Best Preschool in Sunnyvale at Willow Avenue

Program/Center Detail

We offer following programs

Infant/Toddler Program
  • Theme Based Curriculam
  • Learning through Play
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Motor Development
  • Social,Emotional,Physical Development
  • Safe Environment
  • Nurturing Staff
Jr. Preschool Program
  • Theme Based Curriculam
  • Learning through Play
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Motor Development
  • Social,Emotional,Physical Development
  • Safe Environment
  • Nurturing Staff
Preschool / Pre-Kindergarten Program
  • Mother – Goose Curriculam & Themes
  • Whole Child Approach
  • Science,Maths,Social Studies,Phonics & Spelling
  • Literacy Development
  • Personal,Social Independence Skill Building
  • Supportive Environment
  • Creative & Curiosity Encouraged









    1159 Willow Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

    Evangeline A. Ponce
    Site Director's Bio

    Evangeline Acuna Ponce is a teacher at heart. Her passion for teaching as well as her management position experience captured the hearts of Tulip’s Administration team.
    Ms. Gee as she was fondly called by all, graduated in her native land, the Philippines with a Bachelor of Arts degree, major in English, minor in History. She continues her love for learning until she finished her BSE, major in Education. She earned her MA in Education credentials in the country where she was born.
    Ms. Vangie, as others call her was a consistent honor student during her Kindergarten, High school and College days. In her country before stepping on American soil, Ms. Ponce was a secondary school teacher. Her 10 yrs. experienced as a high school mentor helped her adapt well to younger children in the field of teaching career in this land of opportunity. Her continuing education was pursued at some learning institutions in America. To name a few, De Anza/Foothill College/ San Jose State University and UC Davis extension. These schools brought her lots of knowledge in the field of Child Development where most of the ECE units were earned. These credentials help her hire to be an Infant/Preschool/Pre-K mentor and hold a management position in Silicon Valley. Her belief in God’s guidance, her love for teaching didn’t stop at the school where she works. This petite lady loves attending seminars/trainings/conferences around the USA, which helps her update in teaching and lead different Childcare Centers as Assistant Director and Director.
    Being the youngest child in her family, she was nurtured with love by her grandma that’s why as we can see in her personality, she loves all the people around her, especially the children. Her compassionate attitude attracts humans to love her back. A smile was always on her face as well as laughter that filled Tulip’s surroundings. She is a very happy person. Very organized creature who motivates most of her colleagues to follow orderliness/cleanliness in the school.
    What else should I say, with her experiences, generosity and leadership for almost 4 years of stay at TKA, where her mission philosophy is to meet the needs and services of children, parents and teachers and be with them as her own family. Now, our energetic Willow Site Director.

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    Patssy Rodriguez - Administrative Assistant

    My Name is Patssy Rodriguez known as “Ms. Patssy” I am the administrator in the willow location. I am the oldest of 5 I have 3 brothers and 1 sister. I was born in Mexico City, at the age of 8, my parents decided to migrate to America looking for a better future for my siblings and me. I am a mother of three beautiful children a 15-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy and soon to have a new baby girl. I was raised in Santa Clara and have said that I will work with children ever since I was 5 years old. I volunteered in different schools as a teenager that is also when I knew working with kids was an amazing thing. When I had the opportunity to work with children in 2014, I knew it was what made me happy and as I continue to work in childcare all these years, I then started working here at tulip kids’ academy in 2018. Since then, I have been here working with this beautiful team and wonderful families. My favorite hobbies have to be outdoors hiking with my husband and enjoying my free time away from work with my family and my pets.


    Jayshri Patil - Lead Teacher

    My name is Jayshri, I have 9 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. I work as an Infant teacher. I have worked as a Preschool teacher at Tulip Kids Academy. Taught classes with engaging learning activities to 12 students between 3-4 years of age. I currently hold a bachelor’s degree in Arts and Education and have successfully completed 52 units in child Development. Certified Infants and Toddlers. Supervision and Administration of Child Development Programs (leadership skills) and Management. I enjoy working with children and building on their strengths and interests. I love teaching because they are very loving and curious to learn new things. I love being a part of their learning, growth, and development. I treat all families with honor and respect. I value the diversity of cultures, languages, customs, religions, and education.

