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Preschool Staff

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Dawn Tang

Educator & Founder

Ms. Dawn has been teaching in Montessori class as a lead teacher for 12 years. She holds a B.A. in Literature and Education and took her MIA Montessori training in 2009. In 2012, Ms. Dawn Tang took her second training from Montessori Teacher Preparation of WA to be a teacher trainer, and started to help in MTP class as a trainer assistant since 2014. She believes "Our work is not to teach, but to help the absorbent mind in its work of development. How marvelous it would be if by our help, if by an intelligent treatment of the child, if by understanding the needs of his physical life and by feeding his intellect, we could prolong the period of functioning of the absorbent mind!"

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Rachel Titiriga

English class lead teacher 

Ms. Rachel earned her International Montessori Diploma from the North American Montessori Center (NAMC) in 2018 and her TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certificate in 2017.  However, she has been teaching both in and out of the classroom to children and adults for over 10 years, including time spent in Europe teaching English to children.  Ms. Rachel loves to observe and “follow the child”, to meet each child’s needs and interests.  She loves to create STEM projects and a well prepared environment that will inspire each child’s curiosity and exploration of the world, while encouraging each child to have a love for learning independently.  It is important to Ms. Rachel to model peace, respect and love for all people and our earth.

Ms. Rachel has spent over 7 years of her life, living in Eastern Europe as a Missionary, and she wants to do her best to share the love of Jesus with the children, families and staff of Shamrock Montessori.

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Imfan Hoi

Chinese class Lead Teacher

Ms. Imfan is an enthusiastic educator who loves working with children and families. She grew up in Macau, China and graduated from the University of Macau with a Business Administration - Marketing degree. In 2016, she moved to Seattle to complete a master's degree in Arts Leadership. She has provided a variety of enrichment classes to children of different ages and developed evaluation projects for education programs. Ms. Imfan has also been serving as a member of the children's ministry at her church, as well as an active volunteer in the community. Due to her love of children and a desire to encourage their learning and development, she decided to pursue a career in Montessori education. Ms. Imfan has joined the Shamrock Montessori family since 2020 and received her certificate from Montessori Teacher Preparation of Washington, which has held accreditation status by the Montessori Accreditation Council of Teacher Education (MACTE), in 2021. Ms. Imfan strives to provide a spiritual, intellectual, cultural and stimulating environment to help children blossom into independent and responsible individuals. 

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Ning Wang

English class Assistant Teacher

Ms. Ning grew up in Henan, China where she earned her bachelor’s degree of Art Education. After she graduated from college, she volunteered at an orphanage for half year. Next, she relocated to the USA as an Au Pair with a family in Bellevue for a whole year. After Ms. Ning finished the program, she started work as an assistant teacher in Montessori schools from 2017 till now. Ms. Ning already finished her Montessori training and became a certified Montessori teacher in 2021. Dr. Maria Montessori said, “the greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist’.” Ms. Ning thinks that helping the child is a great chance for her to find the pure and happy world. It’s a joyful, rewarding, and humbling experience to work with kids for her. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and reading. She also enjoys hiking, fishing and some other outdoor activities with family and friends.

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Amy Zhu

Chinese class Assistant Teacher

Ms. Amy graduated from the University of Washington. She likes to get along with the children very much and thinks they are very friendly and peaceful in the Montessori environment, whose eyes reveal curiosity and yearning for the world. “The Montessori philosophy is to help children discover their potential and autonomy by guiding them. In this way, they can be more confident and can do what they can do better,” as Ms Amy states, and she is passionate about guiding the growth of the children and helping them to study the wonderful things about life.

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Toddler Staff

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Jasmine Yeh

Educator & Director

Ms. Jasmine has more than 30 years of experience in early childhood education, and this is her eighteenth academic year leads in a Montessori school. She took ECE courses and has been graduated from EWU with MIS degree. She holds Montessori teaching certificate at both Primary and Infant/toddler levels. She also has a certificate of postpartum lactation care. Jasmine has two girls, one is working as an elementary teacher, and one is a college student.

She is very obsessed with Montessori education. She believes a real Montessori teacher needs not only have enough knowledge also needs to be responsible, diligent, patient, passion, love and care. She always follows the children and observes them carefully. She spent lots of time designing lessons and making teaching materials for children to grow by exploring and experiencing through the prepared Montessori class, but not from people’s passive teaching. She emphasized that learning is joy. Her belief is to provide children with the most authentic, self-conscious learning life and suitable to their age. She said the true reward to be a teacher is watching each child enjoys working in the class and grow positively.

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Gina Andrews

Lead Teacher 

Ms. Gina is originally from Hawaii where she first started her teaching career. She has been teaching for almost a decade. She is a certified Montessori Lead Teacher with AMS credential. She further her knowledge by taking multiple early childhood education classes at Chaminade University in Hawaii. She is very passionate about early childhood learning and promoting education and social development. In her spare time, she loves to go on walks, car rides, hikes, try new food, listen to music, travel and spending time with her family and her dog SoleBear.  She is so excited to be your child’s teacher this year and she look forward to a wonderful year here at Shamrock Montessori.

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Maren Chau

Chinese Teacher

Ms. Maren graduated from the University of Washington in 2016 with a Bachelors of Arts in Human Geography. She began her career in education at a tutoring center for math, and reading for kindergarten and first graders, where she discovered a deep joy in working with children. In 2018, Ms. Maren went on to study language and culture in East Asia as a missionary for two years, where she developed a heart for bilingual education as well. She strives to support children to become intrinsically motivated learners and hopes to share the joy of education with them. Ms. Maren is currently undergoing age 0-3 Montessori Training. She also is an active member at her local church and serves in the children's class as an assistant teacher, and has a big heart to share the truth of Jesus Christ with children.

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Sandy Hammersberg

Assistant Teacher

Ms Sandy has been working with preschoolers for more than 21 years as an assistant. As a mom of three children and grandmother of two children, Ms Sandy strives to provide her passion and experience with assisting the English teacher in developing the potential and interests of each of the children. She assists in keeping a loving and safe environment for the children to learn and grow. She loves children and loves to see them try new things, become independent, to have success, and to see their confidence building every day. She enjoys it when they want to teach her Chinese words. Every day is a new day and I am excited to see what it brings.