Hillary has been involved in Montessori education for over 30 years. From her early days of being a Montessori primary and elementary classroom teacher, to a Dean, Head of School, Accreditation Director and Montessori consultant, Hillary truly believes that the Montessori Method is the best method of education for all children. Hillary currently consults with Montessori schools, and is directing all programs on the school campus at Claire’s Montessori International Academy. She also serves as an IMC accreditation commissioner. Recently, Hillary developed a Peace/Wellbeing curriculum for schools. She strongly advises adding wellbeing techniques into every child’s day to empower them for emotional, social and academic success in today’s uncertain world.
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.
Estee has been a Montessori teacher for over 12 years. In addition to a BA in Performance Arts, she has an Early Childhood certification and both her Primary and Lower Elementary Montessori Teacher Certifications. Estee has also attended many trainings at the Early Learning Institute in Petaluma, pertaining to teaching children with special needs, including sensory processing disorders, ADHD/ADD and autism.
Estee enjoys teaching because she appreciates seeing the curiosity and wonder that young children have for the natural world all around them! When Estee is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family. Estee also enjoys I attending different festivals such as The Renaissance Faire, Medieval Fair and various Christmas Festivals.
Jenny is the elementary teacher. She has an upper elementary Montessori teaching diploma and is also currently studying to obtain her lower elementary teaching diploma. Jenny has taught at the upper elementary level and assisted in a lower elementary classroom a well. Jenny has a BA in Sociology and is also working on a MA in Sociology. Jenny also has experience with working directly with children on the spectrum and is a registered Behavior Technician. I have always enjoyed taking part in helping students grow both socially and academically. I knew that I wanted to work in education since I was a child. When Jenny is not working, she loves to spend time with her loved ones.
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Sena began her career as an economist with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. When she came to the States, she got her Early Childhood Education, Montessori Training and Certification, a Child Development Master Teacher Permit, and she also has an ECE Teacher Certificate of Leadership for Professional Development.
After being a financial manager, teaching became her obsession. She started teaching in 1999.
Sena feels she can make a difference in the lives of children and that every teacher has an impact on the young lives that come their way, not by knowing more than anyone else about the subjects that we teach, but by caring for students and demonstrating how committed we are to their success and to their futures.
When Sena is not at work, she likes to spend time with my granddaughter, go for walks, listen to music and dance. She also loves reading books, as well as traveling.
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Mami has an Infant Toddler Montessori Diploma. She is also a Karate instructor, Shotokan Karate 3rd degree black belt. Mami has taught English, to ages 3 to adult in Tokyo and has also taught Japanese to business people from foreign countries for 2 years in Tokyo. Mami has taught Karate for over 5 years and has worked as a toddler teacher at Claire’s Montessori for over 14 years. Mami has also recently started teaching Spanish. Mami has always taught from a young age. She has a passion to achieve, master and accomplish. She feels that teaching children keeps her mind learning every day.
She enjoys working out, as well as nourishing herself with delicious food. She enjoys cooking for herself and her family, and after a busy week, she does yoga and stretching to release tension mentally and physically.
Annette has completed 15 units of Early Childhood Development, and has been teaching toddler age children for 33 years. She works with the elder infants in our infant program.
Annette enjoys interacting with children on a daily basis; it is her strength and passion, and she loves her job so very much.
During her time off, she enjoys hiking around Folsom Lake and traveling to the bay area to visit her family. She also enjoys yoga and looking for healthy recipes to cook.