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We have Montessori Certified, and Fully Qualified Teachers on Staff and we follow the Montessori Philosophy.

Staff Introductions:

Ms. La

Ms. LaHi everyone! My name is Ms. La and I am a preschool teacher in Green Room. I started working with children at Tomorrow Montessori School since November 2003 and transferred to Empire Montessori School in September 2011. I received my Montessori Credentials in 2005 and have a background in early childhood education. I am also certified in First Aid and CPR.

I was born in Laos and have lived and grown up in the Bay Area for over 30 years. I am happily married with 3 children.

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring outdoors, watching movies, hiking, fishing, camping and watching my daughter’s basketball games. When I have time I also enjoy knitting, cooking and just relaxing.

I enjoy working with children and will continue to do my best

Ms. Manjeet

ManjeetHi! My name is Ms. Manjeet and I am the Toddler English Teacher here at EMP.

I have thirteen years of experience working with children. For ten years I worked as a School-Age Teacher for a private School-Age Daycare located on the school campus. The school closed down and then I worked as a Pre-School Teacher for one and a half years. My love of the young child led me to EMP where I have worked for two years. I love my job!

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family. I have two children and love to garden, cook and walk my dog, a German Shephered/Collie mix.

Ms. Lori Diaz

LoriHello, my name is Ms. Lori Diaz, I been working in the childhood profession for years, with a broad experience from infants, toddlers up to school age group and even to the children with special needs.

I graduated from James Lick High school and attended college at the San Jose City College and took up Associate of Arts major in Early Childhood Education.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, reading novels, watching concerts and games, listening to music, does dancing and adventurous long drive trips.

I truly love and enjoy being with the children and will keep doing with this profession for more years to come. As I cherished the warm hugs, sweet smiles of all this adorable children.

Linda Duan

LindaHi there, my name is Linda Duan. I joined the Empire Montessori Preschool teaching team a couple of months ago and have enjoyed getting to know everyone.

I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts Degree in China and learning ECE in 2002 form De Anza College. Since then I have worked as a bilingual teacher in the private preschools.

I believe that children can learn best through hands-on experiences, discovery, exploration and play. I love my job. In my time outside of school, I spend most of my time with my husband. I have a wonderful daughter who works and lives in SF. I love to make art, cook and garden.

Karina

KarinaHi my name is Karina and I’m a preschool teacherin the Pink Room. I have been with Empire Montessori for more than a year. I started in the down town location and just transferred to this location in June of 2013. I really enjoy being here and working with such wonderful staff. I have been caring for children since 1996. I obtained my credentials through San Jose City College, prior to working here at EMP I was a teacher at Merry Hill School for 10 years. Since all the years that I have been teaching and caring for children, I have grown to enjoy watching them grow and learn.

I am also married and a mother of 3 girls. I like to spend time with my family and friends, go to the movies, and enjoy reading with a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

Edith J. Ngeth

EdithI Edith J. Ngeth earned my teaching credential in Early Childhood Development at San Jose City College. I have been trained in Montessori Program at Montessori Teacher Education Center in Sunnyvale California. I obtain my work experience in child care at Sunshine Montessori, Head Start, San Juan Bautista CDC and Bright Horizons. I am dedicated about my vocation and will continuously yearn to further my knowledge in Early Childhood Education. I enjoy working at Empire Montessori because our classrooms provide a quality environment where children are free to respond to their natural tendency to work.

“The child, making use of what he finds around him, shapes himself for the future” Maria Motessori

And to become a part of each child learning experience is priceless.

In my spare time I like to lend a helping hand at Sacred Heart and Second Harvest Food Bank. My hobbies are reading, baking and outdoor activities. I am happily married and have two wonderful sons. My oldest son Somnang loves sports and my youngest son Sombath loves to go fishing. They both inspire me to become humble and thankful person each and every day.

Huifang Li

Huifang Li Beijing, China. I got my Electronic engineering bachelor degree in China, and worked at an IT area in China and Singapore as an engineer. After I moved to America. I had two kids: one daughter and one son. Subsequently, I sought to understand the similarities and differences of nursing children between the two different cultures. This lead me to De Anza College where I took a child development course and finished with 50 units, which helped me a lot when dealing with my children. Recently, my daughter received her Bio Ph.D. degree from YaIe. My son will attend college next year. Of course I have a very supportive husband. I love children, I believe that every child is unique and wonderfuI. Children are our future. The key to comprehensive development in every child is to raise them in a healthy way. We, as parents and teachers, have a responsibility to provide a safe and creative environment for children and give them the best education , allowing them to grow up happily. I have been a preschool teacher for more than 10 years. I love this job because I feel happy, lively, and younger when I’m with children. Whenever I see children growing up and making even the smallest of progress, I feel a sense of accomplishment. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hiking and cooking.

Carole M. Dino

Carole M. DinoHello, my name is Carole M. Dino, I’m been serving and working Empire Montessori Preschool, for three years and continuously. I obtained my Associate of arts in Early Childhood Education at Mission College of Santa Clara and currently enrolled at Montessori Teacher Education in Sunnyvale for my Montessori training. I also earned my bachelor degree in Bachelor of Science Business Administration, major in Accounting and worked several business establishment and government offices.

I have been teaching fo 18 years and obtained my worked experience at Child Development Incorporated, Public school Partnership, Knowledge Universe and Goddard School, wherein I learned the different teaching methods and philosophies. I’m very fortunate to work Empire Montessori Preschool, under the supervision and expertise of Ms. Mei Yang, the director and owner of the school and I look forward to serve the families, my co-workers and children.

Ms. Cathy

Ms CathyHi everyone! My name is Ms. Cathy! I am a preschool teacher in Green Room. I am certified in First Aid and CPR. I came to the Empire Montessori school for about one year, although the time is not long, but in the process of getting along with children, let me know what is the responsibility, what is love. It is my happiest thing to grow up with my children.

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