Our dedicated, qualified, Director and full time teachers are Montessori trained and have worked at the school for 4 – 26 years. They are nurturing, encourage creativity, and teach each child to progress at their own individual pace. They are CPR and First Aid certified. We offer regular Teacher/Parent conferences.
The Role of the Teacher
The function of the teacher in a Montessori classroom differs considerably from that of the traditional teacher, hence, Dr. Montessori used the term “Directress.” The directress brings children into contact with the world in which they live and the tools by which they learn to cope with the world. She is, first of all, a very keen observer of the individual interests and needs of each child; her daily plan proceeds from her observations rather than from a prepared curriculum. She demonstrates the correct use of materials as they are individually chosen by the children, carefully watches the progress and keeps a record of their work. Individual children’s total development as well as their progress toward self-discipline is carefully guided by the directress, who prepares the environment, directs the activities, and offers each child enticement and stimulation. The mutual respect of the student and the teacher-guide is the most important factor in this process.
I have been a part of Montessori School of Agoura for a total of 15 years. I started here as a parent when my children came through here as students starting at age 3. My eldest just started college and my youngest just started high school! I love spending time outdoors on little nature walks and being a fur-mom to my three rescued bunnies. I enjoy being a preschool teacher because my own children are (mostly) independent and I miss feeling *needed*. Working with little ones bring a smile to each day.
My name is Ms. Britney. I enjoy traveling to new places and I enjoy hiking. I graduated with a bachelor's degree from University of California at Channel Islands in 2019. I joined MSA in 2017. I have been fortunate to be teaching at an amazing school that has a nurturing, loving environment where children can learn and experience new challenges. I look forward to continuing to have a positive impact on the children's growth and to experience new discoveries with an amazing team of teachers.
Hi, I'm Ms. Julie. I've been working at Montessori School of Agoura for 25 years. I received my Montessori certification from Cal State San Marcos, for preschool/kindergarten (ages 2 1/2 - 6) and lower elementary (ages 6-9). I also attained my B.A in Deaf Studies from Cal State Northridge. I have been teaching American Sign language to our school children for the last 12 years. I have been married for over 20 years and have 4 children, all of whom attended MSA.
I have been teaching at Montessori School of Agoura for 15 years. I received my training from North America Montessori Center. I really enjoy gardening with the children. We have grown corn, sunflowers, watermelon, carrots and herbs in our garden boxes. In my free time, I enjoy cycling and walks on the beach.
Hi, my name is Ms. Diane. I, along with Buster Bones, our classroom mascot, have been a part of the Montessori School of Agoura family for over 20 years teaching in Room 3. I have also had the privilege of caring for the school pets and sharing my love of music; accompanying our musical performances on the piano as well as leading music classes. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, taking care of animals, going for walks, and meditation. A few of my other favorite things are:
Color: green and purple
Book: anything written by Mo Willems
Food: Cheese & Apples
Animals: Sea Otters, , Cranes
Fun Fact: When I was in preschool, my favorite activities were building blocks, painting, riding trikes and playing on the swings. I cannot wait to meet you and find out what your favorite things are!