Calaveras

Calaveras Montessori School of Silicon Valley

Founded in 2002, the Calaveras Montessori School of Silicon Valley shares a campus with the Milpitas Unified School District offices.

Families in the Calaveras Montessori community range from the general public to school district employees to new parents that are still working to complete their high school diplomas.

Offering programs for children ranging from 6 weeks to 6 years old, Calaveras Montessori School of Silicon Valley features fully implemented Montessori environments in our Nido, Pre-Primary, Primary, and Kindergarten classrooms.

CALAVERAS

1331 E Calaveras Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035
Phone: (408) 945-1331

Programs Offered At This Location

Nido

Ages Infant-2

Pre-Primary

Ages 2-3

Primary

Ages 3-5

Kindergarten

Ages 5-6

What Our Families Are Saying…

The Elsibai Family

  • Tess and Manuel Florez, Parents of Jesse and Sierra (Kindergarten Class of 2010-2011)

    We’ve had our twins at Calaveras Montessori, and then here at Crescent Montessori since the age of 2 ½ years old. They’re now 5 ½ and currently attend Kindergarten here. In the beginning our son was “wild” to say the least, but the structure along with allowing him to learn and do things at his own pace has greatly calmed him down and facilitated a sense of order to his previously chaotic method of learning and doing things. As for our daughter, she has just flourished because she is allowed to do things on her own and go at her own pace. She is not held back and she is given the opportunity to soar ahead without feeling pressured to slow down or stop. Like most parents we did struggle somewhat in the decision of taking them out of Crescent and put them in the public school for Kindergarten. We decided we wanted them to complete their third year in the classroom and give the chance to be the “big kids” of the school. They greatly benefitted from the experiences and rewards that came with being the kindergarteners. If we had to do it all over again, we wouldn’t change a thing. We’ve been amazed by how much our children have learned and what they know compared to other Kindergarteners we know and come into contact with, not only academically but also in practical life and social skills. We highly recommend keeping your child/ children at Crescent for Kindergarten. This environment has been crucial to our children’s success and development.

  • Parent

    An incredible learning environment” “Calaveras has been an incredible learning environment for my children. They have not only grown academically, they have also gained important social and leadership skills. It’s wonderful to see how they approach new problems with confidence and creativity.

  • Joanna – mother of Sasha and Talia

    Calaveras’s low student-to-teacher ratios, along with the flexibility and skill of the teachers, have allowed each of my children to flourish, even though they have different personalities and learning styles. I’m convinced that Calaveras gives them the solid foundation they’ll need to be successful in their future endeavors.

  • Jennifer C

    Both my kids attended Calaveras Montessori. The staff is well trained and trustworthy.

  • Kathy H

    This school actually teaches their kids functional life skills.

Staff Photos and Bios

Amanda Wagner

Head of School

Ms. Amanda was born and raised in the Bay Area and began working for Montessori School of Silicon Valley in 2015 as an Assistant Teacher, but was quickly promoted to a Lead Guide. After many years in the classroom, Ms. Amanda found that she should share her expertise by guiding other teachers and Lead Guides as she became the Head of School at Calaveras Montessori School in 2020.

In 2008, she received her Associate’s Degree in General Studies and soon after, graduated from San Jose State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

While Ms. Amanda has always enjoyed working with children, the birth of her son was the root of her inspiration to becoming a teacher and now Head of School. The beauty of the Montessori environment, the independent students, the sense of community and the emphasis on the process of developing the whole child within the Montessori Method really appealed to her. After falling in love with the Montessori Method, Ms. Amanda realized the traditional educational setting was not for her and it was no question that her working in a Montessori school was her calling so in 2017 Ms. Amanda earned her Montessori Teaching Credential from the Montessori Teacher Education Center.

Out of all the wonderful things of being the Head of School at Calaveras Montessori, Ms. Amanda’s favorite part of her job is having the privilege to assist children and their families through each of their own unique Montessori journeys. She finds it very rewarding to be able to observe children’s growth in independence, to nurture and celebrate their individuality and do her part to foster peace within the community.

