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. (Maternity Leave)

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 certificate 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 joined Reach Montessori preschool in 2019.  As a teacher, I would like to help children develop their early childhood skills and provide a healthy and playful environment for them to grow.

Mrs Emma Zhang

  My name is Emma Zhang, I was born in China. I speak English and Mandarin. I am a mother of 2 children, a boy and a girl.

   I hold a Bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering. My speciality is ecological explorations with students. I am currently studying at San Jose State University, majoring in  Early Child Education. I have been a volunteer for 2 years at a bilingual school in Palo Alto. I regularly participate in various volunteer and charity activities with my children. I enjoy doing art and craft with preschoolers. I am delighted to have had the opportunity to work at Reach Montessori Preschool since 2021.

     In my spare time, I like reading books, tasting tea, listening to music and being with my family at home.

Ms Jennifer Valencia

Hi, my name is Jennifer Valencia.

I was born here in San Jose California, I am a mother of four, two boys and two girls. I speak English and Spanish.

I am a patient person who can work with children of all ages. I have worked in a childcare facility for more than 4 years. I really enjoy the career I choose.

I am pursuing my Early Child Education course at Montessori Training USA in Sunnyvale CA. I enjoy reading books with children, doing fun art activities, making science experiments and helping with homework. I like the joy that children transmit to me and all the love they share with me day by day.

In my spare time, I love to be with my family, go to the park and also play baseball with my children.

Ms Kristy Herrers

Hello, my name is Kristy Herrera.

I have lived in San Jose, CA. my whole life. I am very happy to be part of the REACH Montessori Preschool team!

I have a big place in my heart for helping children! I was a volunteer child advocate with CASA for over 3 years where I was given the opportunity to spend time with foster children, help them with creating academic goals, help them live a healthy life, and we even got to go to local sporting events! Upon discovering the Montessori philosophy, I began pursuing the Montessori early childhood education credential at the San Francisco Bay Area Montessori Teacher Education Center. 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.

I am excited to be part of your child’s preschool experience!

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