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Janet Kolsted

St. Timothy's Preschool Director

Janet Kolstad

I started my career as an engineer at a few of the valley's tech companies. I very much enjoyed my work, but things changed when I married and had children. Seeking to find a better fit for my family, I began teaching children's music classes for a non-profit called Music for Minors. I loved being in the classroom, but also found great accomplishment on the board as both secretary and board chair. I decided to become a credentialed preschool teacher, and picked up an adult-education credential along the way.

This year begins my 14th year as a teacher and my 12th as a director! Having worked in cooperative preschools as well as Reggio-inspired ones, I believe strongly that it truly takes a village to raise a child, and that children can accomplish amazing things if we nurture their curiosity with high quality materials and provide support when needed.

I love working with very young children because they are unique and bright human beings who are curious about the world. They are so ready to learn, and my job as their teacher is to fuel their curiosity by providing a safe and interesting environment, asking questions, and appreciating who they are as individuals.

When I'm not working, I keep busy with my daughter's Girl Scout Troop and Service Unit Level volunteer positions. I also enjoy taking a nice long hike or skiing a run or two.

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Kalpana Shakya

St. Timothy's Preschool Teacher

Kalpana I'm now in my 4th year at St. Timothy's Preschool, and have worked and studied at cooperative and Reggio-inspired preschools as well. I have a master's in Business Studies from Nepal, where I also taught math and science to elementary students. I earned my associate's degree in Child Development and site supervisor permit from Foothill College. I also have mentored and taught children individually both as an aide at Ventana School and as a caregiver.

I strongly believe that building a good relationship is the foundation for child guidance. I believe taking care of children is an art as every child is different and does things in a different way. And, every teacher is supposed to become a perfect artist in this field of supervision, proper guidance, love and care. However, the personal values among teachers may vary. Understanding others' values is the most important asset of a good teacher. Also, respecting the diversity of families and children through developing the learning dispositions is equally important in a teaching career.

I live in Mountain View with my husband and two daughters. I also speak Nepali, Newari and Hindi.


Marina Andrijevic

St. Timothy's Preschool Teacher

Marina I am very excited to be a part of St. Timothy's Preschool community. My passion for early childhood education started more than a decade ago. I have been working with children in the USA since 2007 and prior to that in my home country of Serbia. I hold a BA from Serbia and AA in ECE from Canada College in Redwood City. Currently, I'm also a graduate of Pacific Oaks College, where I earned my Master's degree in Human Development.

My teaching philosophy is based on the work of theorists Lev Vygotsky, the early childhood movement from Reggio Emilia, Italy and AnjiPlay (internationally recognized ECE curriculum developed in China). I do believe that children have "one hundred languages" (Loris Malaguzzi). This is why we educators are also researchers. We need to research and discover the many ways that children learn and communicate with us.

It is extremely important to build relationships, not only with the children themselves, but also with the community at large where each child's family is included in the experience of discovery and learning. Children need to be exposed to a variety of experiences because that is the way they construct their knowledge. It is a process of actions and adventures, exploration, trial and error, connections and problem solving.


Yoko Iizuka

St. Timothy's Preschool Teacher

Yoko I'm thrilled to be a part of St. Timothy's caring and nurturing community! I am a very observant and reflective teacher, and I embrace St. Tim's teaching philosophy of play-based program. I also enjoy working with a team to develop the classroom curriculum based on what the children are interested in studying.

My passion is helping young children become empathic, whole people who are curious, resilient, and able to recognize and solve problems. I believe successful early childhood education can only be achieved by creating a close relationship between families and the teachers. I'm committed to establishing trusting and supportive relationships with my students' families.

Before joining St. Timothy's Preschool, I taught at Los Altos Parent Preschool and the Children's House of Los Altos. I hold a Site Supervisor's Permit in Early Childhood Education from the state of California, have an M.A. in Educational Linguistics, and have been a Japanese language teacher for more than 20 years. I have three children and love to read and listen to classical music. I also enjoy an early morning walk with a strong cup of coffee.


John Shou

St. Timothy's Preschool Teacher

John I joined St. Tim's with a variety of teaching experiences.

I taught high school biology in the Oakland Unified School District, and then spent 6 years overseas teaching English to both children in home care and students at the college level. When I returned home, I ran a licensed family daycare and staffed the edible garden and classroom of two other preschool programs. I hold a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a M.S in Microbiology, along with a single subject credential as well as a credential as a preschool teacher.

I've had a lot of teaching experiences, but I most enjoy working with children aged 2-5, because their curiosity is not at all hindered by social pressure. My guiding philosophy is that children are competent learners, and that a teacher's primary task is to observe and refine the preschool environment to enable the child to learn and grow. I have a passion for science and nature, and I'm excited to bring my skills and interests to the community at St. Tim's.


Julie Bozhor

St. Timothy's Preschool Teacher

Julie I feel very lucky to be a part of the St. Timothy's Preschool team! I've been teaching for over 20 years at the Pre-K and Kindergarten levels. I have my BA in Psychology as well as several early childhood education classes. I truly believe that each child is an individual and special and should be treated as such. I seek to have a strong connection with my students and have the ability to help them reach their potential. My motto is learning is fun and that every child will learn just not on the same day and not in the same way.

The community at St. Tim's is very meaningful to me because I have seen that children learn best when they are supported by their whole community: parents, teachers, classmates and friends. The philosophy at St. Tim's is very much in alignment with mine. Communication is definitely key!

One of my passions is working with children in social situations and helping them to learn how to solve their own problems and issues. The key is to create a nurturing environment where the children are encouraged and challenged. This really helps build their self-esteem and confidence and prepares them for many lessons that life has to offer. I am passionate about working with children who have special needs too. I am proud of my accomplishments and look forward to sharing my passion for education with the St. Timothy's Preschool families.


Lisa The Rev. Lisa McIndoo

Rector, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church




Myu Myu Campbell

Parish Preschool Administrative Liasion

I am a St. Timothy's parishioner and avid volunteer who supports the parish and school connection. I have 2 children who are in their 20's and I have been a volunteer in children's programs in the church and in scouts for many years.