Garden Montessori School Teachers

A Message From Jaye:

Parents and visitors often call to compliment me on the quality staff at Garden School.  I can only say I agree with all of you that Troy, and Karine are exceptional people.  They not only have a wealth of patience to spend every day with the children, but they also have a background of knowledge and experience to help both children and parents through the first years of school. 

   To teach preschool in California, a person needs 12 units of ECE – Early Childhood Education- classes.  This is equivalent to four classes at the Junior College level or one semester of education beyond high school.  Garden School has higher standards and Troy, Karine have much more.  As owner of Garden School, I taught full time for 20 years before retiring in 1990 to become a full time janitor, handyperson and visiting grandmother.  I know first hand what teachers do.  I am glad these teachers choose to teach at Garden School. 

Troy Chantland has been the head teacher at Garden School since 1997. She graduated from St. Mary’s College with a BA in Child Development and Psychology and holds two graduate level teaching credentials; a 2 year preprimary Montessori Certificate and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential (K-6 grade).  This represents 80+ units in ECE, General Education, and Child Psychology and Development.  Additionally, she is a veteran teacher with over 22 years teaching experience in both traditional and Montessori preschools, 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades.  

Karine Hansel was born and raised in France. She joined the Garden School staff in 2006. She studied hotel management for 5 years before moving to the United States. As with so many teachers, she became interested in preschool education and Montessori when she had children. She has been an assistant teacher for the last 13 years including 10 years in a Montessori classroom. She has been married for 26 years and has 2 children. Chloe is a freshman at Cal and Guillaume is currently in Senegal with the Peace Corps.

    When you chose Garden School, you chose a school that considers preschool an important part of a child’s education.  This is not “just preschool”, not just “a few hours a day”.  Preschool teachers are often the first adults outside of the family that a child forms a relationship with and learns to trust.  They influence how the child interacts with teachers and other adults throughout their lives.  They have a significant role in the child’s developing view of himself as a learner and as a member of society.  During the course of a day, Garden School teachers are instructors, nurturers, psychologists, nurses, guidance counselors, storytellers, playmates, dramatic actresses, best friends, arbitrators, disciplinarians, and even…janitors!  They provide inspiration, instruction, information, limits, empathy, support, advice, validation, structure, friendship, …and clean underwear to those in need.  They also provide insight and support to  parents on subjects such as discipline, “normal” childhood behavior, the psychology of preschoolers,  family matters, … and even birthday parties.
Whether your child is returning to Garden School next year or going on to kindergarten, the teachers that interact with them are special people.  They are people who have chosen to spend their lives enriching the lives of others.  Your child will encounter a wide range of teachers during their school careers and they will all appreciate your support.  An involved concerned parent is not a problem to a teacher.  A pushy demanding parent who is not really aware of what is going on is a problem.  The more you visit and involve yourself in your child’s school experience, the more you, your child, and the school will benefit.  Creating a bond between school and home is very valuable.  What is your child studying at school?  A trip to the library, a project that relates, etc. show your interest in what they are doing.  School is their world and it will become even more so as they spend more hours in school and peers become even more important.  You need to keep yourself involved.  Invite friends over, meet other parents, enjoy these valuable years. Teaching is not a lucrative occupation.  Its reward is the success of the children.  When you remember teachers with flowers on Teacher’s Day and take the time to give positive comments, it means a lot.
   As parents, you are your child’s first teacher.  Thank you for letting Garden School teachers be your child’s second teacher.


Garden Montessori School, Preschool, Danville, Ca.