Cathy Vaughn – Director
Started at Montessori: 1972, when the doors first opened
Education: BA in Education, AMI Montessori Teacher Education
Favorite sport team: Giants
Favorite physical activity: Walking
Best vacation: African Safari
In her spare time: She likes to be with her family
Favorite food: Mexican and Chinese
Kids/Pets: 1 daughter, 2 granddaughters, 2 dogs and 3 cats
Favorite quotes: “You are free to choose, but the choices you make today will determine; what you will have, be, and do in the tomorrow of life.” – Zig Ziglar
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time.” – Thomas Edison

Sarah – Assistant Director
Started at Montessori: 2016 (also a former student)
Education: BA in Communications, Masters in Early Childhood Education, Montessori Teacher Education
Best vacation: Africa
Favorite food: Mexican
Kids/Pets: Two girls, Frankie and Mary Claire, and dog, Maggie
Dream vacation: Australia or back to Africa
In her spare time: loves spending time with her family and friends, exploring the outdoors, traveling and cooking
Favorite quote: “…I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Michelle – Administrative Assistant
Started at Montessori: 2006
Favorite physical activity: Hiking
Best vacation: Hawaii
Favorite food: Pizza and Ice Cream
Kids/Pets: House full of boys, husband Jeff, sons Carsten and Cameron, and dog Jack
Favorite Quote: “What can you do to promote world peace?  Go home and love your family” – Mother Teresa

Katherine – Infant Teacher
Started at Montessori: 2007 (also a former student)
Education: BA in Art History, ECE Units
Dream vacation: Greece to see the ruins
Kids/Pets: two amazing children, Scarlet and Arthur
Favorite children’s book: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney – The message of the story is to “Make the world more beautiful” – making art and working with children is how she tries to do that everyday.

Caitlin – Infant Teacher
Started at Montessori: 2009 (with college in between)
Education: BA Psychology with a minor in Child Development
Favorite physical activity: swimming
Best “vacation”: studying abroad in London for 4 months
In her spare time: She likes to read
Favorite children’s book: Harold and the Purple Crayon

Christine – Toddler Teacher
Started at Montessori: During summers of High School, then after college in 1990, started teaching the Toddler class and assisting in the Primary Class.
Favorite sport team: she loves sports, favorite is basketball and our Golden State Warriors. Though a sunny Giants game can’t be beat.
Best vacation: Hawaii – she loves the warmth of the sun, the coolness of the water, and everyone is so happy there.
Kids/Pets: she has 4 children that are all Montessori School of Sonoma proud alumni
Favorite quote: “A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.”  Happy people are nice people.

Jessie – Toddler Teacher
Started at Montessori: June 2018
Education: Current student at Sonoma State
Kids/Pets: She has a 3 year old Australian Shepherd named Summer
In her spare time: She enjoys going to concerts and exploring new areas.
Favorite quote: “Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.” -Samuel Johnson

Kim  – Primary Teacher
Started at Montessori: 1990 (with a 15 year break to start her own school in Penngrove)
Education: BA Psychology, AMS Teaching Credential, 45 ECE Units
Favorite physical activity: Running
Best vacation: Traveled 6 months tent camping in 48 states
In her spare time: She likes to read and play the Bass guitar
Favorite food: cheese

Jeff – Primary
Started at Montessori: 2000 – 2015 Taught and operated his own Montessori school in Penngrove.  Started at Montessori School of Sonoma in 2017
Education: BA Sociology, BA Political Science, Montessori Assistant training, 13 ECE Units
Favorite sport teams: Giants and 49ers
Best vacation: 14 months backpacking in Asia
In his spare time: he plays and listens to music
Favorite food: Spaghetti
Favorite band: Grateful Dead
Favorite quote: “All I can do is be me… whoever that is.” – Bob Dylan

Cara  – Childcare Teacher
Started at Montessori: 2009
Education: Napa Valley College, Assistant Teacher Certificate
Best vacation: Costa Rica, she loved hiking through the jungle and seeing the sloths and monkeys
Dream vacation: to see the elephants in Northern Thailand
In her spare time: she loves to go hiking and check out parks all throughout Sonoma County, sit in the plaza, and be in the backyard on a sunny day
Something she wants to learn: how to surf

 

Leslie – Childcare Teacher
Started at Montessori: 2011
Dream Vacation: Italy
In her spare time: she likes to spend time with her family
Wants to learn: how to speak Italian and learn how to play guitar
Favorite quote: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is; what are you doing for others.” – Dr. Martin Luther King

Jantzie – Childcare Teacher
Started at Montessori: 2013
Favorite physical activity: Hiking, exploring different trails
In her spare time: she likes to walk and listen to music
Kids/Pets: 3 kids, 2 boys and a girl
Favorite children’s book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Favorite quote: “Happiness is not something ready made.  It comes from our own actions.” – Dalai Lama

Taylor – Childcare Teacher
Started at Montessori: 2010
Kids/Pets: Two boys, Rocky and Samson
In her spare time: she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors – hiking, camping, swimming and trips to San Francisco, especially the Academy of Sciences!
Favorite children’s book: Caps for Sale and Corduroy

Angela – Childcare Teacher
Started at Montessori: 2018
Dream Vacation: Road trip the U.S. National Parks
In her spare time: she loves to go camping
Favorite food: Sushi
Kids/Pets: 2 daughters, 4 dogs and 2 cats
Best concert: Prince and the Revolution Purple Rain Tour

James – Childcare Teacher
Started at Montessori: 2017
Favorite sports team: SF Giants
Favorite physical activity: Tennis
Best vacation: Peru
In his spare time: he plays tennis and guitar
Favorite children’s book: Pete the Cat
Favorite quote: “I want my world to be fun.” – Justin Beiber

Callie – Childcare Teacher
Started at Montessori: 2017
Favorite sports team: SF Niners
Favorite physical activity: yoga, going to the gym, hiking
Dream vacation: backpack through Bali and Thailand
In her spare time: she loves trying new restaurants, hiking, hanging out with friends, traveling
Favorite food: Mexican! Burritos, extra guac always!