The Mission of the California Kindergarten Association is to foster children’s early learning and development by promoting best practices and professionalism in teaching and advocating for high quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood education.

President's Message

Kimberly DeMille was elected President of CKA in January 2017 after serving on the Board of Directors for four years. Kimberly is a kindergarten teacher in beautiful San Clemente, California.

Our History

Judy Brown, with a group of dedicated educators, organized the first Bay Area Kindergarten Conference and was the first President of the CKA – more than 30 years ago!


Find out about the Judy Brown Administrator Recognition Award (JBAR) and the Audrey Sanchez Teacher Enhancement Award (ASTEA)

Our Board

Kathleen Bell

Kathleen Bell


Retired Kindergarten Teacher
Primary Grade Teacher ELD & Reading Intervention Specialist

  • UC Berkeley- B.A. in Sociology
  • Sonoma State – M.A. in Early Childhood Education BCLAD
  • Teacher-Trainer Certificate, High/Scope Educational Research
  • Credential Yoga Instructor, Cyclist and Marathoner with Team in Training
Carol Chivers

Carol Chivers

Board Member

Retired Pre-K and Kindergarten Teacher (also volunteer, substitute and CELDT tester)
Franklin McKinley School District,
San Jose

  • Sacramento State University, BA in Social Sciences, Emphasis in Psychology
  • Sacramento State University, Standard Elementary Education Credential
Gennie Gorback

Gennie Gorback

Board Member

Early Childhood Educator

  • UC Santa Barbara, BA Women’s Studies, Minor in Education
  • UC Santa Barbara, Multiple Subjects CLAD Credential
  • UC Santa Barbara, Masters of Education in Teaching
  • Foothill College, Early Childhood Education units
Beth Pittman

Beth Pittman

Board Member

First Grade Teacher, Lodi Unified School District

  • CSU Stanislaus, BS in Liberal Studies, Concentration in Child Development
  • CSU Stanislaus, CLAD Multiple Subject Teaching Credential 
Christine VanDenover

Christine VanDenover

Board Member

TK/Kindergarten Teacher, Mariposa County Unified

  • BA in Interdisciplinary Childhood Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education
  • MA in Curriculum Instruction and Assessment
Meredith Yeh

Meredith Yeh

Board Member

Kindergarten Teacher, San Mateo-Foster City School District, San Mateo

  • University of San Diego – B.A. in Diversified Liberal Arts
  • University of San Francisco – M.A. in Multicultural Education
  • Professional Clear Credential/CLAD Credential
Sally Byrnes-Swiatek

Sally Byrnes-Swiatek

Board Member

Founder/Director, A Little Patch of Earth, Santa Clarita

  • Edinboro University, PA and Pacific Oaks College, CA, BA Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education/Human Development

  • Pacific Oaks College, CA, MA in Leadership in Education and Human Services

  • College of the Canyons, CA, Early Childhood Certificate 

  • Child Development Program Director Permit, California Teaching Credential ,

Kimberly DeMille

Kimberly DeMille


Kindergarten Teacher, Capistrano Unified School District

  • San Diego State University, BA Liberal Studies, Emphasis in Education
  • San Diego State University, Multiple Subjects CLAD Credential
Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones

President Elect

TK/Kindergarten Teacher, Oakdale Joint Unified School District

  • Cal State University, Turlock – B.S. in Liberal Studies
  • Cal State University, Turlock – Minor in Child Development
  • Cal State University, Turlock – Teaching Credential
  • Professional Clear Credential
  • Child Development Program Director Permit
  • CLAD Certificate
  • GATE Certification
Wendy Sewell

Wendy Sewell

Technology Committee Chair

Stay-at-home mom
Former Kindergarten Teacher

  • Santa Rosa
  • Queens University – B.A. Honours in Language and Linguistics
  • University of Oxford – B.A. Education
  • CLAD Credential
Alice Wagner

Alice Wagner

Board Member

Bilingual (Spanish) Transitional Kindergarten Teacher, Hayward Unified School District

  • University of California, Santa Cruz, BA in Sociology
  • California State University, East Bay, BCLAD Credential
  • California State University, East Bay, MS in Educational Leadership
Nancy Cappelloni

Nancy Cappelloni

Past President, Treasurer

Educational Consultant in Private Practice
Kindergarten Readiness Program Director
Retired Kindergarten Teacher, Reed Union School District

  • University of San Francisco, Doctorate of Education
  • Dominican University, Teaching Credential Multiple Subject/CLAD
  • College of Marin, ECE Administrative Credential
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Masters of Dance/Movement Therapy
  • University of Colorado, B.A. with Distinction, Art History
Sandi Emrick

Sandi Emrick

Board Member

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher, San Luis Coastal Unified School District
San Luis Obispo

  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, BA Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • University of La Verne, Masters in Child Development
Palma Lindsay

Palma Lindsay

Board Member

Owner of KFUNdamentals

  • California State University Northridge, BA Liberal Studies, Graduate Studies
  • California State University Northridge, Multi-subject, Pre-school, K-12, Adult Ed. Life Teaching Credential
  • College of the Canyons Early Childhood Certificate
  • K-8 Teacher for 37 years
Maria N. Trejo

Maria N. Trejo

Board Member

National/International English Learners and Struggling Readers’ Consultant

  • University of the Pacific, BA Liberal Studies, Emphasis in Languages and Mathematics
  • Sacramento State University, Masters in Arts, Emphasis in Cross-cultural Education, Anthropology
  • University of the Pacific, Doctorate in Education, Emphasis in Curriculum & Instruction; Pupil Personnel Services; School Administration. Minor in Bilingual Education.
  • Credentials: Life in Elementary, Life in Secondary, Life for Community College
Bernadette Pilar Zermeno

Bernadette Pilar Zermeno

Board Member

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher, ASCEND

  • University of California, BerkeleyBA in Psychology, Minor in Education
  • University of California, Berkeley, Master of Arts in Education, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Spanish BCLAD
  • Preschool and TK/Dual Immersion Professional Development Provider
  • Adjunct Professor of Early Childhood at Chabot College in Hayward 


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Right here!  You can download the English Photography Release or the Spanish Photography Release.
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