Meet The Team

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Michelle Hsiung

Center Director

Ms. Michelle Hsiung obtained her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary Certificate from the Montessori Institute of San Diego (MISD) in 2007 and has been teaching and practicing Montessori education since. When starting a brand new school, Ms. Michelle had a simple mission in mind, she wanted a school where she would feel confident sending her own child. In the fall of October 2012, she opened Children's World Bilingual Montessori School. With the support and dedication from the team of teachers, Children's World Bilingual Montessori School became certified and recognized as one of AMI Montessori School in 2015. Ms. Michelle holds a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education with Montessori Education Concentration from the University of Hartford. 

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Pratima Joshi

Primary Team

Pratima Joshi has joined our family since 2013. She had served as a preschool teacher prior to joining the Primary Team at CWBM. Pratima completed her Early Childhood Education Credits and also earned her Assistant Teacher's Certification from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Pratima brings a calm, compassionate and gentle presence to the environment. She is also committed to partner with parents and provide a nurturing family atmosphere to children. Only through a loving environment that children can feel secure and are able to expand their creativity and express themselves freely.

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Cindy Chen

Miss Cindy obtained a bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin. Before joining our family, Miss Cindy taught as a student-teacher at Head Start Preschool Program and SJSU Preschool Lab. Miss Cindy is passionate about teaching. She loves to inspire in children a love of learning and to spark their interest in learning a second language. “Teach me to do it myself” is her favorite quote from Dr. Maria Montessori. She believes children achieve high self-esteem with the ability to do for oneself from an early age.

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Betty Zhang

Toddler Team

Ms. Betty Zhang joined our family in April 2022. She holds a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a previous Montessori school graduate, Ms. Betty is passionate about children and the Montessori method. Before joining our school, she taught as a graduate assistant in Rita Gold Early Childhood Center, one of the affiliated preschools to Teachers College.  "The greatest gift we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence." is one of Ms. Betty's favorite quotes from Dr. Maria Montessori. 

She looks forward to working with toddlers to help them learn and inspire their potential to the fullest. 

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Erika Aspiras

Toddler Team

Ms. Erika graduated from California State University East Bay and majored in Human Development, concentrating in Early Childhood. She obtained her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Infants & Toddlers Certificate from Montessori Institute of San Diego (MISD). She enjoys spending quality time with her family and trying new food and dessert places around the Bay Area. She believes that it takes a big heart to shape little minds, and they all have a special place in her heart. Ms. Erika is part of the CWBM team since 2017.

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Thuy Vuong

Primary Team

Thuy Vuong has previously worked at our school from 2015-2018 and returned to rejoin the CWBM team in 2021. She took a break to take care of her baby, Evie. Evie is now three years old and is also attending at our school. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University. Her love and passion for working with young children was her motivation to switch career and obtained Certificate of Achievement – Advanced for Early Childhood Education. Ms. Thuy obtained her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary Certificate from Montessori Northwest Training Center. Thuy truly believes that each child is a unique individual and when provided with a solid foundation, especially with the partnership of parents and teachers, it can enhance children’s academic achievement, social skills, and emotional well-being.

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