Sherman Oaks Cooperative Preschool Team

Alex Villegas

Preschool Teacher

Alex Villegas is an educator with six years of experience in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Inspired by the Reggio-Emilia approach, he believes that every child is a unique individual who will express themselves in their own unique voice. He believes that by allowing children to explore in a learning-rich environment, they will have the opportunity to create educational experiences that are more meaningful to them.


Before joining the Sherman Oaks Co-op, he was an Instructional Aide at Walgrove Elementary. He received his teaching credentials from Santa Monica College and previously studied Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is an LA native who enjoys traveling. He enjoys cooking and has previously worked as a cook in high-end restaurants.

Tammy Thrailkill

Preschool Teacher

Teacher Tammy is back after a short hiatus. She brings her gentle warmth and kindness, love of children, understanding of child development and extensive experience working at SOCP. We are so happy to have her back home with us!

Bio coming soon!

Karen Biers


Karen Biers, who has been serving as consultant anddirector of SOCP since January. She brings 20+ years of experience in acooperative preschool environment and has a Masters of Social Work degree.Where she goes, her ukulele goes, so we’re singing a lot at school these days.

Bio coming soon!

Natasha Dhanji

Parent & Me Teacher

Teacher Tash heads up our growing Parent and Me program. She brings an abundance of joy and experience working with young families, as well as a huge creative streak. Tash also substitutes in the preschool. We are so lucky to have her on board!

Bio coming soon!


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