Marta Patricia Vigil (Patti), Director
I am married for 28 years and have 2 adult children. I was born in Arizona. I continued my studies with emphasis in Early Childhood Education.
I have 19 years of experience in the teaching field. I have been a certified Montessori teacher for the past 13 years and worked in one of the Montessori schools in the Bay Area. I also have experience in Administration and Supervision, working with teachers to help implement the Montessori Method.
We want to provide a quality education program that inspires them to create, discover and achieve. Keep in mind though, that the best education programs do more than just teach children how to count and read.
We want to work with you to make a real difference in your children’s lives. We want each child to feel part of our group.
We will help them learn about the basic human aspects such as caring, courage, self-discipline, kindness, responsibility, trust, creativity. We will encourage them to respond compassionately to others during emotionally difficult moment. We also hope that they learn to treat others with gentleness, to be generous and to offer help when possible.
You and your child are important to us. Success depends on establishing an effective partnership between home and school. We will keep you informed of our progress and will suggest activities you can do at home to provide continuity with what we are doing at school.
We care deeply about being teachers. We feel honored to be part of your children’s lives. We are also aware of the great responsibility we have as partners in teaching and nurturing your children.
July Grace Galaraga
Hi I am July Grace. I was born in the Philippines. I had my degree in BSBA Management Information System at AMA Computer University in the Philippines. With my passion to teach children and my love for them, I continued my studies and obtained the degree of Early Childhood Education. I worked as a preschool teacher for 11 years. I, also, worked as a Director in one of the Catholic School in Milpitas for 5 years. I am a Montessori – trained Teacher and love the Montessori way of teaching, whereby, children do hands -on- learning activities and with proper guidance, create choices in the process of good education. My philosophy in life is to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. With my firm belief in the natural capacity for children to develop and fulfill their intellectual potentials, I commit myself to instill in the child a wholesome, relevant, and well-rounded education by helping him develop basic skills to become an independent and competent individual.
It gives me enormous pleasure to be a part of children’s early formative development. Dr. Maria Montessori profound understanding of children, her method, her materials, her whole philosophy of creating child’s development makes for an independent learner. My experience were with Montessori School of Los Altos, Stanford Arboretum Preschool and the board of Education to name a few. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco prior to USF, I went to school taking Child Development classes and Art classes. My 7 years with empire Montessori’s children has been personally and professionally enriching.
I graduated from college at the Divine Word University with a degree in Bachelor of Science in General Science; I worked as an Elementary school teacher for 15 years of service in the Philippines where I was born.
I’ve spent most of my time in teaching for young children. And I do believe that education is a continuous learning process in enhancing my capability as a teacher. So, I therefore took my Masters degree in Development Corrective Reading.
When my family migrated here in the United States. I worked as a preschool teacher for 10 years. And I pursued my degree in Early Education. My passion in teaching has driven me to recognize that each child is an individual that all the children are creative, that all children need to succeed. As a certified Montessori Infant and Toddler teacher, we foster care and create a creative environment that emphasis the social, emotional, physical, intellectual development of each child.
Hello, my name is Cristina Vigil. I am a here at Empire; I started working here in January 2017. Before working at Empire I was working at the YMCA. I worked there for 2 years at an afterschool program for elementary children. I also worked for the “Y” summer camp with children 3-5 years old. I am currently enrolled at Mission college and I am pursuing an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development. I am also furthering my Montessori training. I am 27 years old; I have been taking care of children since I was 14 years old. Professionally I have worked with children for 5 years.
I graduated from Shanghai sports technical academy in CHINA. My profession is Chinese Martial Arts. Also, I am performer at Chinese Performing Artist in America Organization. I have been working in Preschool over a year. I worked at a Chinese preschool about half a year and this is my second year in working at preschool.
I love playing with children because I was able to help them with their needs and understand their feelings too.
I’ve graduated from Canada Community College in Redwood City, California and earned the Associate of the Arts Certificate in 1988, which is majored in ECE field, with minors in Psychology, History, Math, Music and Arts. I’ve been working in Preschool for more than 25 years and 7 years in Infant & Toddler Center in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County. I love working with children because I was able to educate the children in developing their learning skills in practical, sensorial, practical life, Mathematics, Science.
I found my interest in early childhood development and education through various experiences. I completed her study and training at De Anza College, obtaining a California State early childhood teaching permit. Before joining Empire Montessori Preschool as a teacher for 5 years,I experienced teaching and accounting works as well. I was born in Taiwan and have a finance business degree. I speak English and Mandarin.
I believe that self-directed activity, hands-on learning, and collaborative play are key methods to educate our children in the Montessori spirit. I enjoy teaching and communicating with children using my professional knowledge and enthusiasm. I love teaching at Empire Montessori and looks forward to growing with the preschool and the children.
I have been teaching children for 21 years. I been working in home daycare. I never thought I would become a teacher. I was offered a job as a teacher’s aide. I fell in love with teaching. Soon after I was offered a job as a Montessori teacher. I loved the Montessori method. It is my passion first to love and care for the children as the parents entrust us with their children and to teach them to learn and grow in their own independence and knowledge.
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