September Upcoming events
9/14 : Dentist Visiting
9/21 : Family Movie Night from 6:30-9:30pm
9/25 : Picture Day
10/25 : Field Trip -Tanaka Farms
10/31 : Halloween Trick or treat / Parade
Welcome New teachers : Ms. Natalie & Ms. Angie
Bilingual Classrooms opening : Korean & Mandarin
I am Jingchun Zhang, you can just call me Spring. I’m the Principal and Mandarin Teacher at LMA.
I am AMI trained teacher and I have been 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. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with your precious child.
Before coming to LiMai, I worked in the Media industry for over 10 years. I was the Editor in Chief of His Life magazine, a famous lifestyle magazine in China. 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. One of the issues of Robb Report China magazines that I was in Charge has been given to Mr. Warren Buffett as a formal gift by the president of China Trends Media Group. Mr. Warren Buffett is fond of Chinese boutique culture very much, therefor he signed the magazine for me.
Everything was perfect until my daughter, Joy, was born. She completely changed my life! When she was two years old, Beijing's smog had gotten so bad that we couldn't even let her play outside! My husband and I made the hardest decision of our lives, leave Beijing and come to a whole new world. I joined an Executive MBA program at Chapman University. During a school break, I met 2 wonderful women- one was the owner of a Montessori school in Napa Valley, CA 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 hit it off immediately. These wonderful women encouraged me to pursue my love of the Montessori Method I want to dedicate myself being a great educator and to guide our children to find their purpose in life.
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 Stephanie Andrade, I am from Chicago, Illinois. I am a continuing student at Fullerton college. My love for working with children started at age 15 when I started babysitting during weekends. I continued to explore child development throughout High school and College years.
Working with children is very fascinating to me because you start making special connections with them through play and learning. It is very rewarding Working with children and to see them grow into successful individuals.
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.
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