Janelle Cochrane

Redwood Class   |   Redwood Lead Teacher

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.

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