Visit Montessori School at Five Canyons
Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Daycare


The faculty at the Montessori Institute of Advanced Studies is dedicated to preparing future Montessori teachers with a deep grounding in Maria Montessori’s philosophy. We help to develop individuals who have a broader approach in the contemporary context of child development and educational thought.

Our faculty has over forty years of combined experience in early childhood education and the Montessori method.

MeherMeher van Groenou (Program Director), M.A., Montessori Education, St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California. MSW from University of Michigan, A.M.S. Early Childhood Credential. Teacher since 1981 and Teacher-Trainer since 1986 in USA, Europe and India. TRN Mentor, researcher, author, and AMS workshop presenter. Founder of the Montessori School of Hayward and the Montessori School at Five Canyons.

Linda Rosas


Linda Rosas has been happily teaching with our center for the last four years.  Prior to this she was the owner of a Montessori preschool in her hometown of Vancouver Canada which she oversaw and taught in for 26 years.  Committed wholeheartedly to the Montessori philosophy Linda has seen the positive effects of the teaching in the lives of the more than 2000 children who were enrolled in her program. Linda has taught upcoming Montessori teachers in different places in the world and set up a Montessori classroom in a Canadian sponsored orphanage in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is a pleasure for her to be able to share her love of children, her commitment to changing the world one child at a time and passion for the value of the Montessori approach with upcoming Montessori teachers.  When not teaching, Linda  spends time in Toronto with her grandchildren, travels extensively, seeks out new adventures in lifestyle and form , reads. Is learning to play the piano and spends many hours in the wonderful outdoors.

Judi Edrosolam Judi has worked for 23 years in a Montessori classroom ages 2 ½ to 6 years. Judi has been with the current school in Foster City, CA since 1998. She has a BS in psychology from St. Paul College of Manila, Philippines and Early Childhood Montessori credentials from Montessori Institute of Advanced Studies. With this wealth of experience Judi brings precision and enthusiasm teaching adult learners.

Irene BakerIrene Baker, MEd, holds both primary (ages 3-6) and elementary (ages 6-12) Montessori certifications and has taught at all three levels. She has been a Montessori teacher-trainer for both primary and elementary levels for over 15 years and taught at the Montessori Institute of Advanced Studies for 17 years. Irene has a gift for mentoring and guiding student interns through their internship year of teaching. She has presented workshops for teachers at schools and American Montessori Society national conferences. Her work with both students and teachers is infused with her passion for language, non-violent (compassionate) communication, nature, meditation, music, and poetry.

Caroline LucentoCarolyn Lucento: I received my BA in Education in 1971, and began as a Junior High School Social Studies teacher. When I had my own children I realized how much I liked to be with young children. At 30, I went back to school and got my Montessori Preschool training (Primary Level) from St. Nicholas Montessori College in London. My own children were home schooled in our program: Mountain Montessori School in Asheville, NC. In 1987, I began Albion Children’s House, a Montessori Program for 3-6 yr olds in Mendocino County, CA. Over the years, I have worked as a preschool head teacher, early childhood music specialist, preschool site director, and I was an Instructor of ECE (Early Childhood Education) at the American College of CA In San Francisco from 1998-2005. In 1996, I spent 6 months in the Fiji Islands working with the preschoolers in Nasinu Village on the island of Vanua Levu. I have Preschool and Primary Level training in Orff-Schulwerk Music for Children. I am a certified CA PITC (Program for Infant & Toddler Caregivers) teacher trainer. In 2006 I renewed my Montessori certification and I received a credential from AMS (American Montessori Society). For seven years, I was the Site Director and Prek/Kindergarten head teacher at Fountainhead Montessori School in Livermore, CA. I am currently enrolled in the Pacific Oaks Masters of Education program. I performed with several semi-professional dance companies in the East Bay between 2000 and 2004. I have been a licensed Kindermusik Educator since 2011 and teach music enrichment classes in Montessori preschools throughout the East Bay. Over the years, I have presented workshops for teachers on the topics of: Montessori Music, Montessori Art, Fine Arts for the Young Child, and the Outdoor Classroom. I enjoy singing Appalachian music and I play autoharp, lap dulcimer, and conga drums.