Meet the Staff

The teachers must have the greatest respect for the young personality, realizing that in the soul of the child great values are hidden, and that in the minds of these boys and girls there lies all our hope of future progress and the judgment of ourselves and our times.

– Dr. Maria Montessori

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Photo of Julia Arndt
Office Manager

Office Manager

When did you join One World? I have been affiliated with One World as a parent since 2003 and started volunteering in 2008. I joined the school as an employee in 2009.

Educational Background: I have 60 college credits in business and liberal studies. I worked in Marketing Operations and Marketing Communications for 14 years before leaving the corporate world after the birth of my 2nd child.

Additional Information: I have 3 children, all of whom attend One World. My second job is a Chauffeur Mom, as my kids are involved in sports, scouting, and dance. I enjoy attending their events on the weekends, as well as reading, shopping, and taking Zumba/hip hop fitness classes.

Categories: Foxworthy, Administration
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Photo of Karen Bamberg
Primary Guide

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: AMI

When did you join One World? 1985

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori certification, I have an Early Childhood Education Certificate from West Valley College and a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Additional Information: I have 2 grown children who attended One World from infancy through adolescence. I volunteer for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life, as well as for Canine Cancer: Morris Animal Foundation. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, exercising, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and my dogs.

Categories: Cabrillo, Primary I
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Photo of Mirna Barrios
Language Specialist – Spanish

Language Specialist – Spanish

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? 2009

Educational Background: I have 21 ECE units and am currently taking my Montessori Primary training, which I will complete by the end of 2013.

Additional Information: I have 3 children (two of whom attend One World). In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, spending time with my family and friends, and shopping. One day, I hope to volunteer for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as my passion is helping people and working with children.

Categories: Cabrillo, Primary I
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Photo of Kalpana Bonda
Primary Guide

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? November 2003

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori certification, I have a BS in Education.

Additional Information: I have 2 grown children. In my free time, I enjoy oil painting and doing arts and crafts.

Categories: Foxworthy, Primary III
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Photo of Michelle Camm
Daycare Provider and Primary II Assistant

Daycare Provider

Primary II Assistant

When did you join One World? January 1987

Educational Background: I have a Child Development Associate Teacher Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Additional Information:  I love music and enjoy singing with the children at school.

Categories: Cabrillo, Primary I, Cabrillo, Primary II
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Photo of Mariza Campista
Primary Guide

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? I have been affiliated with One World as a parent since 1996. I joined as an employee in 2002.

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori certification, I studied Folklor dancing from the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico.

Additional Information: I have 4 children who have all attended One World in the past. Two of them graduated from the school. I enjoy spending time watching my children’s soccer games and driving them to their practices and games.

Categories: Cabrillo, Primary II
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Photo of Joanne Cheng
Primary Guide

Primary Guide/Mandarin Language Specialist

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? I was a Primary teacher at One World from 2006 – 2009 and rejoined as both a teacher and language specialist in January 2015.

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori training, I have a degree from Chinese Culture University, majoring in performance art.

Additional Information: I have 1 daughter who has attended a Montessori school since she was an infant. I am a dog lover and rescuer. I have worked with the dog rescue community since 2010 and have helped over 30 dogs find their home. I also love to travel and enjoy historical and cultural studies.

Categories: Foxworthy, Primary III
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Photo of Chelsea Cunningham
Montessori Intern

Montessori Intern

Montessori Affiliation:

When did you join One World? August 2006

Educational Background: I am in the process of completing my Montessori Lower Elementary training.

Additional Information: I have 1 child who attends One World.

Categories: Pearl, Elementary I
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Photo of Kumud Desai
Daycare Provider

Daycare Provider

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? September 2014

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori training from the Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center (MMTTC), I have a BA in Economics from Karnataka University in India.

Additional Information: I feel privileged to work with children, as I believe that there is so much you can do to mold them to become the future. I also like cooking and I love to cook ethnic Indian dishes for friends and family. I love to travel, as well, especially into nature.

Categories: Cabrillo, Primary I, Cabrillo, Primary II
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Photo of Sanchita Ghosh
Primary Assistant

Primary Assistant

When did you join One World? I started at One World in 1992 and left in 1995 to take care of my children full-time. I rejoined in 2004.

