Dragon Zone Staff
Kim Adams - Program Director
Kim Adams has been program director of Dragon Zone Childcare and Camps since the spring of 2008. Kim excels at designing environments in which children can safely learn and explore. With over 25 years of experience educating and operating preschool/childcare centers as well as a degree in Creative Arts from San Jose State, Kim has a rare understanding of the ways in which children perceive and interact with their world. Kim owns and operates a preschool in Palo Alto. Kim has led workshops and trainings on creativity and curriculum both locally and nationally and is an early childhood development mentor teacher.
Kim has enjoyed being an active member of the LVCS parent community from its beginning. Kim identifies herself first as a mother, and uses what she has learned as a mom to partner effectively with families and the community.
Sharlee Solis- Dragon Zone Site Supervisor
Sharlee has been working in the field of Child Development since 2006. She is currently enrolled at Las Positas College completing her general education. Sharlee began her work at Dragon Zone in the winter of 2008 and is an outstanding member of our team. Sharlee took on the position of Site Supervisor in the summer of 2013. The children, families, and staff enjoy Sharlee’s friendly and charismatic personality. In the future, Sharlee plans to continue her work in childcare or a related field. Some of Sharlee’s hobbies include running, reading and social event planning.
Beth Ayers- Dragon Zone Teacher
Lena Barta- Dragon Zone Teacher and Adminsitrative Assitant
Lena's work keeps her busy inside the classroom and out. Lena has been in the child development field since 1999 and has loved every minute of it. Something special Lena brings to D.Z. would be her love and affection towards kids. Children and adults alike respond well to Lena’s kind and gentle spirit. Lena is happily married and enjoys being a mother of a young adult daughter. She has 2 pet Chihuahua’s named Sweetie and Noname. Her hobbies and interests include shopping, hiking and spending quality time with her family.
Gina Bartlett-Dragon Zone Teacher
Gina Bartlett has lived in Livermore most of her life. Growing up here has given her a special understanding of this exceptional community. Gina has been teaching at Dragon Zone since September 2007. Gina attended college at Las Positas. She has two wonderful boys that keep her going non-stop. Something special Gina brings to DZ would have to be her happiness and understanding of the kids. Gina enjoys working with children and communicating with their families.
Priya Billa-Dragon Zone Teacher
Priya was born and raised in India, with very rich cultural and strong family values. She has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. Priya studied Early Childhood Education at Las Positas College. Priya started working at Dragon Zone in the falloff 2013. She says she feels blessed to be able to work with a great team of teachers. Priya is happily married and blessed with two wonderful daughters. Watching her own daughters grow has helped her to realize that children learn every single moment; as adults all we have to do is be a good role model in their lives. She also believes that knowledge is one wealth that nobody can steal from us anytime, and that it grows by sharing. It is with this belief that she finds herself in this profession, passing on her knowledge to these young children and helping them discover their inner strengths right from a tender age.
Megan Fletcher - Dragon Zone Aide
Eric Folsom- Dragon Zone Teacher
Eric joined the DZ team in the summer of 2008. He is working on a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at San Jose State University. He enjoys running, soccer, backpacking, and playing the guitar. Eric brings enthusiasm and creativity to his work at Dragon Zone. The children relate to his sense of humor and his gentle demeanor. Working at Dragon Zone has been a great experience for Eric, and he hopes to continue working at Dragon Zone for many years to come
Carla Guzman-Dragon Zone Teacher
Carla Guzman has lived in Livermore for most of her life. She has been a valuable member of our staff since 2007. Carla works at Dragon Zone along with her mother (Luisa), and her sister (Pammie). Carla is currently attending Las Positas College. Her plans are to transfer to a State University where she will pursue her degree in child development. Her love of children doesn’t end at work, Carla has a niece and nephew, whom she cherishes her time with. Carla creates intriguing and stimulating projects for the middle elementary aged students. In her free time she likes shopping, reading, and hanging out with her friends and family, as well as enjoying new and rewarding experiences.
Luisa Guzman- Dragon Zone Staff
Luisa has been a part of the Dragon Zone team from the beginning! Luisa is our resident "mom", enhancing our program with her nurturing and service-minded attitude. The children enjoy the snacks Luisa prepares, and the staff always appreciates her efficient management of the DZ kitchen.
Pamela Guzman- Dragon Zone Teacher
Pamela Guzman has recently completed her BA in psychology and minor in sociology and business administration atSan Jose State University. She has been working at Dragon Zone since 2007 and loves her work. Pam brings an energetic personality and dynamic curriculum to her work at Dragon Zone. She sees her strongest key element as being able to easily bond with the children. Pam finds helping children grow and learn rewarding and interesting. In her spare time she loves listening to music and spending quality time with her warm and loving family.
Becca Kolman- Dragon Zone Teacher
Becca joined the DZ team in the summer of 2011. Becca attends Cal State East Bay working toward earning her B.A. Becca brings to our team an enthusiasm for sports and outdoor activities. She lives in Livermore and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Nick Held-Dragon Zone Aide
Chris Shirley-Dragon Zone Teacher Aide
Chris joined the Dragon Zone Team in our first year. Chris finds time in her busy schedule working as an instructional aide at Joe Mitchell Elementary School, tutoring, and being a mom, to work at Dragon Zone twice a week. The children and families enjoy Chris' loving and approachable nature.
Raney Shimozono- Dragon Zone Teacher/Aide
Jenna Stark- Dragon Zone Teacher/Aide
Jenna joined the Dragon Zone team in summer of 2012. She is in her second year at Las Positas College and will be transferring to a 4 year university in the fall; where she plans on majoring in elementary education and getting a teaching credential in elementary special education. Jenna, herself, attended LVCS for middle school and was a member of the first graduating 8th grade class. She enjoys partnering with families and staff to create a safe, fun, and loving environment for children. Her bubbly personality and big heart play a role in her work at Dragon Zone. In her spare time he enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, shopping, reading and traveling.