All Campus Staff



Sarah McArthur LeValley : Director of Social Justice

Sarah McArthur LeValley

Director of Social Justice

Sarah's journey to The Child Unique / Montessori Elementary Intermediate School has been a series of apparently disconnected themes that came together to create this wonderful opportunity. She spent over 20 years in the animation film industry and have had the privilege of working for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Pixar Animation Studios and Lucasfilm Animation.  Prior to her years in animation she had a wonderful career working in theatre as a production manager.  Sarah graduated from University of California Santa Barbara with a BA in Theatre. In recent years she went back to her theatre roots doing special projects for Berkeley Repertory Theatre including Anna Deveare Smith’s project Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education on the school to prison pipeline.  This project activated her desire to do social justice work. As life would have it, a new tangent appeared, she became deeply involved in the creation of a new Montessori preschool. She worked very closely with Cindy Acker on the development of the school from it early inception through our first year of operation. The combining of her social justice work and preschool work led her right to TCU/MEISA in the new position of Director of Social Justice.  For her, it is a perfect combination. She looks forward to the work ahead.

Cindy Acker : Founder & Principal

Cindy Acker

Founder & Principal

Cindy is the founder of The Child Unique and The Montessori Elementary School of Alameda (MESA), and has served as principal for over 30 years. She has several degrees in education, human development, spirituality, cultural studies and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from UC Berkeley. Cindy has also been involved in public policy, representing Montessori schools in California. She is a published author and a national keynote speaker. Apart from her passion for education, Cindy is a singer and choir director in Novato and a mother of three adult children. Cindy speaks Dutch and Spanish.

Tiffani Battle : Taylor Campus Director & Enrollment Specialist (based at Taylor Campus)

Tiffani Battle

Taylor Campus Director & Enrollment Specialist (based at Taylor Campus)

Tiffani Battle has been a teacher for 12 years. She has a degree in Elementary Education, her Montessori Primary Certificate and an administrative certificate. She fell in love with Montessori after receiving her degree in education and has never been happier. She loves how Montessori fosters the whole child and teaches peace. She has been a site director, head teacher, toddler teacher and elementary teacher in her journey as an educator. She is the proud mother of 2 beautiful children (a boy and a girl) and she is excited to be a part of The Child Unique community.

Miesha Lampkins : School Events Coordinator (based at Encinal Campus)

Miesha Lampkins

School Events Coordinator (based at Encinal Campus)

Miesha Lampkins was born and raised in the Bay Area. She received Montessori training and has worked within the Montessori community for over a decade. She has always had an interest in event coordination and is excited to be apart of  The Child Unique and MESA community as the School's Event Coordinator. Her warm and bubbly spirit is perfect for hosting and coordinating events. Miesha has A Degree in Liberal Arts: Social and Behavior Science.  She seeks to complete a Bachelor’s degree program in Hospitality at California State University East Bay. She has one loving daughter that she hold high at heart. She loves taking her daughter on trips and spending loving time with her as well as with her family and friends.

Tanisha Tomasulo : Office AM Assistant

Tanisha Tomasulo

Office AM Assistant

Tanisha has been part of The Child Unique community since 2015 and is very excited to join the office staff this year. Tanisha holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Hawaii and has been a student of the practice and philosophy of the Montessori Method since her children were young. She and her husband James have three children - two boys and one girl - who have one fish, one bearded dragon, and the hope for a dog.

Sadaya McDonough : Office PM Assistant

Sadaya McDonough

Office PM Assistant

Sadaya moved to the Bay Area from Philadelphia in 2004 to volunteer with an Americorps program that focused on underserved youth in San Francisco’s Western Addition. Her professional career took her into the world of commercial property management, but after a decade of that work she decided to take a hiatus to stay home after the birth of her daughter. She discovered The Child Unique Montessori while researching schools. Transitioning back into work by joining this wonderful community has been an extraordinary opportunity. Sadaya holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Goucher College. In her free time she enjoys exploring the many varied outdoor activities the Bay Area has to offer with her family, and curling up with a good book when she gets a moment alone.


