Our Leadership

The Montessori School of Silicon Valley Leadership

  • Colleen Noll

    Founder & Executive Director

    Colleen Noll is the Founder & Executive Director of The Montessori School of Silicon Valley.

    Each of her four campus locations has a slightly different mix of programs and age groups, serving children as young as six weeks old through Kindergarten.

    Her vision of “Children First, Always” is at the forefront of everything we do – surprisingly not every Montessori school is alike in this way. This focus on the child coupled with her commitment to a fully implemented Montessori Program very much sets MSOSV apart, particularly from most other programs in the south bay.

    In addition to this vision, our schools are clean, inviting and welcoming.

    Colleen has assembled a staff of wonderful Montessori Teachers, by focusing on recruiting teachers who love children, have a passion for the Montessori philosophy and who demonstrate a desire to continue growing as individuals as well as professionally.

    She began her career as a Montessori Administrator in 1992 and is a formally trained AMS Montessori Teacher who leveraged her background in Business Management to open her first school, Calaveras Montessori, in the year 2000.

    When Calaveras Montessori first opened, one of her favorite activities was working in the children’s garden – which she had the wonderful opportunity to enjoy for several years. Being a part of the process of discovery with the child has been a priceless experience for her.

    This hands-on background keeps her connected to the child and the classrooms. Colleen believes that she can share her vision of “Children First, Always” in each classroom in our schools.

    Over the years we have expanded our offerings to include enrichment activities such as gardening, dance, cooking, and art. All of which has proven to be a very popular feature of our schools with children, parents and our staff alike!

    Thanks for visiting our website. We hope to see you at one of our Montessori School of Silicon Valley campus locations soon.
    -Ms. Colleen

  • Michael Harding

    Executive Director & Business Operations

    After 25 years in various sales and management roles in tech companies ranging from the iconic (Netscape, Sun Microsystems) to the eclectic (Informatica & SOASTA), from a Fortune 20 company (Hewlett Packard) to one with less than 20 employees (Spectrum Semiconductor), Mike decided it was time to pursue his long-time dream of building his own great company.

    When he first met Colleen Noll he had heard of Montessori but generally thought of it as an Italian sports car – like Maserati. Colleen quickly cleared up his misunderstanding and began to show him how powerful the Montessori method can be in developing independence and self-confidence in young children by simply focusing on developing a love of learning – something that is so important in a competitive world like ours, particularly here in the Bay Area.

    Mike and Colleen began working together in 2009, when they teamed up to open Crescent Montessori, in a space that had previously been built and run as a child care center.

    Within a few years, they teamed up again to launch Main Street Montessori, transitioning space in a large empty warehouse building into the beautiful school it is today.

    As they approached the opening of the 4th campus in 2016, the Cabrillo Montessori, it became obvious that is was time to commit to the Montessori School of Silicon Valley full time.

    As a father with two teenage daughters in college, he fully appreciates the value and impact of a Montessori education for children of any age.

    His mission is to insure all members of our school communities – children, parents and staff – have an excellent experience with The Montessori School of Silicon Valley.

    Our goal is for The Montessori School of Silicon Valley to become the gold standard for quality of experience within a Montessori pre-school community not only in the South Bay but across the US and beyond.

  • Annalee Neukam

    Director of Enrollment & Marketing

    Originally from a small town in the Central Valley, Annalee attended San Francisco State University where she gained an interest in the school-to-prison pipeline while earning her bachelor’s in Health Education.

    During an internship at the Center of Juvenile and Criminal Justice she began to recognize the importance of quality education as a means to solving many social justice issues.

    Passionate about every aspect of education and how it can positively impact the health of a community, Annalee is excited to be a part of Montessori Schools of Silicon Valley and contribute to creating healthy communities throughout the South Bay Area.

    In her spare time, Annalee enjoys traveling with her fiance, playing with her golden retriever, finding new restaurants, and experimenting with food in her kitchen.

  • Yukha Lam-Khoo

    Director of Operations

    Yukha is originally from Ohio and attended College of Wooster, earning her bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Prior to joining MSOSV, she had an extensive retail career in Management and Operations for over 15 years.

    Yukha became intrigued by the Montessori method during her high school years and knew she wanted to her children to be part of a Montessori community. After seeing her son thrive at our Crescent Montessori campus, she wanted become more involved.

    Yukha loves being able to help the Head of Schools and teachers, enabling them to spend more time in the classrooms and with the students.