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

Michelle was elected President of CKA in March 2019 after serving on the Board of Directors for four years. Michelle is a professor and coordinator in the Multiple Subject Credentialing program for Teachers College of San Joaquin in Stockton, 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)

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
Kimberly DeMille

Kimberly DeMille

Past President

Kindergarten Teacher, Capistrano Unified School District

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

Gennie Gorback

President Elect

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
Sylvia Parker

Sylvia Parker

Board Member

TK Teacher, Darnall Charter School,
San Diego

  • University of Redlands, Liberal Studies and History

  • Claremont Graduate University, Professional Clear Multiple Subjects Credential with CLAD emphasis

Wendy Sewell

Wendy Sewell

Board Member

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
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 ,

Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones


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
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 
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
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
Amy Friedin

Amy Friedin

Board Member

TK Teacher, Newhall School District, Santa Clarita

  • California State Northridge, B.S. in Psychology
  • Pepperdine University, M.A. in Elementary Education
  • Pepperdine University, Multiple Subject CLAD Credential
    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
    Tra'shell Reese

    Tra'shell Reese

    Board Member

    Devoted Head PreKindergarten Teacher for over 30 years
    Cisco Childcare Center

    • San Jose City Jr. College, Early Childhood Education Units
    • Educator of the Year with Recognition at NAEYC
    • Advocate for Quality Place-base Childcare Programs, Washington D.C.
    Bernadette Pilar Zermeno

    Bernadette Pilar Zermeno


    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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