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Portfolio Our Staff

Stephen Call

Co-Director

In 1982, Stephen opened Pacifica Montessori School with his partner Claire Gerard. His wife Jennifer joined the Pacifica staff a year later as one of the Montessori Primary teachers. Stephen enjoys meeting and getting to know families, sharing the Montessori approach to learning, seeing the children flourish, and the many other aspects of leading Pacifica Montessori. He is dedicated to establishing a nurturing and supportive Montessori environment for the students, families and staff.

Stephen received his B.A. in Psychology from Sonoma State College. Following college, Stephen worked in a psychiatric hospital in Northern California. When he moved to Los Angeles he decided to pursue his interest in helping children reach their fullest potential. After researching different methodologies and being profoundly moved by what he learned about the Montessori Method, Stephen accepted a job at a Montessori school and was soon promoted to Administrator.

Stephen’s twin boys attended Pacifica Montessori from Primary (Preschool) through Elementary and are happy, successful adults. In addition to being a husband and father, Stephen enjoys discussing current events, movies and culture. He also enjoys bike riding, downhill & cross-country skiing, swimming, hiking, camping, travel and repairing broken toys and classroom equipment. Back to Our Staff Page.

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Jennifer Call

Co-Director

Jennifer currently co-directs Pacifica Montessori School with her husband Stephen Call. She has been a part of the school since its inception in 1983 and taught one of the Montessori Primary classes for over 25 years. Welcoming children and guiding them during these early years has been her joy and passion.

Although Jennifer is a Los Angeles native, she believes her experience traveling around the world for over 10 years and living in such diverse places as Jachenau, a little farm town in Germany, and San Jose del Pacifico, on the steep slopes of the Oaxacan mountains in Mexico, led her to discover her love for learning and teaching. The experience of being welcomed by people around the world made her a citizen of the world.

After returning to Los Angeles, Jennifer resumed her education, discovered Montessori and took the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) teacher training. What Jennifer loves most about her position as Co-Director is supporting the Montessori teachers in achieving their classroom goals and being able to work with all Pacifica Montessori children on science projects, art, sewing, and baking.

Jennifer’s sons attended Pacifica from Preschool through Elementary. Happily, both live in Los Angeles and often come home for a meal of good Mexican food. Back to Our Staff Page.

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Alpha Anderson

Elementary Teacher

Alpha Anderson has been an Elementary teacher at Pacifica Montessori since 2011. She graduated from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) as a trained elementary (ages 6 -12) teacher. Alpha pursued becoming an AMI teacher while studying early childhood development. When she discovered that Maria Montessori came up with a method to guide an individual to his or her full potential, via the use of many senses, Alpha was intrigued by this and the concept of following the child rather than a textbook.

Alpha began her teaching career in the arts as a dance instructor, teaching jazz, tap, and ballet to children and teenagers. She also helped plan events with teens of military families, as a recreation coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club of Honolulu. These positions were rewarding to Alpha because she loved seeing the joy in a child after gaining a new skill.

Alpha enjoys planting seeds of knowledge, and watching the students blossom into masters of their studies. She feels fortunate to be able to work at a school with such an amazing support group (the staff). “We work together to make sure we provide the best environment and opportunities for our students.”

Alpha’s leisure time consists of spending time with her family and friends. She often researches topics of interest, creates abstract paintings, and goes running. She also enjoys traveling to foreign places, learning Spanish, camping, hiking, biking, practicing the piano, listening to jazz, dancing, and going to museums and beaches. Back to Our Staff Page.

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Rosa Rivera

Elementary Teacher Assistant

Currently the Elementary teacher assistant, Rosa has been a part of the Pacifica Montessori community since 1997. She assisted in one of our Primary classrooms until 2013 and then eagerly accepted the teaching assistant opportunity in the Elementary class. Alpha Anderson refers to Rosa as “her right hand.”

Rosa brings her love for children, patience, experience, dedication and Spanish to the Elementary class. She has seen firsthand the benefits of the Montessori curriculum. “I enjoy watching the children explore their environment, how they grow with the Montessori materials, and how they become independent at such a young age.” Rosa has a B.A. in Child Development and a minor in Spanish.

Outside of school she loves spending time with family and Zumba dancing. Back to Our Staff Page.

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Emmelyne Rosales

Primary Teacher Assistant

Emmelyne Rosales Fernandez is a Primary teacher assistant. She began her career at Pacifica assisting in the office and in daycare and was thrilled to join Sarah Hogaboam in the Montessori classroom. Emmelyne loves that children learn at their own pace. One of her favorite areas of the classroom is the Practical Life work. “The children learn many skills while doing things they enjoy, such as slicing cheese, pouring water, washing windows, and embroidery.” She also enjoys arts and crafts and incorporates them into the classroom and playground activities.

Emmelyne  appreciates that Pacifica Montessori is a calm, welcoming environment not only for the children and parents, but among the staff as well.

Emmelyne received a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in applied Psychology with an Educational Studies track from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During her first year of college, she began working as a teacher’s assistant and later as a head preschool teacher.

During her free time,  Emmelyne enjoys arts and crafts, reading, and spending time with her family, especially her nephew. Back to Our Staff Page.

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Elizabeth Vargo

Primary Teacher

Elizabeth Vargo has been a Montessori Primary teacher at Pacifica Montessori since 2012. She started working at Pacifica Montessori School over twenty years ago after receiving her early childhood education units. At that time, the Montessori Method was new to her, but she soon realized that it was the only way she wanted to teach. She worked with Jennifer Call as her teacher assistant for a number of years, and then in 2011 had the opportunity to take the American Montessori Society (AMS) teacher training and became a Montessori teacher.

Elizabeth is also an artist. She has found that art opens children up and brings out their personality, potential, and confidence. Therefore, Elizabeth uses art as much as possible in the classroom.

Elizabeth finds it rewarding to be a part of a child’s growth. She enjoys watching them take the first steps into being productive citizens of the future. She shares, “Pacifica Montessori is more than just a school. It is a community of children working together.” Back to Our Staff Page.

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Adriana Blanco

Primary Teacher Assistant

Currently a Montessori Primary teacher assistant, Adriana began working at Pacifica Montessori in 2016 as a daycare teacher and immediately ignited the playground with her knowledge of games and sports. “I enjoy incorporating my soccer skills on the playground and the kids love it!”

In 2017 Adriana moved into the classroom as Elizabeth Vargo’s teacher assistant. Her eagerness to learn about the Montessori approach and her desire to support children in reaching their fullest potential has made her an integral part of the school.

Adriana was born and raised in Los Angeles. She attended California State Stanislaus on a full ride scholarship because of her soccer and track & field skills. Adriana graduated with a B.A. in Social Science. One of Adriana’s favorite things about Pacifica Montessori is the amazing diversity of the students and families. Back to Our Staff Page.

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