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.