About Us

Statement of Purpose

Jubilee Kids’ Academy exists to provide a safe, developmentally appropriate environment for children ages 2 to 8 years. Our focus is to provide a stimulating early care and education experience, which promotes each child’s social/emotional, physical and cognitive development. Our goal is to support children’s desire to be life-long learners.

Staffing

All staff members…

  • Have their references confirmed and are thoroughly interviewed.
  • Are fingerprinted and have complete and up-to-date background checks on file.
  • Comply with standards set by the California Department of Social Services.
  • Actively participate in professional training each year.
  • Maintain up-to-date physical examinations to ensure they are healthy.
  • Are mandated reporters. Mandated reporters are subject to state law regarding child abuse and neglect. They are required

    by law to report any suspected abuse to the proper authorities.

All classrooms will maintain low child-to-teacher ratios appropriate for the youngest age present in the classroom.

Meet Our Staff

Holly Shamas

Holly Shamas – Owner/Director

Holly Shamas is the owner and director of Jubilee Kids Academy. She established Jubilee in September 2012 here in beautiful South Lake Tahoe. Prior to opening Jubilee Holly had a home daycare in her family’s home from 1993-2012 and raised her 3 boys who are now 15, 23 and 27. Her love and passion for children is her life. Living here in Tahoe with her husband and boys has allowed her to attend LTCC and study early Childhood Education to further her knowledge about educating children and then open her own facility. During the same time that she had her home daycare Holly also worked many weekends in Sierra at Tahoe’s daycare center while her own boys were able to enjoy skiing. Holly enjoys watching children grow and learn and especially loves when they say “You know what Ms. Holly…” Her passion for working with kids stems from her belief that we can learn as much from them as they can learn from us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Year Old Classroom

Kim Hogan

 

Kim Hogan

Kim began working at Jubilee in 2016. Her background working with kids began in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Year Old Classroom

Alicia Trujillo

Tosha Sorensen

Tosha Sorensen

Tosha began working at Jubilee Kids Academy in September 2012. She has been working with children since 1995 in a preschool setting, she did take time off when her son was born in 1999. Tosha has worked with infant to schoolagers, but her passion is working with the 3 year olds. There is such a wonder and excitement to learning with this age and she enjoys seeing and hearing a child’s excitement when they figure out something new. Everyday is a new day and smile with 3 year olds. Tosha continues to look, read and learn herself so that she can keep that learning environment fresh for the children in her care.

Alicia Trujillo
Alicia has been working with kids in a professional setting since 2013 after earning her degree in Child Development from San Francisco State University. In 2014 she finished earning her Elementary Teaching Credentials and taught in an elementary school in San Francisco for the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year. She moved to Tahoe and began working at Jubilee in September 2015. She loves working with the 3 year olds because each day brings a new adventure, set of challenges and never ending smiles and laughs from the children who are exploring and learning about the world around them.

 

 

 


 

 

Four Year Old Classroom

Jodene Hurt

Caleb Smith

Jodene Hurt

Ms. Jodene has worked with preschool children for over 15 years and began working at Jubilee in September of 2012. Music and rhythm are some of her most important tools of trade. Imagination along with compassion and respect shape her unique and effective academic curriculum. Ms. Jodene’s motto is “Learn through F-U-N!”

 

Caleb Smith

Caleb started working in early care education during high school for the city of Pleasanton, where he uncovered his passion for working with young minds. After achieving his Associate Teacher Permit in Early Childhood Education he moved to South Lake Tahoe in 2010 to pursue a career in education. He began working at Jubilee in August of 2015. He finds fulfillment in working with young children because he believes creating positive dispositions for learning during early hears builds the strongest foundation for lifelong success. He is currently attending Lake Tahoe Community College to obtain his Basic Teacher Permit and pursue and Associate’s Transfer Degree in Elementary Teacher Education.

 

 

 

 

Four & Five Year Old Classroom

Kassi Dennis

Jodi McLachlan

Jodi McLachlan

Jodi has been working in early childhood education for over twenty five years. She is originally from Stockton, California where she was a head preschool teacher for twelve years at Annunciation Preschool. When she moved to Tahoe she opened an in home child care facility that she had for nine years. She has been at Jubilee since April of 2013. Her experience has given her the knowledge to plan age appropriate curriculum that will stimulate children’s lifelong journey and foster a love for learning.

 

 

Kassi Dennis

Kassi has been teaching at Jubilee since 2015.