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Miho Namba

LEAD MONTESSORI TEACHER (INFANT)

After growing up in Japan, Miho came to the United States, where she graduated from California Institute Integral Studies and pursued her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary/Multiple Studies. She also received her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) diploma for ages zero to three from Montessori Northwest in 2015. Miho has been a lead teacher in our infant program since our campus opened.

In addition to her work, Miho is a certified infant massage trainer. She enjoys cooking, art, and meditation.


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Vicki Fong

ASSISTANT TEACHER

Vicki was born and raised in Hong Kong and is bilingual in Cantonese and English. She has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from San Francisco State University. Vicki believes that each child is unique and needs a secure and caring environment. Her favorite part about working with children in a Montessori setting is nurturing and observing their innate curiosity about the world.

In her spare time, she loves watching movies, shopping, spending time with her family, and traveling around the world.


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Elena Punchin

ASSISTANT TEACHER

Elena was born and raised in Peru. She has 27 units in Early Childhood Education from the City College of San Francisco and, prior to joining Mission Montessori, she worked in preschool classrooms at San Francisco Unified School District's Zaida Rodriguez Child Development Center for 14 years. Elena loves working for; caring for; and supporting the children, parents and staff at Mission Montessori.

Elena is fluent in Spanish and intermediate in Cantonese. She enjoys cooking and walking her dog.


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Angelica Enriquez

ASSISTANT TEACHER

Angelica was born and raised in the Philippines. She earned her bachelor's degree in education from the Universidad de Manila and then moved here to San Francisco with her family. Growing up with eight siblings she learned that she loved working with children and how to care for them. It has been her dream to come to the United States and work in a school, so working at Mission Montessori is a dream come true.

Angelica enjoys traveling with her family and trying different kinds of foods. She also plans to pursue a BS in Psychology to further develop and expand her knowledge and understanding of children.


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Felicia Fregoso

LEAD MONTESSORI TEACHER (INFANT)

Felicia is passionate about early childhood education. Working with children is a natural fit for her creative, spirited, and compassionate personality. While attending Santa Clara University, Felicia worked at the on‐campus preschool, Kids on Campus. After graduating in 2013 with a B.S. in child and family studies, she moved to San Francisco to teach at Faces SF, a preschool providing low‐income families with quality childcare.

Felicia became attracted to Montessori because of how it honors the way children learn and develop. She enjoys seeing her students discover themselves and navigate the stages of development by way of their own interests. Felicia has her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) diploma from Montessori Northwest. She is thrilled to be a part of Mission, offering children a quality Montessori education.

In addition to teaching at Mission, Felicia enjoys occasionally assisting at Eureka Valley Arts studio, where children explore art and design their own projects. Some of her favorite activities are sewing, crafting, writing, and photography.


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Aysha Shaikh

ASSISTANT TEACHER

Aysha is from Karachi, Pakistan, where she earned her B.A. Aysha has been with our campus since its opening in 2015. Prior to joining Mission, she worked as a flight attendant for the PIA and taught primary school in Pakistan.

She has been working in childcare since 2005 and is the proud mother of two wonderful children. Her passion for children inspired her to go back to school and study early childhood education. Aysha’s interest in Montessori led her to complete a Montessori assistant teacher certificate.

In her free time, Aysha enjoys shopping, reading books, listening to music, cooking, and spending time with her family.


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Corryn Newlan

Assistant Teacher

Corryn is from Southern California and has been living in San Francisco since 2009. Corryn received her B.A. in Fine Arts from Academy of Art University with a focus on Children’s Book Illustration and has worked professionally with children for more than ten years. Working as a nanny in the San Francisco has allowed Corryn to experience city life through the eyes of children. She is currently furthering her education in child development. Corryn is happy to be a part of the Mission Montessori community, where she can foster children’s personal growth. In her free time, Corryn enjoys painting, spending time at the beach, and cooking for her friends.


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Miles Ausen

ASSISTANT TEACHER

Miles, originally from Seattle, started working with children right out of high school as a nanny for an 8-year-old and an 8-month-old. After a few years as a nanny, he started supporting a family with a young child on the autism spectrum and taking early childhood education courses. Inspired by this work and his studies, Miles decided to become an applied behavioral analysis therapist, working with children on the autism spectrum, as well as a nanny for a family of five.

Miles first learned about Montessori in college and really connected with the emphasis on independence, developing one’s sense of self, and practical life lessons. He loves the Montessori approach and wants to constantly learn more about how to apply it to children with special needs.

In his spare time, Miles likes exploring Oakland and San Francisco, eating, and walking along the coastline with his dog, Domino.


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Kyoko Uchida

Lead Montessori Teacher (Infant)

Kyoko grew up in a small village in Japan surrounded by rice paddies and hills. When she graduated from high school, she followed her dream of coming to the United States to study child psychology. Upon her arrival in the U.S, she studied linguistics and human development at UC Davis.

Prior to joining Mission, she worked at traditional preschools until she found a Montessori school. Inspired, she earned her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) diploma and master’s degree in education and has been working as a Montessori teacher with toddlers and infants for more than ten years.

Kyoko enjoys outdoor activities such as going to the beach and listening to the breeze in the woods. She also keeps her Japanese culture alive by practicing Kendo (Japanese fencing), traditional dance, tea ceremony, and calligraphy.


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Georyana Morales

ASSISTANT TEACHER

Georyana is originally from Granada, Nicaragua, where she received her degree in criminal law before moving to San Francisco to seek new opportunities for her and her family. Georyana is a mother of two beautiful children and has discovered a deep love for working with children. She is currently working towards her associate degree in child development at City College of San Francisco.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and having fun in our beautiful city.


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Daniela Amestica

Lead TEACHER (infant)

Daniela was born and raised in Santiago, Chile, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in English in 2011. She began working in a preschool focused primarily on teaching English as a foreign language, and it quickly became one of her favorite subjects, which sparked her interest to travel to the United States and participate in a cultural exchange program. That is when she met her now-husband and got married.  

Prior to joining Mission Montessori, Daniela spent the majority of her time teaching in preschool. She has a natural love of teaching and enjoys watching children reach their greatest potential.

In her free time, she enjoys movies, drawing, cooking, exercising, traveling, spending time with her husband, and catching up with family and friends.  


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Ginny Liu

Junior Teacher

Ginny was born in China, where she obtained her B.A. in International Economics and Trading from the Wuhan University of Science and technology. After a few years in the international trading field, she decided to follow her passion of child education and came to study in the U.S. in 2016. She got certificated in child development at the City College of San Francisco.

Working as an assistant at LePort Montessori, she became fascinated with Montessori and realized her passion was working with children ages zero to three. This inspired her to first take an AMI Assistant to Infancy training and then get her Montessori AMI diploma in 2019. She loves being in the infant environment at Mission Montessori, where she can join other caring educators in creating quality personalized educational programs for our children and supporting their parents. 

In her free time, Ginny likes to read, enjoy Chinese traditional music, and walk around the bay.