Leta Koerber

Ms. Koerber was born in Seattle, Washington to the proud parents of Mary and Johnny Anderson of Hot Springs and Hope, Arkansas. She grew up in Monterey, California near the beach. In 1971 Leta’s family relocated to Berkeley, California where Leta enjoyed taking care of her three younger siblings. Leta graduated from Golden Gate Academy and moved to Riverside, California and attended Riverside Medical School; after a year she realized that this was not the direction she wanted to go. Leta graduated from Contra Costa Collage in San Pablo, California persuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. In 1989 Leta started searching for a job closer to home. She feels blessed to be a part of the Grand Lake Montessori community. After working in the afternoon program and assisting Ms. Campbell in the toddler classroom, she realized that furthering her education in Montessori would be a good idea. She started taking classes at Contra Costa College through Fountainhead Montessori School. Following, supporting, having fun, and being a true advocate for the child is what Leta believes helps children develop fully. She enjoys all types of music, singing, dancing outdoor adventures and being in the Juniper classroom, which keeps her young and her brain sharp.

Theresa Lin

Ms. Lin is originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. After graduating from college in Taiwan with a diploma in Nursing, she discovered Maria Montessori’s philosophy while babysitting for neighborhood children who attended a Montessori preschool. She decided to travel to the United States to pursue a Master’s degree in Montessori Education and received Early Childhood Teaching Credentials from the American Montessori Society (AMS) through Saint Mary’s College of California. She has been a Mandarin Montessori teacher in bilingual schools, in various classrooms from age two to twelve years old, in and around the East Bay for 12 years. She joined GLM in 2014. Her inspiration for teaching is that it’s like planting a little seed and nurturing it with peace and love, so that she can help make a more beautiful world. In her spare time she enjoys Zen meditation, cleaning, studying and eating nutritious food, also dining, shopping and traveling with friends.

Jonathan Gordillo

Mr. Gordillo was born in California and is a proud Oakland native. He is currently attending Cal State East Bay to earn his B.A. in Liberal Studies (multi-subject) in hopes of becoming an educator for future generations. His interest in working with children began in 2013 when he volunteered for a non-profit organization as a reading tutor in several elementary schools in East Oakland. The organization focused on closing the literacy gap in underserved schools. In 2016 he began working for that same non-profit as a tier two-literacy interventionist. He discovered GLM through a substitute agency he was working for. It was here that he was introduced to the Montessori philosophy, which resonated with him. He very much liked that the philosophy deepens one’s understanding of the potential of children and their unique abilities to transform the world. When he is not at GLM, he enjoys going on long hikes, playing the piano, writing scores, live music and spending time with family and friends.