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teacher and her studentsWe have Montessori Certified, and Fully Qualified Teachers on Staff and we follow the Montessori Philosophy.

Staff Introductions:

Eva Maria S Balajonda

I was born in the Philippines. I graduated from college at the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Economics. I migrated in the United States in 1987. I worked as a preschool teacher for 8 years. I pursue my career by specializing in the Montessori method of education. I am a Montessori Certified Infant and Toddler Teacher as well as an Early Childhood Montessori certified teacher. I worked as a Director in a prestigious Montessori school in the Bay Area for 14 years. My passion is teaching young children and directing preschool program based on Montessori Philosophy and Curriculum. I am responsible for planning and implementing the daily classroom lesson plans and ensuring the Health and Safety of children in the school.

Our mission at Empire Montessori Preschool has been to provide the highest educational experience for young children using the Montessori method of teaching and learning. We are committed to addressing the intellectual, emotional, physical and social growth of each child entrusted to our care. We are passionate about instilling the lifelong love of learning in every child, as well as supporting the academic, physical and emotional development that is necessary for success.

I am a parent of two lovely daughters and a grandmother of a four-year-old grandson who has had the good blessings to receive a Montessori education and I am so fortunate to get to serve hundreds of children as a Montessori teacher and Director for nearly 16 years. It is with great confidence that I can say that the Montessori method works. Montessori children grow up to be extraordinary adults.

If you are a parent who is not yet a member of Empire Montessori Preschool, let me take this opportunity to invite you to observe a Montessori classroom in action. Come and see the beauty of our indoor and outdoor facilities, meet our experienced teachers and observe the active engagement going on in our classrooms. First-hand observation is the best way to know for sure that the school is the right match for your child and your family.

Mei-Tuan Kuo

I am a Certified Early Childhood Montessori Teacher and school age teacher. I have over 15 years of experience working with children ages 3 to 6 years old. I am also bilingual, speaking in English and Mandarin. In the weekend, I am teaching the Chinese language in a prestigious Chinese School.

Shazia Ahmed

I was born in Karachi, Pakistan. I immigrated to the United States 17 years ago. I am bilingual. I speak Urdu and English. I am a qualified teacher who has taken more than 12 units of Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching children in preschool to seventh grade since 2009. I love to be with children and my passion is teaching them. I value education and believe in teaching honesty and good morals along with day to day curriculum.

Zahra TarinZahra Tarin

Hi, my name is Zahra Tarin. I have an AA Degree in accounting and Business, also I have 8 years of experience working with children age K-6th grade. I am an ECD Associate Teacher Permit and Certificate in supervised experience. I have been working with Empire Montessori Preschool since December of 2011 and have enjoyed every moment of it. I am happily married and have a wonderful daughter.

Xueqing Huang

I am a fully qualified Early Childhood Teacher and have over 15 years of experience working with young children.  I presently hold Child Development Teacher Permit issued by Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  I am also bilingual, speaking in English and Mandarin.

Bin Hao

I am a Certified  Early Childhood Montessori Teacher and earned my Bachelors Degree in Economics in China.  I have over 3 years of experience working with young children.  I am bilingual, speaking in English and Mandarin.

Teresa Rojas

I am a fully qualified Early Childhood Education Teacher and have over 12 years experience as an Assistant Teacher, working with children ages 3 years old to kindergarten.  I am bilingual, speaking in English and Spanish.

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