Staff



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One of the many values you will find at La Casita is on its staff. A minimum turnover tells you how stable the community is, and how much each of the teachers and assistants enjoy their days in this community. Our staff is constantly updating their knowledge, and participating in trainings to stay on top of new trends in the education field.


Zamahara Berkov-Rojas   is the founder and Director of La Casita Bilingue Montessori School. Her passion and commitment made La Casita a wonderful reality. She received her AA in Early Childhood Education from Contra Costa College, her BS in Science and Values from JFK University, and her Montessori training from the St. Nicholas Centre. Zamahara is passionate about education related to the importance of preserving the rainforest and our earth’s resources. She enjoys sharing with the children at La Casita, planning special activities, actively seeking for enrichment programs to enhance even more the experience of children and families. Zamahara is originally from Costa Rica.

Gloria Castillo (Head Teacher Pre-Kinder & Kindergarten)

Gloria has been at La Casita for 15 years. She is a graduate from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development with a minor in Spanish. She also completed two years of Montessori training at Contra Costa College. Gloria loves the Montessori methodology: the whole child approach, the self-discipline, materials divided in different areas. “What I enjoy the most is to see children completing an assignment and saying “I did it”, that is the most rewarding moment for me.” A native of Nicaragua, Gloria has seen dozens of children in her classroom, and enjoys to stay in touch with them.

Elisa Guima is the Head Teacher Preschool

“After a few experiences in other fields, I knew my heart was in the child care field, especially the younger ones. This is what makes me happy” shares Elisa while she smiles friendly. Elisa was born in Mexico City of Japanese and Peruvian decent. She completed her Montessori training through Contra Costa College in 2009. Her passion is to guide the children at La Casita. With a notable emotion, she explains how much she enjoys watching the students enthusiasm to learn, watching them while they interact and discover something while their faces lights up like a light bulb that is turned on.

Julia Aguirre (Associate Teacher & Office Assistant)

Julia started at La Casita in 2005. She was hired to help out for two weeks, but short after knew she wanted to stay. Julia had helped her aunt, a teacher in Nicaragua, before she moved to the US. “I had work in finances but here, I was in touch with the children, their sincere and caring love hooked me up and decided to stay on this field.” Julia has a bachelors degree in Banking and Finance from the Unniversidad Politecnica de Nicaragua and is currently working towards her Early Childhood AA degree at Contra Costa College. Julia is a sweet, gentle and solid presence in the preschool classroom.  “I like that we are a community here, we learn and support each other.”

Etzel Yadira Murguia (Assistant Teacher)

Yadira discovered her teaching passion while she was volunteering at her son's school. She is currently working towards her Early Childhood Education AA Degree. Yadira is an enthusiastic assistant who does her best to support the teachers. She confesses how much she enjoys to teach children something new.  Hence her love to see how happy they feel when they have accomplished something they couldn’t do before. Yadira is from Mexico.

Carmen Aguirre (Assistant Teacher)
 
Carmen is from Nicaragua and joined La Casita family in 2007. She graduated in her home country with a degree in Computer Science. Carmen loves her work at La Casita, especially the nurturing environment where children can discover their interests while learning in a safe place. With a warm, peaceful personality, Carmen shares with children and guide them in her daily activities.

Cecilia Valdez (Administrative Assistant)

Cecilia is first generation Mexican-American.  A dynamo, super active staff member, she makes sure the day-to-day at La Casita run in a smoothly way. Ceci has been at La Casita since 1995, 10 years after it was founded, since then she has being an important element for the school. She enjoys and is highly committed with the positive experience all the families have at La Casita. Cecilia graduated from Cal State East Bay with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with an Early Childhood Education option. She loves teaching and has worked with College for Kids and the Richmond Art Center.

La Casita Bilingue Montessori | Pre-school and Kindergarten in the East Bay |
 592 Tennent Avenue, Pinole, California 94564 | Tel: (510) 724-1724

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