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Here is our roster of the staff here at The Children's Place:

Ms. Jennifer Richards-Jenquin*

Ms. Jenquin is one of the co-founders of The Children's Place where she has been teaching since 1998. She was a Montessori preschool student herself many years ago and earned her Bachelor of Arts at Bryn Mawr College. She has Montessori training through Montessori Centre International as well as the American Montessori Society. She began with the Primary (3-6) students in 1998. In 2003 she moved to the Elementary program where she was the lead teacher for 16 years and is now back with the Primary age as our lead 3-6 Montessori teacher. She is also the head of school. Ms. Jenquin has two children who were young students in the Toddler and Primary programs at The Children's Place and went on to graduate from the Elementary program. They are still engaged learners and enthusiastically embrace their current college studies, sharing stories of their current academic passions with her during their weekly family Skype calls.

Ms. Katerria

Ms. Katerria has been teaching at The Children's Place since 2000. During her 20 years with the program she has added to her initial college level early childhood coursework by attending numerous national Montessori conference sessions. She has also completed a study of Montessori philosophy and classroom practice through The Center for Guided Montessori Study based in Florida. Her daughter was a student at The Children's Place and now attends school in Torrance Unified School District where she is an honor student. She occasionally stops in to read a story or two to her mom's students. Ms. Katerria is our lead Associate Teacher in the Primary Room.

Ms. Lawana

Ms. Lawana has been teaching preschool and toddler aged children since 2000. She earned her Early Childhood Certificate in 2008 and graduated with her Associate of Science degree in Child Development in 2012. She joined our teaching team from 2016 through 2018, and returned to The Children's Place again 2019. She is our lead Toddler Teacher.

Ms. Vianca

Ms. Vianca discovered her true passion of working with children after she moved to California from Panama City. She took her college classes here in the States at our own El Camino College. She joined us as a part time and substitute teacher in early 2020 and quickly became a part of the team. Although Montessori is new to Ms. Vianca she is a quick study and interested in the method and picking up readily from the students and her co-teachers. Ms. Vianca sees teaching as more than a job but really a personal mission. As she says, „If there is something I can contribute on this Earth, it is to love what I do and guide the children in my care with all love.”

Ms. Klinenberg

Ms. Klinenberg is actually an alumni of The Children's Place! She graduated from University of California, Riverside with her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. During college, Ms. Klinenberg worked for the Boys and Girls Club and discovered a love of teaching. She joined our teaching team after graduating, initially as an after-school teacher, and now as a full-time trained Montessori teacher. Ms. Klinenberg is currently working on receiving her Montessori Teaching Credential from Maria Montessori School in San Diego. Having been a Montessori child herself, she is a huge proponent of the holistic and joyful approach to education that the Montessori Method encompasses.

Ms. Blanchette

Ms. Blanchette is passionate about authentic Montessori. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in Political Science and went on to obtain her California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Inspired by Ms. Jenquin's experience and the Montessori philosophy, she decided to complete her elementary training at Montessori Western Teacher Training Program. She returns to us this year after having relocated to Wisconsin for a few years during which she taught in the public sector at a charter Montessori school (Upper Elementary, Grades 4-6) and middle school (Grades 7-8 Social Studies and Literacy). Having had experience in a variety of school settings, she's confident that Montessori education uniquely fits every child and inspires a lifelong love for learning.

*A note about teacher names at school. We ask that teachers in the elementary school go by their last name since the students and teachers are often together for 5-6 years and by the time students graduate they are becoming young adults. The relationships can be very close. Using last names can help maintain just that bit of distance that keeps the lines from blurring between teacher/peer. In the Toddler and Primary we often use our first names.

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