Our Staff

Ms.Danushi Fernando

School Director

Ms. Danushi is our head of school and Primary guide. She graduated from CSUN with an M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policies. She has her AMI Primary teaching Diploma and has worked as a Primary and Elementary guide for 17 years in both private and public school settings, locally and internationally. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, gardening, baking, and spending time with her family.

Ms. Andrea Karjack

Infant Guide

Ms. Andrea is our Nido guide. She is a graduate of SJSU with a BA in Child and Adolescent Development. In addition, she has RIE foundations course and AMI Assistant to Infancy Teacher’s Diploma. She has worked for 18 years in child care, serving families and their children from infants to kinder-prep. When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys knitting, crocheting, cooking, baking and going on hikes, and exploring the area around Austin.

Ms.Ramya Thrikawala

Toddler Guide

Ms. Ramya is our Bambini guide. She has a teaching Diploma from Sri Lanka and has been an Elementary teacher for 10 years in Sri Lanka. After moving to the USA she has worked in many Montessori schools since 2003. She is currently completing her Associate’s degree in Child Development. When she is not in the classroom she enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

Ms.Liliana Varone

Primary Assistant Guide

Ms. Lili is our Primary Assistant Guide. She began working with preschool age children in high school and completed courses for Child Development and Early Childhood Education from Pierce College. She completed the Primary Foundations Course from The Prepared Montessorian Institute and is actively seeking to complete the Primary Montessori Teaching Diploma. During her free time, she enjoys crafting, painting, reading, and spending time with her husband and dog.