    Blanca Olea - Teacher

    I am Ms. Blanca Olea, I have been working for Tulip kids academy since 2017. I love to meet all the new children and families. I love working with the children and watching them demonstrate the skills we have taught them. I started working with children since 1994 and have worked with them off and on through the years. I enjoy doing art and crafts with the children. I am currently working with the infant class. I have been in this field for over 27 years. I was born and raised in Cuba, before moving to Santa Clara, California. In my spare time, I like to spend it shopping with friends and watching movies. I also, spend time with my nieces and nephews, they have now moved to North Carolina, but we still stay in touch. I also have family in Miami nice place for vacation.

    Angela Espinosa - Teacher Assistant

    Hello, my name is Angela Espinosa. I have resided for one year in the Bay Area but most of my life was in Riverside Southern California. Currently, I am a teacher’s assistant for the Infant Class here at Tulip Kids Academy. After high school, I completed one year of college majoring in Social Work in Southern California. I have always wanted to work with kids so when I got the opportunity to work here when I only had 4 months of living here, I was beyond excited and grateful. In the short span, I’ve found that teaching kids at such a young age have many great benefits for the children. During my spare time, I babysit for friends and family. I also enjoy going out to explore other cities like San Francisco and Oakland with my partner in my free time. For the holidays I also take road trips to visit family in Riverside. I will soon take my education further because I will always have more space to learn.

    Janet Perez - Teacher Assistant

    My name is Janet Perez, I am 25 years old. Currently taking classes in Early Childhood Education at Deanza Community College. I joined the Tulip family in October 2020. I love it here and I could not have felt more at home anywhere else. I hope to continue bettering my educational skills and techniques while inspiring the children, as they inspire me every day. I am incredibly happy to have found a place where they allow me to work closely with families in a true community setting. Outside of work I love spending time with my Son, we bond by building Lego sets and watching Marvel movies. I also enjoy traveling, taking road trips, and spending time with family & friends. I look forward to meeting You & your little one. I strive to make a difference by teaching tomorrow’s decision makers.


    Linda Mendoza - Lead Teacher

    Hi, my name is Linda Mendez & I have lived in the Bay Area my whole life. I went to Foothill College & received my ECE units. I have worked in the childcare profession for over 22 years. My experience w/ children range from 2-6 years of age, mostly 4 & 5 years old. Working here at Tulips Willow Ave. I am back working w/ the 2-year-old. They have so much love & energy & are very curious. They keep me on my toes all the time!! Lol, I’m learning new things every day!! Lol, I love playing music in the classroom & outside. Every day is a dance party in our Jr. Preschool lol. We can learn from music too!! Love being with these children of all ages is so fulfilling. When I’m not working w/ children I love watching sports. My favorite teams are The Oakland A’s, LAS Vegas Raiders, Golden State Warriors, & San Jose Sharks. When I’m not watching sports or going to games, I love spending time with family & friends. If it’s going to dinner or just going to see the latest movies that are out, I’m a very easy-going person. I love my family & friends.

    Georgina Valverde - Teacher Assistant

    Hi! My name is Georgina Valverde, but I like to go by Gina. I am 24 years old and bilingual. I am a first-generation college student and I am currently working on my Elementary Education Degree. I have been working with kids for the last five years. I always knew I wanted to work with kids around this age group, having a big family and taking care of my loved ones influenced that decision a lot. Working with kids is so fulfilling and I enjoy seeing them accomplish new things every day. I enjoy being able to form a relationship with each student because I feel that it is important to their learning. Some things that I look forward to is helping them build the confidence they need to grow and find themselves in this world.