Educational Background: I have an MA in Mental Philosophy from Kolkali University in India. I also have ECE units through DeAnza and Mission Colleges.

Additional Information: I have 2 adolescent children. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing.

Categories: Cabrillo, Primary II
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Photo of Donnie Gomez
Primary Guide

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? 1991

Additional Information: I have 2 children, both of whom attended One World in the past. I enjoy watching my children’s baseball and softball games and enjoy hanging out with family and friends.

Categories: Foxworthy, Primary III
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Photo of Elizabeth Gomez
Office Manager

Office Manager

When did you join One World? 2008

Categories: Pearl, Administration
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Photo of Michelle Halpern
Daycare Provider

Daycare Provider

When did you join One World?

Educational Background: I have an Associate’s degree and have been working in the classroom since 2006.

Additional Information: I was a student in a Montessori classroom in my youth. In my spare time, I enjoy playing a variety of musical instruments, writing music, and teaching piano.

Categories: Foxworthy, Primary III, Foxworthy, Primary IV
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Photo of Gioia Ingram
Office Manager

Office Manager

When did you join One World? September 2011

Educational Background: I have worked at Montessori schools as a classroom assistant and a daycare provider, most recently at One World. I joined the office staff at One World in September 2014.

Additional Information: I have 2 adult children, both of whom attended Montessori schools. I chair an all volunteer steering committee for The International Gift Faire, a fair trade festival. I also enjoy hanging out with my husband, dog and family and doing lots of creative things.

Categories: Foxworthy, Administration
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Photo of Liz Jamero
Bookkeeper

Bookkeeper

When did you join One World? October 2004

Additional Information: I have 2 adult children. I am very involved with my large, loving family and I am a member of the South Bay Blue Star Mom’s, an organization that supports family members of active military personnel.

Categories: Foxworthy, Administration
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Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? February 2008

Educational Background: I have my Primary Montessori certification.

Additional Information: I have 1 child who currently attends One World. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, Chinese brush art, and gardening with my son. I also teach Sunday school for preschool-aged children at my church.

Categories: Foxworthy, Primary IV
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Photo of Rebecca Keith
Founder, Head-of-School of Primary and Infant Community

Founder

Head-of-School of Infant Community, Primary, and Junior High

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? I founded the school in 1979

Educational Background: I have a BA in Human and Community Services, an MA in Educational Leadership, and am in the process of earning my Ed.D in Educational Leadership — all from St. Mary’s College. I have Montessori Certificates for both Primary and Elementary and have been a Teacher Trainer since 1979. My publications include: The Montessori Peace Curriculum, One World Montessori United Nation’s Day Celebration, One World Montessori Earth Day Celebration, as well as several articles.

Additional Information: I have two grown children who both attended One World in the past; one of my grandchildren also attended school here. My hobbies include music, sewing, swimming, reading, and enjoying nature.

Categories: Board, Cabrillo, Administration, Foxworthy, Administration
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Photo of Hermita Lazo Samaniego
Infant Community Assistant

Infant Community Assistant

When did you join One World? December 2010

Educational Background: I have a BS in Early Childhood Education from the Assumption of Mary University in Peru.

Additional Information: I have 2 children, one of whom attends One World.

Categories: Foxworthy, Infant Community
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Photo of Hanh Luu
Daycare Provider

Daycare Provider

When did you join One World? November 2013

Educational Background: I have an AA degree in Accounting in addition to my ECE units.

Additional Information: My hobbies are reading, crafting and cooking.

Categories: Foxworthy, Primary III, Foxworthy, Primary IV
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Photo of Meena Manickam
Montessori Directress

Montessori Directress

Montessori Affiliation: AMS

When did you join One World? October 2011

Educational Background: I have a BA in English Literature. I am in the process of earning my Montessori Lower Elementary certification.

Additional Information: I have 2 children.

Categories: Cabrillo, Elementary I
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Photo of Pascale Marion
Office Manager

Office Manager

When did you join One World? August 1988

Educational Background: I have a diploma in Psychomotricity.

Additional Information:  I have two grown children, both of whom attended One World (my son attended through 6th grade and my daughter graduated from the Junior High program).  I have been doing Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) for over 10 years.  Being a world citizen (French nationality who was born in West Africa), I have found my perfect niche at One World.