Taylor Campus Staff



Zoe Lopez : Toddler 2 Teacher

Zoe Lopez

Toddler 2 Teacher

Zoe has been an assistant teacher at The Child Unique, and is excited to return to The Child Unique, after time off to become a mom. She spent several years working as a dance instructor for children and working at a local gym daycare. Currently, she is completing a degree in Psychology, and enjoys increasing her knowledge of the mental, social and emotional development of children. Zoe loves working with children of all ages and enjoys watching them learn and discover the world. In her spare time, Zoe loves learning, reading, dancing, listening to music, spending time outdoors, working out and enjoying her new baby.

Johanny Marte : Toddler 2 Teacher/Spanish Teacher

Johanny Marte

Toddler 2 Teacher/Spanish Teacher

Johanny was born in Santo Domingo and worked in a Montessori classroom in the Dominican Republic for 14 years. She received her Montessori teacher certification from the American Montessori Society in 2005. She has a degree in Clinical Psychology, specializing in children with learning disorders and also has a degree in Elementary Education. She is also taking the training to become a Montessori toddlers teacher. She is the mother of two beautiful children who inspires and encourage her to be a better person. In her spare time, Johanny likes to read, watch documentaries about space and nature and spend time with her family.

Emma Neilsen : Primary 4 Teacher/French Teacher

Emma Neilsen

Primary 4 Teacher/French Teacher

Emma was born and raised in Paris, France where she obtained a Master’s degree in marketing. She moved to the U.S. in 2007, where she earned an MBA from the University of Maryland and worked for several years for Rosetta Stone managing a team of over 100 language teachers. Following the birth of her first child, she decided to become a teacher at a multilingual Montessori school. She now has three daughters and a son and finished her Montessori certification in 2019. During her free time, Emma enjoys photography and writing.

 

Fatma Shoukry : Elementary & Middle School Teacher/Arabic Teacher

Fatma Shoukry

Elementary & Middle School Teacher/Arabic Teacher

Fatma lived in Cario, Egypt before coming to the Montessori Elementary School of Alameda. Fatma has been working with children for 18 years. She holds a degree in Education, Montessori Primary teaching credential, and has her her primary and elementary credentials. She has been a Montessori Guide at private schools in Egypt since 2008. In her spare time, she loves reading, traveling and working out.

Rosie Galvez : Physical Education Teacher

Rosie Galvez

Physical Education Teacher

Rosie was inspired to pursue a career in education while creating a fictitious Wellness Center project her senior year of High School. Rosie holds a degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences and is certified by the International Sports Sciences Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. For the last 19 years, she has worked with people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities, ages 6-75, with the intention of enhancing their self-esteem and quality of life, as well as cultivating a sense of community through movement. Rosie understands that when life happens, there is always a way to move around to embrace the process of change. She is looking forward to sharing her ideas with all of the TCU and MEISA students.

Danilo Portugal : Primary 4 Assistant Teacher

Danilo Portugal

Primary 4 Assistant Teacher

Danilo is originally from Brazil and has been living in Oakland for the last ten years. He is proud to be the father of two beautiful and strong young girls, Lua and Alidia, 12 and 9 years old respectively. Danilo has enjoyed working with children for seventeen years and attended a Montessori school in Brazil. He became a Montessori teacher in the United States and teaches Capoeira, a dynamic Brazilian form of martial art and dance. He is both a musician and dancer and in his free time, he also likes to surf.

Nicole Baptista : Assistant Teacher

Nicole Baptista

Assistant Teacher

Nicole Baptista was a Montessori child! She was born and raised in the Bay Area and attended Seaview Montessori, a public Montessori school in San Pablo. She is thrilled to continue with The Child Unique Montessori School community this year. She feels passionate about Montessori education and is currently enrolled in Montessori training and Early Childhood Education courses at Contra Costa College. Nicole hopes to inspire everyone at The Child Unique with her love of crafting and gardening.

Jeanna Nagle : Assistant Teacher

Jeanna Nagle

Assistant Teacher

Jeanna Nagle loves working with children and is very happy with her position at The Child Unique. She has studied child development at Merritt College, where she earned a Child Development Assistant Certificate, and has experience volunteering at several childcare centers. She likes to swim and play soccer and basketball and attend Giants, A's, and Cal games.

