The work we do at our school not only focuses on the emotional and social growth of the children, it also focuses on the growth of the parents. It is my hope that parents take the tools they learn at our school and apply them toward a lifetime of parenting.
Although this school year had very few challenges, there was a focus on how we move forward to make our school an even better, more exciting program to be a part of. We are focusing on reorganizing job responsibilities and tightening up information flow which will make it easier for the transition of families each year.
This year we also focused a lot of energy into fundraising. I am excited to report that our fundraising efforts raised the most money ever for our school.
Moving forward, we will be focusing on more school improvements which could include more shade, a new play structure and small projects that give the children new and exciting spaces to learn and discover.
It has been exciting to watch the school evolve over the past sixteen school years. I
look forward to seeing how the school continues to evolve in the future.
Kristina has been an advocate for children since her own childhood. She was born and raised in
the Hancock Park & Fairfax district of Los Angeles, California. Kristina is a first generation
American and identifies as bi-cultural (American-Lithuanian). Human Development has
fascinated her for over 20 years. “It takes a village” rings very near and dear to her heart and
became part of her vision for effective social change. Children have rights but it comes down to
those who will advocate by ensuring each child is afforded those rights. During challenging
situations related to health, safety, social, emotional needs or access to quality educators,
Kristina is often one of the first to be a voice for children and take a stand for their rights.
In her most recent effort she joined voices with the parents at a Charter School to
take on Verizon Wireless and cell tower project that would create exposure at a lower level
near the children in their classrooms and outdoors. This activated a group of parents and local
individuals in the neighborhood to work hand in hand to ensure this was not going to happen.
The meeting at the City Council went well with a unanimous vote against the request to modify
the lower install. Verizon withdrew plans to install the towers. Victory was reached because
individuals took a stand for children.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” - Margret Mead
Kristina earned her B.A. in Human Development with a specialization in Early Childhood
Education at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, Ca. Kristina is also a graduate student, working
on her Thesis with a specialization in Leadership in Education (M.A. 2018). She has served in
executive positions on the boards for both the local & and state affiliates of the National Association
for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC). In addition to her role as an educator in
traditional settings, she enjoys public service in conservation with a focus on promoting
awareness of nature deficit disorder in young children. She has been a docent for the
Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority (MRCA) since 2014 and The Children’s Nature
Institute since 2000. It is very clear that children & and adults benefit when we nurture their nature
connections. Having attended a parent co-op preschool she served as a working parent and as
the SFV Council President for CCPPNS. Today she continues on the CCPPNS
board as a Chair for the Legislation Committee. Kristina has a talent to inspire parents beyond
the preschool years. She is on a mission to ignite parents to be fearless and empowered
advocates for the best possible K-12 experience. With over 20 years as an educator, administrator, change agent and a mom, it is no wonder that Kristina will continue to be a voice for children. The journey continues.