Turlock Parent Participation Nursery school - Play-based learning for the whole child
TNS Staff
Turlock Nursery School has a wonderful, caring and experienced staff.

Kelly Pangrazio - TNS Director

I feel like I was meant to be the TNS Director. As a fifth year parent at TNS and a former member of the TNS Board of Directors for three years, I continue to love what TNS offers my children and my family—a caring, supportive, and nurturing atmosphere in which every child’s uniqueness is celebrated and every parent has a voice. My prior experiences as both a preschool and elementary school teacher have shown me the value of the learn-through-play program for our children’s overall development. Being raised in Turlock and now bringing up my family in Turlock, I am also proud to represent a school with such a rich and lasting presence in our community. I look forward to meeting you and your families! Please email me if you have any questions or would like to set up a tour: kelpangrazio@gmail.com.

Autumn Reed
MWF Teacher

I am thrilled to be the new MWF teacher at Turlock Nursery School! I was a TNS parent for 5 years and served on the Board of Directors for 4 years, 2 of which I was the President. Combined with my prior teaching experience, my years as a TNS parent showed me that the learn-through-play, cooperative approach is an optimal learning environment for all children. My family feels extremely grateful that our children spent their formative years in such a fun, stimulating, and caring environment. 
I have always been an avid camper, and my family and I love spending our time exploring all that nature has to offer. As such, the many themed weeks that introduce students to a variety of subjects and experiences are right up my alley! I am also excited to bring my familiarity and love of nature to the classroom, while continuing the legacy that has been left by the former directors and teachers. Having grown up in Turlock and returned as an adult with my own family, I feel fortunate that I now get to be a part of a school that influenced (and continues to  influence) so many lives in our community.
I look forward to meeting you and your families. Feel free to email me at if you have any questions or would like a tour of TNS. 

Andrea Noz
T/TH Teacher
Hello! I would like to introduce myself: I am Andrea Noz. Many years ago I attended Turlock Nursery School as a child as well as my siblings; the memories and experiences I had at TNS during my childhood left a lasting impression. When I had children, I remembered how wonderful my time was at TNS and I knew my children would love it just as much as I did. As a parent at TNS, I appreciated the hands-on, cooperative approach to learning. It was remarkable to watch my children grow and learn at their own pace, and have them be valued and encouraged by their teachers. 
I was so inspired by my experiences as a TNS student and parent that I went to school and earned my BA in Early Childhood Education. It has always been a dream of mine to be a preschool teacher at TNS, and now I am happy to officially return to Turlock Nursery School as a member of the teaching staff. I am excited to be back in the classroom at TNS, and look forward to meeting everyone in the new school year. 

Nektar Tomasian 
Lead Teacher, M-F
The first day that I visited TNS, I fell in love. I had recently arrived in the United States from my home country, Iran. At the time, I couldn't speak English, but I could understand the language of humanity, kindness, and sympathy. At TNS, I felt like I was home. The warm atmosphere, caring teachers, and happy children melted my heart. I wished that one day I would have the opportunity to work at TNS as a teacher. It took a long time to achieve my dream; I started with ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, and eventually earned my AA degree. Once I had my degree, I was hired at TNS and my wish came true. 

I am so blessed to have worked with the best directors. Teacher Julie was very encouraging to me, and Teacher Jaime was a true leader not just my boss. I was also surrounded by great coworkers and lovely parents, who helped me, welcomed me, and gave me their unconditional love, respect, and support. Of course I love our students too. All of them are special and unique in their own way. I treasure all of my sweet memories with them.

As someone who speaks Assyrian, Armenian, and now English, I would enjoy sharing my love of language and culture with students and families who are from different backgrounds, speak different languages, or recently arrived to this country. I believe our program, which is so diverse and welcoming, is a wonderful space for children of all cultures and languages to learn and grow together. I am truly grateful for my job as a teacher at TNS, and for the TNS teachers and families.

Board Members: Turlock Nursery School  has a dedicated board made up of parent volunteers. This elected board meets monthly to manage the business of the school. 

 Current Board Members 2018-2019                     
  • President                 - Harleen Dail, hkwdlaw@gmail.com
  • VP                           - Melissa Ramont, mgenzoli@hitmail.com
  • Secretary                 - Marissa Mellow, marissamellow08@gmail.com
  • Treasurer                 - Nicole Goertzen, nchristian13@gmail.com
  • Historian                  - Lisa Singh, lisasingh@sbcglobal.net
  • Membership             - Dormae King, ddking624@gmail.com
  • Community Liaison   - Francine Simbalenko fsimbalenko@yahoo.com
  • Alumni Chair            - Danielle Benavides, fbenavides1@gmail.com
  • Yard/work maint.     - Dan Benedict, courageforhugh@aim.com
Parents: Because we are a parent participation nursery school, parents are also involved in the day-to-day operations. These include: assisting the teachers in class, classroom management, cleaning and monitoring students. As a TNS parent you are part of our school day and an important part in the connection between home and school.
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