Zimmer Children's Museum




Sara Choi was born in Incheon, South Korea and moved to the U.S. when she was four years old. She grew up in central California and lived a very plain life until she came across a book called “People” by Peter Spier in the third grade that changed her life forever. With a curious spirit and passion to learn more about the world,  she continued to get her B.A. in both Anthropology and Communication at the University of California, San Diego and lived and studied in India for a year. After graduation, she returned back to South Korea to teach at Eton House International School, a Reggio-Emilia inspired school that focuses on the individual child and his/ her self-guided learning. She is a life-long learner who is always looking for her next adventure.


A lifelong artist, performer and teacher, Ana Miro was raised in Puerto Rico where she attended a Specialized Art High School and earned a BA in Theater Arts with a minor in Special Education and Dance Education from the University of Puerto Rico. The daughter of a preschool director, she grew up immersed in Early Childhood Education and by age 15 was teaching dance and early childhood classes herself. During her college years she developed arts integration programs where art and dance were used as tools to help kids learn math and science. Since moving to L.A., she has worked as a private tutor, freelance early childhood and arts instructor and a professional makeup artist. 




Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Luis Torrealva is a self-taught musician playing guitar by age fifteen.  In his early career, Luis toured with various bands throughout Latin America and the U.S. East Coast.  Between 2001 and 2012, as founding member and lead vocalist for Nayas, the group received nominations for various awards including, “Best Latin Duo/Group” and “Best Latin Vocalists” by Washington Area Music Association.  While living in Washington, D.C, Luis developed a following providing music and play programs as Creative Director at the Blue Igloo Playgroup, several school events, festivals and private parties. Now in Los Angeles, Luis continues to teach music classes to young children and performs original and traditional bilingual English and Spanish favorites at venues throughout the city.


Martial Arts have always been an integral part of Sumiha Akiyama's life, since her Father is a Shorinji Kempo branch Master in Japan. She began “official” lessons in Shorinji Kempo at the age of three. By the age of eleven, she had participated and won many competitions and was awarded a Black Belt, then 2-dan degree. With these achievements, she became an assistant teacher at the school, specializing in groups of young children. She also was the director and teacher of the summer camp programs. Today, as the Mother of two young children, she is acutely aware of the merits of these classes and the special delight in “working” with young children. She knows that her training in martial arts as a child and young adult has helped her live an interesting, productive life, attending school in New Zealand, Italy, graduating college in Switzerland and France. She sincerely wants to have the privilege of teaching your children these good lessons, which result in happy, self-confident boys and girls.




Farnaz Mehrdad was born and raised in Iran.  There, she majored in Psychology and was always interested and involved in developing a child’s creativity.  She then decided to move to the United States to start her new life and it didn’t take much time for the brave mother of two to settle in Los Angeles.  Currently at the Zimmer, Farnaz incorporates creative, artistic methods to teach Farsi to children.


Nicole Gardner grew up in New England and lived on the East Coast for most of her life, until moving to sunny LA with her husband in 2015. She lived in New York, NY for 13 years where she earned her B.F.A. in Theater from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and pursued an acting career, until going back to school for her M.S.Ed from the Bank Street College of Education in Infant and Family Development and General and Special Education. Nicole has over ten years of experience working with children and families in a variety of roles: as an infant/toddler educator, a preschool teacher, a nanny, a teaching artist and a performer. She has presented at various education conferences, both national and regional, and facilitates professional development opportunities for educators and communities around the country. She loves working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and is passionate about integrating the arts and play into early learning. She also enjoys practicing yoga, reading, and going on adventures.




Sophie Krentzman was born and raised in France. She has been working with children and loving it for the past 25 years! This all began at a dance school in France, where during her spare time, she would teach 6-15 year olds modern jazz dance. Fast forward to her arrival in America in 2006, she became a mother of a wonderful girl and continued her professional work with children. With an intrinsic love of teaching and sharing experiences with the little ones, Sophie brings a joy of learning that is extremely contagious. She has honed her teaching skills by giving instruction at a Montessori School in Los Angeles as well as tutoring children and adults in the beautiful French language!


Every third Friday the Zimmer welcomes special guest, David Tobocman to the Mann Theater stage for a monthly Sing-A-Long! David recently released his second album for children and families, Lemonade School. David’s Sing-A-Long gets every tot moving and grooving with all the classics, some rock n’ roll covers, and his own smash hits!



6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Front Desk: (323) 761-8984
Fax: (323) 761-8990
Email: info@zimmermuseum.org

Monday-Thursday: 10am-5pm
Friday: 10am-4pm
Sunday: 12:30pm-4:30pm
Saturday: CLOSED
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Wednesday: 9am-10am
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