Our Staff


Palo Alto PreschoolPleasanton PreschoolSan Jose Preschool

Palo Alto ElementaryPleasanton Elementary


President

Charles D. Bernstein, Ph.D.

Chuck Bernstein is the creator of the HeadsUp!® Approach to early learning and president of Early Learning Institute. He earned his Ph.D. in languages and linguistics from Stanford University as well as an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. …

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Palo Alto Preschool

Director

Kimberley Kostepen, M.A.

Kim earned her Preschool Montessori Certification from the Maria Montessori Institute in London. She holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia. When she relocated to California she began her time …

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Pleasanton Preschool

Director

Imelda Acosta, B.A.

Imelda earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Philippines. She completed both her elementary and preschool Montessori training at the Montessori Teacher Education Center in San Leandro. She has been with Early Learning Institute since 1988, …

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San Jose Preschool

Director

Danielle Ewing, B.A.

Kindergarten Head Teacher at Emerson Preschool San Jose. Education: BA Psychology, University of California, Berkeley and Early Childhood Credential, American Montessori Society  Joined Emerson Schools in 1994 Favorite classroom activity: Reading great books, talking and listening. It is refreshing and …

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Palo Alto Elementary School

Director

Linda Paz, B.A.

Linda is the director of Emerson School. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies at San Francisco State University. She obtained her Elementary I, Elementary II and Primary …

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Pleasanton Elementary School

Director

Imelda Acosta, B.A.

Imelda earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Philippines. She completed both her elementary and preschool Montessori training at the Montessori Teacher Education Center in San Leandro. She has been with Early Learning Institute since 1988, …

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