Teacher Christina Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts and Sociology, has obtained the required Early Childhood Education courses, and is currently seeking to pursue her units for Directorial Supervision. Prior to joining the Yikes Tikes! team, Christina was a lead teacher and an assistant director for a preschool program. She has worked in Early Childhood Education for six years and has experienced many different types of teaching styles. Working with Yikes Tikes! has been one of the best experiences of her career. Christina finds the staff, teachers, and families to be devoted and passionate about giving their children a meaningful experience in the earliest years of their schooling. She believes the Reggio Emilia-based philosophy used at Yikes Tikes! creates an environment where the children, families, and community have power in choosing what they want to learn, which, in turn, makes a huge difference in their education. Christina looks forward to a long career with Yikes Tikes! as she works alongside the current and future families who choose the Yikes Tikes! program.
Teacher Reena Patel holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Biochemistry from the University of California at Riverside. New to the field of teaching she is always open to hearing how she can improve and grow. Reena is currently taking classes to earn a certificate in early education and later plans to pursue a master’s degree in education. She started out as a parent volunteer when her daughter joined Yikes Tikes! in Fremont. After a year and half of volunteering she found that she would rather continue spending her days playing and teaching children than going back to her previous job working in the pharmaceutical industry. The inclusive vision of Yikes Tikes! drew Reena into the preschool for her own daughter and was the main reason behind why she is pursuing to follow her passion for working with children. With first-hand experience of observing how the program helps all students grow into positive empathetic children, Reena values the inclusive play-based structure of Yikes Tikes!