Spectrum Staff


Ms. Brenda

Executive Director

Ms. Brenda earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and continued on to receive her AMS Early Childhood Credential in Montessori education.  She has over a decade of experience working in early childhood education in various roles.  Ms. Brenda is a strong believer that education is the most inspirational and rewarding field that anyone can pursue.  In her spare time, Ms. Brenda enjoys traveling, trying out new restaurants, kayaking, hiking, shopping, and following her favorite Los Angeles Hockey and Basketball sports teams.  She is extremely excited to be part of the Spectrum Family.

Email contact for Brenda:  Brenda@spectrummontessori.com


Ms. Jenna

 Assistant Director

Ms. Jenna has over a decade of experience working with children ranging in age from infants through 8th grade.  However, the majority of her time and focus has been with early childhood.  Along with her direct experience with children, she has worked in several administrative roles.  The most satisfying part of her job is having the ability to learn about each child as an individual and she loves hearing all of the funny things they have to say.  During her free time, Ms. Jenna enjoys going to the river, baking, watching movies, and hanging out with her cat and dog.


Ms. Giovanna

Lead Primary Teacher

Ms. Giovanna earned her bachelors degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from University of California, Irvine. The courses she took were focused on child development as it was one of her main interests. She has experience in working with children from 3 months to 12 years old. She loves all age groups, but has recently found a particular interest for preschool age. After working in the Montessori environment, Ms. Giovanna fell in love with the philosophy and what it entails. She took her Montessori training at Monarch Bay Montessori Academy. Ms. Giovanna is truly happy while working with kids and aspires to always make a difference in their lives as they do in hers.


Ms. Melanie

 Lead Toddler Teacher

 Ms. Melanie took her Montessori training at UC Irvine and received a teaching certificate for ages birth to 3 years old.  She has been working with infants and toddlers for the past 12 years as an assistant and lead teacher.  During her free time, Ms. Melanie enjoys being with her children and barbequing on the weekends.


Ms. Janet

Lead Toddler Teacher

Ms. Janet received her Montessori training at St. Nicholas Foundation in Malaysia and graduated from the British Montessori Center International in 2002. In addition to the Montessori training, she also took a variety of Early Childhood courses at Irvine Valley College. Ms. Janet has nine years of experience in Montessori education, both as a lead and assistant teacher in the toddler program. Her passion is derived from her love of watching children develop and grow into capable and dependent individuals. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and of course, spending time with her husband and three children on the weekends.

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Ms. Salena

Lead Toddler Teacher

Ms. Salena is very excited to join the Spectrum Montessori team.  She has been working with children ages 2 through 3 for about 3 years.  Ms. Salena recently earned her Infant Toddler Montessori certification from the University of California, Irvine.  She is a very friendly and outgoing person, who welcomes all children with open arms.  As a teacher, she believes the key to a child's heart is through their education.  Ms. Salena enjoys watching children grow and learn throughout the school year.


Ms. Maria

Lead Toddler Teacher

Ms. Maria is a giving and energetic soul who grew up in the South Bay.  She has worked with children for 11 years and strongly believes that the opportunities have been the most rewarding experiences, the biggest blessings, and a labor of love.  She has been practicing the Montessori Method for 10 years now and obtained her certifications both in Infant/Toddler and in Preschool from the University of Irvine.  What is most important to her are the imprints that she leaves and the inspiration that she builds with children and adults alike.  Ms. Maria is excited to be part of the Spectrum team and family and is ready to share her free spirited nature to all.


Ms. Bianca

Lead Primary Teacher

Ms. Bianca was first exposed to teaching from her mother as she was an assistant teacher.  At a young age, she started volunteering at her previous elementary school and starting mentoring the children.  This helped her pursue a career in the Montessori setting and developed a passion for teaching children.  Ms. Bianca has earned her Primary Montessori certification from University of California, Irvine.  She feels that teaching young children is professionally rewarding experience as she watches children learn and grow.  In her spare time, she enjoys going to museums, hiking, eating, singing, and spending time with friends and family.


Ms. Jessica

Lead Primary Teacher

Ms. Jessica grew up in Orange County, California.  She is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelors of Arts in Education.  She was the Art and Humanities Coordinator/Instructor when she became passionate about working with children.  This passion led Ms. Jessica to learn about Maria Montessori and was so inspired that she went and attained her AMS Montessori certificate.  Ms. Jessica feels that teaching has been a beautiful and fulfilling experience for her as she watches the children grow and learn.  In her spare time, she enjoys the arts and serving at her church.


Ms. Patty

Lead Primary Teacher

Ms. Patty graduated from Philippine Women’s University with a B.A. in Psychology and went into teaching young children right after graduation. She fell in love with the Montessori Philosophy and eventually obtained her AMS Montessori Diploma. Ms. Patty has years of teaching experience. Teaching young children is her passion. Also, Ms. Patty enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and actively participating at her church prayer group. 


Ms. Clarissa

Lead Primary Teacher

Ms. Clarissa obtained her Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii. Her degree included her certification from American Montessori Society. Living on the island brought her a true sense of Dr. Maria Montessori’s love of nature and the esthetic value of incorporating it inside the classroom. Ms. Clarissa has years of experience working in a Montessori classroom. She has also helped families on a more personal level which embraces the philosophy in their own homes. Although, her greatest blessing the last three years has been to be able to fully implement the teachings of Dr. Montessori with her own child.


Ms. Cybill

Lead Primary Teacher

Ms. Cybill graduated from the University of California, Irvine and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health Policy and a minor in Education.  She has nearly a decade of experience working at various schools ranging from toddlers to elementary-aged children. Her love and passion for teaching is something that she has always wanted to pursue.  The opportunity to work at a Montessori will help her venture off into the next chapter of her life with the clarification that teaching is exactly what she loves to do.  She earned her American Montessori Society certification from an accredited teacher training program in Dana Point.  In her spare time, Cybill likes to watch sports (Go Lakers and Dodgers!), cook, go to Disneyland, and spend quality time with family and friends.