Spectrum Staff


Ms. Stacy Blailock

Executive Director

Ms. Stacy holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary education with a minor in Sociology from Northern Arizona University.  After graduation, Ms. Stacy took her Montessori training with the Center for Montessori Teachers Education in New York and received her elementary credentials for ages 6‐12 and went on to attain a Masters of Arts in Education, as well as her early childhood credentials.  Ms. Stacy has enjoyed teaching and being part of an administrative team for the past twenty years.  She is thrilled to be working with dedicated teachers that foster a love for learning with the children.  In her spare time, Ms. Stacy enjoys spending time with her two children and doing anything in the outdoors.

Email contact for Stacy Blailock:  Stacy@spectrummontessori.com


Ms. Shirin Malektojar

 Assistant Director

 Ms. Shirin has always had a desire and interest in teaching and working with children.

Following further research in the field of education, she learned about Dr. Maria Montessori’s teaching philosophy and decided to pursue her Montessori education.  As a result, Ms. Shirin received a Montessori certification from the National Center of Montessori Education NCME/AMS in 2004.  She has since dedicated her time to work in various Montessori schools as a lead teacher and assistant program director.  Ms. Shirin truly believes in the Montessori philosophy and in the development of children’s education. 


Ms. Jaime La Tona

Lead Infant Teacher 

Ms. Jaime holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Services from California State College, Fullerton. She completed her Masters in Counseling and Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix. She has over twelve years of experience working with children both in a Preschool environment as well as a behavior therapist. She loves working with and helping children of all ages to learn and grow, especially the infant and toddlers.


Ms. Ely Mercado

Lead Infant Teacher

Ms. Ely completed her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Far Eastern University in Manilo, Philippines and taught science for 23 years in Maryknoll College Grade School. Since she moved to the US in 2001, she has worked in Montessori schools in Orange County. She took Early Childhood courses at UCLA Extension Program and North Orange County Community College. Ms. Ely is a mother of three grown daughters. She has great passion to work with children.


Ms. Dida Larkin

Infant Assistant Teacher

Ms. Dida graduated from the Philippine Normal University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, she taught at Maryknoll College Grade School in Quezon City, Philippines, until she migrated to the US in 2001. She completed the Early Childhood courses at the UCLA Extension Program and Irvine Valley College. She has worked with children of all ages at a Montessori preschool. Ms. Dida enjoys working with children and treats each one as her own. She helps each child develop his/her independence and love for learning.


Ms. Eunice Flores-Corona

Infant Assistant Teacher

Ms. Eunice is currently attending Orange Coast College where she is furthering her Early Childhood Education.  She is currently working on transferring to California State University of Fullerton where she will be working on her Bachelors of Science Degree in Child Development.  On her free time, Ms. Eunice likes to go hiking, swimming, running, and doing as many outdoor activities as possible.


Ms. Marivic Gonzalez

Lead Toddler Teacher

Ms. Marivic grew up and graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science in the Philippines. Ms. Marivic was inspired by her mom who is a Montessori Certified Director from UCI extension and has been teaching for almost 30 years. Ms. Marivic has a true love for children and passion for toddlers. She has been working in Montessori Schools with infants and toddlers for almost 15 years. Ms. Marivic has a 12-year-old son who also attended Montessori school from the age of 3 months to preschool. Ms. Marivic enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, singing, and staying active in her church.


Ms. Janet Chung

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.


Ms. Lara Hayden

Lead Toddler Teacher

Ms. Lara is a Southern California native with Hawaiian roots. Growing up with her mother as a preschool teacher, Lara’s passion for kids and teaching has always been something she wanted to pursue. With three girls of her own, she adores and cares deeply for children. Having her own children attend Montessori School for a number of years, Lara is a true advocate of the Montessori education. She is currently taking Infant and Toddler Montessori training at UCI. On her days off, she enjoys hot yoga and loves spending time with her girls and husband.


Ms. Christina Healey

Toddler Assistant Teacher

Ms. Christina first discovered Montessori when her son went to Montessori School as a toddler. Ms. Christina began pursuing her Teacher Assistant credentials so one day she could work at a Montessori school and follow her love of working with and learning from toddlers.


Ms. Ashly Arnold

Toddler Assistant Teacher

Ms. Ashly is currently furthering her Early Childhood Education at Cerritos College. She has over 4 years of experience working with children of all ages and wants to further her education to transfer and get her degree in Psychology. The opportunity to work at Spectrum Montessori will help her pursue a career in teaching young children with such great passion. In her free time, she loves to go for a workout, a hike, and on road trips.


Ms. Patty Dolina

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 Jones

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. Kristi DeRemer

Lead Primary Teacher

Ms. Kristi attended Seattle University and received her American Montessori Society certification from the Montessori Center for Teacher Education - Washington State.  She has worked in a Montessori setting for several years, two of those years as an assistant before returning to school to become an AMS accredited teacher.  Her love of the Montessori philosophy started when her youngest child attended a Montessori school at age 3.  She looks forward to guiding your child through their early childhood development.  In Issaquah Washington, just outside of Seattle, she helped open a new school from the ground up.  She is excited to be a part of Woodbury and the Spectrum family.  In her spare time, she enjoys watching her children play soccer, run track, and jump hurdles.  She is an avid reader, enjoys movies, working out, and loves the sunny California.  Sundays are filled with family, friends, food, and football-Go Seahawks!


Ms. Esther Covarrubias

Primary Assistant Teacher

Ms. Esther recently completed her Preschool Teacher certificate from North Orange County Community College. Ms. Esther’s faith in God and devotion to her family have led her to pursue a career working with young children. With great passion and excitement, Ms. Esther will assist in our Primary program. 


Ms. Jessica Dauglash

Lead Primary Teacher

Ms. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Child & Family Development at San Diego State University. Ms. Jessica first fell in love with the Montessori philosophy during her ROP Childcare courses in high school. She is now taking the Montessori training at the Montessori Teacher Academy. In her spare time, she loves going to Disneyland and the beach. She also loves traveling, DIY (do-it-yourself!) projects, gardening, and watching the Cooking channel.


Ms. Cybill Rayos

Lead Primary Teacher

Ms. Cybill is a recent graduate from the University of California, Irvine, receiving her B.A. in Public Health Policy and minor in Education. Throughout college, she worked at two different 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. In her spare time, Cybill likes to cook, go to Disneyland, and spend quality time with family and friends.