DIRECTOR & HEAD TEACHER
Miss Sandy moved to Hawaii in 1975 and now resides in Mililani. She is a graduate of Mililani High School and Chaminade University. Sandy has a Bachelor of General Studies degree specializing in Early Childhood Education with a Montessori emphasis. She is also certified as a Montessori Directress with the American Montessori Society in New York. Sandy has worked as a Montessori preschool teacher for more than thirty years. She has one son who is currently attending college.
Miss Maile attended the Singapore American School and graduated from Bridgeway Academy. She joined our staff shortly after she moved to Hawaii from Singapore in 2009 as a Teacher Aide, then as an Assistant Teacher after graduating from Leeward Community College in December 2013 with an Associates degree in Teaching. Maile graduated from Chaminade University with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education with Montessori credential in May 2016. She currently resides in Mililani Mauka. Maile is also our Facebook and website manager.
Ms. Samantha was born and raised in Ohio and graduated from Hamilton High School. She moved to Hawaii during the summer of 2016 with her husband who is a Navy Boatswain’s Mate and resides in Honolulu. Samantha is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education from Western Governor’s University.
Ms. Veronica grew up in Texas and graduated from Taft High School. She moved to Hawaii in May 2017 with her husband who is in the Navy and lives in Ewa Beach. Veronica is currently attending Leeward Community College to pursue an Associates degree in Teaching.
Ms. Holly was born and raised in Missouri and moved to Hawaii in February 2017. She has an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Kaplan University. Holly lives on JBPHH with her husband who is in the Air Force. She has two young children, a son who is in elementary school and a daughter.
Ms. Julia grew up in Guam and graduated from Doherty High School in Colorado. She moved to Hawaii during the summer of 2015 with her husband who is in the Navy. She has a daughter and a son, both who are in elementary school.
MRS. RUTH E. NUNNARI
Mrs. Nunnari was originally from Germany where she graduated with a business degree. She obtained a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Chaminade University and a Montessori Diploma from the American Montessori Society after graduating from Chaminade’s very first class of Montessori teachers in 1977. Mrs. Nunnari operated preschools in Mililani and Wahiawa before starting our Montessori Center at the request of Admiral Boyle in 1986 to serve the military community. Over the years Mrs. Nunnari’s schools have served as intern sites for 27 students from Chaminade University, all of whom graduated and became certified Montessori teachers. Mrs. Nunnari passed away in September 2014 after years of battling illness.