Maria Teresa Bajado-Poulson is the Head of School and Lead Teacher of Little Canaan Montessori Preschool. She migrated from the Philippines in 2013 to study Early Childhood Education in Montessori education. She graduated from the Montessori Teacher Education Centre in San Francisco Bay Area, both in Early Childhood and Infant-Toddler. She is credentialed through the American Montessori Society (AMS)and accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). She is a member of the Bay Area Montessori Association (BAMA), and worked with AMS and AMI-affiliated schools in Napa and the Bay Area in the past eight years.
Ms. Maria became passionate with Maria Montessori’s philosophy of education because it reminds her of her mother who taught love for learning, independence, and the value of hard work.
Prior to teaching, Ms. Maria worked with the Philippine government and for a non-profit organization for almost 20 years. She also collaborated with various international organizations including USAID, UNICEF, and UNDP implementing programs and projects related to poverty alleviation, maternal health, and child education, health, and protection. Ms. Maria had a bachelor's degree in Economics and a master’s in Economic Development and Public Policy.
If not working with children, Ms. Maria likes to garden, read books, and spend time with her family.
In her words ... “I believe that teachers are not meant to teach but to guide a child to self discovery, to support them harness their abilities, to provide them the tools to learn a language, one that communicates their authenticity and expresses their genuine self with pride, without hesitation. Teachers are meant not to approve but to acknowledge and recognize a child's value equal to theirs. When teachers transfer the right knowledge and skills to children that make for a better world, imagine what we can do when we
Young children have this incredible ability to learn easily but to assiimilate TrTeachers must not only transfer knowledge or skill; conveying good values and character and
If anyone can work with children, care for them, protect them, educate them, comfort or make them laugh, and guide them so they see their value and plant the see so that one day the become a responsible citizen, and grow up they are doing the hardest job have my utmost respect and gratitude. I think they’re called teachers.”
Ms. Kim is a San Francisco native. Her experience as a preschool teacher spans to over 20 years. She has Early Childhood Education credentials and Teacher Assistant certification and has worked with Montessori and traditional daycares and schools in San Francisco.
When not teaching, Ms. Kimberly loves to cook, plant, shop, and make costume jewelry. She enjoys arts and crafts and likes to create beautiful things and environments.