Staff

Tara Gray and Grace Zhao

Tara Gray
School Director
As the Director at Cornerstone Children’s Center, I bring more than 20 years of experience working as a teacher, lead teacher, and program director. I have a BA in Human Development with an option in Early Childhood, an AA in Liberal Arts, and hold an Early Childhood Director’s Permit with the California Teacher Credentialing Department. I was also recognized in 2013 as a Mentor Teacher for the California Early Childhood Mentor Program. I believe that children learn best through open exploration of their environment and fun hands-on activities. In working with young children, I love being able to experience the joys of childhood all over by seeing things through their eyes.

Grace Zhao
School Assistant Director
I received a degree in primary education and worked in the field for close to two years in China. Since being in the US, I have obtained my AA degree in Child Development and a Site Supervisor Permit with the California Teacher Credentialing Department. I have been working with children for 18 years, nine of them at Cornerstone. I enjoy working with children and love to see their smiles and growth each day. Besides my Assistant Director duties, I also enjoy teaching Chinese two times a week with the pre-k class.

Teachers
Along with having a passion for children and years of experience working in this field, all our teachers have completed coursework in Early Childhood Development. This coursework consists of classes in in the general areas of Child Growth & Development, Child/ Family and Community, and Program & Curriculum. Our Nursery teachers are also required to complete coursework in Infant & Toddler Development. All Cornerstone Teachers meet the  requirements mandated by Community Care licensing for working in the field of Early Childhood Education.

To ensure that our teachers are always ready and able to provide the best possible care to the children at our center, we require that they maintain certification in First Aid/CPR and offer both on-site and off-site opportunities for professional growth through workshops and training conferences.