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Nidia Sanchez-Rico
Child Care Coordinator
(510) 818-4159
I was born in Colombia/South America. I have a husband and two children. As soon as I finished raising my children, I returned to school. I received my Bachelors in Human Development and a Masters in Teacher Education from California State University East Bay. During ten years, I decided that the best strategy to be involved with my community was working hard in order to get the precise experience and go to school to acquire the knowledge in the field of education in order to implement new strategies and techniques in my career. Now, at Newark Unified School District as a Child Care Coordinator, I want to offer the children, the families, and the staff my guidance, support, energy, and happiness to increase children’s cognitive and socio-emotional skills, parents’ trust and confidence and staff‘s commitment to work on behalf of the children’s well-being. I want each site: Birch Grove Intermediate, Birch Grove Primary, Kennedy, Lincoln, Musick, and Snow to become a second home for our children to relax and have fun in a safe environment while parents are working hard to offer their children a better future.

Sharon Tokubo
Account Technician
(510) 818-4223

I was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to United States when I was 16. I finished my Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from San Francisco State University and have lived in Newark with my husband and two children for 15 years. Both of our children are currently attending Newark schools. Prior joining Newark Unified School District Child Care Department, I was a corporate accountant for many years. I am very excited to be part of the schools and working with families and children in our community

Kathy Canario
Administrative Secretary
(510) 818-4138

I live in Newark with my husband and one of my two sons.  Both of my sons went through the Newark school system.  I was a legal secretary for about 26 years before coming to Newark Unified.  I started at Schilling School and worked there for 12 years, first as an Attendance Clerk, then, as their Librarian.  I love working for Newark Unified because of the great people I am surrounded with, and having the children’s playground right outside our office is special because I get to hear the shouts and laughter of children playing and having fun!