Our Staff

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Ms. Vanessa, Primary Director

Ms. Vanessa discovered her passion of working with children over ten years ago. She has earned a degree in Natural Science and Mathematics as well as Child Development and has a teaching certificate. She has several years of Montessori training and has trained many of our own teachers. She has experience teaching children from 2-5 years and beyond. At Napa Valley Montessori, Ms. Vanessa enjoys helping children learn new things for the first time and admires their positive attitude towards every moment. She takes pride in creating a variety of fun and creative lessons that keep every child engaged in each step of the learning process. Ms. Vanessa is happy to be part of the Napa Valley Montessori community sharing her enthusiasm, excitement and love with the children and families on a daily basis.

 

 


Mr. Bautista, Elementary Head Teacher/ Enrichment Program Director

Alvin I Bautista, better known by his students as “Mr. B,” was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, where he studied in the oldest private boys’ school, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, founded in 1621 by the Dominican Province, Order of Preachers. He was an Academic Scholar, a Student Leader, Peer Counselor, graduating Summa Cum Laude with the degree of Bachelor of Science, Major in Psychology. He served in the same institution as a Faculty Member in the Arts and Sciences Department, teaching Basic and Higher Psychology subjects, as well as Physiological Sciences.

With his wife, Jocelyn Sarreal, he co-founded the pioneer Individualized Instruction and Values Integrated School in the Division of Cavite, offering Preschool, Grade School, and High School (Regular and the pioneer Adult Night High School).

Migrating to the United States of America, his family settled in Vallejo, California, bringing their only daughter Agnes, who will be graduating at UCLA in June 2020. Their two sons, Jonathan Allen, a Lawyer, and John Andrew, a teacher and a professed Dominican Brother of the Order of Preachers, remained in the Philippines to pursue their respective professional careers and vocation.

Having loved teaching, the arts and literature, Mr. B, joined Starting Gate School and was the Head Teacher for seven years, where he successfully implemented engaging Elementary curriculum and crafted innovative enrichment programs for the K-12 Elementary classrooms.

Mr. B enjoys sharing his passion for the arts and drawing, for literature, writing, and poetry, and the game of kings, chess with his students, and won several awards and recognition. He also enjoys watching science fiction, anime, and Broadway musicals.

A note from Mr. B
“In this exciting challenge working with a dynamic and committed leader, Josie Gerber, and a creative team at the Napa Valley Montessori Learning Center in American Canyon , sharing learning experiences with a vibrant batch of students, as well as with committed, supportive families, I look forward to fun, adventure and high spirits, a whole new world of learning, discovered and powers unleashed. Carpe Diem!”


 

Ms. Citlalli, Primary Teacher Assistant

 

Ms. Citlalli (Ms. C) joined Napa Valley Montessori in the spring of 2020. She is currently attending Diablo Valley Community College studying Kinesiology with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development. Ms. C enjoys Napa Valley Montessori’s child-centered approach and likes how the children are given practical life materials to discover, learn, and help them become independent.

 


 

Ms. Erika, Primary Lead Teacher

Ms. Erika joined the preschool program staff in July 2022.  She has a commitment and enthusiasm for helping each child learn in the most ideal setting – a fun and relaxed one! Erika earned her AS-T degree in early Childhood Education from Napa Valley College, as well as her Child and Family Studies Associate Teacher Certificate.  She is working on getting her B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development at Sacramento State.  Erika has always enjoyed working with children of all ages, helping them learn and discover new things.  She’s excited to continue learning and growing as part of our Napa Valley Montessori family.

 

 


Mr. Todd Peterson, Director of Operations

Mr. Todd is our Director of Operations who oversees our preschool director and teachers. Todd came to NVM in July 2022 with a diverse career in varied fields stemming from his college degrees in business, mathematics, and computer science, and his Master in Business Administration.  Starting out in education, Todd has 13 years of teaching experience at Elementary, High School, and College in the areas of mathematics, computer science, music, and drama.  He also has 15 years of experience in Information Technology in Healthcare from his years with Adventist Health. During his time with Adventist Health, Todd was Director of Information Technology where he managed the IT operations for three hospitals, a revenue cycle center, and over 20 clinics.  He also has years of experience as an accounting manager and over 17 years of management experience.  Todd is delighted to be working with NVM, as well as Home Now Healthcare in the suite next door.