Meet the Staff
Director/ Primary Lead Teacher
I grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, and moved to California in 2002. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering from Northern Taiwan University. My first part time job in college was as an assistant teacher in the college child care center. Working with children became much more enjoyable than facing a computer all day.
I completed my AMI Montessori Primary (3-6 years) training from the Montessori Institute of San Diego in 2007. After graduating, I worked as Montessori Primary head teacher in a trilingual AMI Montessori school for 3 years in the East Bay Area, and another two years as site director in a Montessori school in the South Bay Area.
After all my years of experience, I’m ready to pursue my dream of opening my school. I have very high standards when it comes to education, because I believe children are our future and they deserve the best. I am thrilled to work with a wonderful team of teachers. We share quite a few things in common. We know how to love children but not to spoil them. We carefully guide the children, yet know when to step back to allow them to explore on their own. With our Montessori hands, we help the children enrich their math, language, and science skills to become creative and independent young scholars.
Please come by Children’s World Bilingual Montessori School to say hi to us. Hope to see you soon.
Toddler Lead Teacher
My name is Valerie Lui and I have worked in the Early Childhood Education field for over fifteen years. I started teaching when my children were small and have continued to further my education in this field. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in 2004, and my Master’s Degree in Education in 2011, with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. The Reggio Emilia philosophy caught my interest when taking Early Childhood courses and I have continued to further my education surrounding Reggio, by attending workshops and Roundtables through NAREA. It is my personal belief that all children have rights and an eagerness to learn. I enjoy teaching and watching children’s ingenuity emerge by the interweaving of environments; families, schools, and communities. I love being part of this process.
I am the mother of four grown children. They are all very independent and at different stages in their lives. The two eldest girls have been very successful in their careers and are very happy with their jobs. The third child started his Graduate work this past fall and my other son recently got married to a wonderful woman. For relaxation I enjoy hiking, swimming, camping, crafts such as knitting and sewing. In my spare time I read. I adopted a cat named Turbo, and he is a wonderful addition to my family.
Primary Head Teacher
My name is Sibel Debruyn Erulgen. I was born and raised in Istanbul. I studied at Istanbul Technical University, and I obtained a BS degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. After moving to United States, I worked as a substitute teacher in the K-12 system and special education department in Illinois for three years and I also tutored children in Mathematics and Language education for more than 9 years. Applied teaching techniques and their concrete results challenged me to move forward into early childhood education. We moved to California in 2009 and I decided to obtain my internationally recognized AMI Montessori Teacher diploma in Mountain View in 2011. Since then I worked in different positions such as Lead Teacher and Site-Director. Working with young children and sharing their development revolving around their personal strengths and sharing moments with their parents are my greatest pleasure.
My husband, my father and my college-aged son and I are all living together. I am a self taught enamelist and silversmith. I also love to create purposeful art studies parallel to the Montessori Philosophy. I am recently working on obtaining my Masters degree in Montessori education.
Primary Chinese Teacher
My name is Robin Chuang, I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. After moving to the United States in 2000, I obtained my masters degree in TESOL(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language) at San Jose States University.
When my daughter was younger, I began to volunteer at her schools and developed a deep interest in teaching children. Previously, I taught Chinese at a private elementary school in Campbell, and I also worked as an Art and Chinese teacher in a bilingual Montessori school in West San Jose. Recently, I completed my Montessori training at the MTEC (Montessori Teacher Education Training Center San Francisco Bay Area), which is an AMS affiliated teaching center.
I truly respect and admire the Montessori education system because the each specific material and activity is designed to help children develop their concentration, coordination, sense of order, and independence. Furthermore, a bilingual environment creates the best opportunity for young children to experience and absorb Chinese language and culture.
I feel so privileged to be part of such a dynamic and top-notch team.