About our Guides

At Jordan International Montessori School, our goal is to serve both the child and parent equally. We are a school where learning is enjoyed, and your needs as a parent are met so that you may make connections with your child while you are not with them.

 All of our guides, or teachers, are highly trained and passionate professionals.  We select those who hold Montessori credentials, while a few come to us from other training backgrounds and with the many years of experiences that enables them to deliver a classroom experience that meet our AMI JIMS standards.
We believe, as Dr. Montessori stated, that “the child is future,” and this belief is the core of everything we do. We do it in our classroom, we do it through Parent Education Workshops to discuss important inspects of your child’s experience at JIMS, and we write about it on our monthly newsletter and on facebook.

Guides are selected based on a number of different requirements.  We strongly believe that the values of respect, compassion, love for the children, and integrity come first; therefore, this is our priority when choosing between candidates for our guide positions.  Secondary to these values, we prioritize credentials and on-the-job experience.  Third, we assess candidates based on the strength of their recommendations. 

Our school director, Candice Lin, holds her Master’s degree in Education and a certificate from Association of Montessori International (AMI).  Most of our guides hold a certificate from a Montessori training academy.  One guide holds a state-issued teacher’s certificate, while another is currently pursuing her Montessori certification.  

 

 

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Candice Lin

Mandarin Teacher

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Mrs. Lin grew up in Taiwan. She earned her Bachelor of Science with honors in Elementary Education and Teaching from the Western Oregon University, her Teaching Credential from the state of Oregon, Master of Education from the University of San Diego and her Association Montessori International Assistants to Infancy (Ages 0-3) and Primary (Ages 3-6) diplomas from Dr. Silvia Dubovoy of the Montessori Institute of San Diego.

She has taught kindergarten and first grade Chinese Immersion in public schools in Minnesota, Utah, and Vancouver for 3 years. She has worked with students of all levels and learning abilities while helping them to meet the Standards in all curriculum content areas. Throughout her extensive education and academic teaching experience, she has developed a deep understanding and passion of culture differences, individual learning, and social development.

After teaching in public school, Mrs. Lin earned her AMI certificate and her Masters of Education. Thereafter, she moved to Hong Kong and taught in Montessori International schools, guiding children and working with them to maximize their learning as well as help them to grow socially, emotionally, and cognitively.

In her spare time, Mrs. Lin enjoys watching movies, reading, spending time with her family and enjoying the physical beauty and rich cultural life of Texas.

 

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Emily Trahan

English Teacher

 Emily Trahan was born and raised in the beautiful hill country outside of Austin, Texas.  Prior to beginning her career in education, she was a leader within environmental non-profit organizations in Central Texas, and traveled all over the United States to train new leaders.  She has lived in seven states and has campaigned in local and national politics to affect environmental law.  In 2004, after traveling abroad, she became the only freshman to enter an MBA program in Activism and Social Change at New College of California.  As a sophomore, she accepted an offer to work part-time in a non-profit preschool, and quickly fell in love with early childhood education.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts majoring to Social Science with an Education Concentration through Ashford University in 2010, and worked in various alternative preschool settings until settling into Montessori in the fall of the same year.  Shortly after earning her B.A., she enrolled in North America Montessori Training Center, wherein she earned international certification to teach at the Primary (ages 3-6) level in 2012.  Emily lives in Leander with her partner, daughter Chloe (8), and 2 pugs.  Her extended family lives nearby.  In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, dancing, hiking, running, and reading.

 



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Maureen Wu

Toddler Teacher

 Maureen Wu attended Soochow University in Taipei, Taiwan, where she earned a degree in English Language and Literature. She discovered her interest in Education while she was a college student. She started teaching children English in Taiwan during her college years and continued working with children ranging from toddlers through elementary students after she graduated from college. She received an Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award by Joy Children’s English School, which is the well-known English education institute in Taiwan and China. After she married, she followed her husband to move to the United States. Her creative teaching style inspired hundreds of American students to learn Chinese. Through the experience of homeschooling her son, she appreciates the profound impact on the view of education and understanding of children’s learning.
She believes that each child should be recognized and supported as an individual. As a teacher, the greatest part of her job is to watch children grow, be able to meet their needs, and help them reach their potential in a safe, positive, and loving environment.
In her free time, Ms. Maureen likes exploring different state parks in Texas by camping, hiking, and biking with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She spends her free time cheering her kids in their basketball games, swim meets, and Boy Scout activities. After a busy day, she enjoys playing piano and listening to classical music.

 

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Janette O’Neal

Toddler Teacher

 

Janette O’Neal began her journey as a Montessori educator in 2005, after acquiring her Primary Montessori Teaching Certification in the Permian Basin area. She went on to earn an Early Elementary Teaching Diploma through the North American Montessori Center of Vancouver, Canada,encompassing educational practices for teaching the Montessori Method to a broader range of students. She is centered on early literacy techniques and astute observational annotations of each child’s unique sensitive periods of knowledge acquisition.
A Montessorian in both her professional and private life, she has applied Montessori practices in private school settings, during homeschooling her four children, and at in-home educational environments. She has served as an educational consultant to schools within Williamson County for the development and implementation of classic Montessori principles, because she believes in the enriching qualities of providing a structured atmosphere in which each child unlocks their innate drive to learn and succeed while cultivating their own inner peace.
Education focused on Early Childhood Growth and Development has been her life’s work, and she operates on the basis to “be the change you wish to see in the world”, and that “we can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
Janette resides in Austin with four beautiful children that she has been blessed with stewardship of, her extended family of fellow parents, and her spunky dog, Widget. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking edifying meals for family and friends, reading a myriad of both non-fiction and fiction books, being outdoors in the rejuvenating realm of nature, and practicing the art of meditative stone balancing..

  

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 Ying Tian

Toddler Teacher

    Ying Tian got her Bachelor’s degree in English from Hebei University of Technology in 2014. As a junior, she was fortunate to be selected as one of the five students at HEBUT that had the chance to study aboard at Winona State University as an exchange student for two years. After graduated from college, she decided to get her Master’s degree in education with no hesitation, because she realized that being a teacher is something that she always dreamed of doing. In 2016, she graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). In order to make education her career, she chose to follow the TESOL program and looks forward to use her knowledge about theory and strategies while teaching different age groups and people that have different language and culture backgrounds. 

 

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Ms. Maxine

After School Care

    Ms. Maxine has worked with children of all ages for over 3 years. Previously at the Zenith After School program. She enjoys making each child’s day better with care and attention. She likes to entertain children with many songs and activities. Since she speaks Spanish as well, she likes to incorporate the language to the children’s day. In her spare time she likes to dance and learn