Meet Our Learning Tree Family

Teacher Carol

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My name is Carol Renteria and I am a proud mother of 3 children and grandmother of 5. I have been with The Learning Tree since November of 2000 and am the Head Teacher in our school. I love working with children because it gives me the opportunity to be a part of their growth socially, emotionally, and academically. I find my career to be very rewarding and I enjoy connecting with families. In my free time I enjoy dates with my husband and spending time with my family. 

Teacher Donetta

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 My name is Donetta and I’ve been with The Learning Tree since 1993. I think learning should be a fun experience. I enjoy playing educational games, reading stories, and doing art projects with my students. I am an animal lover and an avid movie goer.  

Teacher Amita

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My name is Amita Kshirsagar. I moved to the US from India 30 years ago and am a proud mother of a 17 year old boy. In my spare time I love to travel to new places. I also love hearing about the places my students and their families have visited. I’ve been with The Learning Tree for 5 years. I worked in the IT field for 15 years before switching to childcare and it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made. I love every aspect of being a teacher, as it gives me the opportunity to make a difference in children’s life’s and prepare them for success. Their innocence and enthusiasm is therapeutic for me!

Teacher Marlena

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My name is Marlena Silva and I have been in the Early Childhood Field since 2008. I am a very proud grandmother of 7 and a great grandmother of 4. I love working with children because I get the chance to watch them grow and discover themselves. I believe being gentle and loving with a child gets the best response and is the approach I take in with my students in the Panda Room. When I’m not at work I enjoy doing community outreach by helping my husband put on his Elvis performances at Senior Citizen homes.  

Teacher YaYa

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My name is Yesenia Escobedo but my friends call me Yaya. I started as an intern with the R.O.P (Regional Occupation Program) in high school for a year and then was hired on officially at The Learning Tree in October 2018. I enjoy helping my students become the best they can be. In my free time I love to bake, do arts and crafts and spend the time at the beach. 

Teacher Rekha

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My name is Rekha and I moved to the U.S from India 25 years ago and have been in the Bay Area for 23 of those years. I am married with 2 wonderful daughters, ages 15 & 20. I started my career in education as an Art Teacher and enjoyed the interactions tremendously. This experience lead me to becoming a Preschool Teacher so that I could further connect with families and help my students grow. In my free time I love to paint, read, and cook for my family and friends. I also enjoy dancing and traveling. I joined The Learning Tree Family in May, 2019 after interning for a few months and feel blessed that I can do what I like best- helping children see that they are unique, special, and capable of doing whatever they put their minds to. 

Director Jenna Colgan

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My name is Jenna and I am the owner and director of The Learning Tree Preschool. I started as a Panda teacher here in 1993 and became the Director in 2000. All 3 of my children have attended The Learning Tree and I have such fond memories of having them here with me. I look forward to my future grandchildren continuing the tradition. Child Development is definitely my life’s passion and I love knowing we make a difference in the lives of all of the families we are fortunate enough to serve. In my spare time I enjoy attending plays, concerts and traveling with my family. The Learning Tree Spirit is deep in my heart and I look forward to many more years serving our community. 

Assistant Director Katelyn

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My name is Katelyn and I’ve been with The Learning Tree for several years. I started as an intern with the R.O.P program, officially joined as a teacher upon graduation and then transitioned to the Office positon in the last few years. Working with children to help them blossom into independent, confident, and bright individuals is what makes this career my passion. I am a huge animal lover and enjoy reading, gardening, hands-on science activities, and anything to do with art.