My name is Karina Ruvalcaba. I was born and raised in California. I hold my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I am currently attending Rasmussen College and working towards getting my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. I plan on getting my Masters or PHD once my son is in grade school. My motivation is my son, Jayden, he makes everything so much more worth it. For fun I like to go on nature walks with my son, movie dates with my fiancé, and go to the gym for my “me” time. My long term goal is to open up my own preschool one day. I am a firm believer that children learn from play, so you can say I am in the right place. I am very blessed and excited to be part of the Sherman Oaks Co-Op Preschool Family.
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.
I’m Tash and I will be the Toddler Program Teacher!
My full name is Natasha Dhanji. I was born and raised in Fiji Islands. I have a loving husband and a sweet little, super awesome 5 year old son. I am an educator and a stay at home mom. I moved to Los Angeles 9 years ago and I am a qualified Preschool Teacher with certification in Early Childhood Education.
I love traveling, crafting, cooking, trying different foods, learning about different cultures, watching movies and meditating. My passion for kids and crafting led me to pursue my career in early childhood education. I love to see the children learn from play. Observing their expressions from first time experiences and the excitement on living through all their senses is amazing and inspiring.
I am thrilled to be teaching the Toddler Program and I can’t wait to spend this school year growing and learning from our little future leaders.
If you ever need to contact me, please email me email@example.com. Or call me (818) 464-8935