Meet Our Staff

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Cathy Vaughn


Started at Montessori: 1972, when the doors first opened
Education: BA in Education, AMI Montessori Teacher Education
Favorite sport team: Giants
Favorite physical activity: Walking
Best vacation: African Safari
In her spare time: She likes to be with her family
Favorite food: Mexican and Chinese
Kids/Pets: 1 daughter, 2 granddaughters, 2 dogs and 3 cats
Favorite quotes: “You are free to choose, but the choices you make today will determine; what you will have, be, and do in the tomorrow of life.” – Zig Ziglar
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time.” – Thomas Edison


Assistant Director

Started at Montessori: 2016 (also a former student)
Education: BA in Communications, Masters in Early Childhood Education, Montessori Teacher Education
Best vacation: Africa
Favorite food: Mexican
Kids/Pets: Two girls, Frankie and Mary Claire, and dog, Maggie
Dream vacation: Australia or back to Africa
In her spare time: loves spending time with her family and friends, exploring the outdoors, traveling and cooking
Favorite quote: “…I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou



Infant Teacher

Started at Montessori: 2007 (also a former student)
Education: BA in Art History, ECE Units
Dream vacation: Greece to see the ruins
Kids/Pets: two amazing children, Scarlet and Arthur
Favorite children’s book: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney – The message of the story is to “Make the world more beautiful” – making art and working with children is how she tries to do that everyday.


Toddler Teacher

Started at Montessori: During summers of High School, then after college in 1990, started teaching the Toddler class and assisting in the Primary Class.
Favorite sport team: she loves sports, favorite is basketball and our Golden State Warriors. Though a sunny Giants game can’t be beat.
Best vacation: Hawaii – she loves the warmth of the sun, the coolness of the water, and everyone is so happy there.
Kids/Pets: she has 4 children that are all Montessori School of Sonoma proud alumni
Favorite quote: “A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.”  Happy people are nice people.


Toddler Teacher

Started at Montessori: 2009
Education: Napa Valley College, Assistant Teacher Certificate
Best vacation: Costa Rica, she loved hiking through the jungle and seeing the sloths and monkeys
Dream vacation: to see the elephants in Northern Thailand
In her spare time: she loves to go hiking and check out parks all throughout Sonoma County, sit in the plaza, and be in the backyard on a sunny day
Something she wants to learn: how to surf