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.


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

Meet Our Teachers!

Programs Offered At This Location


Ages Infant-2


Ages 2-3


Ages 3-5


Ages 5-6

What Our Families Are Saying…

The Elsibai Family

  • Tess and Manuel Florez, Parents of Jesse and Sierra

    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.

Cindy Phung

Assistant Head of School

Ms. Cindy joined Montessori School of Silicon Valley in February 2021 as an Assistant Teacher in our primary community at Main Street Montessori, but after just 8 short months she moved to our Calaveras location to take on the role of Assistant Head of School while continuing to serve as Assistant Teacher in the primary community there.

After graduating from California State University Sacramento in 2018 with her Bachelor’s in Child Development, Ms. Cindy worked as a teacher’s aide at Carroll Elementary in Elk Grove prior to joining MSOSV.

From a young age she knew that she wanted a career path that would allow her to work with children, and her third grade teacher played a role in that and became a real source of inspiration. The love and care her third grade teacher presented gravitated Ms. Cindy toward wanting to do the same for children. She wants to be able to provide her students with the best experience that they will remember through their adolescent years.

Ms. Cindy admires watching each child’s different personalities shine through their own work as well as being able to watch the children grow and accomplish different milestones.

In her spare time she loves spending time with her son at the park or lounging on the couch binge watching her favorite TV shows with a nice cold beverage in hand. You might also find her experimenting different recipes in the kitchen, like keto dinners and desserts!

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.

Rachel Carrillo

Lead Pre Primary Guide

Ms. Rachel joined Montessori School of Silicon Valley in January 2018 as an Aide in our nido community here at Calaveras Montessori. Throughout her time at Calaveras she has assisted in both our nido and pre primary communities, she still has a soft spot for the babies but in September 2021 Ms. Rachel became our Pre Primary Lead Guide.

Ms. Rachel is currently taking classes at Theoria Technical College and her favorites have been STEAM in the Classroom for Infants & Toddlers, Child Family & Community and the numerous Nutrition certificates. She has also participated in multiple Staff Development workshops with us here at MSOSV.

Her favorite thing about being a teacher is watching the children become independent. It brings Ms. Rachel such joy to observe the children as they do things for them selves and progress through their little life journeys. She especially enjoys planning lessons and doing activities with the children, it absolutely brightens her day when she witnesses their excitement as they engage with materials and develop their skills.

When Ms. Rachel isn’t in the classroom you’ll find her cooking, some of her favorites are enchiladas, chili and lasagna. Her smile, bubbly personality, and infectious laugh are hard to miss and brings joy to all those around.

Patti Silva

Lead Nido Guide

Ms. Patti joined Montessori School of Silicon Valley in September 2021 at our Calaveras location as an aide. We are so excited to watch her continued journey having taken on the role of Nido Lead Guide in March 2022. Prior to joining the MSOSV team she spent two years gaining invaluable experience working with young children at Rugrats Day Care.

She is currently completing her Early Childhood Education degree through Theoria Technical College. Some of Ms. Patti’s courses include Infant Toddler Development & Care, Child Family & Community, Child Growth Development as well as Preventative Health.

Ms. Patti is constantly inspired as she witnesses the different stages of development in each child. Seeing their smiling faces as they walk through the door each day, eager to learn, and observing their unique personalities shine brings her an immense amount of joy.

In her free time you’ll find Ms. Patti scrolling Pinterest for ideas for her next drawing and painting, or just sitting on the couch reading her favorite book!

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