Infant-Toddler Teachers

Infant-Toddler Teachers 2018-03-09T09:41:19+00:00

Infant-Toddler House Teachers

Yvette Perreira Lewis –Infant/Toddler House (3 months to 3 years)

Yvette received her Montessori training at both the Pre-Primary and Infant/Toddler levels with a degree in psychology and early childhood education. A native of Hawaii, Yvette has taught in Montessori schools since 1979, both in Hawaii where she opened the first Toddler/Two’s Program at the Montessori Community School on Oahu and in the Bay Area, where she, her husband Patrick and their infant son relocated in 1988. Yvette joined our staff in 1994. She has since served as our Infant/Toddler Program Coordinator for the last 14 years seeing to the day-to-day functions of the I/T House and meeting with staff and parents as necessary.

Yvette has spent much of her time over the years becoming very involved in her three son’s soccer, swim team, and water polo activities. She enjoys scorekeeping at games and rarely misses a match or meet. She also loves walking, bike riding, and reading…and caring for her two little dogs!

Lisa Lesley – Infant/Young Toddlers (3 months to 1 ½ years)

Lisa graduated from UC Berkeley in 1998 with a B.A. in English and later earned a Single Subject Teaching Credential in English from Chapman University.  She worked for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, first as a substitute and then as a 9th grade English teacher at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord from 2000-2006.  Lisa decided to make a career change and started working as a substitute at DVMS.  In August 2007, she was hired on as an assistant in the half-day 2’s program, and also worked in the infant and older toddler rooms.  She had her son Robert in 2008, who became a student at DVMS at 3 months old and continued through the preschool program.  In 2015, she had her daughter Karen, who also joined the DVMS community at 3 months old and will continue through the preschool program. Lisa earned her Montessori credential through Montessori Teacher Education Center, San Francisco Bay Area in 2012 and has been the head teacher of the Infant/Young Toddler Program ever since.

Irena Shklovsky – Older Toddlers (1 ½ years to 2 years)

Irena has been teaching children of different ages for over thirty years. She started working with preschoolers after receiving her BA in Early Childhood Education in Moscow, Russia. She continued studying, received an MS degree in Language, Irena served as a school administrator and developed special programs for children with language delays.

Irena started working at DVMS and obtained her American Montessori Society Teacher Credentials for the Infant/toddler level after moving to California in 1995 with her husband and two school age sons. She is presently the Head Teacher of the Older Toddler Class and also an Instructor of Montessori Philosophy, Pedagogue and Environmental Design for the Montessori Teacher Education Center, San Francisco Bay Area.

Danielle Toliver – Full Day Two Year Olds Co-Teacher

Danielle came to DVMS as a substitute teacher in the Older Toddler Program in 2005. Seeing young children, capable of doing so many things, helped her realize she wanted to learn more about Maria Montessori’s philosophy. After being hired as an assistant, Danielle decided to get her Montessori Infant/Toddler Teaching Credential. After earning her credential, she was given the opportunity to become Head Teacher for the Full Day Two’s. Danielle has two children who attended DVMS.

Shawna Comiskey – Half Day Two Year Olds Teacher

Shawna grew up in San Joaquin Valley. She went to school for early childhood education and soon began working as a substitute teacher. At 19, she became a head teacher. Shawna lived in San Francisco for 10 years, working as a teacher and spent time working as a nanny. Later, Shawna lived in the Netherlands, where she went to school to learn the Dutch language and about the Dutch culture. She spent 2 years working in a preschool in the Netherlands before moving back in 2005. Shawna received her Montessori certification through Fountain Head Montessori. Recently, she went back to DVC to take additional early childhood education classes and 3 years of sign language. In 2010, she began teaching at DVMS as a long term substitute. Shawna is currently living in Martinez with her husband and 2 cats. In her spare time, she loves doing crafts, cooking, and traveling with her husband.

Pearl Bell – Full Day Two Year Olds Co-Teacher

Pearl’s first school experience as a young child was at a Montessori preschool, in San Francisco. This led to a lifelong love of learning, and a desire to share that with children. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from UC Davis in 1998, majoring in Human Development, with a focus on child development. After receiving her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from UC Davis in 2000, she went on to teach elementary and junior high students for 10 years. She worked first in the Vacaville Unified School District, and then in the Southern Humboldt Unified School District. After moving back to the Bay Area in 2010, she enjoyed working as a substitute and then as a teacher assistant at DVMS. So in 2015, she completed her Infant-Toddler Montessori Credential, through the Montessori Teacher Education Center. She currently co-teaches the full day Two’s Class, with Danielle Toliver.