Melissa Wyant is the Program Director of The Montessori School of Silicon Valley (MSOSV).
As Program Director, Melissa brings her Montessori knowledge and leadership skills to each of our four campus locations. In this role Melissa leads the four MSOSV Heads of School to ensure the full implementation of Montessori Primary Programs consistently at all locations.
From a very early age, Melissa knew she wanted to work with children in some capacity. Ultimately, she found her true calling in management, working with families and teachers alike to truly impact the lives of each individual child.
Having been introduced to the philosophy in college, Melissa began to explore and subsequently fall in love with Montessori. Shortly after graduating with her degree in Child Development from San Jose State in 2013, she took the next steps in her personal Montessori journey with MSOSV.
At the Montessori School of Silicon Valley, Melissa earned her Primary Montessori Teaching Credential in 2016. While working on her Montessori Credential, she spent time working in every job inside of a school at multiple MSOSV campus locations. These experiences became a large part of what enabled Melissa to be an effective leader in our Montessori community and eventually to become Primary Program Director in 2019.
What inspires Melissa most about the Montessori education is the philosophy of the whole child. The concept that education should be beyond academics and treat the child as an independent individual strongly resonated with her. Having the opportunity to guide and support the development of each child’s love of learning is what provides her the greatest joy as a Montessori educator.
Director of Elementary Programs
Sarah Chandler has over 25 years of teaching experience. She is credentialed by the American Montessori Society to teach ages 3–6 (early childhood), 6–9 (lower elementary), and 9–12 (upper elementary).
Ms. Sarah is a native of Michigan who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction through Central Michigan University. She is also certified in Visual Arts Education through the state of Michigan. She has also been a teacher-trainer for many years, as well as an elementary coordinator for organizations in Michigan.
Ms. Sarah is passionate about helping students reach their highest potential; academically, emotionally, and socially. She believes this is best achieved through Montessori methodology, combined with other research-based practices.
Ms. Sarah joined The Montessori School of Silicon Valley in 2019, and is thrilled to apply her knowledge and expertise to help launch an Elementary program in the fall of 2020.
Director of Operations
Yukha is originally from Ohio and attended College of Wooster, earning her bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Prior to joining The Montessori School of Silicon Valley (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 to become more involved.
She joined MSOSV in 2017 as the Operations Manager and was quickly promoted to the Director of Operations. She has been enthusiastic to apply her corporate background to many of the Operations and HR functions at MSOSV.
Yukha loves being able to help the Heads of School and teachers, enabling them to spend more time in the classrooms and with the students.