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Michelle Edgecumbe
Director and AM Teacher
Michelle came to Cupertino Co-op Nursery School in 1995 as a participating parent. CCNS offered her the opportunity to be part of her children’s first school experience. “As a very inexperienced parent, CCNS provided the guidance and support I needed to make me feel like a successful parent.” CCNS has also provided the opportunity to make and maintain wonderful friendships that will last a lifetime.

Coming back with her last child Michelle was offered the opportunity to become the Director and AM teacher. “How lucky I am to be back in an environment that allows me to share the joys of childhood with so many wonderful and gifted individuals.”

Michelle grew up in Los Altos, attended local schools and received a degree in Education as well as a teaching credential from California State University at Fresno. Michelle has taught Kindergarten and First Grade in the Santa Clara Unified School District for eight years. Michelle and husband Eric have 3 children.

Jennie Ivazian
AM Teacher

Jennie first came to Cupertino Co-op as a work parent in the program in 2010. Both of her daughters have attended CCNS’s AM and PM programs. Jennie found the community that Cupertino Co-op provided for both her and her children to be invaluable. Being involved in her children’s school experiences from a young age has proven to be rewarding and enriching as both a mom and an educator. It is for this reason that Jennie jumped at the chance to join the wonderful teaching staff at CCNS. Having taught kindergarten through second grade and also 7th grade, Jennie is excited to enter the world of preschool as a teacher. Jennie was born and raised in Fresno and lived in San Luis Obispo, Goleta and Ventura before settling in Sunnyvale with her husband. She considers the bay area an amazing place to live and raise a family with so many wonderful places nearby.
When she’s not volunteering in her children’s elementary classrooms she enjoys gardening (perfecting the art of not overwatering), scrapbooking, endlessly rearranging the furniture in her house, and spending lazy days with her husband and two daughters on the beach in Capitola.

Monica McCabe
PM Teacher
Monica is a parent alumna of the school. Her 3 children all attended CCNS. Monica and her husband, Larry, both really valued and enjoyed the CCNS preschool experience. They both served on the board of CCNS for 3 years. Monica graduated from Santa Clara University. She has continued to be active in her children's education: volunteering in the classroom as a school art docent, serving as PTA president, and being a Brownie Girl Scout co-leader. "Returning to teach at CCNS is a dream come true." She and her husband are both native San Franciscans, and have been married for 19 years.

Jeanette Kruskamp
PM Teacher
Jeanette joined CCNS at the beginning of 2004. She has taught at another co-op school for eight years as teacher co-director. When her children were born, she realized how important the first years of a child's life are. This is when she entered the studies of Early Childhood Education. She believes in providing a nurturing, hands-on environment in order for children to grow and develop in their five selves. She also believes that Early Childhood Education can make a difference and that parents are a significant part of their child's life.



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