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Our Staff

The Children's Place staff is what makes our program unique and special. With a low child/teacher ratio and a staff comprised of dedicated, loving educators who are carefully selected based on their Early Childhood Education background, teaching experience, and sensitivity to the needs of young children and their families our staff provides an safe, loving environment for children to foster their love of learning in a play-based environment.
Photo of preschool aged children sitting with teachers at a blue table drawing.
Kati Baksa

Preschool Director


Kati grew up in Hungary where she earned a BS in Biology, a PhD in Biochemistry, has studied early childhood development and administration at Foothill College and UCLA. She holds Site Supervisor and California Child Development Program Director Permits. 

Kati is very excited to be guiding the vibrant child-centered preschool program that lives at The Children’s Place, building on the strong play-based foundation that was established by Lisa Rinaldi.  A firm believer of play as the natural way of learning for young children, she is working to expand the current program by creating and incorporating a play-based science and discovery program based on the interests of the TCP children, her own experiences and expertise, as well as the latest developments in child development and neuroscience to nurture and develop children’s innate creativity.

Heather Baumrucker

Assistant Director &

Two Year Old Teacher


Heather Joined the TCP staff in June of 2016. She has completed all her Early Childhood Education courses at Foothill Collage and is working toward completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development. Heather is experienced and knowledgeable in Early Childhood Education and brings with her a variety of ideas and projects to help little minds grow.

Teacher Chrissie

Pre-K Teacher


Teacher Chrissie received both and AA degree in Child Development and her Early Childhood Education Certificate from Canada College in May of 2007. She has been working in child care since 2005. Chrissie loves working with children and thrives on making learning fun in a safe, comfortable and enjoyable environment. Chrissie joined the TCP staff in July of 2010.

Teacher Gloria

Pre-K Teacher

Teacher Gloria was born in el Salvador where she received her elementary and post elementary education. As a Los Angeles resident, she worked as a kindergarten aide for the Los Angeles School District for 6 years. In 1999, she moved to the Bay Area and joined The Children's Place staff. Gloria has completed her study in Early Childhood Education at both Canada and Skyline Colleges. Gloria has also developed a Spanish Class introducing the language

to our children.

Teacher Elizabeth

Three Year Old Teacher

Elizabeth has been working as a teacher at The Children's Place since 2013. She completed her Early Childhood Education from Cañada College. She will finish her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development by the end of next year. Elizabeth is originally from Mexico. She is fluent in Spanish and English. She has developed a Spanish class introducing the Spanish language and the Mexican culture. She currently lives in Menlo Park with her husband, her ten month old baby and dog, Tazz. She loves to read, paint, make crafts, and think of fun lessons she can do with the children together that will help them grow. Her favorite subject is to teach Spanish. She spends her free time with her family but most of all loves being a mommy to her son, Bennie. 

Teacher Maria

Two Year Old Teacher


Teacher Maria’s students call her “teacher Mia” or “teacher Rea.” She is from Colombia. She graduated from The American College of Early Childhood Education with the title of preschool teacher. She has been a teacher at The Children’s Place since 2007. Since then, her time here has been full of enjoyment and learning. She loves to make her students feel welcomed, after all TCP is their second home. Hugs and kisses, songs and dances are her mottos for teaching and learning.

She was part of a choir back when she was in high school: music has always been part of her life. Therefore, she uses songs as her way of teaching. You will soon hear your child at home singing the vowels, the days of the week and even “head and shoulders, knees and toes” in Spanish, as these are just some of the songs she uses to teach.

She enjoys sharing her language and her culture, but most of all she loves being part of the transition from home to their first school experience. She understands the challenges of potty training and feeling home sick, a new environment, and new experiences.

Teacher Imelda

Class Aide

Imelda has completed 13 units in Early Childhood Education and is continuing her education. She joined the TCP  December of 2012.

Teacher Chris

Three Year Old Teacher

Chris received her Early Childhood Development Certificate through Canada College. She started to teach in 1986. She began her career as an assistant teacher here at The Children's Place and has been teaching ever since. After a brief retirement, Chris first returned as a floating teacher. From the Fall of 2022, she is a member of the three year old teaching team.  She is a resident of San Mateo, and is the mother of four grown daughters.

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