Categories: Cabrillo, Administration
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Photo of Jaime Martinov
Montessori Directress

Montessori Directress

Montessori Affiliation: AMS

When did you join One World? September 2011

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori certification, I have a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley.

Categories: Cabrillo, Elementary I
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Photo of Klare Marzano
Infant Community Assistant

Infant Community Assistant

Montessori Affiliation: AMI

When did you join One World? July 2014

Educational Background: In addition to my Assistant Montessori certificate from the Montessori Institute of San Diego, I have a BA and BFA in Philosophy and Studio Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. I am currently completing additional early childhood development courses and will be attending the Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center in fall 2014.

Additional Information: I have one child who currently attends One World and started in the Infant Community. In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach and doing Ikebana – the Japanese art of flower arrangement.

Categories: Foxworthy, Infant Community
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Photo of Lisa Maxham
Non-Profit Coordinator

Non-Profit Coordinator

When did you join One World? I was first employed as an Infant Community Assistant in 2006. I joined the administrative staff in 2008.

Educational Background I have ECE units from San Jose City College and West Valley College, ECE Environmental Education training from the California Department of Fish and Game through Project WILD, and ECE and school-age Environmental Education training from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection through Project Learning Tree. I am a 2012 United States Green Schools Faculty Fellow at the Student Climate and Conservation Congress with the Green Schools Alliance and the Department of the Interior and have taken certified Peace Ambassador training through the Shift Network. I am also a candidate for certification in Pollution Control and Compliance through DeAnza College and in Peace Education through Teachers Without Borders.

Additional Information: I mentor high school students and volunteer to guide green programs at low-income schools and daycare centers in the Bay Area and New York City. I am also working to produce a creative writing publication or website with other women writers of color.

Categories: Foxworthy, Administration
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Photo of Alina Mihailovici
Primary Guide
Categories: Foxworthy, Primary III
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Photo of Jeanette Montoto
Head-of-School of Elementary and Junior High, Elementary Directress

Head-of-School of Elementary and Junior High

Elementary Directress

Montessori Affiliation: AMS, St. Nicholas

When did you join One World? 1981

Educational Background: In addition to my Lower and Upper Elementary and Primary Montessori teaching certificates, I have a BA from San Jose State University. I also have additional training in Montessori History Studies and Montessori Elementary Course Study for Zoology and Botany.

Categories: Board, Pearl, Administration, Pearl, Elementary I
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Photo of Julie Musick
Primary Guide – Outside Enrichment

Primary Guide – Outside Enrichment

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? August 2010

Additional Information: I have 1 adolescent child.

Categories: Foxworthy, Primary III, Foxworthy, Primary IV
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Photo of Indu Nair
Primary Guide

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? 2008

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori certification, I have a BA in History.

Additional Information:  I have two children, both of whom currently attend One World.

Categories: Uncategorized
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Photo of Thu Nguyen
Infant Community Assistant

Infant Community Assistant

When did you join One World? February 2015

Educational Background: I have an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

Additional Information: I believe that every child is a wonderful gift from God. I love to care for children and play with them to see them laughing, smiling and growing up. My hobbies are reading, listening to music and enjoying the beach.

Categories: Foxworthy, Infant Community
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Photo of Grace Pei
Language Specialist – Mandarin

Language Specialist – Mandarin

When did you join One World? 2014

Educational Background: I have a BA and MA in Landscape Architecture from Sichuan Agricultural University in China.

Additional Information: In my spare time, I enjoy drawing, singing and playing Guzheng (a Chinese instrument).

Categories: Cabrillo, Primary II
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Photo of Mari Perez-Vizcaino
Primary Guide

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? I have been affiliated with the school as a parent since 1996 and began teaching at One World in 1999.

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori certification, I have an MA in Philosophy and Educational Sciences from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid.

Additional Information: I have 2 children who both attended One World in the past. I have an interest in helping children with special needs and continue my learning and education in that area. In my free time, I enjoy charcoal drawing.

Categories: Foxworthy, Primary IV
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Photo of SJ Phillips
Primary Guide

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? I have been affiliated with the school as a parent since 2010 and joined as a Guide in 2014.