In Ms. Amanda’s spare time, she enjoys being with her family whether that be building Legos with her son, cooing at her baby daughter or eating a delicious homemade gluten-free meal with her husband. She also spends countless hours with her nose buried in books and enjoys learning how to surf and salsa dance.

Annie Encina

Assistant Head of School

Ms. Annie was born on the island of Oahu in Honolulu Hawaii and moved to Mountain View, California when she was 2 years old.

She first joined Montessori School of Silicon Valley in 2010 as an Assistant Teacher at Crescent Montessori, but after just 6 short months she was promoted to Assistant Director. Ms. Annie is now the Senior Assistant Director at Montessori School of Silicon Valley and helps maintain important tasks for all of our campuses, but primarily focuses on Crescent and Calaveras Montessori.

Prior to joining MSOSV, she worked at the onsite Child Care Center at the Fremont YMCA for 5 years. During the summers she was a camp counselor in the YMCA Summer Day Camp.

Growing up, Ms. Annie learned to love working with children as she always enjoyed taking care of her younger family members. Prior to working at Crescent Montessori, Annie began working in the educational field in 2006. To gain a better understanding of the Montessori philosophy, Annie invested in many Montessori classes, as well as earning Early Childhood Education units from Ohlone College.

Watching the children in her community grow to be independent individuals and witnessing their little personalities blossom is something that Annie takes to heart and loves to be a part of. Her favorite part about working in our schools is seeing the children get excited over all the little things that happen throughout their day at school. It also always brightens her day when she receives the most random drawings from the children.

In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family, being outdoors with her fur baby, and doing various arts and crafts on her Cricut machine. She also loves singing in the car, especially to Disney songs, Glee songs, old school 90s and R&B songs. Lastly, anyone who knows her knows that she loves her Bay Area sports teams! She is a die-hard Golden State Warriors, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants and San Jose Sharks fan!

Tanya Pawlovich

Lead Primary Guide

Ms. Tanya joined the Calaveras Montessori School team in 2019 as the Lead Primary Guide. She has over 22 years of teaching experience in Montessori classrooms, and has been a Lead Guide for many of those years.

After completing the rigorous AMI Certification from Montessori Northwest, Ms. Tanya was ready to apply her skills and knowledge in a fully implemented Montessori program, which is what led her to Montessori School of Silicon Valley.

What inspires her most about being part of a Montessori community is watching the children grow and develop over the 3 year period. She loves that the Montessori curriculum meets every child where they are, both developmentally and academically. If she could choose any career, she would chose to be a Montessori Lead Guide over and over.

In her free time Ms. Tanya enjoys singing and dancing, as well as reading and going to the beach.

Carmen Hernandez

Lead Pre Primary Guide

Ms. Carmen started working for Montessori School of Silicon Valley the Summer of 2019 and is the Pre-Primary Lead Guide at Calaveras Montessori School. For 4 years prior to working at Calaveras Montessori, Ms. Carmen was a preschool teacher and received her Early Childhood Education units from San Jose City College including Montessori Infant Toddler Philosophy courses in Child Development.

Her inspiration comes from being able to guide children into becoming independent beings through observation and loves seeing the satisfaction on a child’s face when they do something new all by themselves. Her favorite part about being a Pre-Primary Montessori Lead Guide is giving children the tools they need to not only become an independent learner but also a confident novice. She really prides herself in giving the children her full efforts and attention when she is in the classroom with them.

In Ms. Carmen’s spare time she likes to dance and watch various documentaries. She is a spontaneous, honest, hardworking and super happy person, especially at work because being with the children gives her pure joy. She also loves having dinner with her family where they have thoughtful conversations about how their days went.

Yesenia “Ms. Jenny” Garcia

Lead Nido Guide

Ms. Jenny is the Lead Guide in the Nido community.

She was born and raised in Milpitas and has been working at Calaveras Montessori School since 2013. She started her career at MSOSV in the Nido community as an aide, after completing her ECE units she was promoted to the Assistant Teacher. In 2017 she officially became the Lead Guide.

She fell in love with the Montessori approach on her very first day. She loves watching such young children become increasingly more independent curious. She finds great joy in guiding each and every child.

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