Meet Our Staff

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Roxana Rendon
Nani Miller
Louann Rodriguez
Annie Cariaga
Sandy Romero
Cleo Muniz
Brenda Dodd
Melissa Groschup
Chelsea Buell
Lucky Edirisinghe
Buddhima Edirisinghe
Joy Zamora
Rosa Ramirez
Miriam Sierra

Roxana Rendon
Roxana Rendon has been working for the Montessori School of Oceanside since March of 2007. She started in the infant room and moved to the toddler’s class after one month. Although she completed all the qualifications required to be a Lead Teacher, she has chosen to continue her education in pursuit of an Associate’s degree in Child Development and her Montessori credential. She is currently in the Pre-School Class and thoroughly enjoys the experience. Because she often visits and helps out in several of the other classes, the majority of the children at the school know her and love her. She is often described as a caring and outgoing person who loves being around children. She is also responsible and a very organized teacher who can be strict when tasks need to be completed. Overall Roxana Rendon has received many praises and positive comments from her students, as well as their parents.

Nani Miller
Nani Miller began her teaching career at the age of 15 at the Kawaiaha’o (Montessori) School, though her first experience with Montessori began much earlier. Ms. Nani actually attended Kawaiaha’o as a child! After graduating high school, she attended the University of Redlands, Johnston Center for Integrated Studies and earned her degree in Pre-Medicine. But it wasn’t until after the birth of her first child that she began to actively pursue a credential in Montessori Education. When her first child was just shy of a year old, Ms. Nani began working with Dr. Pamela Crisman and began her training in Montessori at her Montessori center. Ms. Nani (as she is most commonly known-or Alana, Evie, and Evangeline’s mom) began working at the Montessori School of Oceanside in 2005. Ms. Nani is a very patient person, avid practitioner of the Montessori Method, and enjoys teaching immensely.

Louann Rodriguez
Louann Rodriguez has been teaching at the Montessori School of Oceanside since 2000. She hold a Pre-Primary diploma from the International Association of Progressive Montessori, which is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) and has also been trained as an Elementary Teacher for 6-9 year olds at the Montessori Teachers College of San Diego an AMS and MACTE commissioned site. Louann has served as Lead Teacher in the Pre-primary classes for 8 years. Recently she has taken the position of Lead Teacher in the Lower Elementary class directing 6-9 year olds. Louann embraces the Montessori Method of teaching with the strong belief that it is the best method of learning that a child can experience.

Laarni (Annie) Cariaga
Annie Cariaga has been teaching in Montessori School of Oceanside since 2000. She began teaching at the age of fifteen at her home church. She was a teacher at Christ to the Philippines Bible College. She has a diploma in Ministerial Courses. She has been a missionary in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Burma. She received her Bachelors of Arts at the University of St. Anthony in the Philippines. She also holds a diploma from the International Association of Progressive Montessori, which is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education. She has 12 units in Early Childhood Education from Mira Costa College as well. Ms. Annie loves and enjoys her work everyday.

Sandy Romero
Sandy Romero is currently finishing her general education in order to obtain her Associate of Arts degree. She has received the following certifications; Certificate of Achievement in Child Development Assistant Teacher and Certificate of Competence in Child Development Associate Teacher from Mira Costa College. Ms. Romero has served as a service-learning student for MAAC Project Head Start. She has also worked for the Mira Costa Child Development Center. She is currently working with Ms. Buddhima in Room 4.

Cleofas Muniz
Cleofas Muniz was born and raised in the Philippines. She earned the degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Business Administration while enrolled there.  Ms. Cleo’s work experiences in the Philippines are as follows: Pharmacy Assistant in a pharmaceutical company; Section Chief in Equitable Bank; and Technical Staff in China Bank—which gave her a chance to attend many training seminars. Her work experience has helped her a lot in regards to public relations, self-confidence, patience, and understanding. Ms. Cleo’s dream is to become a teacher. Not knowing that after 30 years, here in the United States, her dream would come true.  Living here has provided Ms. Cleo with opportunities to grow and develop more both in her personal and professional life. She completed her Montessori Teaching Training Course here in the United States and started working at the Montessori School of Oceanside in 2008. She knows that she will become a teacher whom young children look up to, someone whom they can trust, and who will always ‘go the extra mile’ to ensure their success.

