Teachers & Staff
Board of Directors
CPSC’s non-profit corporation is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, elected annually by our families. Our strong parent board of nine along with 2 community members and our Executive Director set the pace for change, stability, consistency, and financial stability while paying keen attention to a very high-quality program for young children.
Our professional teaching staff is comprised of experienced educators who understand child development and carry the ability to connect theory to practice. Getting to know each child as a unique individual each with their own temperament, ways of navigating the day, and sensing what they need from teachers to feel secure and competent. Recognition of each child’s effort and achievements, as well as plenty of affection and encouragement, will be part of your child’s experience at CPSC.
All teachers have at least 15-semester units in Child Development and years of experience. Many of CPSC’s Teachers also have university degrees: many with A.A., several with B.A., and a couple of M.A. degrees in Child Development, Human Development or related fields of study. The entire CPSC teaching community has LiveScan fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice, CPR, and First Aid Certification, and Mandated Reporter Training.
CPSC’s teaching teams embody the diversity of the Silicon Valley area, rich in culture and traditions from their own families, with a willingness to share this with children and families in our care.
While the teachers working directly with children are by far the most important element of quality of a child development program, the administrative staff who support them can significantly enhance their working conditions and provide the support they need to do their best.
Executive Director, Ollia Yenikomshian
I have been working with children for most of my life. Having been a Middle School English Language Arts Teacher for several years, then the principal of the K.Z.V. Armenian School in San Francisco, a bilingual Pre-K through 8th grade school, it was the later years of my career that led me to search much deeper as I tried to answer the question, “When does learning actually begin?” That took me back to school in the field of Early Childhood Education, then to the Schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. I found myself at a crossroads; putting aside the testing children to see how much they know to working with children as they were thirsty to know more. This led me to the Children’s Center of the Stanford Community as the Program Coordinator for six years where our quasi Reggio Emilia program led to more questions about learning and documenting that learning than quantifying learning.
Searching for the most authentic way to inspire children to greater learning, I had to partner with the Constructivist’s Approach where learning unfolds in child-centered and directed spaces, where the environment speaks to inviting places, and where learning is constructed or shared in small groups of children who are thirsty to know more about what presents in front of them.
I have felt very honored to be in the role of Executive Director at CPSC at a time in its life to realize growth, change, and perseverance creating one dynamic place for young children. Partnering in this effort has been an extremely dedicated group of parents who rose to the challenge, heart and soul, to rebuild to make CPSC and excellent childcare center known throughout the Palo Alto-Silicon Valley area.
Truth be told, I have been and am most inspired by the teachers I have partnered with and continue to partner with at CPSC in our wrestling of best practices, high-quality care, building strong relationships with children and their families and growing together to support perspectives of the child as the driving force of our classrooms.
I am a graduate of Pacific Oaks College with a Master of Arts in Human Development, minoring in Bilingual Education and Teaching Adults. I have served 18 K-12 private schools as part of the Visiting Team for accreditation under WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges; two schools of which I chaired the Visiting Team. For 10 years, I have served as a member of the California Mentor Teacher Program’s Regional Selection Committee affording teachers opportunities to be Mentor teachers under California’s Mentor Teacher Program. For the past three years, I have served as a member of the City of Palo Alto’s Advisory Committee on Childcare.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing a game of chess.