Faculty

It’s Not About Us

It’s not that we are shy. We’ve just learned that Montessori school is not about the teachers and administrators. Our purpose is to follow the child, to fan the inner flame of learning, and facilitate each student’s personal journey of discovery. We’re proud of the stories our students and alumni have to tell. After all… it’s all about them.

Mr. Andreas Laven, Principal

  • Primary & Elementary Students Aged: 2 – 14
  • Team Member Since: 1984
  • Montessori Training Completed: 1989
  • Quote: Children do not learn the same way as adults. The adult relates; the child discovers. – Mr. Andreas

Dr. Hans Laven, Teacher

  • Elementary Students Aged: 9 – 14
  • Team Member Since: 1976
  • Montessori Training Completed: 1979
  • Quote: Montessori training is actually never completed. We are always learning to do better than before. – Dr. Hans

Mr. George Cooper, Teacher

  • Elementary Students Aged: 9 – 14
  • Team Member Since: 2013
  • BA Education & Interdisciplinary Studies 
  • Quote: Find the courage to follow your heart, learn all you can to keep your mind strong, dream big and encourage others to do the same, and always be mindful of your surroundings. – Mr. George

Ms. Kathi Frazier, Teacher

  • Primary Students Aged: 6 – 10
  • Team Member Since: 1992
  • Montessori Training Completed: 1998
  • Quote: We have children of every race, creed, color and political stripe in our class. I can’t help feeling like our little united nations will bring a little more life, liberty and happiness into our world. – Ms. Kathi

Ms. Cindy Navaira-Escobar, Teacher

  • Primary Students Aged: 6 – 10
  • Team Member Since: 2001
  • Montessori Training Completed: 2008
  • Quote: Teaching is a beautiful thing, teaching Montessori is even better. It’s amazing to learn things from a child’s mind. Not everyone learns the same and Montessori allows us to focus on the children’s strong suits and interests. We don’t just prepare a child for high school or college, we prepare them for life. – Ms. Cindy

Ms. Myra Martinez, Assistant

Ms. Yvonne, Teacher

  • Primary Students Aged: 3 – 6
  • Team Member Since: 1987
  • Montessori Training Completed: 1989
  • Quote: “The child can develop fully by means of experience in his environment. We call such experiences ”˜work’.” – Maria Montessori

Ms. Patsy Garcia Davison, Assistant

  • Students Aged: 3 – 6
  • Team Member Since: 2009
  • Quote: “The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self.” – Maria Montessori

Ms. Sandra Valenzuela, Teacher

  • Primary Students Aged: 2 – 4
  • Team Member Since: 1980
  • Montessori Training Completed: 1987
  • Quote: “To aid life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the basic task of the educator.” – Maria Montessori

Ms. Sara, Assistant

  • Primary Students Aged: 2 – 4
  • Team Member Since: 2001
  • Quote: “The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.” – Maria Montessori