
I have been married to my wonderful husband Joel for 14 years. I enjoy sewing, making jewelry, reading, arts and crafts, and doing craft shows with my family and friends. 
I teach preschool because I have a joy and passion for working with young children. I feel that if I can just make a difference in at least one child's life then I know that I have made all the difference in the world!
Teacher Nena teaches Parent & Child Preschool at Centerville Community Center and Irvington Community Center.
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Teacher Cherryl Figone
I was born and raised in Yangon, Myanma (also known as Rangoon, Burma) which is located in Southeast Asia. I came to America in 1989 and was married to Stephen Figone in 1992. We have two daughters Kayla (19) and Allison (17).
I have a BS in Physics and an AS in Business Administration. After being a stay at home mom for 4 years, I began working part time as a Preschool TA in 1999. In 2011, I became a Preschool Teacher for the City of Fremont. I am also a board member for the nonprofit organization Kimbookai, a children’s museum project. In my free time I like to travel, dance and play different sports.
I enjoy all of the precious moments being a preschool teacher. It brings me joy and happiness when a child learns a song and sings it with me. I love when a child talks to me and tells me a story. Almost every day my students make me smile and laugh. I always consider myself lucky to have the privilege of being a child’s first school teacher. Above all, I am proud to be a preschool teacher for the City of Fremont.
Teacher Cherryl teaches Parent & Child Preschool at Centerville Community Center Playground Building and Irvington Community Center.
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Teacher Sarala Moyya
I am passionate about working with little children. I have been working with the City of Fremont for almost eight years. I am very pleased to work both as an aide and a teacher in different centers.
I am also a teacher for both Phonics and Math classes at the Irvington Community Center. I used to work as a tutor for Kumon and Math Squared Education Centers. Lately, I enjoy tutoring middle school and high school students in Biology (Science).
Teacher Sarala teaches Math and Phonics at Irvington Community Center.
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Teacher Lauren Aseo
Hi! My name is Lauren and I’ve been working with Tiny Tot since July 2013. I teach Phonics and aide in Enrichment classes. My favorite things about teaching are watching the kids grow and playing games. I graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Human Development. I enjoy traveling, reading, snowboarding, watching movies, hula dancing and spending time with my family and friends. I grew up in Fremont, so it’s exciting to give back to the community. I can’t wait to meet you!
Teacher Lauren teaches Phonics at Centerville Community Center and Warm Springs Community Center.
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Supervisor Katie Fox
Hi, I’m Katie Fox the Tiny Tot Preschool Program Supervisor. I grew up in Fremont and started working with the City of Fremont as a Lifeguard in 1977. I met my husband, Kevin at Central Park-Lake Elizabeth, where he was working as a Park Ranger. We married in 1982 and raised two beautiful children. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Administration from California State University, Chico.
After graduating from Chico in 1988, I was lucky enough to be hired as a full-time member of the City of Fremont’s
Recreation Department. My first assignment was overseeing Picnic Rentals and Concessions at Central Park-Lake Elizabeth. After Central Park, I had the distinct opportunity to open and program the brand new Irvington Community Center. In 2005 I was promoted to Recreation Supervisor II, overseeing the Tiny Tot Preschool Program. What an honor it has been overseeing this excellent program that has been serving the Fremont community for over 40 years!
I believe we have assembled a wonderful group of teachers that bring their own personality, passion, and experience to each of their classes and programs! Fremont continues to change and grow through the years, and we in the Tiny Tot Program are continually working hard to meet your family’s needs!