Staff

Mrs Annie Deng

Hello everyone! My name is Mrs Annie, the director of the Reach Montessori Preschool. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) from East China University. I am bilingual and speak Mandarin and English.

When I came to the United States, I continued my studies in ECE at San Jose City College. I later received my Montessori Certification from the National Center for Montessori Education in 2003. It is my pleasure to be the Director of Reach Montessori Preschool after twenty years I teach in the Montessori field.

I sincerely enjoy working here with all the wonderful children and teachers. I have always had a passion for teaching and working with young children.

When I am not at school, I love spending time with my family. In my spare time, I also like gardening, travelling and relaxing while watching movies.

Mrs Fatema Nadeem

I am Fatema Nadeem, born the youngest child to my parents in Kolkata. I lived in Mumbai for a few years early in my childhood before moving to Dubai where I finished my schooling and college. I did my Master in Business Administration in accounting.

     After I married I moved to California. I live in San Jose with my husband Abizar and my 4-year-old Taher. My husband works in Yahoo (now Oath) as Director Of Network Operations. I have a certification in Early Childhood Development at Mission College, Santa Clara. I finished my Montessori credential course in 2019. I have worked at Reach Montessori Preschool since 2018.

     I feel that toddlers are the most innocent beings where they require proper nurturing and correct information in a fun manner. I am glad to get this opportunity to be a part of Reach Montessori Preschool. I would like to obtain support from the school administration and all the families while I provide the best service to the children.

Ms Dilshoda Muminova

My name is Dilshoda Muminova ( you can call me Ms Dil). I was born in Tajikistan. I speak four languages which are Tajik, Russian, English and Spanish. I lived in Tajikistan until fifth grade and then I moved to Guadalajara, Mexico. After I studied in Guadalajara for a year, I came to San Jose with my parents and 4 brothers when I was 12 years old.

I graduated from Evergreen Valley High School and now I am pursuing my major in Child Development at Evergreen College.

In the life of every person, the question arises – what profession to choose? For me, the answer was very simple, I wanted to teach. All because I love children!  There is nothing sweeter than the smile of a child whom you have taught something. Choosing the profession of a teacher, I knew that it would take a lot of perseverance and patience. A teacher should be a kind, open, caring, insightful, understanding, and interesting person and I aspire to become just such a teacher. In my opinion, the profession of a teacher is always diverse, it reveals itself every day in a new way, revealing more and more new colors. My mission is teaching. For me, the profession of a teacher sounds proud! I am grateful for this opportunity to work at Reach Montessori Preschool.

Ms Cristina Vergara

My name is Cristina Vergara. I speak English and Spanish. I have a bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education from the Los Libertadores University of Colombia. I worked as a preschool and elementary teacher for 2 years where I taught human development and arts. I came to the United States of America as an Au Pair to improve my English. After my two year Au Pair program finished, I studied a Credential course in Montessori education at Montessori Teacher Education Center (MTEC).

I am a patient person who loves working with children of all ages. I am a very enthusiastic and quick learner. I enjoy working with a team and like learning from team members. It is my pleasure to practice at a Montessori school and obtain a teaching certificate in Montessori Early Childhood Education. I feel very grateful for the opportunity to work at Reach Montessori Preschool to take care of your children and help them learn new skills every day.

In my free time, I enjoy playing board games with friends. I like travelling around the United States and visiting the National parks. I have been to Hawaii, New York, Seattle, Portland and San Diego. When I am not travelling, I like reading books about romance and poetry. 

Mrs Ravinder Kaur

I am Ravinder Kaur. I grew up in New Delhi, the capital city of India. I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Delhi University. After that, I completed a certificate course in computers. I moved to the USA with my husband. My husband is a software engineer and we live in the Evergreen area of San Jose. I am blessed with two boys. My elder son is in high school and my younger son is in elementary school. I speak Hindi and English.

When I was a child, I always dreamt to be a teacher because my school years were the best years of my life. When my kids went to preschool and kindergarten, I felt that kids were learning in a very playful way. This experience made me go back to my dream of becoming a teacher. I have completed my Early childhood Education Teacher units at De Anza College. I have been a preschool and pre-k teacher for the last two years at A plus Academy preschool in Sunnyvale. I really want to be a part of Reach Montessori and would love to help children develop their early childhood skills. As a teacher, I would like to provide a healthy and playful environment for the children to grow.

Ms Allison Shan

My name is Ms Allison Shan. I speak English, Mandarin and a little Spanish. I graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Shortly after undergrad, I moved forward into early childhood education with my Developmental Psychology background.

Upon discovering the Montessori philosophy, I began pursuing the Montessori early childhood education credential at the San Francisco Bay Area Montessori Teacher Education Center. I graduated from the San Francisco Bay Area Montessori Teacher Education Center and hold an AMS early childhood credential in 2019. I have been a Montessori teacher for the past six years at two Montessori preschool centers. I worked at Palo Alto Preschool Bilingual Montessori Preschool and Sunflowers Montessori preschool before I came to RMP. With my background, I hope to carry forth the pedagogics of Montessori education and continue to nurture young children with the knowledge, love, and confidence that they deserve in life.

It gives me great joy to be able to extend my passion for providing a Montessori education at Reach Montessori Preschool. My years of experience have shaped a lifelong dedication to this field of early childhood education and I look forward to new experiences in the next step of this journey.

In my spare time, I enjoy going to the movies, shopping, exercising, and travelling. 

Careers

If you are interested in a joining Reach Montessori, you may submit an application any time. Please be sure to state the type of position for which you wish to be considered. We keep applications on file for at least 6 months. We will contact you if a position for which you are qualified becomes available.

We prefer you can submit your resume to: reachmontessoripreschool@gmail.com