Almaden Parent Participation Preschool

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About Us

Our History

Almaden Parents’ Pre-school was founded in 1969 by a group of parents in south San Jose who wanted to participate in their children’s early childhood education. They formulated a philosophy that was based on sequential intellectual (or cognitive) development. The parents wanted to be present with their children and witness their growth and new discoveries, and used a co-op preschool model.

Together, parents and teachers would create an environment that would be happy, safe, and secure so that the children could grow physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. The school opened in September 1969 at its present location with 72 member families. APPS continues to develop the whole child through the dedication of its teachers and the active participation of parents.

Our Teachers


Sanyoo brought us unique vision and experience when she began teaching at APPS in 2004. She became Assistant Director in 2006 and then Director in 2009. Sanyoo Bharadwaj has a BA from India and has done her Early Childhood Education Certificate through UC Santa Cruz. . She was a parent participant and board member at Eastside Parent Participating Nursery School for three years. Her years at EPPNS gave her an enduring passion for nurturing the growth and development of young children.

After her daughter’s graduation from EPPNS, she stayed on as a teacher. Sanyoo has taught as a substitute teacher at Mulberry School- in their elementary and pre-school program, while her daughter was enrolled there. She also was an active parent participant in her daughter's middle school program at Discovery Charter School.

During the pursuit of her vocation as an early childhood educator, Sanyoo has consistently worked in helping these programs advocate the creation of a community to support the “whole child”. 'A child's work is play', is her mantra. She lives in San Jose with her husband, Rajesh, and is the proud mother of Nupur, a UC Santa Cruz graduate with a passion for singing Operatic arias and show tunes.


Tanya Burrell


Tanya joins the APPS community as co-director and 3-day teacher. She is a California native, a wife and mother of two who currently attend a parent participation K-8 school.  She carries a master’s in Child Development from San Jose State University and twelve years of experience sparking the imaginations of children as they see themselves as problem solvers, social thinkers, innovators, and caring hearts.

Tanya began her journey in child development as a substitute teacher, and has also taken on roles as an administrative assistant, substitute coordinator, classroom teacher, and even director of her family daycare. Throughout all of these experiences, Tanya has had the opportunity to support children of various cultural and developmental backgrounds, confirming her understanding that all children thrive with a community of love and support.

As a life-long learner, Tanya seeks to continue sharing the joy of learning with children, families, and educators as she believes we are all in this journey together.



Cathy brings with her the family history and connection that epitomizes APPS. She is a former APPS student who attended with her mother in the early days of school. Her mother Betsy went on to become an APPS teacher and director for 29 years before retiring in 2004.

Cathy has also been a participating parent, board member and former President during the years that her two daughters, Kristen and Lindsey, attended the school. She continued to participate in the classroom during her daughters elementary and middle school years at the Indigo Program, a parent participation school in San Jose.

Now that her daughters are in high school, she travels around the world as a Positive Discipline Lead Trainer working with schools that want to incorporate Positive Discipline into their programs.

You will see Cathy in the 2, 3 and 4-Day classrooms working as a Positive Discipline Coach (PDC) on a monthly basis and during the October and April General Meetings.