February Upcoming events
2/14/2019: Valentine's Day
2/18/2019: School Closed for President's Day
I am Jingchun Zhang, known as “Spring”, the Principal of three beautiful Montessori campuses in Orange County. As an AMI trained teacher and I have had the pleasure of working with children for 2 years as a Montessori teacher. I’ve earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Chinese Art & Literature from the Communication University of China. My educational background allows me to offer your children a relevant and historical understanding of the Mandarin language and Chinese culture. Before coming to LiMai, I worked in the Media industry for over 10 years as the Editor in Chief of “His Life” magazine, a famous lifestyle magazine in China. Additionally, I worked for Vogue China magazine as a Senior Features Editor and prior to Vogue, I was the Deputy Director of Robb Report China magazine and under my management, we recognized and interviewed Warren Buffett gifting him by the president of China Trends Media Group.
When my daughter, Joy, was born we made a conscious decision when she was two years old to migrate to the US for more challenging opportunities. I joined an Executive MBA program at Chapman University and during a school break, I met 2 wonderful women: one was the owner of a Montessori school in Napa Valley, California and the other woman was a board member of a chain of Montessori schools in Southern California. I was already a big fan of Maria Montessori so we collaborated and they encouraged me to pursue my love of the Montessori Method way of learning. I am dedicated as a great educator and my vision is to guide our children to find their purpose in life and grow positively.
Hello, my name is Katie Swagerty, I am the Director of LiMai Montessori Academy. I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master’s Degree in Curriculum of Education from Ehwa University, South Korea. Thereafter, I acquired my AMS certification from the University of California, Irvine. I have over 10 years of experience working in Early Childhood Education and a passion for the Montessori Methodology. I am excited to work with the rest of our staff and teachers in combined effort to advance the achievement of all students in our school.
My goal as a Director is to provide the leadership that will facilitate our school environment, promote safety and foster respect. I am confident that our school will continue to be a place where your children will learn and grow academically and socially. I am delighted to be part of this wonderful community of staff and parents.
Hello, my name is Kathy Jung and I am currently teaching the Pre-K Blue class at LiMai Montessori Academy. I felt, in order to see and relate to why I teach, knowing my background was important. I was born in South Korea and my family immigrated to the U.S. when I was 16. Due to this, I experienced both the Korean and American education system. By comparing and examining the two systems, I developed a dream to work with kids. I wanted to provide an environment where students understand the importance of studying and education, like in Korea, but also understand that choices and possibilities are limitless, like in America. So, in order to achieve this dream of a balanced education system, I studied and worked hard to attain my Bachelor’s degree in early Childhood Education. It has been over 6 years now I started my teaching career.
I feel very fortunate to be spending my days teaching young children and I love every moment working with them. As a mother of two young children, being able to love and teach their peers has been an honor and joy.
Hello, my name is Janki Shah. I am a Montessori Educator and Yoga Instructor for Kids and adults. I recently moved from Washington D.C to the scenic sunny California. I have earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Economics from India. I received my AMS credentials from PCTE New Jersey in 2006. My love for learning Montessori method commenced after I observed my son thriving in Math and Language program. I was a parent volunteer at my son’s school, My curiosity developed stronger to understand the purpose of the Montessori materials and prepared environment directed me to obtain my Montessori Training.
I started my Montessori career as a Consultant and Pre-K Teacher in District of Columbia. I have been very fortunate to work with some remarkable mentors at MSCC . They have guided and supported me to achieve my goals to be a successful Montessori Educator. Children are the bright future of the world. As an educator, it is my responsibility to guide and shape them. Making the difference through teaching is the best feeling in the world. They encourage me and inspire me to continue my journey as an educator.
I have a deep interest in culinary and music. In my free time, I practice Yoga and meditation. It helps me to keep a healthy balance of my body and mind in harmony. I am very excited to begin my journey with LiMai family.
My name is Kristine Ifantis. I have been the TK Teacher at LiMai Montessori Academy for over two years. It has been a blessing for me to be able to work in such a friendly and nurturing environment. I attended California State University, Fullerton earning a degree in Child Development.
Over the years, I have completed graduate course work and specialized education. I was an elementary school teacher for five years, I taught kindergarten and first grade at a local school district. I am married, have two daughters and 4 dogs. I have learned so much from my daughters that it helped me to transfer that knowledge and experience to my students.
I strongly believe that nothing has educated me more than coming to work every day and interacting with children. I feel like children teach us more than any classroom can. I love working with this age group because they are so absorbent yet charming and innocent. They are still so new to everything and it is so easy to make them happy. They make me laugh and smile every day. With the outstanding group of children, my job doesn't feel like work and I feel lucky to be a Teacher every day.
Hi, my name is Sora Lee and this is my first year working at Limai Montessori Academy. I have been working with young children for over ten years. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development from California State University, Northridge. I decided to become a teacher because of my passion for children. Patience and creativity are some of my greatest strengths. I hope that children have exciting experiences learning as I do teaching them.
