Bozena Struk

  • School Leader

Bozena joined the Montessori of Alameda team in October, 2016 and has been working with children, teachers and families to provide an inclusive, supportive and beautiful learning community. Growing, learning and leading a diverse team has been her career focus and ever improving skill set. She is a native of Poland but lived for 10 years in Northern Louisiana before moving to Portland in 2016. She is a dedicated advocate for women and children. Bozena  is a strong believer in positive guidance, love & logic and relational pedagogy. She previously led the childcare’s program at a Domestic Violence shelter in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she gained extensive experience in support services, crisis intervention and child abuse and neglects prevention and intervention. She worked passionately for underserved families for their safety, independence and stability. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education/Health Promotion from Grambling State University and Master’s degree in Public Health from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Her Public Health training came in handy as she managed school operations during a global pandemic. She has a young daughter who graduated from Montessori of Alameda in 2019, therefore she has a perspective of a MOA working parent. Bozena enjoys reading, dancing and practicing being fully present in every moment.

Jade Greene

  • Administrative Assistant

Jade moved to Portland from Miami in 2017 with her husband and fell in love with the PNW. Worked as an Admin Assistant for over 5 years in various industries. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, painting, reading, and traveling the country with her dog. The oldest of 4 siblings, she has had a love for children her whole life, with many young family members and siblings to care for. She started working with children as a sitter when she was introduced to the Montessori method and was instantly determined to learn more about the philosophy and its creator. Previously worked as an Infant Teacher’s Assistant in a French Immersion Montessori School and is excited to bring her passion for Administration to her role here at Montessori of Alameda. 

Maria Rios

  • After-Care Program Administrator
  • Spanish Speaking Assistant Teacher

Teacher Maria was born and raised in Wenatchee which is located in Central Washington. She attended school there and graduated from West Side High School. Maria is a mother of four children. She has two teenage daughters and one teenage son and her youngest child is in elementary school. She has worked in the child care industry for most of her life and has enjoyed providing love, care, and safety for the children in her care throughout the years. Her family moved to Portland, Oregon as a job relocation for her husband in 2015 and she has enjoyed living in Portland ever since. Maria is bilingual in English and Spanish. She is a very outgoing person that enjoys her family time. She spends time volunteering at my children’s youth group ministry as a youth group leader at the Family Worship Center. Maria has been with MOA since January 2021 and is a strong member of our Primary teaching team. She is ensuring all children in her care have access to Spanish language and high quality care and education. Teacher Maria is our current After-Care Supervisor and oversees our After-Care program.

LEAD GUIDES

Rebecca Clements

  • Primary Lead Guide
  • MOATEP Graduate

Rebecca grew up in Portland enjoying the region’s natural treasures with her family. She graduated from University of Massachusetts with a BA in literature and a love for the arts. Her career in administration included The Art Institute of Boston, The University of Rhode Island, The Portland Habilitation Center NW and then Montessori of Alameda. After serving as part of MOA’s admin team for five years she was inspired by the teachers who surrounded her. She graduated from MOA’s teacher education program and loves teaching! Rebecca lives in Portland with her husband and son. Rebecca truly appreciates all that she learns about Montessori and the children here each day.

Padmini Alphonse

  • Primary Lead Guide
  • MOATEP Instructor
  • Field Consultant

Padmini is a native of India and a naturalized citizen of the United States. Prior to joining MOA in the fall of 2007, Padmini had 18 years of experience as a teacher with children from ages 3 to 6. She spent 6 years in India as a senior teacher in a Nursery School setting and the rest of her 12 years’ experience were in California, Illinois and Oregon. Including her present service at MOA Padmini has about 22 years of teaching experience out of which 12 years have been in Montessori schools. Padmini’s educational training includes a B.A. degree in religious studies, teaching diplomas in Nursery Education from India and an American Montessori Society (AMS) certified diploma in Early Childhood education. Padmini’s co-curricular activities include singing, dancing and some art work which she teaches the children in class. She enjoys composing and singing Indian songs, and she loves cooking. She often uses her singing and cooking talents for raising funds for charitable works, by way of producing musical albums in Indian music and cooking for up to 200 people at a time. In addition to her many interests, Ms. Padmini volunteers her time to the school Home of Love in Chennai, India. Home of Love is a nonprofit organization raising orphaned girls in India. It was begun in 1992 by Ms Padmini’s husband Rev. Dr. Martin Alphonse.

Stephanie Sequeira

  • Infant Lead Guide
  • Spanish Speaker

Stephanie is originally from Torrance, CA. Her family relocated to Oregon when she was a young child. Her family is from Managua, Nicaragua. Stephanie speaks both Spanish and English fluently. She graduated from Warner Pacific College with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Services in 2014. She came across The Montessori Philosophy during her studies and instantly found herself determined to learn more about the philosophy behind Montessori. She has graduated from MOATEP program and received Montessori credential in Infant and Toddlers. Her passion in life is working with children, she has always believed in the quality of providing children a place where they can explore and learn. She has extensive experience working with children in many settings such as home preschool, daycare settings, Outdoor School, art schools, public school Sun Programs and more. She also has experience working with children with mental and physical disabilities. In her free time she volunteers with a program called Young Life Capernaum, working with children who have special needs. She also loves camping, hiking, scrap-booking, reading, baking, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Laura Gonzalez

  • Toddler Lead Guide
  • Spanish Speaker

Laura has been with MOA since May 2016 taking on Assistant and later and current position of a toddler classroom Lead Guide. Laura came to MOA with a lot of experience working with children. For over ten years she has been working with preschool-aged children with a focus on building nurturing relationships based on respect for each child and family. Before joining MOA Laura worked in a local preschool as an Assistant Teacher. She helped build a classroom community that was emotionally supportive of each child. She previously was also a Lead Teacher in a school in Washington. Laura is a graduate of MOA’s Teacher Education Program and a strong member of MOA’s teaching team.

