Mosa Laren was born and raised in Southern California, and moved to the Bay Area to complete her undergraduate work at San Francisco State University. It was during this time that she took a job as an assistant in a Montessori school. She vividly remembers the moment she fell in love with Montessori as she watched a young toddler hang up her own coat. Despite years of work with children prior to this, she had never before witnessed such independence and satisfaction. After spending some time in traditional education, teaching both second and fourth grades, Mosa came back to Montessori when she realized that it was the best path for her own daughter (who attends GLM and is happy to be a part of the Redwood Elementary class). She is delighted to come to school with her daughter each morning here at GLM. Mosa received her AMI Primary Certification from Montessori Northwest in 2017. At every turn, Mosa continues to be amazed and gratified by what Montessori has to offer children and adults by way, not only of education, but spiritual growth and joy. In her spare time, Mosa enjoys the rich storytelling and literary scenes in the Bay Area, paper and textile crafts, and snuggle time with her daughter, their two cats, and good books.
Tina Huang was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to the Bay Area when she was 3 years old. She holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from Hawaii Pacific University and a Master’s in Forensic Science from UC Davis. After working in different areas of education, Ms. Huang realized that early childhood education is very important. She made the decision to go back to school and received her AMI Primary certification this past June from Montessori Northwest in Portland, Oregon. Tina is very excited to be back in the Bay Area and to join the GLM community this summer. She believes in a hands-on-approach to learning, supporting children in using their hands to build their intelligence and personality. In her spare time, Tina enjoys knitting, hiking, reading, playing board games, and traveling.
Ms. Jenkins was born and raised in Oakland, California. She is currently attending Merritt College where she is pursuing her educational goals in both Montessori training and early childhood development. She is most passionate about life, nature and the outdoors. With a combination of both her educational goals and her passions, she has been drawn to working with children while implementing the Montessori approach to teaching and learning. She believes that when teaching children, it is extremely important to build a relationship with the families, to help support the implementation of the Montessori philosophy in and outside of the home. She is very excited to experience her first year of teaching at Grand Lake Montessori.