I believe that children have abilities to achieve any goals they want in life therefore early education years are the foundation for a successful future. My goal is to provide children a safe, fun, stimulating learning environment where they can thrive and enjoy themselves. It’s a pleasure teaching young children and watch them grow
Hello! My name is Kiki and I am happy to be a part of the LiMai Montessori family! I've worked with children for almost 10 years, discovering my passion at a young age to become an Early Childhood Educator. I received my degree in Early Childhood Education and my AMS certification at Montessori Western Teacher Training Program. My enthusiasm for the concrete, hands-on approach of units, lessons, and materials can inspire the children to fall in love with learning! Within a Montessori environment, the children have opportunity to learn at their own pace, develop confidence, and gain independence. Furthermore, we believe in the development of the whole child, so on top of supporting where they are academically, children will also be supported socially/emotionally.
Maria Montessori had once said "Free the child's potential and you will transform him into the world." Their absorbent minds are taking in so much information about the world at such a rapid pace! Our classrooms will be able to provide age-appropriate activities and a comfortable environment where they can ask questions and explore multiple subjects in detail. We’re a team! I believe whole-heartedly that parent and teachers can work together to create a positive, safe, and successful experience for their child at school. These children are our future, so I can’t wait to work together to see just how far they’ll go!
My name is Ysidro Mendivil, however, all my friends and family call me “JR”. I have practiced and taught martial arts for over 35 years. I maintain a Master Instructor rank and train often with GM Michael Conniry at the Pacific Martial Arts Foundation in San Diego. As principle for Strength Balance Fitness Guru and Silver Ninjas, I provide contract instruction as the Head Martial Arts Instructor for the Signal Hill My Gym and the Fitness and Martial Arts programs at LiMai Montessori. I also provide private and group lessons to all ages. I offer dynamic Elder fall prevention skill workshops and seminars. My passion is to learn and teach. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Management for Pepperdine University. In my endeavor to raise my Spiritual understanding, I hold a RSCP license, with Center for Spiritual Living philosophies.
Hello, my name is Shameka Henderson, I am the Director of Human Resources for all Limai campuses. I am a Los Angeles, California native that earned my Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degrees in Business Administration with a concentration on Human Resources from Mount St. Mary’s College and University of Phoenix. I also obtained my Human Resources Advanced Management Certificate from Loyola Marymount University. I have over 15 years of Human Resources experience in multiple states and 4 of those 15 years being in the field of Education. I have found my career path and the field of education to be rewarding and exciting.
As the Director of Human Resources for Limai, my focus and goal is to maintain the highest level of quality staff to teach and support our students. To be an advocate for both the employees and the employer, making Limai one of the top rated schools to work for in our region through building relationships and managing compliance.
Hello! My name is Alice Chung.This is my first year working at LiMai Montessori Academy. I feel very blessed and happy to work here. I started my child care career when I was in college. When I was in college I enrolled in Child care development classes and fell in love with the career. I started volunteering at preschools, and subbing for teachers. I ended up being offered a job at a local preschool. I found myself truly enjoying, caring, and nurturing, and guiding preschoolers. My favorite thing about teaching is seeing that smile and connection when I have helped a child with something as little as putting on a band aid or learning something new.
Hello, my name is June Song. This is my first year working at LiMai Montessori Academy and I am very happy to join this friendly family. I was born in China. After graduating from high school I went to Germany and completed my college and master's degree in Political Economy at University of Hamburg in Germany. But after three years of doing related work, I realized that this is not what I want to do in the future.By chance, I learned about Montessori education. Its educational philosophy and teaching method have deeply attracted me, so I started my Montessori education four years ago and obtained the AMS credential at Capital Education Institute in south California.
Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori class learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. Children are a heritage from the Lord. It is a grate blessing for me to be able to work with the them every day and see their growth.
My name is Angie Chi and I’m greatly honored to be your child’s Mandarin Teacher. I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of California Davis, in addition to being certified in teaching Mandarin as a foreign language from National Kaohsiung Normal University. My education experience spans over 10 years working with children in California and Taiwan. I hold true to the belief that every child should have access to a high-quality education and that education can change lives. I just recently moved back to California and am very excited to grow with your child and LiMai Academy.
My name is Agnes Hahn and I'm the teacher and the director in lower elementary program that is newly opened. It's my pleasure to be a member of LiMai Academy and to have a chance to build up the lower elementary program at Li Mau. I have been teaching this age group over 20 years and this my first year at LiMai. I was graduated from Ewha Women’s University in Korea and acquired AMS Montessori Certificate for Primary, Lower Elementary & Upper Elementary courses in Korea, too. As a Montessori teacher, I can proudly say that every day’s life is full of blessings. In a Montessori environment, the teaching is not only watching they’re learning knowledge, but also watching they’re truly enjoying their learning process and thanking for all their surroundings. Most of all, I deeply appreciate Montessori Methodology, because it helped me have a bigger vision of the world. I really want to guide your children to open their eyes to discover the beauty of world and be a responsible human being. I'm going to walk on this way with your children and with our wonderful staff.
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