Caleb McGuigan

  • Primary Lead Guide
  • MOATEP Graduate

Caleb joined MOA in August 2017 and has trained under experienced MOA Lead Guides in both our Toddler and Primary communities. He has joined the Montessori of Alameda Teacher Education Program cohort at the beginning of January 2021 to become a credentialed Montessori Lead Guide. Caleb has been responsible for administrative duties of closing the school every evening since September 2019 and loves connecting with families. Caleb includes relational pedagogy and developmentally appropriate practices in his classroom and is an exceptional communicator.  He excels in meeting children where they are and helping them build independence.  Caleb grew up in Roanoke, Virginia. He has graduated from University of Oregon with a degree in Sociology. He spent an extended term of his freshman year in Germany where he learned about cultural differences, language barriers and mastered his planning skills. Caleb previously worked at St. Mary’s Home for Boys as a residential counselor. He has also volunteered at a Fairfield Elementary school in Eugene, Oregon where he was in charge of the after school bilingual program. In his free time Caleb likes to play frisbee and basketball.

Araceli Reyes

  • Toddler Lead Guide
  • Spanish Speaker
  • MOATEP Student

Teacher Araceli came to MOA with over 10 years experience in Early Childhood Education. She previously worked at the Oregon Child Development Coalition as an Infant & Toddler Teacher where she developed a wonderful skill set of helping young children grow and develop to the best version of themselves. She is excited to join the next Montessori of Alameda Teacher Education Program cohort to become a credentialed Montessori Lead Guide. Araceli leads her classroom with passion and attention to every child’s needs and personalities. Araceli is bilingual in Spanish and English and she is at her best when she’s teaching Spanish to young children. Her passion is teaching, inspiring and challenging children to love the learning process.  Araceli’s style of teaching is deeply rooted in relational pedagogy as she gets to know each child in her care with great attention and understanding.  She has a talent of tailoring her classroom environment to meet each child just where they are and guide them to become more self-sufficient, inspired and confident human beings.

Heather Rocklin

  • Toddler Lead Guide
  • MOATEP Student

Heather has been working in early learning centers for over 20 years. She has done everything from being an assistant teacher, to being a lead teacher and has worked in the administration of several early learning centers. Heather has a Bachelor’s degree from Portland State University and will be working on getting her Montessori certificate over the next few years. She is a lifelong learner and it is her passion to instill the love of learning in all children. She lives with my husband and daughter. She also teaches meditation classes. Heather loves music, meditating, playing the flute, hiking and reading.

Erin Warren

  • Primary Lead Guide
  • MOATEP Student in Practicum

Teacher Erin joined the Montessori of Alameda community in August 2022. She has a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Marylhurst University. It was not until a few years ago that she was drawn to Early Childhood Education. The shift with the Pandemic led her to be home with her then three-year-old son. Through her work in his educational experience a flame was ignited drawing Erin to Early Childhood Education. She made the decision to further her education in the field and began to study ECE at Rouge Community College. She began to study the theory of Dr. Montessori and was pulled to the approach instantly. Dr. Montessori’s approach based around respect of the child, development of the whole child, and Concrete purposeful work are just a few aspects of what she was drawn to. Prior to joining Montessori of Alameda, Teacher Erin was a Lead Guide in a Primary Environment. She have been furthering her study of Montessori through the Montessori of Alameda Teacher Education Program and begin her practicum year of teaching in September 2022. She has a deep respect for Dr. Montessori’s body of work and has Observed firsthand the Child’s ability to flourish in a Montessori Environment. Within the classroom she has a strong dedication to the continued Preparation of the Environment, modeling Grace and Courtesy, and a high level of organization as a means for the child to fully experience all that the Montessori Environment gifts the Child with. Erin looks forward to building strong relationships through clear communication with all of her families so that each Child achieves success in the classroom and beyond.

Tabitha Gilmore

  • Primary Lead Guide
  • MOATEP Student in Practicum

Teacher Tabitha joined MOA in September 2020, however her career in Early Childhood Education started in October of 2015. Tabitha’s previous experience is as a Lead Teacher in a play based childcare center. Teacher Tabitha has worked in our toddler and primary classrooms as an Assistant Teacher. She trained under experienced and credentialed Lead Guide and joined our Montessori of Alameda Education Program cohort in January 2022 to become a credentialed Montessori Lead Guide. Tabitha has successfully finished her Montessori training and is entering her classroom practicum year in the fall of 2022. Tabitha’s passion for children shines on her work in the classroom. She is a very caring and gentle teacher ensuring all children in her care get the best Montessori education. Tabitha’s calm manner is matched by her eye for seeing the needs of the child and guiding them to the work and the lessons that best serve them. We are very fortunate that Tabitha chose the Montessori career path as her exceptional teaching skills are best applied in a Montessori classroom setting. Children are empowered by Tabitha’s empathetic words and clarity and enthusiasm. Tabitha lives with her daughter, fiance and his two children. In her free time she loves spending time with her family watching movies or shopping.