Words from Our Parents
Mindy Vu on March 22nd, 2021
"I have so many things to say that I don't know where to start! I am a VERY protective mom who was anxious and nervous about sending the daughter to preschool for the first time. However, Garden of Joy Montessori International School won me (and my husband) over quickly and allayed all my fears!
This month marked one year since our daughter started at Garden of Joy Montessori International School and we could not be more pleased with our decision to send her here. As working parents, we try to be realistic about the amount of time that we have to consistently teach our daughter the skills that she needs to be successful when she enters school. Garden of Joy Montessori International School is the perfect blend of academics, culture appreciation, and socialization. They foster independence, creativity, and a genuine pride in learning in all of their students. Ms. Sierra, the Founder, is completely committed to providing a warm and nurturing environment for children.
Beyond our happiness with the school is our daughter's, which is most important. She cannot wait to leave for school every morning. We are absolutely thrilled to have found an environment that is allowing our daughter to flourish and preparing her for her future education, while at the same time providing her an opportunity to have fun with the friends she has made. We look forward to watching her continued development as she continues her preschool years at this school. We highly recommend Garden of Joy Montessori International School."
"Ms. Sierra has been a beacon of hope and comfort for us regarding our child’s education and social skills development. She exudes both professionalism and compassion as a preschool teacher.
She loves all her students, nurturing them in a way a parent would; from providing them with fundamental education in a fun, collaborative, and creative way to giving them healthy meals. In addition to teaching them math and languages (Spanish, English, and Chinese), she is very meticulous about tracking the progress of each of her students.
Since the beginning of the term, she has been working with us to keep us updated on our daughter’s education by sending us reports and pictures daily, via fantastic use of technology. Not only do we feel completely satisfied with having our little one in her care, but our daughter also loves Ms. Sierra too. She cannot wait for school every day – we would say that this is a sign of her being an excellent educator and influence for the future generation."
Anh L. Truong
on December 24th, 2021
"Ms. Sierra has created an excellent environment which is conducive to learning, but also incorporates fun activities in her program. Even during fun activities, I can see the thoughtfulness that went into planning them to still help teach the kids while they are playing. My daughter enjoys school so much that she want to stay even when the school day is over!"
On top of the academic skills taught in the school, the kids learn independence, manners, social skills, problem solving, the list goes on! It's apparent how much Ms. Sierra cares for the kids, but she also knows how to strike a balance of keeping the kids to an organized regimen while ensuring a good amount of playtime.
It is clear how much work and thoughtfulness goes into developing the vast programming at the school. With the quantity also comes a level of high quality in the curriculum. I am amazed at how well Ms. Sierra balances all parts of the curriculum while also managing to give personal attention to and keep track of each child's developmental needs in detail. In addition to all this, Ms. Sierra also does a wonderful job balancing the requests of parents with her understanding and willingness to work with the parents. I am very happy to see the progress my daughter has made, how her confidence has grown, and seeing her reach more of her full potential.
-Phi Ong on March 22nd, 2021
"I have no hesitation to recommend Garden of Joy Montessori International School, which my son has joined since the beginning of July 2020. As a part time helper there, I myself have witnessed how devoted Ms. Sierra is to her school, and what a loving and nurturing environment it is.
Ms. Sierra’s love for children is striking and touching. As such, she has a natural talent to bond with children. Ms. Sierra is also an experienced Montessori teacher, who provides lessons to children based on their individual developmental needs. My son has learned a lot from her and we are very happy with our choice!"
-Yan (Cindy) Luo on December 27th, 2020
Words from a Third-Party Specialist
"After spending even a short time in Ms. Sierra's program, it is clear the kind of rich learning environment she creates for her students. Not only does Ms. Sierra tailor academic activities to each student's developmental level, but also selects activities that build upon students' unique strengths. In her classroom, students are taught social and emotional skills, as well as functional life skills necessary for the transition to kindergarten and beyond. Ms. Sierra and her staff model compassion, curiosity, encouragement, and a strong work ethic. Her students are lucky to have her! "
-Ms. Kellie, MA, BCBA, 2020 Behavior, LLC, March 5th, 2021