Lea Commandeur
Lea CommandeurPre 3s & 4s Aide
West Valley College – AA in Liberal Studies, AA in Child Development (2014) National University – BA in Early Childhood Development (2014)

Ms. Commandeur has accumulated some diverse teaching experience since she began teaching in 2003. She has taught preschool, Kindergarten and upper elementary. She is a San Jose native and loves making an impact in her neighborhood community. Although Lea has a degree in Liberal Arts, she decided to continue her education. In 2014 she will be completing a BA in Child Studies with three specializations. When Lea is not studying, she loves to serve the LORD alongside her husband, assisting him with their church’s youth group. She feels the LORD has brought her to St. Timothy’s, and believes it to be a privilege to work with an amazingly gifted team of men and women.

Favorite Bible verse: “He must increase, and I must decrease” John 3:30

Mary Ann daSilva
Mary Ann daSilvaPre 4s
St. Mary’s College – Bachelor’s degree in Communications

Mrs. da Silva has been teaching at St. Timothy’s preschool since 2000. Her own two daughters attended St. Timothy’s, starting in Pre-3’s and graduating from 5th grade. She was born and raised in San Clemente, California. She moved to the Bay area to attend St. Mary’s College in Moraga, graduating from there with a Bachelor’s degree. Mrs. da Silva has been married since 1990 and lives in San Jose with her family, and their dog and cat. She loves animals, the beach, and reading.

Favorite Bible verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

Stephanie Gamble
Stephanie GamblePreschool Director & Teacher
Stephanie Gamble has been teaching since 2007 and became a part of St. Timothy’s staff in 2010. She was born in San Jose and grew up in Morgan Hill. She graduated from Live Oak High School and continued her education at West Valley College. In her spare time, she enjoy’s spending time with her family, gardening, working out and other outdoor activities. She’s honored to have the privilege to work with such a dynamic group of people here at St. Timothy’s.

Favorite Bible verse: “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” Psalms 18:32

Valerie Hernandez
Valerie HernandezPre 4s Aide
Mrs. Val Hernandez has been a Preschool Teacher’s Aide for St. Tim’s since 2007 and has worked with children for over 25 years. She grew up in the area and also raised her own family here. She is the mother of six grown children and has of one grandson. She has been married for more than 38 years. Mrs. Hernandez has a BS Degree in Psychology from Corban Christian University and an AA Degree from West Valley College with an additional 24 Early Childhood Education Units. She loves spending time with her family, exercising, reading, decorating and the beach!

Favorite Bible verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Prov. 3:5-6

Debra Mandanici
Debra MandaniciPreschool Enrichment Teacher
Around St. Tim’s, I am better known as “Mrs. M.” I am most honored to be entrusted with the youngest students here on campus. I have been a member of the St. Tim’s family since 2001, when my now 16 year old daughter Tara enrolled in Pre-4’s. I have been on staff since 2004; however I took a leave in 2009 when my late husband was diagnosed with cancer. I was indeed blessed by the support of the St. Tim’s community during that time. I was married for seventeen years, and now have been widowed for four. What a joy it was to return to St. Timothy’s! I currently teach a Tues. /Thurs. a.m. Pre-3’s class, and M-F I teach the afternoon Pre’s Enrichment class. I have attended California State University Long Beach, El Camino Jr. College, and West Valley Jr. College. I now have an associate degree in accounting, and a certificate to teach preschool. I love spending my days with my “big kids” and seeing the world through their eyes. I thank God for the privilege of teaching in a Christian school, where I can praise Him daily in my classroom and teach my students of His great love for them St. Tim’s is God’s school, and I am so very happy to be a member of the St. Tim’s family.

Favorite Bible verse: I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Margaret Reyes
Margaret ReyesPre 4s M - F
University of Santo Tomas and San Jose Community College Mrs. Reyes was born in Manila, Philippines. She has been working with children since 2001. Mrs. Reyes is married and has two boys and one girl. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys spending time with her family.

Favorite Bible Verse: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Gabrielle Caropepe
Gabrielle CaropepePre 3s Aide