Transitional Kinder

Mrs. Rebeka Lama Chhetri

Phone: 510-724-0242 x103


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Mrs. Rebeka Lama Chhetri

Hello and welome to the kindergarten class page. My name is Rebeka Lama Chhetri and I am so excited to be part of St. Jospeh Catholic school as Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten teacher. 

I have a BA in Psychology with Dual Degree in Teaching and a Master's degree in Teaching and Education through University of San Francisco. I have my multiple subject credential with (ELAM). Before st. Jospeh, I taught at few other Oakland Diocese school and SFUSD schools. I have worked with different groups of students and with different grade level however, Kindergarten and transitioanl Kindergarten is my favorite age group. 

Teaching has been my passion for years. I knew at a young age, I wanted to be a teacher and give back the joy of learning that some of my wonderful teachers and mentors gave to me when I was young. I enjoy my time with little ones as they have a curiosity for the world around them, I love being able to laugh, learn and have fun with them. When I am not teaching, I love to spend time with my family and friends, go on a hike, Eat different kinds of food, and travel. 

I am so exicted to begin this year at St. Joseph and looking forward to a wonderful year. 

  • In September 2010, the Kindergarten Readiness Act passed. The legislation changed the requirements for kindergarten entry from five years old by December 2 to five years old by September 1, so that all children enter kindergarten at age five. This gives fouryear-olds with fall birthdays an additional year of preparation before entering kindergarten.
    The intent of this policy change in California is to provide an extra year of support and growth in a two year kindergarten program to help address the challenges that many students entering school face in struggling to keep up in kindergarten. These challenges can create difficulties that persist as children advance through the grades.
    Transitional kindergarten acts as a bridge between a more flexible play-and–learn environment and the more structured academic setting of a kindergarten classroom. TK classes offer learning opportunities through small groups and hands-on learning. The “gift of time” the program provides helps students meet the social and academic expectations necessary for the traditional kindergarten class the following year.