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori training, I have a B.S. in Environmental Planning and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. I also studied Horticulture and Landscape Design at Foothill College.

Additional Information: I have 2 children who currently attend One World. I love being outside and particularly enjoy hiking, swimming and gardening. I love to travel and enjoy going to “off the beaten track” destinations. I am also interested in different art forms – visual, dance and performance. On a rainy day, you might find me reading.

Categories: Foxworthy, Primary IV
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Photo of Meera Ravuri
Primary Guide

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: St. Nicholas Montessori

When did you join One World? 1987

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori certification, I hold 23 ECE units from West Valley College.

Additional Information:  I am the Godmother to 4 children, who all attended One World and graduated from our Junior High program.  In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, gardening and sewing.  My special passion is tutoring math to children who are struggling in that subject.

Categories: Cabrillo, Primary II
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Photo of Usha Ravuri
Primary Guide

Infant Community Guide

Montessori Affiliation:

When did you join One World? August 1991

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori certification, I have a degree in Business from India and have ECE units from West Valley College.

Additional Information: I have 4 children, all of whom started in One World’s Infant Community and have since graduated from our Junior High program.

Categories: Foxworthy, Infant Community
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Photo of Karina Rivera
Montessori Directress

Montessori Directress

Montessori Affiliation: AMS

When did you join One World? January 2002

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori certification, I have a BA in Liberal Studies with a minor in Spanish from San Jose State University.

Additional Information: I have 1 child who currently attends One World.

Categories: Pearl, Elementary I
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Photo of Lola Ross
Elementary II Guide
Categories: Pearl, Elementary II
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Photo of Selena Sanchez
Montessori Intern

Montessori Intern

Montessori Affiliation:

When did you join One World? August 2006

Educational Background: I am in the process of completing my Montessori Lower Elementary training.

Categories: Pearl, Elementary I
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Photo of Lucille Satana
Primary Guide

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? August 1991

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori certification, I have a BS in Applied Mathematics from the University of the Philippines.

Additional Information:  I have 3 children (two of whom are still attending One World and one who has graduated from our Junior High program).  My children and I volunteer in our church’s choir, as we all love to sing.

Categories: Cabrillo, Primary I
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Photo of Kai Shuart
Daycare Provider

Daycare Provider

When did you join One World? September 2009

Educational Background: I have an AA in Liberal Arts from Golden Gate College and a BA in Child Development from Humboldt State University. I have also completed some MA work in English Literature from San Jose State University.

Categories: Cabrillo, Elementary I
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Photo of David Snow
Daycare Provider and Primary I Assistant

Daycare Provider

Primary I Assistant

When did you join One World? August 1991

Educational Background: I have a Child Development Associate Teacher Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Additional Information:  In my spare time, I enjoy drawing, playing video games, and bike riding.

Categories: Cabrillo, Primary I, Cabrillo, Primary II
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Photo of Jill Soong
Primary Guide

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: AMI

When did you join One World? 1982

Additional Information: I have 1 child who attended One World in the past.

Categories: Foxworthy, Primary III
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Photo of Hema Srinivasan
Primary Guide

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: AMS (Infant), PAMS (Primary)

When did you join One World? 1994

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori certifications in Assistance to Infancy (birth – 3 years) and Primary, I have a BS from Madras University in India.

Additional Information: I have 2 grown children, both of whom attended One World. I have been taking Ikebana classes (Japanese flower arrangement) for the past 10 years and in my free time I like to do gardening and reading.

Categories: Cabrillo, Primary II
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Photo of Pallavi Tekriwal
Primary Guide

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: AMS

When did you join One World? August 2007

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori certification, I have a BS in Human Development.

Additional Information: I have 2 children who currently attend One World. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with family, photography, cooking, and yoga.

Categories: Uncategorized
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Photo of Carmen Virgos
Primary Guide

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? I have been affiliated with the school as a parent since 2008 and joined as a Guide in 2013.

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori training, I have a B.S. in Biochemistry (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain) and Ph.D. in Biology (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain).

Additional Information: I have 3 children who currently attend One World. I enjoy spending time outdoors and rediscovering nature through the eyes of my children.

Categories: Foxworthy, Primary III
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