Claire Ghattas is owner/administrator of Claire’s Montessori International Academy. Claire received her Early Childhood Montessori diploma from the Montessori Teacher College of Sacramento. She has had management training through AMS and has also completed the RIE (Resources for Infant Educators) training. Claire is a member of the IMC (The International Montessori Council) and she continues to deepen her understanding of the Montessori philosophy and methodology by attending workshops and conferences. Claire was an executive secretary before she came to the United States. While in the US, she started a small school from her home in 1994 and in 1998, to meet the expanding needs of the children in her care, she moved to her current location and the school became known as Claire’s Montessori School. Claire is now expanding her school to include elementary aged students and the school will be now be doing business as Claire’s Montessori International Academy.
Dr. Cerrene Cervantes Assistant Director was born out of a lifelong passion for children. Claire’s
Montessori International Academy is her calling and honor. She brings over 25 years of experience in
education as a teacher, principal, director, consultant, for educational institutions, agencies and non-
profits. Dr. Cervantes also has also taught at the University level. Cerrene has trained, lectured and
presented on a national, state, and local levels on education. Dr. Cervantes holds her Doctoral in
Psychology, Master’s degree in Education Management and Leadership, as well as her Bachelor of
Science in Education. She holds a California Educational Specialist credential and Administration
credential. She sees that children are significantly more advanced, balanced, better at interacting with
others and, as adults, will be successful in life. Dr. Cervantes is now living her dream of working side by
side with Claire at Claire’s. Montessori International Academy. Cerrene first and foremost, believes that
children should be nurtured, educated, and grow individual. She is incredibly passionate about working
with the children and the dedicated staff to allow each student to reach their full potential and to assist a child with an environment which will enable the child to develop freely.