Steve Slater : School Music Teacher

Steve Slater

School Music Teacher

Steve Slater has been playing drums for nearly 25 years. Steve attended Santa Barbara City College and San Jose University. He is a percussion instructor at Allegro Music and has his own studio in Fremont, the School of Drums. Steve leads the drum line at Mission San Jose High School for over ten years. He also plays drums in three San Francisco Bay Area rock bands and in his own jazz ensemble, Park St. Trio, based out of Alameda. He is the primary songwriter and has released two albums of original music.

Kwang Sriprommasa : Toddler Teacher

Kwang Sriprommasa

Toddler Teacher

Kwang, (Thitiyaporn) Sriprommasa graduated from Bangkok University in Thailand with a bachelor's degree in English. She recently completed her Early Childhood Credential at The Montessori Institute of Advanced Studies. Kwang enjoyed working at the Encinal and Pacific campus in past years and is looking forward to joining the Taylor campus this year.

Meiyi Ko : Toddler 2 Assistant Teacher

Meiyi Ko

Toddler 2 Assistant Teacher

Meiyi enjoys working with children. Before moving to the United States, Meiyi was a middle school teacher for 5 years in China where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in education.She moved to the United States in 2008. Here she earned her Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Chabot College. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially with her children, she also enjoys nature.


Encinal Campus Staff



Marisela Mascorro : Encinal Campus Director/Primary 1 Teacher

Marisela Mascorro

Encinal Campus Director/Primary 1 Teacher

Mari is very excited to begin her 16th year with The Child Unique. She has a degree in Liberal Arts and Child Development and a Montessori Early Education Credential. Mari is the proud parent of three beautiful daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and going on adventures with her daughters and husband. She loves the family-like aspect of The Child Unique and the peace education that is helping to make a better world.
Hurma Majid : Primary 2 Teacher

Hurma Majid

Primary 2 Teacher

Hurma Majid is born and raised in Pakistan. She graduated from the University of Karachi, Pakistan with a Bachelor in Commerce. She had four years of teaching experience with Elementary children and after the birth of her first child she developed a curiosity to learn the Montessori method of Education. May of 2015 she completed the Associate Montessori International (AMI) Diploma for guiding ages 2 ½ to six year old children from The Montessori Teacher's Training in Karachi, Pakistan. Currently, she’s earning credits towards her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Modesto Junior College. She has been a part of TCU family since August 2016. She’s honored to be a part of the TCU family. She loves spending time and traveling with her family, cooking, music, photography, clothes designing etc.

 

 

Joseph Niles : Primary 2 Teacher

Joseph Niles

Primary 2 Teacher

Joseph Niles has taught in a preschool-age setting for over 10 years. His work is informed by his passion for early childhood development, his love for history, writing, and nature. He attended the Montessori Teacher Education Center where he attained his Montessori Teacher’s Certificate early in his career. Currently, he is enrolled in classes with the ambition to obtain degrees in Early Childhood Education and Human Development.

Dawn Ocampo : Afternoon Teacher

Dawn Ocampo

Afternoon Teacher

Ms. Dawn has been a Montessori teacher for over ten years. She has a bachelors degree in journalism and is a certified yoga instructor and incorporates yoga elements in the curriculum.. She has taught in schools on the east and west coasts but enjoys being back home in the Bay Area. Ms. Dawn also enjoys learning, the outdoors, reading, music, dancing and her family.

Katsuko Ono : Assistant Teacher/Montessori Intern

Katsuko Ono

Assistant Teacher/Montessori Intern

Katsuko Ono graduated from Hiroshima University in Japan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. After working in the fashion industry for fifteen years, she changed careers and began studying education. She is very happy to be working at The Child Unique Montessori School. Katsuko used to practice Judo regularly and is a black belt. Currently, her interests are yoga, hiking and the arts.

