Teachers

Teachers’ Mission Statement:

We strive to provide opportunities for both adults and children to appreciate various parenting styles, developmental differences and the importance of hands-on guided learning situations. We are committed to recognizing and nurturing successes as they occur in a safe environment that supports emotional, social, physical and intellectual growth for all students. Our mission is to give all students opportunities to learn and grow at their own pace and to appreciate the unique qualities of everyone.

The teachers at Los Gatos Parent Nursery School guide all aspects of the LGPNS preschool and adult education programs, and are a critical aspect of the preschool and cooperative experience. Our teachers also meet California Department of Education requirements for an adult education credential.

Lisa HoganLisa Hogan

Lisa (Senior Teacher) joined the LGPNS teaching staff in 2002 as the teacher of our 3-day MWF program. She holds a BA in Early Childhood Development from San Jose State University. Prior to joining the LGPNS teaching staff, Lisa taught the Bubbles, Block and Buddies class for three years. She was formerly an LGPNS board member and participating parent at LGPNS – both of her children attended LGPNS.

Catherine GrabinskiCatherine Grabinski

Catherine is the PM teacher. Catherine received her B.A. from Santa Clara University in Multidisciplinary Studies in 1990 and earned her teaching credential from Santa Clara University three years later. She began her teaching career as a third grade teacher at St. Christopher School in San Jose. In 1996, she completed her M.ED in Instructional Leadership from National University. After five years of teaching, Catherine moved to Bracher School in Santa Clara where she also taught third grade. Catherine’s daughter attended LGPNS for three years.

Wendy ZanardiWendy Zanardi

Wendy teaches the 1-day T2s’ class and 2-day TuTh. She received her BA in Liberal Arts and Child Development from Chico State University with a concentration in early childhood education. She was a preschool teacher and supervisor at Bright Horizons Preschool from 1991-1996.