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.

Briana Weber

  • Assistant School Leader & Curriculum Coordinator

Briana began her career working with children when she organized an outdoor skills camp out for children when she was 12 years old!   The journey since then has been focused on gaining more knowledge and understanding of the joy and work of childhood, especially inspired by the works of Magda Gerber and RIE, Dr. Montessori, anti-bias curriculum, and a love of nature.   Briana graduated from the Primary Montessori training program at the local Montessori Northwest in 2007.  She has worked until 2020 as an infant/ toddler teacher and then program director at Tumbleweed Infant and Preschool Houses. During the 2020-21 school year, Briana served the school community at Wild Lilac CDC as the Executive Director.  Coming to Montessori of Alameda is an exciting adventure and she is looking forward to collaborating with a new learning community, as well as bringing new energy to support furthering the goals of MOA as a safe, inclusive, engaging and authentic place for families and children to grow and thrive.Briana lives in Oregon City with her husband, John, and two children, Quinn  and Seamus and cat, Mika. They can often be found outside, working in their ever expanding garden, finding a new waterway to canoe, or playing a new board game together. Briana is often the photographer during this time, or might be gathering things to eat (mushrooms, berries) or seeds to plant.  She also enjoys hand crafts, reading sci-fi novels, baking and preserving food, and playing music.

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. 

LEAD GUIDES

Rebecca Clements

  • Primary Lead Guide

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.

Celia Mejia

  • Toddler Lead Guide
  • Spanish Speaker

Celia has been a wonderful member to our teaching team since April 2016. She has completed Infant/Toddler Montessori Credential from our own MOA Teacher Education Program. She has started at MOA as a Spanish speaking Assistant in Toddler and Infant classrooms. She moved up to a School Leader role for MOA Annex location and started and lead a brand-new Infant/Toddler Program. After taking her maternity leave Celia came back to MOA as a Co-Lead in Desertland classroom and now a Lead Guide in Cattail Marsh Classroom. Celia was born in Boston, Massachusetts but raised in a small town in Guatemala. She studied English as a Second Language and Para Education at PCC. After she graduated from school her first job was as a teacher teaching basic English and math. It has been her dream since she was eight years old to be a teacher. Celia is greatly professional and organized Lead Guide, with tranquil demeanor creating a classroom environment of calm and peace.

Yanieska Gonzales Morales

  • Infant Lead Guide
  • Spanish Speaker

Yanieska is from Cuba and is a fluent Spanish speaker. She has been working at MOA in the infant classroom since January 2015. She moved to Portland in 2010 with her husband and son. While in Cuba Yanieska worked with children for three years in a preschool. While in Cuba, she also earned her Teacher Assistant Training certificate and Bachelors in Accounting. When Yanieska is not working she loves to spend time with her family, watch movies and go to the beach.

Caleb McGuigan

  • Primary Lead Guide
  • MOATEP Student in Practicum

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.

Ginger Echols

  • Primary Lead Guide

Ms. Ginger is originally from Fort Worth, Texas, and moved to Portland in May 2021.  She studied at The University of Texas at Arlington where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Ginger worked as a social worker for over seven years working with children and families in foster care and adoption. After leaving the field of social work, Ms. Ginger still felt the calling to work with children and entered the field of early childhood education. Ms. Ginger has been working in a Montessori environment since 2016 and fell in love with the Montessori philosophy and curriculum. She completed her Montessori certification program through the North American Montessori Center.  When not at school, Ms. Ginger enjoys spending time with her husband and two cats, cooking vegan food, hiking, volunteering at a farm animal sanctuary, doing crafts and exploring her new home in the Pacific Northwest.

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.