Steve Slater : School Music Teacher

Steve Slater

School Music Teacher

Steve Slater has been playing drums for nearly 25 years. Steve attended Santa Barbara City College and San Jose University. He is a percussion instructor at Allegro Music and has his own studio in Fremont, the School of Drums. Steve leads the drum line at Mission San Jose High School for over ten years. He also plays drums in three San Francisco Bay Area rock bands and in his own jazz ensemble, Park St. Trio, based out of Alameda. He is the primary songwriter and has released two albums of original music.

Sonia Chen : Primary 1 Assistant Teacher/Mandarin Teacher

Sonia Chen

Primary 1 Assistant Teacher/Mandarin Teacher

Sonia was born in China and speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. She worked as an elementary and middle school teacher for 11 years in China. Since 2011, she has been teaching in preschools in the United States. She likes to cook, listen to music, make friends, organize, and loves doing creative art projects.

Pacific Campus Staff



Raina Ford : Pacific Campus Director/Teacher

Raina Ford

Pacific Campus Director/Teacher

Raina Ford was born and raised in Oakland, California and she have always known she wanted to work with children. She began assisting in a classroom setting in high school as a tutor and spent some time as a summer camp counselor. Raina went on to pursue a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology and shortly after, she realized education was her career path. Currently, Raina is finishing up her Montessori credential. She is studying to become a certified Montessori elementary teacher. In her free time, Raina enjoys watching movies, reading and spending time with her family.

Lindsay Correa : Assistant Teacher

Lindsay Correa

Assistant Teacher

Lindsay earned an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Merritt College. She has worked in the childcare field for 3 years and loves to read, dance and cook. Lindsay has traveled to many countries, including five wonderful trips to Vietnam. She dances with a vietnames dance company that performs traditional vietnamese, contemporary/modern, ballet and hip hop styles. Lindsay is looking forward to working with the children this year.

Porshia Lewis : Teacher

Porshia Lewis

Teacher

Porshia has been a teacher here at The Child Unique since 2006, working as both a Pre-primary and Toddler Teacher. She has studied psychology and holds a certificate as a Lactation Consultant (through Alta Bates Medical Center). She is happy to have been accepted into the National University bachelor’s program for Early Childhood Development Multiple Subject Credential. Her current goals are the completion of her Montessori Infant/Toddler Credential and ECERS assessor through the Montessori Teacher Education Center.

Johanny Marte : Toddler 2 Teacher/Spanish Teacher

Johanny Marte

Toddler 2 Teacher/Spanish Teacher

Johanny was born in Santo Domingo and worked in a Montessori classroom in the Dominican Republic for 14 years. She received her Montessori teacher certification from the American Montessori Society in 2005. She has a degree in Clinical Psychology, specializing in children with learning disorders and also has a degree in Elementary Education. She is also taking the training to become a Montessori toddlers teacher. She is the mother of two beautiful children who inspires and encourage her to be a better person. In her spare time, Johanny likes to read, watch documentaries about space and nature and spend time with her family.

Cherefah Obad : Assistant Teacher

Cherefah Obad

Assistant Teacher

Cherefah is 23 years old and currently a senior at California State University, East Bay. She has two A.A. degrees, one in Liberal Arts and in one Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Since middle school, she has always known that she wanted to work with children as she enjoys watching and assisting children to grow and learn. She is looking forward to seeing each of them progress throughout the school year.

Steve Slater : School Music Teacher

Steve Slater

School Music Teacher

Steve Slater has been playing drums for nearly 25 years. Steve attended Santa Barbara City College and San Jose University. He is a percussion instructor at Allegro Music and has his own studio in Fremont, the School of Drums. Steve leads the drum line at Mission San Jose High School for over ten years. He also plays drums in three San Francisco Bay Area rock bands and in his own jazz ensemble, Park St. Trio, based out of Alameda. He is the primary songwriter and has released two albums of original music.

Kwang Sriprommasa : Toddler Teacher

Kwang Sriprommasa

Toddler Teacher

Kwang, (Thitiyaporn) Sriprommasa graduated from Bangkok University in Thailand with a bachelor's degree in English. She recently completed her Early Childhood Credential at The Montessori Institute of Advanced Studies. Kwang enjoyed working at the Encinal and Pacific campus in past years and is looking forward to joining the Taylor campus this year.