Our Team

“It takes a big heart
to shape little minds.”

Carol Reade

Our Chief Visionary Officer
Carol is a dedicated and passionate educator with a focus on early childhood development. As a long-time resident of the Bay Area, she has a deep understanding of the unique needs and opportunities of the local community. Her belief in the importance of nature in the growth and development of young children has led her to play a critical role in creating Laurel Play Gardens, a beautiful outdoor space that promotes learning and exploration. With her expertise and commitment, Carol is making a lasting impact on the lives of the children she serves.

Miss Aakriti

Executive Director

Miss Aakriti has been associated with the Education industry for over a decade now. She comes from a family of educators and has dabbled in both Early Education and adult Learning & Development. She holds a Postgraduate Degree in Business Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Education as well as Business Management.

Being the oldest of 3, her love for working with children started at a very young age.  From helping my mom with my siblings, my passion has always been caring for little ones. Her husband and I have 2 children, a son and a daughter who always inspires her to do better.

Miss Aakriti says, “I love my job, the teachers with whom I work and all the families who have let us be a part of their lives!  Thank you for making our dreams come true!”

Miss Souvannary

School Director/Lead Teacher

Miss Souvannary is a very active mother of one.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science and Doubles in Psychology.  She also has an Associate Degree in Psychology from Evergreen Valley College.  She has 48 early childcare units from San Jose City College.

Miss Souvannary has certificates in navigating CA Title 5, Title 22; Federal Head start Regulations, the program compliance playbook, and 2018 Fall Technical Assistance in early childhood education.

Miss Sneha

Lead Teacher
Miss Sneha has been working in early childhood education for six years. Miss Sneha has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s degree in mathematics from India. Miss Sneha has 43 early childhood education units from Mission College, and she holds a master teacher permit. Miss Sneha has First Aid and CPR AED from American Heart Association. Miss Sneha loves teaching children and being a part of their development and growth. She believes that providing the proper learning is essential for young children because it fosters independence and creativity. During her free time, Ms. Sneha enjoys spending time with her family.

Ms Gemma

Ms Gemma believes in imparting her knowledge, and to share her talent with the beloved children. It is her pleasure to serve in taking care of the adorable children as their parents leave their precious child with us and bestow their trust to take good care, nourish and comfort their little ones while they are away. She feels blessed to be part of Laurel Play Gardens to work hand and hand with the fellow friendly, considerate, and supportive teachers.

Ms Maria

Ms Maria was born and grew up in The Philippines and is the youngest of four children. She has studied Business Administration from the University of the East Philippines. In 1983, she moved to the United States.and lived in Oregon before moving to the Bay Area. She received her training in early childhood education at De Anza College in Cupertino and San Jose City College in San Jose. She has been working with children since the 80’s and has served in various schools in the area. She absolutely loves working with children and is very passionate about their learning and development. She is married and has a daughter who is now 27 years.old.

Ms Biridiana

Teacher Assistant
Ms Biri recently graduated from UC Merced, and is excited to be getting experience with working with children. She is fluent in Spanish and helps everyone in school with any translations that are needed! She loves spending time with children and getting to know them. She is passionate about making a happy place for all the children to grow and learn.