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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Office Manager-Pearl

Biographical Info

Office Manager

Biographical Info

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? July 2018

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Education from University of the Basque Country in Spain and Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from IES EASO in Spain.  I completed my Primary Montessori Certification with the Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center in 2020.

Additional Information: I have two children who currently attend One World.  I love hiking, gardening and riding my bike with my children.  I also enjoy reading, sharing meals with my friends, and going to the beach.

Updated 4 months ago.
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Directress

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.

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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  gardening, oil painting and doing arts and crafts.

Updated 4 months ago.
Primary Assistant and Montessori Intern

Biographical Info

Primary Assistant and Montessori Intern

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? September 2021

Educational Background: I studied Social Education and Pedagogy in Spain. I have also taken courses in Non-violent Communication and Positive Discipline. I am currently doing my internship year and hope to complete my Primary Montessori certification by June 2022.

Additional Information: I have 2 children who are currently attending One World, a 6-year-old girl in the Pearl Elementary campus and a a 4-year-old boy in the Leigh Primary campus.  I love cooking and reading.

Updated 4 months ago.
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Bookkeeper

Biographical Info

Bookkeeper

When did you join One World? August 2018

Educational Background: I have over 20 years of experience in accounting and bookkeeping in a variety of industries.

Additional Information: I have 3 children, one of whom attends One World.  I come from a family of 11 siblings, so I am always surrounded by family!

Elementary Assistant Daycare, Pearl

Biographical Info

Elementary Assistant

When did you join One World? September 2018.

Educational Background: Medical Assistant – UNITEK College
Additional Information: I have three children: Frankie, 17; Elizabeth, 15; and Anabel, 13. They do not attend One World.

Updated 4 months ago.
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Primary Assistant and Daycare Teacher

Biographical Info

Primary Assistant and Daycare Teacher

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 Philosophy from Calcutta University in India. I also have ECE units through De Anza and Mission Colleges.

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

Updated 4 months ago.
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Primary Guide

Biographical Info

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? 1991

Additional Information: I have 2 grown 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 4 months ago.
Primary Guide

Biographical Info

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? 2015

Educational Background: I have completed my Primary Montessori Certification from MMTTC in 2018 and I am currently working on my degree in Early Childhood Education.

Additional Information: I attended One World Montessori as a child and it warms my heart to be a part of OWM again. I love to play the piano and share my knowledge of animals with the children.

Updated 4 months ago.
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Elementary Guide

Biographical Info

Elementary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: AMS

When did you join One World? 2015

Educational Background: I have a BSC in Design & Manufacture from the University of Central Lancashire, and a MSC in Operation Management from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. I also have Montessori certificates for both Lower and Upper Elementary.

Additional Information: I have a son who attended One World in the past. In my free time, I enjoy playing chess, reading and watching movies.

Updated 4 months ago.
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Primary Guide

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 a son who attended One World in the past.  I enjoy singing and making music with different types of instruments with children.  In my free time, I like to practice my instruments, travel, and do Chinese brush art.

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Founder, President of the Board

Biographical Info

 Founder and President of the Board

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.

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Daycare Assistant

Biographical Info

Daycare Assistant

When did you join One World? August 2021

Educational Background: I have a BS in Music Education from SJSU, an AA in Music and ECE units from Diablo Valley College.

Additional Information: I am part of a Mariachi group and an acapella choir group. I have been teaching private voice lessons for 3 years now and love to perform whenever I can. I was not much of a reader growing up but have recently embraced a love for reading.

Updated 3 months ago.
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Office Manager

Biographical Info

When did you join One World? August 1988

Educational Background: I have a degree in Psychomotricity from France and a teacher degree for Ikebana.

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 4 months ago.
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 4 months ago.
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Elementary Guide

Biographical Info

Elementary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? August 2010

Additional Information: I have 1 adolescent child.

Updated 4 months ago.
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Primary Guide

Biographical Info

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 and a Site Supervisor CHAD permit from the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Additional Information:  I have two children who attended One World in the past. I always look forward to spending time with my family. I volunteer in a local organization that help and support families in need in India.

Updated 4 months ago.

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.

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Office Manager

Biographical Info

Office Manager

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.  In June 2021, I became the office manager.

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 attended One World in the past. 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 baking with my children, watching movies or reading.

Updated 8 months ago.
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Montessori Intern

Biographical Info

Montessori Intern

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? August 2021

Educational Background: I am currently attending the Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center to get my Montessori Teacher certification. I also have a degree in Electronic Engineering from China.

Additional Information: I have a 5-year-old daughter Nikki who is in the Primary 4 classroom at the Foxworthy campus. For 10 years, I have worked in the advertising industry in Shanghai. Now, I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities with my family.

Updated 4 months ago.
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 4 months ago.
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Assistant Head of School

Biographical Info

Assistant Head of School

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 and a Masters in Child and Adolescent Development.

Additional Information:  I have 3 children (one graduated from our Elementary program and two graduated from our Junior High program).  I love going hiking with my family and sitting at the beach to listen and watch the waves. My children and I volunteer at our church’s choir, as we all love to sing.

Updated 4 months ago.
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Primary Assistant and Daycare Teacher

Biographical Info

Primary Assistant and Daycare Teacher

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, bike riding and collecting music CDs.

Updated 4 months ago.
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Directress

Biographical Info

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: AMI

When did you join One World? 1982

Additional Information: I have 1 grown child who attended One World in the past. In my leisure time, I enjoy gardening, spending time with family and friends, and exploring new things.

Updated 4 months ago.
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Primary Guide

Biographical Info

Primary Guide

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

When did you join One World? 1992

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, reading, and pursuing my interest in science in general.

Updated 4 months ago.
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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 4 months ago.
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Montessori Intern

Biographical Info

Montessori Intern 

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? 2021

Educational Background: I have a Bachelor’s degree in English from Beijing Jiao Tong University and am currently doing my internship to complete my Primary Montessori Teacher certification through the Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center.

Additional Information: I have 2 daughters who attended One World, one in Primary 3 at the Foxworthy campus and another in Elementary 1 at the Pearl campus.  I like reading, baking with my daughters and spending time with the family.

Updated 4 months ago.
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Primary Assistant and Daycare Teacher

Biographical Info

Primary Assistant and Daycare Teacher

When did you join One World? September 2019

Educational Background: I have an AA degree in Child Development from De Anza College. I am also currently taking the MMTTC training for Primary Montessori Certification.

Additional Information:  I love nurturing a child’s natural curiosity of learning and enjoy reading books to children.

Updated 4 months ago.