Villa is well known for our warm and nurturing staff, and we are widely respected in the early childhood field. Our teachers have many years of teaching experience with young children. We are very fortunate to have teachers who speak various languages and come from a variety of cultural backgrounds. The Villa staff work together as a cohesive team. They are responsible for maintaining the classroom environment, planning the curriculum, teaching and assessing children.
Geetha Sunder is the Villa Montessori School Director. Mrs. Sunder is an Early Childhood Educator and an Elementary Teacher, teaching since 2002. She has Masters in Educational Supervision and Administration, PreK-K12 Teacher's Credentials . She is committed to bringing excellence in Montessori pedagogy, increase staff leadership and development, and nurture parent involvement at Villa.
Sandy Lin is an AMI certified Montessori Teacher at Villa Montessori. She joined the teaching staff in 2005-2006 school year. Prior to joining the Villa staff, Mrs. Lin worked in other Montessori schools in the area for several years. Both of Mrs. Lin’s two children attended Villa. Mrs. Lin comes to us from Beijing, China.
Justine Fan is a certified AMS Montessori teacher. She received her BA degree in Early Childhood Education in Taiwan and came to the United States to earn her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education in 1996. Mrs.Fan has been working in Montessori classrooms since 1998. She has taught at Children's Cottage in Alamo for two years and AppleSeed International School in Sunnyvale for thirteen years. She is very excited to join the Villa team this year!
Anisia Caimol is a certified AMS Montessori teacher and leads our music program. Before joining Villa’s team, Mrs. Caimol taught at the Starlight School in Danville, California. Mrs. Caimol joined the Villa team during the 2006-2007 school year. Her child recently attended Villa. Mrs. Caimol was born in the Philippines and moved to California in 2002.
Kumud Desai is a certified MACTE Montessori Teacher. Mrs. Desai taught at One World Montessori School in Santa Clara, and Step by Step Preschool at Aliso Viejo, Southern California before joining Villa Montessori in 2016-2017 school year. Mrs. Desai has an ECE certificate from Mission Collage and a Bachelor's degree from Karnataka University Dharwar, India.
Mika Hatori is a Teacher in Training. She is currently working toward completing her Montessori Certification. Mrs. Hatori was working as a preschool teacher for three years in Japan prior moving to the U.S. as an Au pair in 2013. She volunteered at Villa during 2016 school year and joined Villa's teaching team since 2017. Mrs. Hatori is from Japan.
Manjula Parvathaneni is trained in accounting and helps run the front office administration at Villa. She is a Cupertino parent who volunteers at Fremont Union High PTA Council as District Treasurer and is on the District's Audit Board.