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd has been a part of our school since 1999. She began her teaching career in 1984 in the ROP program in high school. It was there that her love for Montessori education bloomed. She is a self-confirmed lifetime student but, graduated from National University with a BA in Inter Disciplinary Studies and continued on to receive her Masters Degree in Cross Cultural Education in 2002. She currently works in the office here at school as an administrator and is an upper elementary teacher here as well. She is a supporter of learning through the arts and enjoys working with children in theater, music, and dance productions. She is a firm believer in Montessori Education and believes that to follow the child is a benefit that we cannot overlook. “Each child seeks out what he/she needs in their own education. It is our duty and joy to help them find the path that leads them to success!”

Melissa Groschup
Melissa Groschup was born and raised in Oceanside, CA. She graduated from Rancho Buena Vista High School with a focus on music and American Sign Language. She has attended Palomar College with a strong focus on ASL, and is currently pursuing a degree in Child Development at Mira Costa College. Melissa has been teaching at MSO for over three years. Most of that time was spent teaching in Room 3 with the 2 and 3 year olds. Melissa really enjoys working with young children and looks forward to furthering her teaching career.

Chelsea Buell
Chelsea has been a part of Montessori School of Oceanside since she was 12 years old, when her mom, Brenda Dodd, began teaching here. Chelsea has been a teacher since 2006. She started in the infant room and has also spent sometime in Room 3. Since becoming fully qualified in 2007, Chelsea has been the Lead Toddler Teacher in Room 2. Chelsea has a special way of bonding with the children and she works hard to make sure they enjoy their time at school. She loves to sing songs at circle and read books. You will often find Chelsea in the middle of a game of catch, or making sand castles or blowing a million bubbles for a bubble dance party! She took 2 years of sign language in High School and has enjoyed teaching the children to use basic signs in conversation and also colors and animal names. Chelsea discovered photography about the same time she started working at MSO and has brought that love to the classroom; she takes tons of pictures of the children and shares them with the parents so that they don’t miss a moment!
Lucky Edirisinghe
Ms. Lucky has been with the Montessori School of Oceanside for nearly a decade now!  In that time, her own daughter has also begun working here at MSO.  Ms. Lucky hails from Sri Lanaka and has a Bachelor’s degree in Education, and has also completed her Montessori credential.  Ms. Lucky is a very well-known and loved figure here at MSO, whether it’s the children she greets in the mornings, or her own Room 6 children, every child is always eager to give Ms. Lucky a hug!  Ms. Lucky is also MSO’s resident seamstress, and every year for our Spring Concert the parents, students, and faculty of MSO can not wait to see her creations!  Aside from being an outstanding teacher she is also known as a phenomenal cook, the children (and staff) always look forward to her classroom creations!

Buddhima Edirisinghe
Buddhima Edirisinghe recently received her Montessori Credential from IAPM, though she also holds several ECE credits and is working on her degree with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education.  Ms. Buddhima is the lead teacher in Room 4.  As well as having one of the most infectous smiles among the teachers and students at MSO, the children of Room 4 can always count on that smile, as well as having a lot of fun with Ms. Buddhima!  She is always very energetic, and always happy to help.  As well as being a fantastic teacher, Ms. Buddhima is also a wonderful traditional Singhalese dancer.

Joy Zamora
Ms. Joy recently joined the MSO family.  She has a background in Education, including various degrees and certificates from the Philipines.  Ms. Joy is joining Ms. Wathsala in Room 3 with all the wonderful toddlers!  Ms. Joy is a very patient person, and has a tender way with the toddlers in Room 3.

Rosa Ramirez
Ms. Rosa has been with Montessori School of Oceanside for over two years now.  Though Ms. Rosa can generally be found in the kitchen, making a variety of multi-cultural cuisine, she also enjoys spending time in the classrooms.  Ms. Rosa particularly enjoys spending time each morning in Room 1 with our wonderful babies!

Miriam Sierra
Ms. Miriam began her career with Montessori School of Oceanside 2 as a teacher, but her daughter Lani, was a student there first!  Ms. Miriam has been working with the Montessori School of Oceanside Family for over 5 years now, and Lani has been a student here for that time as well!  Ms. Miriam is currently working on her degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.