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.