Jeffrey Chu

Born in British Hong Kong and growing up in the Bay Area, Mr. Chu has always been interested in personal stories. He was intrigued by the stories his father told of his great-great-grandfather coming to America, of how his family has straddled two continents for many generations. His search for meaning took him to study Chinese at UC Berkeley and getting a master’s in classical Chinese at Peking University in Beijing. In China, while teaching English, Jeff discovered his love for teaching elementary children; where his search turned to understanding what it meant to be human. After coming home, he happened upon Montessori and discovered that Montessori gave him a framework to do just that.
After completing his AMI elementary diploma in Minnesota in 2012, Mr. Chu ran a successful elementary classroom in Hollister for six years. Jeff now joins GLM as the elementary lead teacher.
While he hasn’t found the meaning of life, he has made it his mission to help his students find meaning in theirs. When not teaching, Mr. Chu spends time with his wife Tracy and two cats, studies Spanish, reads history, plays the piano, and is in the middle of restoring a 1972 VW beetle.

Janelle Cochrane

Ms. Cochrane was born and raised in the Bay Area. She is first generation to grow up in the United States. Her mother, who did not have access to education in Mexico, finished her high school and college degree as Janelle was growing up. She watched her mother work hard and succeed, which gave her such a deep appreciation for education. As Janelle was working on her degree in nursing at Contra Costa College, she started working in an elementary after school programs in Richmond, Ca. She worked with second graders in an ESL program. Watching the children learn and grow gave her a strong fulfillment. She was so moved by the students that she
changed her degree and graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Science in Family and Human Development. Although she knew her place was to teach, she felt that there was something missing in public education. She looked for that missing piece and found it in Montessori education. Through her exploration in Montessori education, she has worked in infant, toddler and primary classes. Janelle is now completing her AMI elementary training at the Montessori Institute of San Diego. On her spare time, Janelle loves to hike, read, cook, and spend time with her family and friends.