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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A B C G H I J K L M P R S T V Y
Photo of Julia Arndt
Office Manager

Biographical Info

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.

Updated 8 months ago.
Photo of Karen Bamberg
Primary Guide

Biographical Info

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.

Updated 8 months ago.
Photo of Mirna Barrios
Primary IV Assistant

Biographical Info

Primary IV Assistant

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.

Additional Information: I have 3 children (one of whom attends 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.

Updated 4 months ago.
Photo of Sabita Bhaumik
Elementary II Guide

Biographical Info

Elementary II Guide

Montessori Affiliation: AMS

When did you join One World? August 2014

Educational Background: In addition to my AMS Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary certification (MTEC ) I have  B.A. and B.ED. Degrees from India.

Updated 8 months ago.
Photo of Kalpana Bonda
Primary Guide

Biographical Info

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.

Updated 8 months ago.
Photo of Encarna Buendia
Primary Guide – Outside Enrichment

Biographical Info

Primary Guide – Outside Enrichment

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? September 2015

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori certification, I have an MA in Architecture from the Superior Technical School of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Spain.

Additional Information: I have one daughter who currently attends One World.  I enjoy being with friends, the outdoors, and the sport of rowing.  I also like arts and crafts and enjoy building things, especially with a team.

Updated 8 months ago.
Photo of Joanne Cheng
Primary Guide

Biographical Info

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.

Updated 8 months ago.
Photo of Donnie Gomez
Primary Guide

Biographical Info

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.

Updated 8 months ago.
E1 Classroom Assistant
Updated 1 month ago.
Photo of Gioia Ingram
Office Manager

Biographical Info

Office Manager

Updated 5 months ago.
Photo of Liz Jamero
Bookkeeper

Biographical Info

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.

Updated 8 months ago.

Biographical Info

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 music, Chinese brush art, and swimming.

Updated 8 months ago.
Photo of Rebecca Keith
Founder, Head-of-School of Primary and Infant Community

Biographical Info

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, and an MA and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership 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.

In 2015, I was awarded first place for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the “Wisdom of the Elders” award by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).

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.

Updated 10 months ago.
Photo of Hanh Luu
Daycare Provider

Biographical Info

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.

Updated 8 months ago.
Photo of Pascale Marion
Office Manager

Biographical Info

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.

Updated 8 months ago.
Photo of Lisa Maxham
Non-Profit Coordinator

Biographical Info

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.

Photo of Alina Mihailovici
Primary Guide
Updated 9 months ago.
Photo of Jeanette Montoto
Head-of-School of Elementary, Elementary Directress

Biographical Info

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.

Updated 10 months ago.
Photo of Julie Musick
Primary Guide – Outside Enrichment

Biographical Info

Primary Guide – Outside Enrichment

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? August 2010

Additional Information: I have 1 adolescent child.

Updated 8 months ago.
Photo of Mari Perez-Vizcaino
Primary Guide

Biographical Info

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.

Updated 8 months ago.
Photo of Thao Phan
Primary IV Assistant

Biographical Info

Primary IV Assistant and Daycare Provider

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? I worked in the Infant Community from July 2015 – July 2016 and re-joined One World in Primary in December 2016.

Educational Background: I have an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  I completed my Montessori infant training and am currently taking classes toward my Montessori Primary certification.

Additional Information: I enjoy cooking, listening to music and playing with children.

Updated 1 week ago.
Photo of SJ Phillips
Primary Guide

Biographical Info

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.

Updated 8 months ago.
Photo of Meera Ravuri
Primary Guide

Biographical Info

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.

Updated 5 months ago.
Photo of Karina Rivera
Montessori Directress

Biographical Info

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.

Photo of Selena Sanchez
Montessori Intern

Biographical Info

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.

Photo of Lucille Satana
Primary Guide

Biographical Info

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

Updated 8 months ago.
Photo of Jill Soong
Primary Guide

Biographical Info

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.

Updated 8 months ago.
Photo of Hema Srinivasan
Primary Guide

Biographical Info

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.

Updated 5 months ago.
Photo of Pallavi Tekriwal
Elementary Guide

Biographical Info

Elementary 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.

Updated 5 months ago.
Daycare Assistant
Updated 3 months ago.
Photo of Carmen Virgos
Primary Guide

Biographical Info

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.

Updated 8 months ago.
Photo of Grace Yu
Elementary II Guide

Biographical Info

Elementary II Guide

Montessori Affiliation: AMS and AMI

When did you join One World? Sept. 2015

Educational Background: Grace graduated with her undergrad from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. She continued with her Montessori training and graduated with her AMI primary diploma from the Montessori Training Center of British Columbia, as well as her AMS Elementary I-II credential from the Montessori Teacher Education Centre in San Leandro, CA. Grace also has a Masters in Education from Chaminade University in Honolulu, HI.

Grace is originally from Vancouver, BC, Canada and has been a guide for the past several years, at both the primary level as well as the elementary II level. She has two young children who attend One World Montessori School.

Updated 8 months ago.