Christina, born in Long Beach, California, spent much of her childhood in the Marshall Islands. Upon graduating from Kwajalein Junior-Senior High School, Christina returned to California to attend UC Santa Cruz. Christina holds a BA in Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Education, both from UC Santa Cruz, a Clear California Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential, and Montessori certification from the North American Montessori Center. She has been a teacher for 16 years, with experience teaching in a wide variety of programs including public elementary, private Montessori school, international school and overseas ESL programs.
Christina and her husband Bob share a love of meeting new people and seeing new places. Together they spent 2 years in Nagoya Japan, from 1995 to 1997, teaching English with the Nagoya YMCA English College. Towards the end of their stay in Japan, Christina gave birth to their son, Patrick. They returned to Northern California and, 2 years later, their daughter, Aya, was born. The family postponed further travel for a number of years so that Christina could be tested for, and finally complete donating a kidney to her mother in January 2004. However, in 2005 the entire family relocated back to Nagoya Japan so that Bob could complete his dissertation research towards his PhD in Sociology.
When she isn’t guiding young minds, Christina stays busy raising her two children, proofreading her husband’s dissertation, devouring books, writing poetry for her own amusement and admiring the antics of the family’s two very strange cats.
The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character; it is a preparation of the spirit.
- Dr. Maria Montessori
Christina Hoover Moorehead
Whispering Oak Montessori Academy is the realization of a dream Shima Daniels has had since she was a five-year-old playing schoolhouse at her home in Singapore. Today, she brings to that dream a great deal of management and teaching experience, as well as a special knack for developing creative programs for children. She majored in Business Management and has over fifteen years of teaching experience, and working with very young children. It began in Singapore, where she managed a Music Academy, and then went on to join with her best friend in establishing an international Montessori school in Sri Lanka. She also gained valuable business management experience along the way, both at the Music Academy, and as Project Manager for several Board of Investments Projects for GoldWing Motors Group of Companies involving Japan, Taiwan and China, and Sri Lanka.
In 1998, with her three daughters, Shima relocated to the U.S., where she married Ed Daniels and the family settled in Orangevale. Seven years ago, she and Ed added another daughter to their family of girls, Laynee, now a fourth-grader at Green Oaks Fundamental Elementary School. After arriving in the U.S, Shima assisted her husband in their family-owned business and taught for several years at a private Montessori school in Orangevale.
During her free time, Shima loves to cook and read. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, whom she credits for helping make her dream come true, She also spends as much time as possible with her growing children. The love of music has always been one of the unifying pleasures of the family, both singing and dance, and it is one of the interests and talents that Shima will incorporate into the school's curriculum.
Whispering Oak Montessori Academy
Discovering the Spirit of Learning
Stacy, is the Lead Teacher of our Explorers preschool classroom. Stacy has a B.A. in Child Developments and obtained her Montessori Teacher Certification from AMS.
Stacy brings patience and understanding to the classroom setting, allowing the children to blossom and thrive at their own pace in a warm, caring environment. She is very creative and her student are always creating beautiful art and decorating their classroom.
Ms Stacy is married and will be expecting her first child in March 2010.
Melissa Yount has been a practicing yogini for the past nine years. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2004 with a BS in Child Development. Through her classes at Cal Poly she used the unique approach of integrating yoga into many of her school projects. What she found was that children truly love yoga and they wanted to learn more about the poses and breathing techniques. They would continually ask when the next yoga time was and she would catch them doing poses on their own. This interest and passion to learn from the children led her to pursue her interest and passion in kids' yoga further. In 2006 she began her rigorous year program through Yogakids International and graduated in October 2007 becoming a Certified Yogakids Facilitator and Yogakids Trainer. Yogakids has been featured in Time, Child, ABC News, CNN, PBS, and Yoga Journal and has been endorsed by Dr. Deepak Chopra and Andrew Weil, MD. Her year training with Yogakids along with her highly valued education earned through Cal Poly has given her the skills and knowledge to provide the best preschool yoga program to your children. Melissa is one of the lead teachers in the Adventurers classroom.
Bethany Angulo began dancing at the age of three. She studied tap, jazz and creative movement throughout her childhood, and went on to compete in dance teams as a young teenager. Bethany continued her studies in ballet technique and later joined drill teams in junior high and high school. As an adult, she continued to advance in tap technique and took courses in group fitness. Although she majored in Social Science, she decided to turn her passion for dance into a teaching career. Bethany created and directed the dance program for Orangevale Recreation and Park District. She taught creative movement, pre-ballet, tap and jazz at Rocklin Dance Center and Lincoln Dance Center. Most recently, Miss Bethany was the Area Manager for Webby Dance Company where she brought dance instruction to many local preschools. She is a Girl Scout Leader and the mother of two young daughters, and she is very happy to be part of the Whispering Oak Montessori Academy teaching community.
Ms. Sylvia has been a Montessori educator for twenty-five years. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Hull, England and Master’s in Education from Chaminade University of Honolulu. She earned her American Montessori Society (AMS) credential in 1983 and also holds a Master Teacher certificate for Early Childhood Education (ECE) in Hawaii.
Starting as a Montessori preschool teacher in Honolulu in 1983, Sylvia was invited to join the faculty of Chaminade University as an adjunct professor in 1987. In that capacity, she taught Early Childhood Education classes at the main campus in Honolulu, as well as on the “big Island” of Hawaii and on Maui, for the next nineteen years. In the 1990’s she served as a University supervisor of student teachers in addition to her work as a professor. Sylvia has been a consultant to a public school starting a Montessori track, and has been a presenter and facilitator at several ECE conferences and workshops.
In 1999 she founded and was the Director of her own Montessori school in Honolulu. She has been the recipient of two awards for her work in education: the Castle Honors in Leadership Development (C.H.I.L.D.) Award in 2000, and Outstanding Educator of the Year Award, from Good Beginnings Alliance, in 2002.
Ms Sylvia heads the Inventors classroom at Whispering Oak Montessori Academy. She leads the inservice training part of our teaching community, and is a consultant, overseeing aspects of the Montessori curriculum at the campus.