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 Maier Araiz Castillo
Primary Assistant – Primary III

Biographical Info

Primary Assistant

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? July 2018

Educational Background: I have a degree in social education from University of the Basque Country in Spain and vocational superior training in early childhood education from IES EASO in Spain.  I am also currently enrolled at the Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center.

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

Updated 3 weeks ago.
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 attended One World in the past. I enjoy attending my children’s sporting events on the weekends, as well as reading, shopping, and taking Zumba/hip hop fitness classes.

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.

Photo of Mirna Barrios
Primary IV Guide

Biographical Info

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: PAMS

When did you join One World? 2009

Educational Background: I have 21 ECE units and have completed my Montessori Primary training through the Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center (MMTTC).

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 5 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.

Daycare Assistant Daycare, Pearl

Biographical Info

Daycare Provider

When did you join One World? November, 2018.

Educational Background: Currently attending Foothill College. My goal is to graduate from the Radiology Technology program at Foothill.

Updated 3 weeks ago.

Biographical Info

 Office and Human Resources Administrator

When did you join One World? I worked for the Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center for 12 years, leaving in May 2015.  I joined the school in October 2018.

Educational Background: I have a degree in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University.

Additional Information: I have 3 children, all of whom attended One World in the past. I am a professional actor and an avid reader, writer and movie goer.  I love storytelling in any form!

Updated 3 weeks ago.
Photo of Lisa Claindoux
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!

Updated 2 weeks ago.
Photo of Lien Do
Daycare Provider

Biographical Info

Daycare Provider

When did you join One World? January 2017

Educational Background: I have ECE units that qualifies me to be a preschool teacher.

Additional Information: My hobbies are volunteering.

Updated 8 months ago.
Daycare Assistant Daycare, Pearl

Biographical Info

Daycare Provider

When did you join One World? June, 2017.

Educational Background: I have a degree in Arts and Technology from Hayward, CA. Graduate of San Jose State University.

Updated 3 months ago.
Daycare Supervisor Daycare, Pearl

Biographical Info

Daycare Supervisor

When did you join One World? September 2018.

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

Updated 3 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.
Photo of Butterfly Hu
E1 Classroom Assistant

Biographical Info

Montessori Directress

Montessori Affiliation: AMS

When did you join One World? September, 2015

Educational Background: Lower Elementary Montessori Certificate, MTEC, 2015

Upper Elementary Montessori Certificate, MTEC, 2017

Primary Montessori Certificate, Trinity Montessori Education Center, 2013

MSC Operation Management, University of Nottingham, UK, 2003

BSC Design & Manufacture, University of Central Lancashire, UK, 1999-2002

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

Updated 11 months ago.
Photo of Gioia Ingram
Office Manager

Biographical Info

Office Manager

Updated 11 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 a son who currently attends One World’s Elementary program.  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.

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.

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.

Photo of Alina Mihailovici
Primary Guide

Biographical Info

Primary Guide

Montessori Affiliation: AMS

When did you join One World? July 2013

Educational Background: In addition to my Montessori training, I have a B.A. from Spiru Haret University in Bucharest.

Additional Information: I have 2 children who currently attend One World. I enjoy spending time with my children, as well as swimming, gardening, and hiking.

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.

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.

Photo of Karen Nowak
Montessori Directress

Biographical Info

Montessori Directress

Montessori Affiliation: AMS

When did you join One World? September 2018

Educational Background: I have a B.A. in Child Development from CSU Chico. Primary Montessori training from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA.

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

Updated 3 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 a BA from the Pedagogy University of Vietnam, as well as 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Daycare Assistant Daycare, Pearl

Biographical Info

Daycare Provider

When did you join One World? November, 2018.

Educational Background: Graduated from Oak Grove High School, currently attending Evergreen Valley College. Transferring 2019 to San Jose State University to pursue file editing.

Updated 3 weeks 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.