    Divya Trivedi - Teacher Assistant

    Hello everyone, myself Divya Trivedi, I am 34 years old. I have done my master’s degree in ichthyology (based on fishes) from India and now I am working on child growth and development courses through community colleges in the Bay Area. I jumped into the field of childcare about 1 year ago. I waited for my daughter to grow up sufficiently before taking on the teaching profession because I wanted to give full attention to her in her initial years. I do believe the first few years of childhood are important to any kid to shape their personality. I chose this path as my profession to help parents and their children; and to give my full support, love, and attention to them to make a good future. I really like being around the kids and now I have really become habitual of their tantrums, naughtiness, expressions, needs, giggles, and goofiness.

    Gowthami Kirubanandh - Assistant Director & Infant Teacher

    My name is Gowthami Kirubanandh and I am proud to call Tulip Kids my second home. My love and affection for kids started from a young age and I always had an interest in kids and their education. After moving to California, USA in the early summer of 2015, I got a chance to work at ADZ Academy in Sunnyvale, California and then gradually completed all my required childcare education and started working in Pre-School.

    I started my career as an Infant Lead Teacher and after completing all the childcare courses at California College of Early Childhood Education in San Mateo, I got promoted to Sub-Director in Tulip Kids and I am working as the Infant Lead and Sub-Director in Tulip (Lawrence Station) until Feb 2021.  Now I am currently moved to Tulip (Willow) in Mid-March 2021 and working as the Assistant Director and Infant Teacher.

    I have completed my graduate education in India in the field of Computer Science and Engineering at Anna University.

    My favorite time at Preschool is when I’m working with Infants and Toddlers in circle time, to make circle time very enjoyable and more interactive. I am very happy and satisfied working with kids and helping them in their future life. After getting promoted to Sub-Director, I am looking forward to more responsibilities such as successful leadership, operational planning, management of the organization and overseeing day-to-day activities at Tulip Kids.

    My favorite past time includes cooking, gardening, and riding along the countryside. My favorite color is red, blue, and purple and I love warm weather and beaches. I would like to visit Switzerland and Brazil someday.

    Favorite Quote: “To the world, you may be a teacher but to your students, you are a hero”

    Kuldeep Kaur - Teacher

    My name is Kuldeep Kaur Birang. At present, I’m in the Preschool classroom of Tulip as a Teacher. I was encouraged by my director and tulip owner to enroll in a Child Development course. Time flies, and I have enough units to be proud of as credentialed ECE.  From May of this year ‘till October, I was an assistant teacher of Two’s. I learned a lot from my experienced during my stayed at Jr. Preschool class. How to be a successful one, having a goal that leads me to be a mentor in 3’s class now. Tulip made me strong and independent from what I am now.

    I was born in India and graduated from the Rohilkhand University of Bareilly, India. I completed my Master’s Degree in Political Science from the same University. I completed my Master’s Degree in Political Science from the same University.

    Raquel Guerra - Teacher Assistant

    I’m Ms. Raquel I’ve been with Tulip Kids since the beginning of 2021. I am 24 years old. I love my preschool kids. I learn so much from them every day. I strive to teach them how to use good manners & habits. I enjoy grasping each student’s interest to help them center their focus on lessons. I admire watching their little eyes engaged in all the activities we have in class. I believe it does take a village to raise a child. I’m proud to be a part of your child’s early education.

    Hilda Mendoza - Lead Teacher

    My name is Hilda Mendoza I speak two languages Spanish and English. I was born and raised in the U.S.  I have been working with kids for 6 five years. Working in this field has been so rewarding, I learn something new every day. I’m very passionate about helping others, especially kids. By helping them, they develop and grow as individuals.

    Going to school for child development has been a fun journey. I attended Mission college for 2 years for my child development units. These credentials are needed in this field and luckily finished the required units. Then, I decided to do something else too to help others.  I went on to get my Medical Assistant degree. I worked in a pediatric office and I’m around kids which made me very happy too. Since I’m so passionate about children I go back to the teaching career where I belong now as full-time Preschool Lead teacher where I can see smiles on kids’ faces every day in Tulip Kids Academy.